110 still in convoy as the escort
Evil Germans Rob Eastman and Peter
Staab laugh at the offer of Allied assistance.
Mark Yoshikawa and Sean McCulloch
lick their lips in anticipation of spoils to come.
If Rolinda Collinson believes
Mark Mitchell and Vassili Kyrkos, she'll soon be playing the
lead in a remake of Lifeboat.
What a predicament - between
defending champ Justin Thompson and Joe Collinson ... might as
well start sending the SOS.
Over 100 of the BPA's finest again braved the treacherous
shipping lanes for the 2013 Atlantic Storm event.
The five semifinal battles put a pair of former laurelists,
Steve Cameron and Stephen Squibb, and two newcomers, Scott Driessen
and Ron Glass, into the Final against two-time champ, John Coussis.
continued the hot dice rolling that allowed him to cruise to
his semifinal victory to open the Final with a 4VP convoy while
sharing spoils with Scott and Stephen. He also added a convoy
in Round 2 with some help from fate and Scott who used the CAM
Ship to claim the German card played by Steve. The favorite was
off to a strong start.
Round 3 provided the only push of the game to stall John's
impetus. Steve took the lion's share of the resulting spoils
in the tiebreaker round by playing the King George
V and a bonus after John had changed the suit to Combined.
Stephen won Rounds 5 and 6 while John rolled large again in
Round 7 to take a 4VP convoy. Ron took advantage of a German
wolfpack that was fated against the 4VP convoy to take 4 VP's
Steve took two of the next three convoys with some big dice
rolls. In between, Stephen got solid gunnery from the Tirpitz
as his crew rolled an 11 to take down a 4VP convoy plus a spoil.
Ron then took the next two convoys. First, by playing the Hood
(last in a '42 battle) and then playing the Scharnhorst
in the following hand. Turncloak!
Round 15 saw the biggest guns come out over a 4VP Arctic convoy.
Scott led with the Duke of York which prompted Steve to
employ the Bismarck. Stephen followed with the Hood.
Steve missed his chance at the brass ring when he couldn't pull
the rags to riches upset by rolling a 12 .
John's dice failed him on Turn 16 when he could muster only
a roll of 1 (needing just 3 to claim 4VP's).
Stephen pulled ahead for good on Round 19 as he rolled a 6
to rob John of 5VP's. John's dice remained cold in the last round
with another roll of 1 (needing only a 3 to win). While it was
frustrating for our intrepid GM, it would not have made a difference
as Stephen had already secured his win. The score was Stephen
33, Steve 24, John 22, Ron 14 and Scott 12. Stephen started the
event as the last of 51 ACS laurelists and improved his
ranking 38 places with the win.
All good things must come to an end. As I say goodbye as the
GM of this event, I'd like to thank everyone who has played.
Running this tournament for 14 years has been a lot of fun, but,
I'm sure it will continue to be a highlight of WBC for years
Matt Evinger, Pete Reese and York
Dobyns form a wolfpack.
David Buchholz shows Jim Kramer what
naval war is really like.