a year from the drop-down list for a low-down on the history
of Avaloncon and WBC.
See the champions for each year. Or choose to view the Laurels or Medals totals.
2001, the current Demonstration system
was borne with one-hour mandatory teaching
sessions for all B-rated events in Cafe Jay. Thanks
to the sponsorship of Jay Tummelson of
Rio Grande Games, the Frankie’s and Vinnies nightclub was transformed
into a highly useful area where one could
go to grab a bite to eat or a milkshake while learning one of many
of Jay’s popular “Euro”games.
The space was also available for the
mandatory teaching sessions which freed
GMs from the unintended harassment of a
public which often ignores schedules and asks for
assistance in the middle of an event as
opposed to beforehand. The institution of these separate teaching
areas has done an excellent job of encouraging the public to learn
new games at opportune times instead of bogging down events in
was also the year we “abandoned” our conventional
August date to avoid a conflict with another
major gaming convention which had moved
their date to the same August weekend.
Amid predictions of doom and gloom, we
went ahead with a June date and enjoyed
our best attendance ever…stoking the hot stove leagues with
endless debates over the ideal dates and
especially whether holdiay weekends are
taboo. But 2001 was really Rebecca’s year.
The 14-year old girl from Colorado broke all existing
records by being the first to “homer” with
four wins (Greed, Titan: The Arena, Monsters Ravage America and Ivanhoe).
The latter was a “Trial event” and thus Rebecca Hebner’s
record must forever bear an asterisk a la
Roger Maris. However, that may be preferable
to being added to the lexicon of the conference
term GM John Coussis shall forever bear for
doubling by winning both of the events he
ran in 2001. Others whose doubles were dwarved
by young Rebecca included Steve Cameron,
Arthur Field, Devin Flawd, Aaron Fuegi, Doug
Galullo and Dennis Nicholson. Only five of
the Top Centurions from 2000 retained their
titles in 2001.