The Tides of History ...
Ed O'Connor and John Rinko sort their
armies for the conquests to come.
Nathan Barhorst and Lee Waters man
their respective corners of the globe.
Fulfillment at Last ...
This year's event saw the culmination of one man's History
of the World dreams while battling through some external
Heat 1 had 29 players spread across five tables. The winners
were: Henry Dove, Joe Collinson, Kevin Breza, Dominic Duchesne,
and Nick Pei. The Breza win was decided by the first tie-breaker,
which is lowest total empire strength. Pei and Collinson cruised
to big margins while the Dove and Duchesne games were tight affairs
producing close second and third place scores.
Heat 2 lived up to its name with faulty air conditioning exacting
its toll. The 26 players for this session included eight returning
from the first heat. The stifling conditions in the Kinderhook
room may have had the benefit of moving games along. They all
ended earlier than the norm with the 6-player game being the
first to finish. Winners in this heat were: Lee Waters, David
Anderson, Wayne Morrison, Dave Earls, and Chris Trimmer. Trimmer
and Anderson crushed all comers with both pulling six of the
seven pre-eminence markers. Waters took the first five markers
and coasted to a comfortable win in his game. Earls lagged behind
for most of his game until Spain returned him to the pack and
a 65-point France performance gave him the win. The Morrison
win was anyone's game with the top four players within an 11-point
spread and the last player just 19 points behind.
That fourth place finish for Harald Henning was a good example
of how the (%) advancement system works. He was close enough
to the winner to have a 94.3 % score and that proved good enough
to advance. The semifinals returned nine of the ten preliminary
winners along with nine alternates based on their heat (%) score.
Table 1 drew three former champs - Craig Yope, Henry Dove, and
Greg Crowe - plus 29th ranked Nathan Barhorst who was trying
for his second straight Final. Gregory Breza's slight lead on
the pack in the first round gave way to a three-way tie at the
end of the Second Epoch between Yope, Dove, and Lee Waters. Barhorst
then rode the Macedonian wave into the lead at the end of Epoch
3 only to see the Waters' Arabs sedge the Breza scoring combo
of Romans/Guptas. Crowe was forced to muddle through with almost
exclusively Asian empires but was able to hang around long enough
to then capitalize on a Mughals/Russia back-to-back scoring opportunity
to break away from the pack. Waters led for most of the late
game epochs and was able to cement his lead with pre-eminence
markers to earn the first seat in the Final.
Table 2 seated two former champs - Harald Henning and Kevin Youells
- and a pair of veteran players in 11th ranked Joe Collinson
and 22nd ranked Dominic Duchesne. Harald took an early lead with
Egypt and Scythians but was briefly passed by Joe's Macedonian
surge. Kevin then took his turn in the lead with the Huns and
held on through Epoch 5 with the Chola. Harald returned to prominence
with a strong Ottoman performance in the sixth epoch, but Dominic
worked Britain for a 62-point finale. It was enough to stave
off Harald's pre-eminence markers for the win. Henning's close
second and Collinson's solid third advanced both.
Table 3 had a less impressive resume, relying on 46th ranked
Chris Trimmer and the ever dangerous 15th ranked Mark Smith for
its laurel count, but made up for it with the only female in
the mix - Christina Harley. Kyle Greenwood took the early lead
with the Hittites by adding its forces to those of the Sumerians.
Kevin Breza took the lead with the Greeks and retained enough
map presence to hold a share of the lead at the end of Epoch
3 in spite of being "Hsiung-Nued". His co-leader was
Nick Pei who was given the Sassanids after catching up with the
Pei then crushed all enemies in the four remaining epochs by
averaging almost 35 points per round! The runaway nature of the
win meant that only Nick would advance from this table. And it
meant that the normal "ruckus" associated with a Mark
Smith elimination game was conspicuously absent.
The Final thus offered an even mix of former champs, experienced
finalists and newcomers. The Henning and Crowe championships
came in the old version of the game, but they knew what it takes
to play this version. Duchesne has been a consistent force over
the last few years and the veteran Collinson didn't achieve an
11th ranking by playing in preliminaries. The Pei name is synonymous
with WBC championships but this was virgin territory for Nick.
Waters was a WBC first-timer so this was definitely uncharted
waters for him.
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: Harald Henning
Green: Joe Collinson
Olive Green: Nick Pei
Purple: Greg Crowe
Red: Lee Waters
Yellow: Dominic Duchesne
(O) Sumeria spreads to India.
(B) Egypt goes south along the Nile and forts up on both sides
of the Bosporus/Dardanelles.
(P) Minoans fortify Crete and expand to Eastern Anatolia.
(R) Indus Valley gets help from the Hittites to score well.
(G) Babylonia invades Sumeria and takes out their capital.
(Y) Shang Dynasty goes to the southeast coast and fortifies in
the middle and the south.
(O): 9 (R: 9 (Y): 8 (B): 8 (P): 5 (G): 5
(P) Assyrians flood across the Middle East taking out the Hittites
and pushing into India.
(O) Chou Dynasty has a tough time against the decadent Shang.
(G) Vedic City States press east into SE Asia and penetrate into
(Y) Greek City States knock out the Minoan fortifications with
Treachery and then turn north ending with a fortified British
(B) Scythian alliances with both second epoch minors (Phoenicians
and Etruscans) allow it the freedom to move east into China and
(R) Carthaginians use the other Treachery card to take the Greek
fort on Crete and then shoots across North Africa before stalling
at the gates of Tyre.
(B): 35 (R): 25 (P): 22 (Y): 21 (O): 19 (G): 17
(P) Celts get some help from a civil war within the Scythian
empire to gain presence in India, but struggle to dominate Northern
Europe and also have trouble against the Etruscans in Southern
(G) Macedonians drop into an empty Levant and drive to control
all of North Africa, finishing with forts on both sides of the
(Y) Han Dynasty goes naval and takes the SE Asia islands on its
way to conquering the northern tier territories of India. A few
of those ships must have been blown off course because Australian
Migrants pop into the outer islands of that area.
(O) Hsiung-Nu gain presence in India and Africa when friendly
barbarians take the Ganges Delta and migrants pop up in the far
south of the "Dark Continent". That leaves them free
to concentrate on their drive into northern China for domination
of the Middle Kingdom.
(R) Romans follow in the footsteps of the Macedonians by going
into Levant but take out the remnants of the Egyptian presence
around Constantinople to get there. From those positions they
push on into the rest of the Fertile Crescent and Danubia.
(B) Sassanids go west but are attrited while trying to force
their way into the Nile Delta.
(G): 52 (B): 50 (R): 48 (Y): 45 (O): 36 (P): 35
(G) Guptas struggle to even gain dominance of India while earthquakes
destroy the monuments of Rome and Zagros.
(Y) Goths clean out the Roman descendants from Greece but fail
to actually take Rome or Carthage.
(P) An isolated outbreak of the Plague in the Upper Tigris does
little to aid the cause of the Huns as they storm south from
the Western Steppe. Tendrils of presence were established in
India, China, Northern Europe, and Southern Europe.
(B) Byzantine allies pop up in the Southern Andes. The main empire
first occupies the Greek peninsula and then proceeds to embark
upon a tough march across the Eurasian Steppe towards India and
China. It proves to be a costly endeavor that is ultimately fruitless
when their armies are "stoned" at the edge of the Hindu
(O) T'ang Dynasty uses its expertise in jungle warfare to oust
most of the foreign incursions into China. Then they turn that
skill south and shoot through SE Asia on their way to the Ganges
(R) Khmers sneak into southern China while a strange deal is
struck with the Anglo-Saxons for presence in Northern Europe.
(G): 78 (R): 73 (B): 72 (Y): 68 (O): 57 (P): 56
(Y) Franks look to improve their tans by heading south through
Southern France into Northern Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, and
finally Morocco. Curiously, a few scouts seemed to have made
it across the Sahara and created an alliance with the Kingdom
(B) Vikings amazingly portage their ships across the interior
of the North American continent to sail the Caribbean Sea and
end up in Venezuela. But then they fail to clear out the Greek
remnants from Ireland.
(G) Crusaders lose their way and go north around the Black Sea
gaining presence in Southern Europe, Northern Europe, and Eurasia.
Meanwhile, Chola warriors sailed to the SE Asia islands and cemented
their presence with massive fortifications.
(R) Natural disasters in southern Asia wipe out monuments in
the Middle Tigris and Upper Indus while Pestilence in Sumatra
and Malaya clear the way for the Sung Dynasty to dominate China
and SE Asia while also added to their presence in India.
(O) Unfounded rumors of a Famine precede the Seljuk Turks as
they rampage through most of India and then hook into China through
the Irrawaddy region.
(P) A strong leader arises and guides the Mongols to great victories
in China and SE Asia, BUT Genghis Khan finally falls as he crosses
into India. His successor then turns the Hordes west in a quest
for Northern European glory.
(G): 116 (R): 101 (B): 94 (Y): 92 (O): 86 (P): 82
(B) Ming Dynasty troops cleanse the Chinese landscape of lingering
Mongols and then march through the Mekong and Malaya on their
way to Delhi.
(O) Timurid Emirates push into China along the Silk Road all
the way to the Eastern Sea.
(Y) The Safavids and the Thai see the way the wind is blowing
and throw their lot in with the coming Ottoman Turks. Having
secured their southern flanks, the Turks concentrate on going
east to dominate China.
(R) More geological instability causes destruction in Eurasia
and China. In the West, a Portuguese excursion into Northern
Europe is stopped cold in Northern Gaul. But that doesn't stop
them from establishing a myriad of outposts in places like Korea,
Australia, Madagascar, Argentina, and the West Indies.
(P) A continuing trend of natural disasters claims monuments
in the Tarim Basin and the Mekong. Spanish naval power helps
it to spread its influence into North America, South America,
Africa, China, and even a return to the Persian Plateau.
(G) Civil unrest in the Viking homeland leaves them with only
a New World presence. Jihading Mughals lose their "mojo"
early on and struggle to break into Malaya. They do finally reach
Si-Kyang though to gain presence in China.
(G): 138 (Y): 136 (B): 133 (R): 124 (O): 116 (P): 107
(R) Russian agents help organize a successful Jewish Revolt in
Palestine. Tsarist troops push through central and western Europe
to secure a vacation villa for the royal family on the French
Riviera. Then the army's focus became a presence in China.
(O) The Manchu Dynasty decided to pass on the normal China strategy
and went for a more Western approach. Hardship was the order
of the day as the Manchu armies (even aided by a leader card)
fought their way to the Rhine, but no further to end with only
a presence in Northern Europe.
(B) Dutch expansion into India, SE Asia, and Africa brought the
Netherlands a brief dominance of the Far East.
(P) France expeditions into North America and China bring about
dominance of those areas, while troops at home force their way
across the Channel (much to the English's dismay) to dominate
(Y) The United States claims its Manifest Destiny on the way
to dominance of China. Attacks into Australia, Nippon, and SE
Asia add to further American influence in the region.
(G) Germany takes it time to dominate the Northern European area
while expanding its cultural influence into Eurasia, Southern
Europe, and then into the New World of North and South America.
(Y): 179 (G): 176 (B): 169 (R): 166 (O): 149 (P): 147
(B): 5 (G): 16 (O): 0 (P): 0 (R): 0 (Y): 4
Final Game Score
(G): 192 (Y): 183 (B): 174 (R): 166 (O): 149 (P): 147
Joe Collinson has finally made it to the top of the world - the
History of the World that is! He was heard to say the
he will "laminate the plaque and have it bolted to his headstone."
Talk about satisfaction! It was a longtime coming though. His
wife won the event ten years earlier, and one by one, his children
have added shields of their own while dad remained without WBC
bragging rights. A longtime WBC regular who is no stranger to
late rounds, Joe has finally checked off that item on his bucket
John Elliott and GM Craig Yope fast
Craig Yope oversees his finalists.