Updated Nov. 23, 2013

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Joe Beard, AZ

2012-13 Champion

Event History
1991    Kevin McCarthy      17
1992    Rob Beyma      16
1993    Larry Lingle      16
1994    Joe Beard      18
1995    Joe Beard      10
1996    Bruno Sinigaglio      10
1997    Phil Evans      18
1998    Rob Beyma      16
1999    Chuch Stapp     17
2000    Rob Beyma     10
2001    John Clarke     18
2002    Rob Beyma     20
2003    Marty Musella     20
2004     Rob Beyma     17
2005    Marty Musella     18
2006    Rob Beyma     18
2007     Marty Musella     22
2008    Joe Beard     21
2009    Richard Beyma     19
2010    Richard Beyma     22
2011    Richard Beyma     25
2012    Joe Beard     20
2013    Joe Beard     25


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Rob Beyma          MD    08    162
  2.  Marty Musella      VA    12    149
  3.  Richard Beyma      MD    13    133
  4.  John Clarke        FL    13    119
  5.  Joe Beard          AZ    13    100
  6.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    11     61
  7.  Pat Mirk           FL    13     51
  8.  Joe Angiolillo     CT    13     45
  9.  Ray Clark          CT    12     39
 10.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    01     31
 11.  Mark Gutfreund     KY    08     30
 12.  Bill Morse         VA    07     24
 13.  Tim Miller         GA    11     23
 14.  Forrest Pafenberg  VA    02     18
 15.  Bill Scott         VA    05     16
 16.  James Tracy        OH    07     12
 17.  Larry Lingle       PA    00     12
 18.  John Ellsworth     IL    99      9
 19.  John Popiden       CA    09      8
 20.  Gary Dickson       CA    05      8
 21.  Johnny Hasay       PA    01      8
 22.  Don Tatum          MD    08      6
 23.  Steve Likevich     OH    05      6
 24.  Ivan Lawson        MD    02      6
 25.  Ed Menzel          CA    13      4
 26.  Mike Horn          FL    06      3
 27.  Phil Evans         VA    03      3
 28.  Greg Smith         PA    02      3

2013 Laurelists                                     Repeating Laurelists:

Pat Mirk, FL

John Clarke, VA

Joe Angiolillo, CT

Richard Beyma, VA

Ed Menzel, CA

Past Winners

Kevin McCarthy, OH

Rob Beyma, MD
'92, 98, 00, 02, 04, 06

Larry Lingle, PA

Joe Beard, AZ
1994-95, 2008, 2012-13

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

Phil Evans, VA

Chuck Stapp, PA

John Clarke, FL

Marty Musella, VA
2003, 2005, 2007

Richard Beyma, VA

Ron Glass vs Bob Jamelli with Mark Gutfreund observing from Egypt.

Joe Angiolillo vs Bill Morse

Viva Le Emperor Again ...

Tweezer Wars or Geezer Wars?

Wow, what a tournament! WATERLOO just seems to be getting better despite celebrating its 51st birthday this year. The lure of this game has brought back gamers over the past four years who haven't played in a tournament or convention for 25 years including a high school classmate of mine, Wes Coates, a most welcomed addition back to the gaming fraternity. A total of 41 games were played with 26 PAA victories. Where's the balance? Distribution of French forces across the board is a key aspect of quality French play. Also, the PAA side is slightly more forgiving in terms of minor errors in play, and with time on their side, they find it easier to prevent the French player from attaining their victory conditions. However, if you look at the games of the top eight players, the breakdown becomes a more enlightening nine French wins against six PAA. So skillful play and not side selection seems to determine which side has an advantage between experienced players. Bidding is still used but the bids are generally very low, usually under six factors to play the PAA. Players' pervious perception of a slight PAA advantage may be driving some of this bidding.

New enlarged colorful maps and re-designed larger counters made an appearance this year, along with re-crafted tables and charts. No new rule changes were made and none are anticipated for next year either. Consequently, while the physical appearance of the WATERLOO map will probably change in the future; the basic playing features, strategies, rules, and tenets remain the same, so a potent playing future seems assured.

The competition for a semifinalist spot was especially intense this year with seven players straining to grab a coveted position. The race to garner enough points was apparent and it wasn't until an hour before the semifinals began that the last spot was determined. Special thanks go out to Richard "the Younger" Beyma, Ed Menzel, Ray Clark, Greg Smith, Tim Miller, and Gary Dickson for their spirited pursuit of the final four. The lucky but skillful semifinalists were perennial challengers John "Septimus Rex" Clarke and Joe "the Anvil" Angiolillo joined by last year's champion, Joe "the Surgeon" Beard and a consistent contender, "Lucky" Pat Mirk.

In semifinal 1, the Anvil's PAA dug-in awaiting Lucky's French horde. Lucky drove almost the entire French Army directly at Quatre Bras and Ligny foregoing the usual substantial left hook toward Nivelles. The Anvil attempted a strong attack to seal the primary road east of Quatre Bras with a 4-1 against a large Prussian infantry division (a 6-4) but Lucky's nickname kicked in and he escaped with a D back 2. Joe Angiolillo's early errors due to fatigue (he played all Friday night in another semifinal) made their first appearance on his 11AM turn when he positioned a weak 2-6 Prussian cavalry brigade on the Quatre Bras heights. This allowed Pat's French to assault the heights while continuing his drive down the primary road east of the town. Pat killed 13 factors for the cost of five this turn. Joe fiercely counterattacked to hold the heights but his second grievous error occurred when he failed to include a supporting cavalry brigade as a "soak-off" unit in the mix which compelled the (7-4) Pirch II infantry division to make a low-odds attack that paid the dreaded A Elim price. Sensing a weakening of the Prussian morale, Pat launched a general attack in the Quatre Bras sector with three major assaults and two supporting soak-offs. Pat's moniker really came true as he rolled three D elims and both soak-offs escaped unscathed, resulting in the destruction of 19 Prussian factors at no cost. It was evident by Joe's exhausted visage that he had no more fight left and he quickly surrendered. Lucky Pat was on his way to the Final.

Meanwhile, in semifinal #2, John "Septimus (a Roman emperor from 193 to 211AD) Rex" Clarke opened the French offensive with a large cavalry force heading toward Nivelles while the rest of the French Army threatened Quatre Bras and the corridor to Tilly. Joe "The Surgeon" Beard's PAA forces established blocking positions across the width of the board skillfully using doubled terrain and large infantry divisions that could only be attacked from a single hex while he sent couriers requesting the British "double time" to the battlefield. Joe's methodical retrograde maneuvers continued throughout 16 June losing only a minimal number of delaying units. By the morning of 17 June, John's French had concentrated enough to launch five major attacks, though three of them were 2-1s. One of them was a 3-1 against a doubled position, and the last was a 4-1. Unfortunately for John, the god of War overcame the god of Fates and he suffered two A elims, two exchanges (including the doubled defender), and only the 4-1 made good with a D elim. The resultant loss ratio was 42 French factors to only 19 PAA factors. Joe launched three selective counterattacks to maintain his doubled positions near the Dyle/Thil river junction on the eastern side of the board and near Nivelles. These were successful and French losses stood at 57 versus 23 PAA factors destroyed by 9AM. Hoping to regain some balance in the loss ratio, John launched a 3-1 against a doubled Prussian 6-4 defending the heights south of Quatre Bras and several low odds attacks in other sectors. He suffered another devastating exchange in this 3-1 and none of his low odds attacks proved any better. With French corpses strewn across the entire width of the battlefield and their morale shattered, John abdicated. The Surgeon was on his way to the Final for the second straight year.

The championship game opened as Joe and Pat bid to see who would get to play the Prussian/Anglo-Allied armies. Pat won on a bid of 5 and removed a 5-4 unit from the starting Prussian units. Joe commenced the "standard" French advance with a substantial force heading toward Nivelles while the remainder of the French Army headed toward Quatre Bras and Tilly. Pat defended the Tilly/Wavre corridor with about half a corps and the bulk of the British cavalry that started in Quatre Bras while fortifying the heights before the Quatre Bras road junction. Joe steadily advanced in each sector while Pat used his 1-4s and 1-6s as delaying units. This lavish expenditure of mounted units reached a crescendo late on 16 June when he lost seven units in two turns thereby exhausting his supply of screening cavalry and horse artillery. At this time, Pat had lost 19 factors, all of them small units. Consequently, at 7AM 17 June, he launched four major attacks near Nivelles and the Dyle/Thil river junction using large units as soak-offs. True to his moniker, he enjoyed good luck with two D elims, a D back 2, and one exchange. Joe viciously counterattacked with three major attacks in the Nivelles sector including a 1-1 against a British 7-4 along with three major attacks east of Quatre Bras risking another 1-1 versus a Prussian 6-4. Joe must have stolen some of Lucky Pat's mojo as he rolled a D elim against the 7-4 and an exchange against the 6-4. Coupled with these victories were another D elim, an exchange and a D back 2 in a low odds 1-2 attack. These assaults shattered the PAA defensive lines and they withdrew to doubled positions north of Nivelles and near Genappe. By 11AM, the PAA armies were stretched thin across the width of the board with no reserves to counterattack and the loss ratio standing at 44 French factors to 72 PAA factors - a dire situation for Pat's PAA forces. By 3 PM, Joe had united the Nivelles and Quatre Bras wings of the French Army and concentrated them for large scale assaults on the center of the PAA defense. Pat now used several 2-4 delaying units as his prolific expenditure of smaller units was coming back to haunt him with a vengeance. Late on 17 June, Pat's position was precarious with no units to delay and not enough reserves to maintain his defense, so he launched a series of low odds attacks hoping his nickname would prove prophetic. But fate proved a fickle mistress. Of the six major attacks, five 1-1s and a single 2-1, he rolled three A elims, two exchanges, and one D back 2. With both allied armies decimated and their morale shattered, not so Lucky Pat Mirk offered his sword to Joe who graciously accepted it. Joe "The Surgeon" Beard, the WATERLOO master, was headed back to Arizona as a repeat Champion!

Congratulations and well done to all those who participated in this year's GROGNARDCON and particularly the WATERLOO tournament. It is a real pleasure to run this tournament every year due to the superb assistance from Don Greenwood, his staff, and the BPA leadership team. Lastly, special thanks to Bruno Sinigaglio and Bill Morse for their assistance and support with the statistics and record keeping. You guys are the bomb!

Join us next year as this remarkable game continues its second half-century of exciting and fun play marked by continual refinements, unbridled enthusiasm, and an outstanding fellowship of players! Frodo and Sam never had it so good!

 Ray Clarke vs Ed Menzel log one of 41 games played in the event. Not bad for an out-of-print game in its 51st year.

 Joe Beard successfully defends his title vs Pat Mirk as Ray Clarke and Joe Angliolillo observe.
 GM      Marty Musella  [9th Year]  171 Indian Trail Rd., Arapahoe, NC 28510 
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