1776 [Updated October 2005] 

2005 WBC Report  

 2006 Status: pending 2006 GM commitment

Steve Packwood, MN

2003-05 Champion

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Event History
1993    Mark Miklos

1994    Steve Packwood

1995    Steve Packwood

1996    Rod Coffey

1997    Steve Packwood

1998    Rob Beyma

1999    Steve Packwood

2000    Steve Packwood

2001    Steve Packwood

2002    Rob Beyma

2003    Steve Packwood     10
2004    Steve Packwood     15
2005    Steve Packwood     18

PBeM Event History
2003    Jan Orband     20


  Rank Name             From  Year Total  
   1.  Steve Packwood    MN    05   102  
   2.  Robert Frisby     VA    05    41  
   3.  Jan Orband       Belg   03    30  
   4.  Rob Beyma         MD    04    29  
   5.  David Dockter     MN    05    27  
   6.  Matt Burkins      MD    05    22  
   7.  Rod Coffey        GA    04    21  
   8.  Doug Pratto       MA    03    18  
   9.  John Barrett      MN    05    12  
  10.  Stan Buck         MD    03    12  
  11.  Dave Metzger      NY    02    10  
  12.  Jim Engler        MD    03     9  
  13.  Mike Sincavage    VA    02     9  
  14.  Jim Lawler        NY    02     8  
  15.  Stu Bieber        WI    03     6  
  16.  Bruno Sinigaglio  AK    00     6  
  17.  Brad Frisby       MD    99     6  
  18.  Chuck Leonard     PA    00     4  
  19.  Phil Rennert      MD    05     3  
  20.  Bob Jamelli       PA    03     2

2005 Laurelists

David Dockter, MN

John Barrett, MN

Matt Burkins, MD

Robert Frisby, VA

Phil Rennert, MD

Past Winners

Mark Miklos, GA

Steve Packwood, MN
94-95, 97, 99-01, 03-05

Rod Coffey, VA

Rob Beyma, MD
1998, 2002

Thanks to all those who decry the retention of classic wargames ...

1776 once again returned to the Century in 2005 thanks to membership vote. The format remained the first nine months of the Campaign Game with all optional rules except hidden and decoy counters. The players bid the number of strategic towns (out of a total of 24, including Montreal and Quebec) that the British player must control on the last turn.

This year attendance set a new record for this event with 18. The field included a number of new faces, as well as three of the previous four champions: Rod Coffey, Mark Miklos, and Steve Packwood. In general, the British push south from Canada while bringing the majority of their reinforcements into the Southern states, where the Americans are unable to quickly counter them. The Americans try to maintain an effective force in a good position to take back British-controlled towns on the final turn. The most common bid (eight of the17 games played) increased to14 towns this year. Most games were decided by a victory margin of a single town.

In an All-Minnesota final, David Dockter bid 14 towns to play the Redcoats versus eight-time champ Steve Packwood. During the first quarter, the British built bateaus each turn in Quebec. Also, during this time, the British moved three BR by sea from Boston to Norfolk. The fleets then continued offboard and eventually ended up in Quebec in the Spring. The British March reinforcements landed at Head of Elk and marched into Philadelphia. The fleets in Quebec were used to transport a sizeable number of Redcoats to destinations along the American coast during Spring and Summer. In June, with the aid of a Bateau built in May, the British force in Philadelphia surprised a large American force eight movement points away and destroyed it with only light losses. By August, the British had strong forces in all four areas. In the South Central area, the British attacked the only remaining American force at Charlottesville at 2:1 odds hoping to eliminate it and secure the entire area. However, the British were outcarded and rolled a 1 for a No Effect in the first round - resulting in no losses of troops and supplies for the Americans. This allowed the Americans to attack two other cities at 2:1 odds. When the Americans won both battles, David Dockter lacked enough towns to prevent him from denying Steve Packwood his ninth title.

Yes, it's actually 1776 games as far as the eye can see. HG Wells isn't the only one with a time machine it appears ...


Jan Orband of Belgium faced Doug Pratto of Massachusetts for the first ever BPA 1776 PBeM championship using the first nine months of the campaign game and the Boardgamer's Guide leader rules. Doug bid 13 towns to play the British in an exciting, but relatively bloodless, game of maneuver and counter-maneuver. Both players showed a superb grasp of using troops and terrain to block their opponent. Small, well placed British forces impeded American reinforcements to Charleston in March. In May, after Charleston fell, small American forces then impeded British expansion out of the city. The British maintained a few BRs aboard ships at all times, thereby forcing the American to spread his forces thin in order to counter this constant threat to his coastal towns. By August, the American had formed four main blocking forces: Greene in Albany, Arnold in New England, Lincoln in South Carolina, and Washington in Virginia. Although the British player controlled the 13 towns he needed for victory at the end of his September turn, the wily American found a back door into Alexandria and overran the British garrison. Coupled with seizing Newport, Jan Orband reduced the British to 11 victory towns and became the champion.

Others earning laurels in the 20-player event were:

2nd: Doug Pratto, MA
3rd: Stan Buck, MD
4th: Jim Engler, MD
5th: Stu Bieber, WI
6th: Rod Coffey, GA

 GM      Matthew Burkins  [6th Year]   2917 Smithson Dr, Forest Hill, MD 21050-1901
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