2009 Caesar Award Results — Hail Stefan Mecay
Feb. 17, 2010

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Stefan Mecay, in only his fourth year of WBC competition, won laurels in eight tournaments to claim the Caesar title with a staggering 295 Laurels in the 2008 season - nearly doubling the score of runner-up and past Caesar, James Pei. He ran up a huge lead during the year before WBC began by winning two large email tournaments (Paths of Glory and Twilight Struggle) in the Card Driven games that are his specialty, padded that lead further with two wins at WAM and for good measure took a 4th at Enlightenment. In truth, it would have taken a record-setting WBC performance to overtake him even if he did not play at WBC. But he scored another 60 laurels by winning the Paths of Glory Pre-Con and then coasted to his fitting at the toga emporium. Despite his overwhelming total, Stefan can't lay claim to sole BPA leadership however since he finished well down the list in WBC statistics for Consul honors for laurels scored exclusively during WBC week.

Rounding out the top six BPA competitors for 2009 were James Pei, Ken Gutermuth John Emery, defending Caesar Alex Bove and Curt Collins II in that order. Only seven of last year's Top 25 players managed to retain that high ranking in 2009 led by ex-Caesar James Pei who rose from 13th in 2008 to 2nd this year. Ken Gutermuth, Alex Bove, 2007 Caesar Raphael Lehrer, Chris Byrd, Kevin Wojtaszczyk and Ewan McNay all managed to retain Top 25 status another year also while18 new names graced the leader board.

 

The Line of Succession for Caesar 2009

James Pei, VA
2nd - 157 Laurels

Ken Gutermuth, NC
3rd - 139 Laurels

John Emery, SC
4th - 135 Laurels

Alex Bove, PA
5th - 132 Laurels

Curt Collins II, PA
6th - 130 Laurels

 

 Rank  Competitor Laurels-2008 rank-WBC  Tally Board
 1 Stefan Mecay, TX 295 - X - 33 960w 1st 20, 960 2nd 18, MFDE 4th 12, POGe 1st 60, POGp 1st 60, TWSw 1st 50, TWSe 1st 60, TWS 4th 15
 2 James Pei, VA 157 - 13th - 79 ACQ 4th 9, FTP 1st 30, HRCp 4th 18, WNW 1st 40, WNWe 1st 60
 3 Ken Gutermuth, NC 139 - 5th - 45 AORE 1st 60, AOR 4th 9, AORe 5th 10, AUC 4th 6, MMS 3rd 8, NW2W 5th 12, PGF 6th 2, POGw 3rd 12, TAM 2nd 12, WPS 3rd 8
 4 John Emery, SC 135 - X - 75 ATS 5th 4, KPR 1st 20, MAN 1st 30, NW2W 1st 60, NW5 4th 18, UPF 6th 3
 5 Alex Bove, PA 132 - 1st - 78 ADVe 2nd 18, AMR 2nd 18, CYLq 3rd 8, GOA 1st 20, GOAq 3rd 8, POFq 2nd 12, Ra! 1st 40, RFGq 3rd 8,
 6 Curt Collins II, PA 130 - X - 100 ADVe 1st 30, AMR 4th 9, ELG 4th 9, RRY 4th 12, SPG 1st 40, UNP 1st 30
 7 Chris Withers, CA 128 - X - 92 960 1st 30, GCA 3rd 12, TWS 1st 50, TWSe 2nd 36
 8 Jeff Mullet, OH 126 - X - 60 AORe 2nd 30, AORE 3rd 24, AOR 6th 3, CAR 2nd 12, GOAq 2nd 12, MFD 1st 30, SJN 4th 6, UNP 4th 9
 9 Jim Castonguay, PA 123 - X - 96 CYLq 4th 6, DIM 1st 30, NW5 6th 6, PGD 1st 60, PGDq 4th 9, T&Tq 2nd 12
10 Tom Drueding, MA 122 - X - 4 POGw 1st 30, POGp 3rd 24, SHSe 1st 60, SOS 3rd 4, WNWw 3rd 4
11 Mark Neale, RI 120 - X - 70 8XX 4th 12, AORe 1st 50, CMS 1st 50, PGF 3rd 8
12 Raphael Lehrer, CA 118 - 22nd - 38 AGEp 1st 40, AMR 3rd 12, GOAq 1st 20, RYP 1st 20, T&Tq 1st 20, WPS 4th 6
13 Arthur Field, SC 118 - X - 88 AMRe 5th 8, AORE 4th 18, AUC 2nd 12, BAT 2nd 12, DOM 1st 40, MFDE 6th 4, SPG 3rd 16, TKL 3rd 8
14 Kyle Greenwood, HI 116 - X - 80 EPG 3rd 20, HRCp 2nd 36, TTR 1st 60
15 Darren Kilfara, uk 113 - X - 3 KZV 6th 3, TWSe 3rd 24, VIPp 2nd 36, WASe 1st 50
16 Keith Wixson. NJ 110 - X - 30 HRCp 1st 60, TWSw 3rd 20, WNW 4th 12, WTP 2nd 18
17 Richard Moyer, MN 100 - X - 100 B17 1st 60, SSB 1st 40
18 Chris Byrd, CT  84 - 3rd - 30 POGw 2nd 18, POGe 2nd 36, PUG 1st 30
19 Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY  83 - 18th - 53 ALH 1st 30, AMR 6th 3, SFR 1st 20, WORp 1st 30
20 Steve Pleva, CT  80 - X - 80 COH 1st 20, PRO 1st 60
21 John Elliott, MD  80 - X - 80 ACS 1st 40, GSR 1st 40
22 Ewan McNay, NY  80 - 2nd - 52 BRI 3rd 16, KRM 1st 20, MFDE 5th 8, WAS 3rd 16, WASe 3rd 20
23 Richard Beyma, VA  80 - X - 80 GBG 2nd 24, MAN 2nd 18, RBS 2nd 18, WAT 1st 20
24 Michael Kaye, MD  79 - X - 19 BKN 4th 12, MGM 4th 3, VIPp 1st 60, WAS 6th 4
25 Tom DeMarco, NJ  79 - X - 50 ADVe 4th 9, SPGq 1st 20, SPG 2nd 24, T&T 5th 6, TYX 1st 20, DOMq 3rd 8, T&Tq 3rd 8

Key: e = email (PBeM), E = Enlightenment mini-con, eq = Euro Quest mini-con, w = WAM mini-con, W = Waterloo mini-con, p = Pre-Con


2009 Consul - Hail Richard Moyer

With 14 multiple winners, the race for Consul was the closest ever. In fact, it was so close, we had to resort to the tie-breaker rules to decide between Curt Collins II and Richard Moyer who both hit the Century mark with exactly 100 laurels during WBC. Both our co-leaders won two events, but because Richard won the largest single event by laurel count he took the initial tie-breaker. Of course, both can be thankful that Pre-Con events don't count towards Consul totals or we would be hailing Kyle Greenwood whose 2nd in Hannibal during his very first WBC would have put him over the top at 116 laurels as our Consul. As it was Kyle finished in a four-way tie for sixth at 80 laurels with Steve Pleva, Richard Beyma and John Elliott. Pleva took sixth on the second tie-breaker—most wins. The other top Consul competitors were Jim Castonguay, Chris Withers and 2005 Caesar, Arthur Field.

 

 

 

The Line of Succession for Consul 2009

Curt Collins II, PA
2nd - 100 Laurels

Jim Castonguay, PA
3rd - 96 Laurels

Chris Withers, CA
4th - 92 Laurels

Arthur Field, SC
5th - 88 Laurels

Steve Pleva, CT
6th - 80 Laurels

 Rank  Competitor - From Laurels - Total  Tally Board
 1 Richard Moyer, MN 100 - 17th B17 1st 60, SSB 1st 40
 2  Curt Collins II, PA 100 - 6th AMR 4th 9, ELG 4th 9, RRY 4th 12, SPG 1st 40, UNP 1st 30
 3 Jim Castonguay, PA   96 - 9th DIM 1st 30, NW5 6th 6, PGD 1st 60,
 4 Chris Withers, CA   92 - 7th 960 1st 30, GCA 3rd 12, TWS 1st 50
 5 Arthur Field, SC   88 - 15th AUC 2nd 12, BAT 2nd 12, DOM 1st 40, SPG 3rd 16, TKL 3rd 8
 6 Steve Pleva, CT   80 - 20th COH 1st 20, PRO 1st 60
 7 Kyle Greenwood, HI   80 - 14th EPG 3rd 20, TTR 1st 60
 8 John Elliott, MD   80 - 21st ACS 1st 40, GSR 1st 40
 9 Richard Beyma, VA   80 - 23rd GBG 2nd 24, MAN 2nd 18, RBS 2nd 18, WAT 1st 20

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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