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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Brian Conlon, CT

2014 Champion


Event History
1991    Chuck Foster     28
1992    Kevin Quirk     29
1993    Kevin Quirk     38
1994    Bill Fellin     37
1995    Heikki Thoen     63
1996    Heikki Thoen     46
1997    Kim Lemmons     94
1998    Eyal Mozes    100
1999    Heikki Thoen     58
2000    Steve Okonski     69
2001    Steve Okonski     56
2002    Ed Wrobel     75
2003    Mike Zorrer     59
2004    Doug Galullo     66
2005    William Duke     53
2006    Inger Henning     46
2007    Tom Dunning     40
2008    Eve Secunda     49
2009    Mark McCandless     35
2010    John Henry     34
2011    Sue Lanham     36
2012    Donna Balkan     40
2013    Trella Bromley     38
2014    Brian Conlon     35


Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
  1.  Brian Conlon        CT    14    124
  2.  Mark McCandless     LA    09    122
  3.  Ron Secunda         MD    13    121
  4.  Steve Okonski       MD    01    120
  5.  Donna Balkan        on    14    119
  6.  Mike Zorrer         DE    13     85
  7.  Mark Kennel         DE    11     80
  8.  Doug Galullo        FL    05     80
  9.  Inger Henning       CT    10     66
 10.  John Henry          on    12     60
 11.  Angus McDonald      on    11     60
 12.  William Duke        MD    09     60
 13.  Chuck Foster        TX    08     60
 14.  Ed Wrobel           VA    02     60
 15.  Stan Buck           MD    02     60
 16.  Heikki Thoen        qc    99     60
 17.  Eve Secunda         MD    13     60
 18.  Brian Smith         NY    14     55
 19.  Charles Davis       WV    02     54
 20.  Paul van Bloem      MD    14     52
 21.  Trella Bromley      FL    13     50
 22.  Sue Lanham          MD    11     50
 23.  Tom Dunning         NY    07     50
 24.  Harald Henning      CT    10     45
 25.  Chester Lanham      MD    09     35
 26.  Norm Newton         on    13     30
 27.  Bill Crenshaw       VA    03     30
 28.  Sue Lanham          MD    14     25
 29.  Larry Kratz         ID    04     24
 30.  David Weinstein     NY    02     24
 31.  Ed Rothenheber      MD    00     24
 32.  Jeff Jackson        MN    14     20
 33.  Sam Packwood        MN    12     20
 34.  Roderick Lee        CA    12     20
 35.  TJ Halberstadt      IN    06     20
 36.  Phil White          MD    04     18
 37.  James Wicht         NC    00     18
 38.  John Karr           PA    11     15
 39.  Tony Newton         on    09     15
 40.  Gary Chamblee       GA    08     15
 41.  Mike Mullins        MD    05     15
 42.  Mike Brophy         NC    04     12
 43.  Mark Oldfield       CA    02     12
 44.  Eyal Mozes          NY    01     12
 45.  Dee Gehring         IN    99     12
 46.  Dave Steiner        DE    06     10
 47.  Stephane Dorais     qc    05     10
 48.  Carl Walling Jr     PA    03     10
 49.  Malcolm Robinson    NY    00      6
 50.  Charles Ellsworth   NY    03      5

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Brian Smith, NY

Jeff Jackson, MN

Donna Balkan, ns

Sue Lanham, MD

Paul van Bloem, MD

Past Winners

Chuck Foster, TX

Bill Fellin, CT

Heiki Thoen, qc
1995-1996, 1999

Kimberly Lemmons, TX

Eyal Mozes, NY

Steve Okonski, MD

Ed Wrobel, VA

Mike Zorrer, DE

Doug Galullo, FL

William Duke, MD

Inger Henning, CT

Tom Dunning, NY

Eve Secunda, MD

Mark McCandless, LA

John Henry, on

Sue Lanham, MD

Donna Balkan, on

Trella Bromley, FL

Brian Conlon, CT

Jeff Jackson, Brian Smith, Sue Lanham and Trella Bromley

2008 champ Eve Secunda and Norm Newton

Sam Packwood, Ron Secunda, Paul Van Bloem and Len Scensny

GM Secunda and his finalists.

Rover Beware ...

This year's tournament was quite exciting. For one thing, the number of players who won two of the preliminary heats was the highest since I have been GM. Congratulations to Brian Conlon, Paul Van Bloem, John Henry, Donna Balkan, and Sue Lanham for being double winners. Also, one player in the Final got close enough to victory to taste it twice, only to have it disappear both times!

The holdings for the Final players when all properties had been purchased were:
Brian Conlon: AT&SF, CMS, TP&P, CB&Q, SOU, IC.
Brian Smith: PA, NYNH&H, B&M, UP, RF&P, SLSF, T&P.
Jeff Jackson: NYC, SP, L&N, C&NW, NP.
Donna Balkan: B&O, WP, D&RGW, CRI&P, GN, ACL, GM&O.
Sue Lanham: C&O, SAL, MP, N&W.

One player in the Final went bankrupt. Sue's future looked bleak early on when, sitting in Seattle, she rolled San Diego as a destination, while the AT&SF, UP, and SP had already been purchased. From there, things didn't get much better. Surprisingly, it was Brian Conlon, not Sue, who first had to auction railroads. The first was the IC to Jeff for 15K, and then his SOU to Brian Smith for 29K. Sue had to auction her MP off to Brian Smith for $27.5K, and her downward spiral continued. She auctioned off her N&W to Jeff for $12K, her SAL to Donna for $10K, and her last railroad, the C&O, to Brian Conlon for $10K.

Jeff was the first player to announce $150K. He subsequently found himself in Chicago with $213.5K, but then had to travel to two hostile destinations, Boston and Des Moines. At this time, Jeff's only competition (cash-wise) was Brian Smith, who announced $150K. Jeff's next destination after Des Moines was New York City. After reaching New York with plenty of cash on hand, he declared for his home city of Charlotte. Unfortunately, whereas he needed a 10 to win the game, he only rolled a 6, and retreated northward, where he was rovered near Albany anyway by Brian Smith, who had rolled a 16! Now, Brian Smith had $221K, but was on his way to a hostile Detroit. Jeff proceeded to his alternate destination, San Antonio, and had $201.5K upon arriving. His next destination was Boston, and Brian Smith, fearing Jeff would again be in a position to return to Charlotte, began an epic journey through several regions on an assortment of owned and unfriendly railroads to stay nearby. Meanwhile, Donna announced over $150K, and Brian Conlon had arrived in Los Angeles and announced with $175K. Eventually, neither Jeff nor Brian Smith could declare for home, and they both had to head to destinations out west, Jeff to Los Angeles, and Brian to Spokane (with $266.5K) on board.

At this point, Jeff, with way over $200K, rolled for his next destination and, as fate would have it, rolled SW. He chose SE, then unbelievably rolled his home city! Brian Smith, with nothing to lose at this point, declared for his home in Dallas. Brian Conlon amazingly rolled an 18 on his way to hostile Cleveland, and then proceeded to Fort Worth, where he arrived with $203K. Jeff had been moving along his SP toward Charlotte, and was finally just 10 spaces from his home city (again), when Brian Conlon declared for his home city, Chicago. He needed a 13 to arrive, and rolled a 14, to win the game. Talk about coming from behind!
For those of us who had a less than stellar tournament, there's always next year. Me? I bought new dice. It was that or sacrifice a chicken.

The finalists lineup with their winnings.

 GM     Ron Secunda  [12th Year]  NA
   roneve@secundaland.com  NA 

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