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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending December 2013 Membership Trial Vote

Frank Morehouse, PA

2013 Champion

Event History
2006   David Gantt     28
2007     Ed Rothenheber     27
2008    Henry Russell     20
2009     Peter Reese     22
2010    Peter Reese     26
2011    Rejean Tremblay     26
2012     Peter Reese     31
2013    Frank Morehouse     23

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Peter Reese        VA    13    172
  2.  Henry Russell      PA    13     81
  3.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    09     66
  4.  Rejean Tremblay    on    12     46
  5.  Frank Morehouse    PA    13     33
  6.  David Gantt        SC    06     30
  7.  Melvin Casselberry PA    11     27
  8.  Al Hurda           on    12     24
  9.  Jim McCarthy       on    13     22
 10.  Jesse Boomer       KS    11     21
 11.  Rob Olsson         MD    12     20
 12.  Tracey Casselberry VT    11     18
 13.  Francis Czawlytko  MD    09     12
 14.  Rob Mull           CO    07     12
 15.  Robert Vollman     ab    06     12
 16.  Dorian Key         DC    09      9
 17.  Nick Frydas        uk    08      9
 18.  Robert March       CA    06      9
 19.  Patrick Duffy      VA    13      6
 20.  Ahmet Ilpars       tr    08      6
 21.  Phil Barcafer      PA    07      6
 22.  John Sutcliffe     uk    13      3
 23.  Phil Pendleton     PA    09      3
 24.  Tom Vickery        NJ    06      3

2013 Laurelists                                          Repeating Laurelists:

Jim McCarthy, on
2nd

Peter Reese, VA
3rd

Henry Russell, PA
4th

Patrick Duffy, VA
5th

John Sutcliffe, uk
6th

Past Winners

David Gantt, SC
2006

Ed Rothenheber, MD
2007

Henry Russell, PA
2008

Peter Reese, VA
2009-2010, 2012

Rejean Tremblay, on
2011

 Frank Morehouse, Robb Olsson, Pat Duffy and Larry Burman

Melvin Casselberry and Francis Czawlytko

Brian Mountford, John Sutcliffe, Scott Salvatore and Jesse Boomer

Resumes be damned! ...

The Green French - Always the Bridesmaid?

23 players appeared to play Wellington this year, including seven new players - one of whom hailed from Wellington, New Zealand. For the uninitiated, Wellington is a streamlined version of its predecessor, The Napoleonic Wars. Indeed, it has the rare distinction of being a sequel game that has a shorter rulebook than its predecessor. What isn't pared back, however, is the fun. Players get more cards per turn than they do in The Napoleonic Wars, allowing them a greater ability to play events and influence battles. Strategy options are endless.

Wellington is a 4-player game: the British and Spanish players are allied against two French players who play Armée du Nord and the Armée du Sud. The French sides are usually referred to as the "blue" and "green" French, respectively.

After the preliminary heats and semifinals, the distribution of wins was as follows:
Britain: 0
Spain: 5
Blue French: 6
Green French: 0

Wow! I was astounded when I noticed the breakdown of victories afterwards. Britain, with Wellington, has the most powerful force on the board and is almost always in the best position to retake Madrid and its two Victory Points. The greens are a little more predictable. With four of their starting victory point spaces in southwestern Spain, the greens' chances grow longer as the game progresses inevitably toward the northeast and France. The long odds against winning, however, are compensated for in sheer fun. The greens, with Marshal Soult, can go tearing around Spain and wreak havoc without worrying about defending key points on the map.

The Final teamed the impressive four championships resumes of Peter Reese (2009, 2010, 2012) and Henry Russell (2008) as Britain and Spain, respectively, against Jim McCarthy as the blue French and Frank Morehouse as the greens. McCarthy (pictured at right) was able to win three straight games as the blues to advance to the Final. On Turn 1 Reese and Russell made a determined attack on the greens' Marshal Soult and were able to destroy him and his army. They were also able to take Madrid. Game over? Not quite.

Fortunes can change quickly in Wellington. In a game in which battle rolls of 20+ dice are common, crazy things can happen. In one of our semifinals, Melvin Casselberry managed to roll 57 dice without rolling the needed 6 to gain a hit on a besieged fort. In the Final, fortune seemed to shift to the French on Turn 2. By winning a series of victories in and around Madrid, the green French were able to retake Madrid. With the pressure on for the third and last turn, the Brits and Spanish were unable to muster enough troops and the cards to move them necessary to turn the game around in an assault on France. The game ended in a French victory.

But which French side was the winner? Both players were able to secure victory point spaces in Spain to add to their totals. In the end, Frank Morehouse, who had husbanded his cards, on his last play was able to convert several game spaces to the green side and bring victory to the greens. Thus, the greens were finally vindicated in the tournament's clinching game. Per chance it may be the Brits turn next year?

 GM      Pat Duffy (1st Year)  NA  
    pduff@aol.com   NA

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