2002 Caesar Award Results
Nov. 30, 2005

Hail Marvin Birnbaum!

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Card-driven wargames (CDWs) were the weapon of choice in the duel for the first Caesar title. Peter Reese scored all of his 129 laurels in that genre with WBC championships in Hannibal and Paths of Glory accounting for 120. He supplemented that total with only nine more laurels in Wilderness War and the Hannibal email tournament. Marvin Birnbaum trailed him after WBC by 55 laurels despite scoring 64 laurels in the same genre with a third in Paths of Glory and a We the People crown. But Marvin’s skills were more diverse and he used his considerable talents in the area impulse genre to overtake Reese in November by winning the D-Day mini-con for 60 extra laurels. A second in Paths of Glory at WAM in February cemented his lead and our first Caesar reigned triumphant at WBC 2003—complete with a Marriott provided toga via housekeeping as modelled at right by our ruler.

Four other competitors topped the 100-laurel mark in our initial year led by Phil Rennert with 112. Jeff Cornett finished fourth with 106 and proved to be the highest ranked Euro winner although his resume of laurels crossed many genres. David Metzger also topped the century mark with 104 laurels to finish fifth despite winning four events at WBC. Unfortunately for him, his events were all small and not top scorers. Debbie Gutermuth proved that Caesar is not of reach for the fair sex by breaking into the Top 25 rankings at 21st with 72 laurels to lead her gender. Indeed, with memories of Rebecca Hebner’s Grand Slam still fresh in many minds, one wonders if Caesar is out of reach of the young set as well.

These scores will no doubt be surpassed in the future as scoring opportunities increase via additional mini-con opportunities and the enhanced scoring of PBeM tournaments and trial events after 2002. Nevertheless, the bar has been set—who will be next to raise it?

The Line of Succession for Caesar 2002

Marvin Birnbaum
1st - NJ

Peter Reese
2nd - VA

Phil Rennert
3rd - VA

Jeff Cornett
4th - FL

Dave Metzger
5th - NY

Ewan McNey
6th - CT

 Competitor - From Laurels  Tally Board
 1. Marvin Birnbaum - NJ  146  FLG 1st 10 - POG 3rd 24 - WTP 1st 40 - BKNd 1st 60 - POGw 2nd 12
 2. Pete Reese - VA  129  HRC 1st 60 - POG 1st 60 - WNW 6th 3 - HRCe 2nd 6
 3. Phil Rennert - MD  112  AHD 3rd 12 - A&A 1st 60 - RSK 1st 40
 4. Jeff Cornett - FL  106  E&T 1st 30 - MED 5th 6 - NAP 1st 20 - RRY 1st 50
 5. David Metzger - NY  104  776 5th 4 - AHD 1st 30 - A5A 1st 20 - PCV 1st 30 - 812 1st 20
 6. Ewan McNay - CT    99  AOR 2nd 36 - BRI 1st 60 - CAR 6th 3
 7. Arthur Field - SC    95  AUC 2nd 12 - POF 1st 40 - PRO 1st 10 - TKL 2nd 24 - TTA 4th 9
 8. David Dockter - MN    90  FTP 5th 6 - HRC 2nd 36 - POG 5th 12 - WTP 3rd 16 - POGw 1st 20
 9. Chris Byrd - CT    88  AORE 1st 60 - AOR 3rd - 24 - NAP 5th - 4
10. Mike Sincavage - VA    88  776 4th 6 - A5A 2nd 12 - ANZ 1st 40 - EIS 1st 30
11. Tom Gregorio - PA    87  BWD 1st 20 - TRC 1st 40 - BKNe 6th 1 - TRCe 2nd 6 - BWDe 1st 10 - U43e 1st 10
12 Bruce Reiff - OH    86  AUC 1st 20 - BAT 6th 3 - FBS 4th 9 - WAS 2nd 30 - WPS 2nd 18 - WASe 2nd 6
13. David Buchholz - MI    84  GXY 2ns 24 - SET 1st 60 
14. Jonathan Shambeda - PA    82  ACQ 1st 30 - GXY 1st 40 - SET 5th 12
15. Harald Henning - CT    82  EPB 3rd 24 - HWD 2nd 36 - MED 3rd 12 - TOG 1st 10
16. Ray Freeman - CA    81  TIM 2nd 24 - VIP 2nd 36 - WAS 3rd 20 - WASe 6th - 1
17. Barry Smith - NY    80  FDE 1st 50 - TVW 1st 30
18. John Pack - CO    80  ADV 1st 40 - GSR 1st 40
19. Bruce Young - SC    78  BRI 3rd 24 - UNP 1st 30 - UPF 2nd 24
20. Ed Rothenheber - MD    72  TTN 1st 60 - HRC 5th 12
21. Debbie Gutrmuth - TX    72  CAR 1st 30 - EPB 5th 12 - MMS 1st 30
22. Charles Hickok - PA    70  MOV 1st 40 - SSS 1st 30
23. Mark Guttag - VA    70  ELG 1st 40 - TJM 1st 30
24. Joe Sposito - NJ    69  CMN 4th 9 - MRA 1st 30 - TTA 1st 30
25. John Emery - SC    68  B17 5th 8 - OW2 5th 2 - SSB 2nd 18 - UPF 1st 40

Key: d = D-Day mini-con, e = email (PBeM), E = Enlightenment mini-con, eq = Euro Quest mini-con, w = WAM mini-con, W = Waterloo mini-con

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