2013 Caesar Award Results — Hail Andrew Emerick
Jan. 18, 2014

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2013 proved to be an extremely competitive year for BPA's Top Gamer award with no one winning more than twice at WBC. That meant the issue would depend heavily on the results of earlier minicon and email tournaments under the BPA umbrella. Such was the case with the top 11 laurelists scoring at least part of their total outside of WBC week. Given BPA's recent divestiture of minicons, this should prove to be the last year the issue is so heavily influenced by events outside of WBC as Euroquest and WAM results will not be an issue in the future.

Andrew Emerick paired an 86-laurel headstart earned at the 2012 Euroquest with the eighth best WBC performance to emerge as our 2013 top gamer. His margin of victory over 2004 Caesar James Pei was actually much less than would appear by sheer laurel count. James had already placed second in an email tournament for his specialty For the People months before WBC, but because that format used concurrent consolation matches to resolve lesser places and those matches dragged on long after WBC, his 36 laurels for that event could not be credited towards 2013 totals. Had they been, James would have won the Caesar title over Andrew by seven laurels.

Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2013 were Robert Kircher, Sceadeau D'Tela, Ken Gutermuth and Stefan Mecay. For the fourth year in a row, only eight of last year's Top 25 players managed to retain that top billing led by Pei who alone of all BPA's Top Dogs has managed to remain in the Top 25 for each of the past five years. In fact, you have to go back seven years to 2006 to find the last time "The Master" did not place in the Top 25. The other top scorers to retain their Top 25 standing in 2013 were Robert Kircher, Sceadeau D'Tela, the defending Caesar Randy Buehler, Doug Galullo, Riku Riekkinen, Keith Wixson and Nick Henning.

The Line of Succession for Caesar 2013

James Pei, VA
2nd - 148 Laurels

Robert Kircher, RI
3rd - 139 Laurels

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC
4th - 131 Laurels

Ken Gutermuth, NC
5th - 126 Laurels

Stefan Mecay, TX
6th - 125 Laurels

 

Rank Competitor 2013 Laurels Rank Previous Years  2013 Tally Board
Overall WBC 2012 2011 2010 2009
1 Andrew Emerick, CT 177 91 12 21 - - 7WSq 2nd 18, DOMq 2nd 12, EGZq 1st 20, SPGq 1st 30, TTRq 5th 6, AMR 4th 9, EGZ 1st 30, LID 1st 40, NVG 5th 6, AGE 6th 6
2 James Pei, VA 148 80 2 3 14 13 HRCw 1st 30, WWRw 1st 20, FTP 1st 40, HRCp 4th 18, WWR 1st 40
3 Robert Kircher, RI 139 95 14 8 6 - EGZq 6th 2, Ra!q 3rd 8, SETq 1st 30, VIPe 6th 4, AMR 1st 30, NVG 3rd 12, RFG 4th 9, SJN 2nd 24, SFR 1st 20
4 Sceadeau D'Tela, NC 131 70 9 12 - - AGRq 4th 9, DOMq 1st 20, PROq 3rd 12, T&Tq 1st 20, AGR 2nd 24, ATS 1st 20, EGZ 5th 6, GOA 3rd 12, VSD 5th 8
5  Ken Gutermuth, NC 126 108 - - - 3 MMSe 2nd 18, ALH 5th 8, AUC 1st 20, EPB 1st 60, MMS 3rd 12, WPS 3rd 8
6 Stefan Mecay, TX 125 15 - 2 1 1 MFDe 1st 50, POG 1st 60, TWS 4th 15
7 Randy Buehler, WA 120 94 1 1 16 - AGRq 2nd 18, EGZq 3rd 8, CAR 5th 6, CQF 1st 20, GOA 5th 6, LWL 1st 20, AGE 4th 18, VSD 2nd 24
8 Doug Galullo, MD 118 76 5 - - - DOMq 4th 6, PGDq 2nd 18, PROq 2nd 18, ACV 2nd 36, GSR 1st 40
9 Riku Riekkinen, fi 113 77 10 - - - CCA 4th 9, LWL 4th 6, POGp 2nd 36, TKL 2nd 12, TWS 1st 50
10 Marvin Birnbaum, NY 113 70 - 15 - - HRCw 4th 9, TWSw 1st 30, WWRw 5th 4, BKN 6th 4, MMS 1st 30, MMA 1st 20, WWR 3rd 16
11 Keith Wixson, NJ 108 21 3 - 8 16 HRCw 2nd 18, TWSw 4th 9, HRCp 1st 60, WWR 4th 12, WNW 4th 9
12 Nick Henning, DC 104 104 8 6 15 - AUT 2nd 18, FAS 1st 20, FDE 2nd 24, GXT 1st 20, LWL 6th 2, RRY 3rd 20
13 David Platnick, VA 100 100 - 19 - - 7WS 3rd 16, POF 1st 30, PRO 2nd 24, Ra! 2nd 30
14 Trella Bromley, FL 98 98 - - - - EPB 3rd 24, RBN 1st 50, TTR 3rd 24
15 Aran Warszawski, il 92 92 - - 9 - AMR 3rd 12, AUC 2nd 12, E&T 3rd 8, AGE 2nd 36, T&T 2nd 24
16 Justin Rice, VA 87 82 - - - - B17 2nd 36, GCA 5th 6, HIS 1st 40, VGQp 6th 5
17 Bruce Reiff, OH 87 87 - - 2 - AUC 4th 6, BCY 4th 9, FBS 1st 20, SJN 1st 40, WPS 2nd 12
18 Cary Morris, NC 86 52 - - 18 - AGRq 3rd 12, EGZq 5th 4, SETq 2nd 18, AGR 6th 4, STA 2nd 36, VSD 4th 12
19 Brandon Bernard, PA 84 84 - - - - ABN 4th 12, DOM 1st 40, ELF 5th 4, FMR 4th 12, PRC 3rd 16
20 Bill Morse, VA 84 60 - - - - BWDe 2nd 24, B81 1st 30, PGF 1st 30
21 Kevin Youells, PA 83 23 - 16 - - ACVe 1st 60, ACV 4th 18, HWD 6th 5
22 Bert Schoose, IL 80 80 - - 3 - PZB 1st 30, TRC 1st 50
23 Richard Irving, CA 80 80 - - - - FI5 3rd 8, MOV 2nd 24, TTR 2nd 36, UPF 4th 12
24 Eric Wrobel, MD 79 49 - - - - AGRq 1st 30, EGZ 4th 9, MOV 1st 40
25 Doug Faust, NY 78 78 - - - - SET 4th 18, TAM 1st 20, VSD 1st 40

Key: e = email (PBeM), q = Euro Quest mini-con, w = WAM mini-con, p = Pre-Con


2013 Consul - Hail Ken Gutermuth

Even mandatory Board Meetings, Auction finances, and other assorted convention management duties could not prevent our talented Chairman of the Board from posting the best results during WBC week to claim Consul honors for 2013 with wins in Auction and Empire Builder coupled with laurels for three other events. A mere four laurels separated him from Nick Henning who posted his third straight triple digit laurel week and was bidding for his third consecutive Consul Award with wins in A Few Acres of Snow and Galaxy Trucker plus laurels from four other events.

David Platnick was third, only eight laurels off the pace, with a win in Princes of Florence, two seconds and a third in an all-Euro performance. But perhaps the most eye-catching week was had by newcomer Trella Bromley in her first WBC. The Train Gamers exec and lone woman in the Top 25 proved she knew her stuff around the rail yard with an all-rails 98-laurel week. Improving either of her two thirds in Empire Builder or Ticket to Ride to runner-up status would have netted another 12 laurels and a Consul award. Robert Kircher finished fifth with wins in Amun-Re and Santa Fe Rails plus three also-rans. The defending Caesar, Randy Buehler, did not give up without a fight—scoring laurels in six events and winning two—but he was unable to record a signature win to finish sixth for the week with 94 laurels in six Euros.

Notably absent from the Top 10 resumes were wargame results—with only Bruce Reiff's claim to Battle Cry laurels presenting any balm at all to wargamers, slim though that may be.

 

The Line of Succession for Consul 2013

Nick Henning, DC
2nd - 104 Laurels

David Platnick, VA
3rd - 100 Laurels

Trella Bromley, FL
4th - 98 Laurels

Robert Kircher, RI
5th - 95 Laurels

Randy Buehler, WA
6th - 94 Laurels

 

Consul Ranking  Competitor WBC Laurels  WBC Tally Board
1 Ken Gutermuth, NC

108
ALH 5th 8, AUC 1st 20, EPB 1st 60, MMS 3rd 12, WPS 3rd 8
2 Nick Henning, DC

104
AUT 2nd 18, FAS 1st 20, FDE 2nd 24, GXT 1st 20, LWL 6th 2, RRY 3rd 20
3 David Platnick, VA

100
7WS 3rd 16, POF 1st 30, PRO 2nd 24, Ra! 2nd 30
4 Trella Bromley, FL

98
EPB 3rd 24, RBN 1st 50, TTR 3rd 24
5 Robert Kircher, RI

95
AMR 1st 30, NVG 3rd 12, RFG 4th 9, SJN 2nd 24, SFR 1st 20
6 Randy Buehler, WA

94
CAR 5th 6, CQF 1st 20, GOA 5th 6, LWL 1st 20, AGE 4th 18, VSD 2nd 24
7 Aran Warszawski, il

92
AMR 3rd 12, AUC 2nd 12, E&T 3rd 8, AGE 2nd 36, T&T 2nd 24
8 Andrew Emerick, CT

91
AMR 4th 9, EGZ 1st 30, LID 1st 40, NVG 5th 6, AGE 6th 6
9 Bruce Reiff, OH

87
AUC 4th 6, BCY 4th 9, FBS 1st 20, SJN 1st 40, WPS 2nd 12
10 Brandon Bernard, PA

84
ABN 4th 12, DOM 1st 40, ELF 5th 4, FMR 4th 12, PRC 3rd 16
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