Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report     

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Richard Beyma, VA

2013 Champion

Event History
1992    Michael Uhrich     19
1993    Kevin McCarthy     17
1994    Allen Kaplan     18
1995    Vince Meconi     10
1996    Allen Kaplan     16
1997    Kevin McCarthy     22
1998    Kevin McCarthy     22
1999    Vince Meconi     10
2000    Vince Meconi     12
2001    Kevin McCarthy     18
2002    Vince Meconi     11
2003    Vince Meconi      8
2004    Allen Kaplan     28
2005    Jim Tracy     27
2006     Ed Menzel     33
2007    Ed Menzel     31
2008    Ed Menzel     33
2009    Ed Menzel     35
2010    Richard Beyma     35
2011    Ted Drozd     42
2012    Ed Menzel     30
2013    Richard Beyma     34

PBeM Event History
2006     Barry Shoults     26
2008    Vince Meconi     28
2011    Mike Pacheco     36


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ed Menzel          CA    13    255
  2.  Vincent Meconi     DE    13    182
  3.  Richard Beyma      VA    13    136
  4.  Ted Drozd          IL    11    102
  5.  Allen Kaplan       NJ    08     91
  6.  Dave Zimmerman     PA    12     81
  7.  Jim Tracy          OH    13     66
  8.  Barry Shoults      MI    07     56
  9.  Mike Pacheco       CA    11     54
 10.  Greg Smith         FL    13     51
 11.  William Place      PA    08     31
 12.  Tom Gregorio       PA    11     27
 13.  Doug Porterfield   VA    11     24
 14.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    12     19
 15.  Bill Thomson       TX    11     18
 16.  Dan Overland       MI    11     12
 17.  John Clarke        FL    09     12
 18.  Rob Doane          MA    08     12
 19.  Tom Grode          AZ    06     12
 20.  Michael Uhrich     PA    99     12
 21.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    03     10
 22.  Bert Schoose       IL    08      9
 23.  John Sharp         FL    12      6
 24.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    11      6
 25.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    04      6
 26.  Ray Clark          CT    10      4
 27.  Wayne Morrison     FL    02      4
 28.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    13      3
 29.  Robin Chiang       CA    08      3
 30.  Joel Ferich        PA    05      3
 31.  Buck Karpowitz     DC    03      3
 32.  Ken Whitesell      PA    00      3
 33.  Pete Pollard       TN    02      2
 34.  Bryan Van Nortwick NC    01      2
 35.  Roger Knowles      OH    01      1
 36.  Victor Hutcherson  MD    00      1

2013 Laurelists                                           Repeating Laurelists: 

Ed Menzel, CA

Jim Tracy II, OH

Gregory D. Smith, FL

Vincent Meconi, DE

Mark Gutfreund, KY

Past Winners

Michael Uhrich, PA

Kevin McCarthy, OH
'93, '97-'98, '01

Allen Kaplan, NJ
'94, '96, '04

Vince Meconi, DE
'95, '99-'00, '02-'03

Jim Tracy, OH

Ed Menzel, CA
2006-2009, 2012

Richard Beyma, MD
2010, 2013

Ted Drozd, IL

Five-time champ Ed Menzel vs John Clarke

Lembit Tohver vs 2005 champ James Tracy

 Four-time champ Kevin McCarthy vs Greg Smith do their part to uphold the grognard image.

But then there was Richard Beyma and Devlin Davsin. Civil War enthusiast or dedicated girl friend?

Grognards +1

It's Still a Rebel World ...

Richard Beyma defeated defending champion Ed Menzel (6-3-1) to take his second Gettysburg title. Richard, who finished 10-1 for the week, has reached the Final each of the last five years. Third place went to 2005 champion, JimTracy (6-2-0). Regular contender Greg Smith finished 4th with a 4-4-0 mark and took home the book National Geographic's Atlas of the Civil War, given to the highest finisher who did not win a plaque. The 34 entrants and 48 games played were slightly up and down from the 2012 totals, respectively.

Preliminarygames were played at the Grognardcon precon and WBC itself from Saturday through Friday. Friday night, the ten players who had played the required three games to qualify for the Final 4 were ranked, with the top four advancing to the single-elimination rounds. The qualifiers were, in order, Richard Beyma (8-1, 64 points), JimTracy (6-1, 57), Ed Menzel (5-2-1, 48), and GregSmith (4-3, 39). Richard, Ed, and Greg all repeated from last year's final four. The other qualifiers were Vince Meconi, Mark Gutfreund, Lembit Tohver, 8th, Dave Zimmerman, TedDrozd , and Bryan Eshleman in that order.

In the semifinals, seed #1 Richard Beyma faced #4 Greg Smith and #2 Jim Tracy played #3 Ed Menzel. Greg's Union, bidding 8.0, hung in until Turn 20 before falling to Richards rebels. Meanwhile, Ed's Federals, with a bid of 13.0 - the tournament's highest bid, forced Jim's Rebels into a Turn 13 resignation.

The Final reprised both last year's championship tilt and an earlier game during the preliminaries between these two highly qualified adversaries. Richard again took the Grey for a bid of 11.5. The South was conservative early, allowing Ed to defend forward positions through Turn 5. Confederate reinforcements eliminated Robinson's Iron Brigade and an artillery unit, causing the Union to fall back to Cemetery and Culp's Hills, where they repulsed attacks at twilight. Day 2 saw another Confederate assault on the hills, which succeeded. Losses were still fairly light for both sides. Ed elected to counterattack rather than fall back. Normally fairly defensive as the USA, Ed became aggressive. Union attacks succeeded in killing support artillery and cavalry units but could not dent CSA infantry. CSA counterattacks then began to attrit the US. Ed extended his flank towards the west edge of the board, putting pressure on Richard by killing off his flanking artillery. The CSA fell back off the hill with four big infantry stacks to lay into Union flank forces. On Turn 12, the Confederates attacked Sickles stack of six infantry factors at 10 to 8 (artillery support added), rolling one hit on CSA. At this point Richard used the reroll chit and instead rolled one Union hit.

By Turn 12, all Rebel artillery save the horse guns had been eliminated, but no CSA infantry had been hit. Union losses were heavier. Turn 13 reinforcements arrived and the Confederates consolidated and reformed their line by killing US units in the rear. Turn 13 and 14 attacks resulted in steady losses for the Federals and only one hit on Rebel infantry. In the evening of July 2nd, Union forces launched one more counterattack that was repulsed. With the CSA infantry stacks almost intact, CSA counterattacks broke US troop strength and morale at the close of the day, resulting in a Union surrender.

Richard's 9-1 record as the Confederates earned him Best Confederate Player appellation by a wide margin over Jim Tracy's 6-1-0 mark. Ed Menzel's 4-3-1 log as the Blue won him Best Union Player in a year when no other player could manage more than one victory and a winning record as the Federals. Mark Gutfreund's playing style and demeanor earned him this year's Sportsmanship Award nomination. I also want to acknowledge last year's Sportsmanship Award nominee, John Sharp, because I somehow failed to mention his nomination in last year's recaps.

One notable feature of this year's tournament was the mandatory Revised Order of Appearance for the campaign scenario. In the revised version, the game begins on the 10 AM turn, or Turn 2. The Confederate troops which in the current rules arrive on Turns 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 now are all delayed one turn. Union troops arriving on Turns 1, 2, and 3 are similarly delayed. Although the new format's impact has not yet been reflected in the won-lost records for Grey vs. Blue, players generally agreed that it changes and balances the game, albeit to an unknown degree.

Overall, the South won 31 games to 16 for the North with one tie. 44 games used the campaign scenario, with the Confederates taking 30 and the Union 13. Four games used the short July 1 scenario, with the Rebels winning just one. Two of those four July 1 scenario games were played in a pair, with the best total score determining the winner for Victory Point purposes and AREA reports. Bidding was all over the map this year, so to speak. Although no player bid for the Union in the campaign scenario, 12 games had no bid and 32 had Confederate bids varying from 1.0 to 13.0 and everything in between. There was no bid in the four July 1 scenario games. The average Confederate bid was 3.82 for all games and 5.73 for games in which there was a bid.

Average game length increased yet again to 4 hours and 4 minutes, the longest by more than 20 minutes of any year since we began keeping track 10 years ago. Henry Richardson defeated Pat Richardson in the shortest game, taking just 35 minutes, while two games lasted seven hours each: Ed Menzel vs. John Clarke and Greg Smith vs. Vince Meconi. It is now more accurate to say that Gettysburg is a 4-hour game than a 3-hour game. The Increased playing time is no doubt due to a combination of two factors. First, the higher bids and Revised Order of Appearance have together virtually eliminated any Confederate automatic victories on July 1 - there appear to have been none this year. Second, we are playing fewer First Day scenarios and more campaign scenarios.

Again this year, I thank Bruno Sinigaglio and Bill Morse for running the Grognardcon portion of the event. Thank you also to Assistant Gamemasters Ted Drozd, Ed Menzel, Greg Smith, and Bill Thomson for helping run the tournament. Last, but certainly not least, Bill Morse deserves continued appreciation for completely automating the scoring at the WBC for all the Grognardcon games, including Gettysburg '88. Gentlemen, thank you very much for your assistance.

One title vs five; five won this semifinal.

GM Vince Meconi with his returning finalists.
 GM      Vincent Meconi [10th Year]   105 Churchill Ln, Wilmington, DE 19808-4355    302-234-1415

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