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Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report    

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Harald Henning, CT

2013 Champion

Event History
1993    Ben Grimes        53
1994    Gordon Bliss      102
1995    Tim Johnson      105
1996    Keith Levy      102
1997    Bruce Monnin    108
1998    Greg Crowe        72
1999    Jonas Borra        68
2000    Robert Destro       70
2001    Harald Henning       56
2002    Rolinda Collinson       52
2003    Mike Backstrom       49
2004    Haim Hochboim       55
2005     Mark Pitcavage       42
2006    Craig Yope       44
2007     Gregory Kulp       39
2008    Jeff King       32 
2009     Henry Dove       45
2010    Jeff King       50
2011    Kevin Youells       46
2012    Joe Collinson       47
2013    Harald Henning       46


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Harald Henning     CT    13    196
  2.  Jeff King          OH    10    124
  3.  Joe Collinson      MD    12    108
  4.  Kevin Youells      FL    13    102
  5.  Rolinda Collinson  MD    05     90
  6.  Jonas Borra        NY    02     84
  7.  Henry Dove         MD    11     80
  8.  Gregory Kulp       NJ    11     74
  9.  Mike Backstrom     MN    03     68
 10.  Haim Hochboim      is    04     60
 11.  Robert Destro      NJ    00     60
 12.  Dominic Duchesne   qc    12     54
 13.  Mark Pitcavage     OH    05     50
 14.  Allen Kaplan       NJ    01     48
 15.  Craig Yope         MI    06     40
 16.  Mark Smith         KY    10     36
 17.  Jamie Tang         MD    06     36
 18.  Peter Busch        OH    04     36
 19.  Tony Cadden        MD    00     36
 20.  Bob Aarhus         NC    99     36
 21.  Greg Crowe         MD    12     32
 22.  Virginia Harley    VA    13     30
 23.  Patrick Gorman     PA    09     30
 24.  Ty Hansen          DC    13     26
 25.  TJ Halberstadt     IN    08     24
 26.  Christina Hancock  NH    04     24
 27.  Malinda Kyrkos     NY    01     24
 28.  Graeme Dandy       au    00     24
 29.  Joe Burch          MD    99     24
 30.  Terry Coleman      CA    04     23
 31.  Nathan Barhorst    MI    11     20
 32.  Bill Boynton       ME    05     20
 33.  John Elliott       MD    10     18
 34.  Paul Bean          MA    00     18
 35.  Chris Hancock      NH    99     18
 36.  Eric Kleist        MD    08     16
 37.  Michael Mullins    MD    07     16
 38.  Jon Anderson       PA    13     15
 39.  Lee Waters         MD    12     15
 40.  Bill Beswick       IN    09     15
 41.  Duane Wagner       NJ    06     14
 42.  Scott A. Smith     PA    10     12
 43.  James D. Long      PA    07     12
 44.  Rachel Power       MI    04     12
 45.  Andrew Kutzy       NY    02     12
 46.  Michael Pacheco    CA    99     12
 47.  Jennifer Visocnik  IL    13     10
 48.  Nick Pei           CA    12     10
 49.  Matthew Beach      MD    09     10
 50.  Evan Davis         IN    05     10
 51.  Richard Beyma      MD    08      8
 52.  Chris Trimmer      TX    06      8
 53.  Keith Altizer      FL    04      6
 54.  Richard Fox        IL    02      6
 55.  Ivan Lawson        MD    01      6
 56.  Paul McCarthy      NY    00      6
 57.  John Rinko         VA    99      6
 58.  Ray Bergeron       NY    11      5
 59.  Scott Bowling      IN    05      5
 60.  Aran Warszawski    il    08      4
 61.  Rachel Harley      VA    07      4

2013 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists:

Virginia Harley, VA

Ty Hansen, DC

Jon Anderson, PA

Jennifer Visocnik, IL

Kevin Youells, PA

Past Winners

Gordon Bliss, MA

Keith Levy, MD

Bruce Monnin, OH

Greg Crowe, MD

Jonas Borra, NY

Robert Destro, NJ

Harald Henning, CT
2001, 2013

Rolinda Collinson, MD

Mike Backstrom, MN

Haim Hochboim, Israel

Mark Pitcavage, OH

Craig Yope, MI

Gregory Kulp, NJ

Jeff King, ME
2008, 2010

Kevin Youells, PA

Joe Collinson, MD

Ty Hansen, Michael Dauer, Christina Hancock, Randy Needham and Wayne Morrison

Virginia Harley didn't let a math error deter her from reaching the Final in her semifinal.

 Chris Greenfield, Harald Henning, Bruce Osgood and Kevin Breza

 GM Craig Yope and his finalists

The Tides of History ...

A Champ in either version ...

This year's event saw a return to glory for the first player to win the tournament playing with both the Avalon Hill "blue box" and the Hasbro versions.

Heat 1
The Tuesday night session brought together 30 eager conquerors looking to dominate the world. Winners from the five resulting games were: Ty Hansen, Gregory Breza, Harald Henning, Mark Smith, and defending champ Joe Collinson.

Harald Henning was lingering in last place at the end of the third round but put together four straight turns of 30+ points, including a final round 47 with France, to squeak out the win over Bruce Osgood and John Rinko.

Greg Kulp surged to a big early lead with the back to back scoring double dip of Persia and the Celts and managed to retain the lead through the fifth round gaining four pre-eminence markers. But defending champ Joe Collinson reeled him in with a nice trifecta of Romans/Arabs/Seljuk Turks.

Ty Hansen tied for the lead in Round 1, was one point off the lead after Round 2, and then draws the Romans in the third epoch! That started four rounds of pre-eminence marker draws that eventually allowed him to top a late charge by Mark Visocnik who scored 140 of his 186 points in the last three rounds.

Mark Smith's 60-point Britain was enough to cruise out to a comfortable win over Tim Tow and his Spain/Russia finishing flurry. An early game lead was grabbed by Henry Dove with the Minoans/Greek City States (aided by the Phoenicians)/Han Dynasty trio but the majority of the game was led by Virginia Harley with the Romans retaining presence in the west and Guptas/Sung/Mughals in the east.

Game 5 was even across the board through two epochs but turned into a two-horse race between Gregory Breza and Kevin Youells. Greg's Macedonians put him ahead of Kevin's Romans but Kevin came back in the fourth and fifth epochs behind the Goths and Chola. Greg's Mughals reined Kevin in after six rounds and then he put it away with Germany's finishing kick topping Kevin's mediocre Netherlands showing.

Heat 2
The Wednesday gathering was a mixed bag of repeat offenders looking for redemption and new blood reaching for the heights. 27 players split into two 6-player and three 5-player games. The five emerging winners were: Nick Pei, Mark Smith (again!), Henry Dove, Jon Anderson, and John Stevens.

Nick Pei eased out to a slim lead at the end of the second epoch. That lead grew and remained relatively stable through the next four rounds as neither the Romans nor the Mongols appeared to ravage the landscape. Michael Mullins stayed close with a stretch run that consisted of the Byzantines/Seljuk Turks/Ottoman Turks/Netherlands and Bruce Blumentritt slowly built upon the early Persia/Macedonia combo to finally take the lead, but Nick coasted to a close win by turning over 24 points in pre-eminence markers!

After Ed O'Connor shot out to an early lead, Game 2 settled into a close affair with only six points separating first from last after two epochs. Then that sandbagging Mark Smith drew the Romans. To make matters worse, his close second at the end of the third epoch was enough warning to the other players that he should get the Khmers. That honor went to Ron Clement who started a slide towards middle of the pack status that was only salvaged by a Britain Turn 7 that earned him second place in the game. Long story short - Mark rolled to another relatively easy win, recording 49 points with the United States!!! Board presence people - it's a key tactic in this game.

Joe Delaney was led for the first three epochs of Game 3, but that just meant he was due for a "Khmering". 98 points in the last two rounds plus 7 points for early pre-eminence markers was not enough to get him past third place. Henry Dove emerged from the shadows to spread his presence across the board with a back to back pairing of Romans and Arabs. Henry's monopoly on the lead was only briefly interrupted by Steve Spisak doubling up on a Seljuk Turk/Timurid Emirates opportunity before he was gifted the Inca/Aztecs. Even after getting stuck with the United States, Henry still scored 48 points to survive this tight contest. Steve Spisak'd parting lament was noted on his score sheet concerning his choice to keep the Hsiung-Nu: "bad idea".

Our GM jumped out to a slight lead after two epochs, but never got a glimpse of a good turn thereafter - managing only 35 points with the French! Bill Morgal had a nice mid-game run, snagging three pre-eminence markers in Epochs III throughV, but Jon Anderson was on the prowl. A Holy Roman Empire score of 45 points that banked a lot of Arab presence from the prior turn moved him to the fore. It also laid the groundwork for a Portugal/Russia pairing that barely topped Bill's 47-point Germany and his 14 pre-eminence points. The passing of Portugal to Jon was the source of a certain amount of head scratching and gnashing of teeth at the time as better recipients were available (*cough, cough* ME!!!).

The last game of the preliminaries was a roller coaster ride in which the lead changed hands from Eric Eshleman to Malinda Kyrkos to Christina Hancock and finally settled into a tie between Eric and Matthew Morgal. But as always seems to happen in games like this where everyone is fighting to keep each other in check, a tail dragger got a chance to get on a roll and no one could stop him. Enter John Stevens with a murderer's row ending lineup of Macedonia/Arabs/Mongols/Portugal/Germany. He scored 52, 48, and 42 points in the last three turns. Add the 13 pre-eminence points for a grand total of 155 points - just shy of my score for my entire game! John blew away his table with the highest score and the largest victory margin of the event.

Thursday evening rolled around to find all nine winners in place along with nine alternates intent on some serious carnage.

Bill Morgal took a first epoch lead with Egypt on Table 1, but he was quickly eclipsed by John Stevens working the Greek City States/Macedonia combo to take the next two epochs. As could be predicted, John was given the Khmers and toiled in obscurity for the rest of the game. Mark Smith briefly rises to the top in the fourth epoch with a Romans/Goths one-two punch, but the always powerful Arabs/Holy Roman Empire riposte allowed Ty Hansen to force his way to the top. Ty, to no one's surprise, endured the Incas/Aztecs in the sixth epoch, but Mark couldn't capitalize with his Timurids. Virginia Harley's Spain and Bruce Blumentritt's Ming Dynasty help them close the gap on Ty heading into the last epoch, but he snags the Netherlands and scores enough to edge Virginia's finishing kick with Russia pulling 50 points.

This is a good time to once again remind you that proper scoring is a key element to playing the game at WBC. Virginia miscounted her score for the lower half in the last epoch and screwed herself out of eight points. Those points would have given her the lead at the end of the last epoch and entitled her to the pre-eminence marker. Equally important, Ty would have been denied his third. That combination could have given her the game outright. Luckily for her, she still had a good enough score to reach the Final.

Hope is not a strategy - make sure you take the time to review your score after your turn is over, but before the next epoch starts. Once the next card is drawn, you can't change things.

Table 2 witnessed Jennifer Visocnik take the early lead with the Egypt/Hittites combo facing no Sumerian opposition. Husband Mark blasts past his colorful significant other with an Epoch II Chou Dynasty/Phoenicia tandem that built upon his Indus Valley presence for a 28-point turn. He was promptly rewarded with the Hsiung-Nu for taking the lead and proceeded to score all of seven points in Epoch III. Meanwhile, Kevin Youells crushes all before him with a 34-point Macedonia to lead after three rounds. Joe Collinson then used the Huns to follow the work of his Sassanids for a 38-point push to the top of the leader board. This was all just fluff for what was to come next. Jon Anderson's Arabs scored 36 points aided by eight monuments. His Seljuk Turks/Mughals/United States finish kept him barely in front each round to garner the last three pre-eminence markers and the win. Even with that, the game was close enough that both Jennifer Visocnik and Kevin Youells also advanced.

Henry Dove worked the Babylonia/Hittites partnership to gain the first turn lead on Table 3 but was soon overtaken by Nick Pei doing the Greek City States/Phoenicia Mediterranean two-step in the second epoch. Greg Kulp and Harald Henning used different paths (Hsiung-Nu vs. Romans) to achieve a tie after three epochs with three others within five points. Tight play and serious grumbling about empire passes characterized the following epochs. So while the complaining continued, Harald weathered the Khmers, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Incas/Aztecs while actually increasing his lead. Nick Pei managed to sidestep the majority of the sniping throughout and climbed to second at the end of Epoch VI, but that still left him 14 points behind. Ultimately, only a good draw for Nick and the right "bad" card for Harald could derail the Henning victory train. When neither occurred, Harald coasted to a comfortable 20-point win with the last four pre-eminence markers. That meant Harald would be the only player advancing from this table.

The following notations are used to allow you to track the progression of the Final.

(B)- Blue (G)- Green (O)- Olive Green (P)- Purple (R)- Red (Y)- Yellow

Blue: Jennifer Visocnik
Green: Ty Hansen
Olive Green: Harald Henning
Purple: Virginia Harley
Red: Kevin Youells
Yellow: Jon Anderson

Epoch 1
(B) Canaanites and Hittites join in with Sumeria for a fast start in the Middle East.
(R) Egypt takes out the Canaanites to get presence in the Middle East along with North African presence.
(G) Indus Valley dominates India and gains Middle East presence.
(P) Babylonians rise up to take out the Sumerian capital and go on to dominate the Middle East.
(O) Shang forts up behind the Great Wall.
(Y) Aryans get into China and India, then build a monument.

(B): 13 (P): 8 (G): 7 (R): 7 (O): 5 (Y): 3

Epoch 2
(O) Assyrians march down the Fertile Crescent and then go to Egypt. Australian Migrants appear.
(G) Chou Dynasty knocks the Aryans out of China and take their monument in the process.
(P) Vedic City States take a beating while capturing the Indus Valley capital.
(B) Scythians head across the Asian steppe to enter the Middle East through the Persian Plateau and end their trek in the Lower Indus.
(R) Carthaginians surge across North Africa to get dominance there with scattered presence in the Arabian Desert. They also dominate Southern Europe by taking Crete and Southern Iberia. A civil war in the Chou capital goes to the Red.
(Y) Persians get presence in Hindu Kush and then turn west to reach Egypt. They gain dominance in Southern Europe through treachery in Crete and an alliance with the Etruscans.

(R): 26 (O): 25 (Y): 24 (G): 23 (B): 22 (P):16

Epoch 3
(G) Celts use Astronomy to sail to Ireland and then go south to crush the Etruscans. This allows them to gain dominance of all Europe.
(O) Macedonians make friends with the Kingdom of Kush and insight a civil war within the Indus Valley Empire that leads to its total collapse. Macedonians make some early thrusts into Anatolia followed by a cleansing of Greece. Then they turn to make a final drive all the way eastward to the Tarim Basin.
(P) Han Dynasty crushes all enemies en route to the full control of China and include dominance of SE Asia by taking the East Indies.
(R) Hsiung-Nu use a "baby boom" to capture two monuments and end up dominating China. Meanwhile, distant allies arise in Central America.
(B) Romans burst forth from the Boot under strong leadership to take Greece and Eastern Anatolia. Then triremes deliver legions into Levant which then proceed to expand into the Upper Tigris, Palestine, and across the whole of North Africa. The final campaign drives all the way to India for dominance.
(Y) Sassanids rise up to bring down the Roman oppressors throughout India and the Middle East. North American migrants ban together in solidarity with the Sassanids.

(O) 56 (B) 54 (R) 45 (Y) 41 (G) 41 (P) 37

Epoch 4
(O) Guptas move unopposed through the Ganges Delta and Irrawaddy to get into China for presence and a monument. Clandestine support fuels a successful Jewish Revolt allowing for presence in the Middle East.
(Y) Barbarians die gloriously while killing off the fringes of the remaining Hsiung-Nu in the Tarim Basin. Goths move south showcasing their expertise in mountain combat to eventually sack Rome and turn it into a grand fortress by the sea.
(R) Huns develop new and improved weaponry that enables them to push south into India for dominance, then into the Middle East and Northern Europe for presence, snatching up monuments and cities along the way.
(P) Byzantines follow the path blazed by the Goths across the Balkans, but choose to go to Greece and Crete instead. They then cross over into the Middle East for dominance. They even amphibiously assault Egypt for North African presence. An earlier pact with the Anglo-Saxons gains them units in Scandinavia and the Scottish Highlands.
(G) T'ang Dynasty goes west along the spice route to gain dominance in the Middle East and India along with their dominance of China. Tibetan Barbarians cover the southern flank of the T'ang by taking Irrawaddy and the Ganges Delta.
(B) Good sanitation practices in the Great Plain of China thwarts the Plague from spreading across the land. Khmers are attracted by such things and proceed to move north through the heart of China in search of said wonders.

(O) 78 (B) 74 (G) 72 (R) 68 (P) 67 (Y) 65

Epoch 5
(Y) Famine in the Scottish Highlands starves out the remaining remnants of the Anglo-Saxons. Franks move south through Spain to gain presence in North Africa and dominance of Southern Europe.
(G) Holy Roman Empire filed expert forest troops that actually do most of their fighting in the mountains. They gain help taking the Byzantine capital and end up dominating Northern Europe and Eurasia.
(O) Chola sets sail to the Malayan Peninsula to gain dominance of both SE Asia and India.
(P) A successful Crusade nets the Holy Land and the Arabian Peninsula while more help appears in the form of the Mali Kingdom. Sung Dynasty zips south through Irrawaddy into the Ganges Delta for a presence in India to complement dominance in China and SE Asia.
(B) Fujiwara throws in with the Seljuk Turks who proceed to turn south only to be stymied in their attempt to dominate the Middle East.
(R) Earthquakes in the Balkans and Eastern Ghats were only a prelude to the destruction to come from the rampaging Mongol hordes. Movement across the Great Wall into China was made with relative ease and then they turned westward. Once Europe was reached, tougher resistance was met. In the end, Genghis finally got his retirement villa on the Riviera.

(G) 104 (R) 100 (P) 100 (O) 99 (B) 91 (Y) 87

Epoch 6
(O) Ming Dynasty uses its great Admiral to venture inland and dominate China with three monuments in its four territories.
(B) Timurid Emirates send their excess population east into China to kill the Ming. They eventually peter out as they reach Mekong for SE Asia presence.
(G) Incans dominate South America but are outshone by the Aztecs who use leadership and siegecraft to destroy the Mayans.
(P) Ottoman Turks lose their leader at the start of their northern campaign. They then turn west into Northern Europe to regain dominance while taking the Franks capital. A move east across the Eurasian steppe leads to the capture of the Timurid capital and a push into China.
(Y) Spain uses reallocation and a leader to land a powerful hammer blow all across China picking up four monuments and two resource territories there. A shift in its attention to Northern Europe gains Spain dominance in the region. Anl excursion into the Malaysian Peninsula gives presence in SE Asia and a resource spot towards a monument in Madrid.
(R) The Black Death hits in isolated lands of India and the Middle East. Mughal troops slip into SE Asia for presence there but are stopped from crossing over the mountains into the Persian Salt Desert.

(P) 137 (Y) 126 (O) 125 (G) 121 (B) 120 (R) 116

Epoch 7
(B) Mediterranean disasters wreak havoc in Western Anatolia and Southern Italy. The Tribes of Zimbabwe form a kingdom and pay tribute to the Manchu Dynasty. Manchu units move into China looting the countryside in search of monuments.
(R) Netherlands visits India for a bit of payback on the descendants of the Gupta and Chola empires. The focused zeal exhibited by the expert troops in cleaning out all traces of Olive Green included a push across the straits to Ceylon.
(G) France brings forth reallocation and leadership to knock off Purple presence in Africa, to dominate Northern Europe, and gain a presence in China. Presence and a resource spot in Australia pairs nicely with an empty Lower Indus that has a monument and provides presence in the Middle East. An amphibious invasion of the Pyrenees gives the French a city, a monument, and presence in Southern Europe. More seaborne attacks net Ceylon for India presence, Hokaido for a city and Nippon presence, and the East Indies for SE Asia dominance.
(O) Japan minor empire joins the British Commonwealth but is barely able to dominate Nippon. British weaponry spearheads a move to dominate Northern Europe. Nasty raiding parties poke into Southern Europe for presence there and then seize the Manchu capital for presence in Eurasia. A landing in China became a monument grab and a fight for dominance. A final excursion to SE Asia gains them presence.
(P) United States, using naval power and reallocation, crosses North America to then drop into Nippon, China, SE Asia, and Australia for presence. A move south to take out the Incas secures South America dominance.
(Y) Germany uses weaponry and elite troops for Northern European and India dominance. Other incursions gain it presence in Africa, South America, and SE Asia.

(P) 177 (O) 176 (G) 168 (Y) 167 (B) 155 (R) 140

Pre-eminence Markers
(B) 4 (G) 3 (O) 11 (P) 7 (R) 5 (Y) 0

Final Game Score
(O) 187 (P) 184 (G) 171 (Y) 167 (B) 159 (R) 145

In the end, Virginia theoretically had a chance to pull a good enough pre-eminence marker to keep pace with Harald, but the big ones needed were already in Harald's hand.

Congratulations to Harald Henning for becoming not only a two-time champion, but the first to win it playing both versions of the game.

Thanks to all who participated and I hope to see you again next year!

 Gregory Breza, Jon Anderson and Kevin Youells
 GM      Craig Yope [2nd Year]   NA
    craigyope@comcast.net    NA 

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