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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

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2012 WBC Report    

 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Riku Riekkinen, fn

2012 Champion

Event History
1999    Donald Stone     36
2000    Peter Reese     52
2001    David Dockter     34
2002    Peter Reese     49
2003     Rob Hassard     40
2004    Nick Anner     39
2005    Tom Drueding     34
2006    Dave Dockter     48
2007     Stefan Mecay     35
2008    Riku Riekkinen     42
2009     Stefan Mecay     50
2010    Stefan Mecay     35
2011    Peter Gurneau     27

WAM Event History
2003     David Dockter     32
2004     Rob Hassard     11
2005    Marvin Birnbaum     16
2006     Tom Drueding     17
2007    Chris Byrd     17
2008    Tom Drueding     20
2009     Tom Drueding     12
2010     Tom Drueding     16

PBeM  Event History
2001    Stefan Mecay     40
2005    Stephen Valkyser     68
2006     Tom Drueding     64
2009     Stefan Mecay     89
2011    Stefan Mecay     64

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Tom Drueding      MA     11    428
  2.  Stefan Mecay      TX     11    352
  3.  David Dockter     MN     11    328
  4.  Peter Reese       VA     12    276
  5.  Chris Byrd        CT     10    208
  6.  Rob Hassard       NJ     09    181
  7.  Marvin Birnbaum   NY     09    174
  8.  Nick Anner        NY     11    162
  9.  Riku Riekkinen    fn     12    138
 10.  Jim Falling       MI     07    117
 11.  Peter Gurneau     WI     12    102
 12.  Stephan Valkyser  de     05     96
 13.  Tom Gregorio      PA     12     66
 14.  Nick Frydas       uk     12     42
 15.  Charlie Hickok    PA     10     39
 16.  Michael Dauer     TX     10     36
 17.  John Brown        VA     04     36
 18.  Bob Heinzmann     FL     05     30
 19.  James Pei         TX     04     30
 20.  Ken Gutermuth     TX     09     28
 21.  Steve Brooks      FL     08     25
 22.  John Sutcliff     uk     12     24
 23.  Mauro Faina       it     11     24
 24.  Andy Friedmann    MA     10     24
 25.  Rick Byrens       CA     07     24
 26.  Josh Alexander    MI     04     24
 27.  Steve Worrel      NC     03     18
 28.  Michael Mitchell  GA     07     16
 29.  Ed McGran         WA     05     16
 30.  Kevin Sudy        VA     11     12
 31.  Mauro Gasbarroni  it     09     12
 32.  Mel Casselberry   PA     07     12
 33.  Pat Mirk          FL     05     12
 34.  John Emery        SC     00     12
 35.  Michael Johnson   MA     01     10
 36.  Don Stone         NC     99     10
 37.  Jay Meyers        CA     10      9
 38.  Tim Hall          UT     10      9
 39.  Andrew Maly       MD     00      9
 40.  Tim Miller        GA     07      8
 41.  Johnny Hasay      PA     10      6
 42.  Steve Parrish     VA     08      6
 43.  Lance Roberts     AK     06      6
 44.  Holger Janssen    de     05      6
 45.  Pete Rohn         IL     04      6
 46.  Hank Burkhalter   TN     02      6
 47.  Nick Firer        WI     00      6
 48.  Don Johnson       VA     99      6
 49.  Ric Manns         IN     01      5
 50.  Seth Gunar        NJ     08      4
 51.  Scott Moll        VA     07      4
 52.  Dennis Culhane    PA     99      4
 53.  Bill Pettus       NJ     09      3
 54.  Steve Huskey      KS     00      3
 55.  Joe DiCamillo     PA     99      3
 56.  Doug Austin       VA     06      3
 57.  Rob Winslow       NY     99      2
 58.  Paul Horvath      CA     00      1
 59.  Paul Abrahamse    MI     99      1

2012 Laurelists                                       Repeating Laurelists:

Peter Gurneau, WI
2nd

John Sutcliff, uk
3rd

Pete Reese, VA
4th

Nick Frydas, uk
5th

Tom Gregorio, PA
6th

Past Winners

Peter Reese, VA
2000, 2002

Dave Dockter, MN
2001, 2006

Rob Hassard, NJ
2003

Nick Anner, NY
2004

Thomas Drueding, MA
2005

Stefan MeCay, TX
2007, 2009-10

Riku Riekkinen, Finland
2008, 2012

Peter Gurneau, WI
2011
   

Signing up for the Great War.

Pail Sampson and Phil Yaure

Geoff Allbutt and Andrew Cummins from the UK.

Gareth Williams (Morocco) vs Taylor Golding (Canada)

Destiny in one Dice Roll ...

Another year, another POG tourney. This year we formally had 28 players, one more than last year (and perhaps another as I had one player play a round but did not have the card for him). Apparently I contracted with the same people Homeland Security uses for my sign-in minions. The game commenced with a plea by the GM requesting if anyone has his game map (loaned to someone last year) please return it. This did not happen, but I got one for $2 at the auction so it worked out. Also the GM had to give all a mea culpa for his failure to register the AREA ratings from 2011 (since corrected, but at the wages BPA pays what can you expect?). We who play in the POG tournament would also like to thank the powers that be in the BPA for our tournament room. Had we been in the dungeon, aka Lampeter, I am sure attendance in the second and subsequent rounds would have dropped to zero.

The games went very smoothly this year, although, unlike prior years, almost all of them went the distance. The highlight, as always, was the roll-off where the five players with 2-1 records rolled dice to see who got to advance to fill the last three remaining playoff slots. For the first time, one of the roll-off players won the tournament (although that should not have been a surprise as that player was past champ and semi-famous Riku Riekkinen. Riku had been sandbagged by John Sutcliffe in a first round narrow victory by the Brit. And as Rick Byrens said in his Richard III quote from Bosworth Field "if I could have rolled higher Riku, I could have been in your place". Byrens was one of the two disappointed 2-1s who tossed too low a number to continue. Talk about your paper-thin margins in the longest event of WBC!

The Final featured defending champion Peter Gurneau vs. Mr. Second Chance himself, Riku. Peter won the bid at 0 for the CP. Riku accepted. CP started hammering in the west. War status was not played. French forts were evacuated. The CP kept pressure in the west, and was able to double trench Amiens, single trench Chateau Thierry and Melun. Paris was attacked multiple times, with both sides wearing thin in the west. The Russians massed and attacked Berlin four times before Berlin was successfully entrenched by the CP. Riku was cursing the gods because he rolled a "1" on the first five attacks v. Berlin. East, Near East and Balkans were quiet as events on the Western front took priority. Italy entered, and northern Italy was overrun by the Austro-Hungarians. Italians held at Rome. Russian attacks weakened the CP to the point where there were only three CP armies in the West, and one German Army was eliminated by intense attacks in the west. AP had only three armies between the French and British in the west as well, and for a time, there was an Austrian corp as far as Le Mans. AP held, and soon the Russian attacks succeeded with the Austrians retreating from Galacia. The Russians kept attacking, and forced a position where the CP would be out of supply on Turn 10, both sides still at limited war. The CP then conceded about three hours into the game and the Finns had another scalp for their team ... all thanks to a single dice roll.

A couple BKN sharks prove to be guppies in the POG pond.

The finalists


 GM      Peter Reese  [7th Year]   NA  
   preese4@cox,net   (NA)

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