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1775: Rebellion (775) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated September 23, 2019. Icon Key
44 Players Alexander Lange 2019 Status 2020 Status History/Laurels
  2019 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.
1775 A Clash of Champions…..

1775 continues its expansion in popularity at WBC by increasing its participants from 40 to 44 this year. Academy Games Birth of America series, (1754, 1775, 1812), allows players on each side to strategize together either the British or American factions in an attempt to control the most colonies. Although the game can be played as either a two, three or four player game, 1775 in tournament format, each side as a faction controlling either the British or American moves his or her forces from a random draw bag each turn.

Once again, following the format of last year, the mulligan round was set on the first Sun-day afternoon. Last year’s event drew 22 participants that mostly had never played the game. This year 28 folks showed up ready to test their skill and new found education from the demo event in the afternoon. Given the high number of new players, pairings were made up of mostly experienced players with games verses those still learning without games. In the end, the Brit-ish side won 7 of the 14 mulligan round matches with the three closest matches being David Schneider as the Americans beating Sam Burdett 3 to 2, Ed Welsh as the Americans beating Huston Johnson 6-5, and Mark Miklos as the British defeating David Anderson by the score of 5 to 4.

In Round 1, many of the vanquished returned. Those that won the mulligan round were not required to play round 1, so many of the games had players with little experience playing oppo-nents of similar skills. In all, 24 men and women faced off with the American side winning 5 of the 12 contests. Two of those contest were by a single colony, with another two being decided by two. Interestingly, we had several former champions of WBC participating this year, includ-ing last year’s first and second place finishers.

In Round 2, every Mulligan winner as well as Round one winners were on hand to continue. Twenty-four folks took their seats in the 12 games of Round 2. Six games went to the Ameri-cans and six to the British. Most games were quite close. The first tie was resolved with Ian Lange winning 68-50 on the tiebreak. Let year’s winner, Tim Miller was defeated by David Schneider 6-3. David has been in the final the last two years and also won Vikings this year.

Round 3 now began with mostly very experienced veterans, six games, and 12 contestants. John Faella as the British defeated Ian Lange 10-3; Alexander Lange as the British defeated John Conlon 4 to 1; David Schneider as the British defeated Patrick Duffy 5 to 3; Jack Wolff as the Americans defeated Steve Smith 6 to 4; Brian Scilzo as the Americans defeated Jon Manley 5 to 2; Chris Greenfield as the Americans defeated Jeff Lange 8 to 5.

Round 4 started with six players remaining. David Schneider who last year survived two tie breaks won against John Faella 62-40. Jack Wolff as the British beat Chris Greenfield 9 to 2 and Alexander Lange as the Americans defeated Brian Scilzo 5 to 4.

Round 5 had three remaining competitors. To even the matches, we had Scott Beall, the Vi-kings GM, play as an eliminator rather than have a bye. Alexander Lange won on the closest game of the tournament with a 33 to 29 tie break. David Schneider a former champion from two years ago defeated Jack Wolff 6 to 4.

Final: Interestingly this resulted in a final of two former champions. Alexander Lange, who won three years ago, and David Schneider who won two years ago and was runner-up last year. David Schneider as the British vs Alexander Lange as the Americans in the Que-bec scenario. The Quebec scenario is vastly different from the campaign game as it only uses half the map, and is centered on control of province or colony cities in specific areas. In the end, after over 13.5 hours of continuous play in 6 player rounds, the final had a very close fought game that went to Alexander Lange’s Americans 6 to 4.

Academy games will be listing the top two finishers on their web-site, presented the top three finishers with a 50% off coupon, and are listing the two finalists in future editions of the game rulebooks to honor their accomplishments.

2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2

David Schneider Jack Wolff John Faella Brian Scilzo Chris Greenfield
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Jeff Lange leading the Americans in the fight for Independence.

Andy Latto invading with the British.

Observing the fight for freedom.

Tim Hitchings contemplating the Americans do next as the British pose for a picture.

The revolution becomes tense.
GM     Jeff Lange [5th Year]   NA
    Jeff.Lange@Mac.com    NA