The Tides of History ...
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
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.
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.
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)-
Blue: Jennifer Visocnik
Green: Ty Hansen
Olive Green: Harald Henning
Purple: Virginia Harley
Red: Kevin Youells
Yellow: Jon Anderson
(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
(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
(B) Scythians head across the Asian steppe to enter the Middle
East through the Persian Plateau and end their trek in the Lower
(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
(G) Celts use Astronomy to sail to Ireland and then go south
to crush the Etruscans. This allows them to gain dominance of
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(P) 137 (Y) 126 (O) 125 (G) 121 (B) 120 (R) 116
(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
(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
(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
Thanks to all who participated and I hope to see you again next
Gregory Breza, Jon Anderson
and Kevin Youells