here I stand

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Nick Benedict, CA

2015 Champion

Event History

2006 John Wetherell 56
2007 Bryan Collars 48
2008 Jeff Burdett 48
2009 Jeff Burdett 62
2010 AJ Sudy 52
2011 Justin Rice 54
2012 Mathieu Pare-Paquin 76
2013 Justin Rice 49
2014 Jim Stanard 42
2015 Nick Benedict 38

PBeM History
2008 Dan Gallagher 54
2012 Larry Mull 67

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jeff Burdett       NY    10    125
  2.  Justin Rice        VA    13    102
  3.  Nick Benedict      CA    15     94
  4.  Alan Sudy          VA    10     91
  5.  Dennis Mishler     TX    14     85
  6.  Kirk Harris        NJ    15     83
  7.  M. Pare-Paquin     qc    13     72
  8.  Dave Cross         VA    10     72
  9.  Bryan Collars      SC    12     68
 10.  Larry Mull         NV    12     60
 11.  Dan Gallagher      MD    08     60
 12.  John Wetherell     PA    06     60
 13.  Jim Stanard        NJ    14     50
 14.  Paul McCarthy      NY    15     45
 15.  Jeremiah Peterson  IL    12     42
 16.  Chris Striker      PA    09     39
 17.  Ken Richards       SC    07     38
 18.  Michael Kiefte     ns    14     36
 19.  Rob Seulowitz      NY    08     36
 20.  Allan Hill         MD    06     36
 21.  Dan Hoffman        NC    12     28
 22.  Rob Mull           CO    12     24
 23.  Michael Rogazinski NY    08     24
 24.  Steve Caler        OH    08     24
 25.  Charles Hickok     PA    06     24
 26.  Matthew Beach      MD    15     20
 27.  Michael Dauer      TX    14     20
 28.  Barry Setser       MD    11     20
 29.  Brad Merrill       ME    10     20
 30.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    12     18
 31.  Rick Cambron       PA    08     18
 32.  Michael Brophy     NC    08     18
 33.  David Kiefte       ns    13     16
 34.  Justin Morgan      VA    15     15
 35.  John Vasilakos     VA    11     15
 36.  Jeremy Martin      GA    12     12
 37.  Scott Burns        uk    12     12
 38.  Nat Pendleton      PA    09     12
 39.  George Young       VT    08     12
 40.  Ed Beach           MD    15     10
 41.  Jonathan Tarquino  NJ    11     10
 42.  Andrew Kiefte      ns    13      8
 43.  Tim Rogers         SC    09      6
 44.  R. Evan Woodham    TX    14      5
 45.  Henry Rice         NM    11      5
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Paul McCarthy, NY
2nd

Matthew Beach, MD
3rd

Justin Morgan, VA
4th

Ed Beach, MD
5th

Kirk Harris, NJ
6th

Past Champions

John Wetherell, PA
2006

Bryan Collars, SC
2007

Jeff Burdett, NY
2008-09

AJ Sudy, VA
2010

Justin Rice, VA
2011, 2013

Mathieu Pare-Paquin, qc
2012

Jim Stanard, NJ
2014

Nick Benedict, CA
2015

Phil Rodrigues, Manual Bravo and Gareth Williams pray.

The six finalsts prepare for battle.

The Campaign Game is Here to Stay ...

Long-time shark Nick Benedict affirmed his place among the field’s elite players, capturing his HIS shield with a dominant showing while winning his 11th WBC title.

Benedict won Protestant religious victories in the preliminary and semifinal rounds, and then marched a Hapsburg army through Germany to secure his Turn 4 victory in the Campaign Game championship. He was the 13th ranked laurelist coming into this WBC and padded his resume by becoming our eighth different HIS champion.

Tuesday was a good night to be Protestant: Luther’s boys were 4-0 in six-player games and Alan Sudy won the lone 5-player game with the English-Protestant combination. Thursday the wins were more distributed - the Turks, English, Pope and Hapsburgs each took a victory.

Benedict crossed the auto-victory threshold on the third turn of his semifinal, with Matt Beach and Paul McCarthy posting strong scores of 25 with the English and French. Kirk Harris won his semifinal with a first-turn Hapsburg domination in a low-scoring contest. And Justin Morgan’s Protestants finished Turn 3 with 24 points for the victory, with Ed Beach scoring 23.

That set the Final table, with Benedict taking the Hapsburgs first, Morgan choosing the Ottomans, Harris selecting the Protestants, Matt Beach playing the Pope, McCarthy the English and Ed Beach the French. It was the first tournament Final for both Matt (the game’s original playtester) and Ed (the game’s designer).

Ed’s French scored a strong first turn, with Verrazano circumnavigating. The Pope activated Venice as an ally, and the reformation struggled to spread. That set the stage for a wild two-turn run, with Benedict striking a deal with the Ottomans to go to war against France. But Morgan’s Turks also dragged the Pope into the conflict, in an attempt to take Venice. That led to a two-sided conflict in Northern Italy, with France and the Pope using the Renegade Leader, Professional Rowers and Threat to Power to stalemate Hapsburg and Turk armies.

The Turks and Pope made peace, leaving France to face the Ottoman and Hapsburg host alone. Benedict took Milan from the French and the Turks were shutout, and Ed and Nick made a rough deal for peace.

Turn 4 was set up perfectly for the Hapsburgs. With peace in the east and west, Charles’ armies declared war on Genoa for one Victory Point, and then captured three electorates to push to 25 at the end of the turn and deliver the title to Benedict.

For 2016, we’ll continue to explore several changes. The full game in the final round remains a popular choice, and will be back again next year. We’re also considering ways to play the full game in preliminary rounds. Finally: There was lots of discussion around France and play balance. Look for more discussion soon on that topic.

GM Justin Rice (2nd Year) 1410 Augustine Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
rice.justin31@gmail.com 540-840-9267

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