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2005 WBC Report  

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Jim Tracy, OH

2005 Champion

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Event History
1992    Michael Uhrich     19
1993    Kevin McCarthy     17
1994    Allen Kaplan     18
1995    Vincent Meconi     10
1996    Allen Kaplan     16
1997    Kevin McCarthy     10
1998    Kevin McCarthy     22
1999    Vincent Meconi     10
2000    Vincent Meconi     12
2001    Kevin McCarthy     18
2002    Vincent Meconi     11
2003    Vincent Meconi       8
2004    Allen Kaplan     28
2005    Jim Tracy     27


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Vincent Meconi     DE    05     81
  2.  Allen Kaplan       NJ    04     64
  3.  Ted Drozd          IL    05     34
  4.  Jim Tracy          OH    05     30
  5.  Dave Zimmerman     PA    05     26
  6.  Ed Menzel          CA    05     24
  7.  William Place      PA    00     15
  8.  Michael Uhrich     PA    99     12
  9.  Chuck Stapp        NJ    03     10
 10.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    01     10
 11.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    04      6
 12.  Wayne Morrison     FL    02      4
 13.  Ed Karpowicz       DC    03      3
 14.  Joel Ferich        PA    05      3
 15.  Ken Whitesell      PA    00      3
 16.  Pete Pollard       TN    02      2
 17.  Bryan Van Nortwick NC    01      2
 18.  Roger Knowles      OH    01      1
 19.  Victor Hutcherson  MD    00      1

2005 Laurelists

Ed Menzel, CA

Ted Drozd, IL

Vince Meconi, DE

Dave Zimmerman, PA

Joel Ferich, PA

Past Winners

Michael Uhrich, PA

Kevin McCarthy, OH
'93, '97-98, '01

Allen Kaplan, NJ
'94, '96, '04

Vincent Meconi, DE
'95, '99-00, '02-03

Jim Tracy, OH

And They Said the South Would Never Rise Again

Or was that Greenwood saying Gettysburg would never return to the Century? I've got to learn to shut up.

As others see us: In many multiplayer games one can participate in as many first round heats as desired. As long as a player wins one heat he can finish last in all the others and still qualify for the next round. That doesn't seem very competitive to me. But that keeps attendance up so the event can continue at future WBCs. In recent years some of the two-player wargames have adopted a similar approach, wherein players can play their preliminary rounds whenever they want against whomever they want. Then the top scorers advance to knock-out rounds. Again this doesn't seem very competitive to me, but I see why it is done. On the other hand, the tournament director was clearly well prepared for the event. There were handouts containing errata and a newsletter that had been mailed to prior year's players before the convention. Although playing in another tournament, the director was available for answering several rules questions. ... Frank Cunliffe in EPGS' HEROICS newsletter

First-time entrant Jim Tracy of Dayton, OH blitzed the field with five straight wins to take this year's championship. Jim defeated Ed Menzel of Fullerton, CA in the Final. Last year's runner-up, Ted Drozd of Chicago, IL finished 3rd, and the Gamemaster took 4th.

Preliminary games were played from Tuesday through Friday. Friday night, the nine players who had played the required minimum of three games to qualify for elimination play were ranked, with the top four advancing. The top four were, in order, Ed Menzel (5-0-1), Ted Drozd (3-1-0), Vince Meconi (4-1-1), and Jim Tracy (3-0-0). Dave Zimmerman (5th place, 3-1-0) and Joel Ferich (6th place, 4-2-0) also won three games in the preliminary rounds, but missed the chance to advance on bonus points. 7th through 9th places went to Greg Smith, Mike Joslyn, and Andrew Miller.

In the Saturday semfinals, #1 Ed Menzel squared off against #2 Ted Drozd while #3 Vince Meconi took on #4 Jim Tracy. Ed and Jim took the Confederates for bids of 2 and 3, respectively. Both games resulted in Confederate victories on July 2, Ed's by walkoff on Turn 13 and Jim's via Turn 12 concession.

In the Final, Jim Tracy took the Confederates for a bid of 3. When the smoke cleared on Turn 16, Jim's Confederates were able to leave the field of battle with a 41-39 victory. The Confederates scored 35 VPs via kills and 6 via flips, while the Union compiled their points from the bid (3), kills (15), flips (5), and territory (16).

A field of 27 turned out, just one off last yea'rs all-time high. The 37 games played were a new record. The Confederates won 25 games to 11 for the Union, with one tie. 28 games were played using the campaign (3-day) scenario, eight games used the July 1 only scenario and the other game used Scenario 4, July 2 & 3. 16 players bid for the Confederates (ranging from 1.0 to 3.5 Victory Points), and one bid 1.0 for the Union, while 20 games had no bid. The bids did not appear to change the final outcome of any game. With the preponderance of Confederate victories, perhaps bids need to increase. Playing time ranged from 30 minutes to 5 hours, and games took from 7 turns to 21.

PBeM Tournament:

I'd like to remind folks that the first Boardgame Players Association PBEM Championship for Gettysburg '88 will begin on November 15, 2004. To enter, simply e-mail me. I'm pleased to report that Ric Manns has established a website for the event. The URL is The site currently contains the complete event format and later will record the tournament brackets. A few of the format highlights are: 1) single elimination 2) seeded pairings based on AREA ratings 3) 3 months per round 4) bidding for sides, and 5) default scenario will be 6F, Scenario 5, the 3-day Battle of Gettysburg, using all optional rules except 10D, Extra Union Generals. When you sign up, you will receive a copy of the Rules Clarifications and the Terrain Clarifications developed for this year's World Boardgaming Championships and updates based on situations that occurred at the WBC.

 GM      Vince Meconi  [2nd Year]   105 Churchill Ln, Wilmington, DE 19808   NA

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