great campaigns  [Updated October 2005]  

2005 WBC Report  

 2006 Status: pending 2006 GM commitment

Chris Withers, CA

2000-05 Champion

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Event History
1993    Ed Beach*      22
1994    Ray Rooks*      22
1995    Bruno Passacantando*      22
1996    Paul Tisevich *      27
1997    Jeff Otto*      22
1998    Bruno Passacantando *      13
1999    Ken Lee*     18
2000    Chris Withers**     19
2001    Chris Withers**     20
2002    Chris Withers**     18
2003    Chris Withers**     19
2004    Chris Withers**     16
2005     Chris Withers***     26

* Stonewall Jackson's Way      ** Combined into GC2      ***Combined GC2 & GC3 into GCA

PBeM Event History
2000    Ed Beach      17


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Chris Withers      CA    05    246
  2.  David Cross        VA    05     82
  3.  Paul Nied          KS    04     78
  4.  Mark Booth         VA    04     75
  5.  Ed Beach           MD    05     73
  6.  B. Passacantando   CT    03     66
  7.  Steve Likevich     OH    05     36
  8.  Michael Pacheco    CA    04     36
  9.  Scott Spurgeon     ON    00     36
 10.  Pat Duffy          NJ    02     29
 11.  Rob Doane          MA    05     18
 12.  Dennis Mason       ME    04     18
 13.  Robert Dwyer       NJ    04     15
 14.  Ken Lee            PA    03     12
 15.  Steve Sandy        OH    02      9
 16.  Ed Karpowicz       DC    01      9
 17.  David Dockter      MN    00      9
 18.  Jim Pyle           VA    00      9
 19.  Brad Anderson      OH    02      6
 20.  William Cooper     NJ    00      6
 21.  Rod Coffey         MD    05      3
 22.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    04      3
 23.  Marty Musella      VA    03      3
 24.  Forrest Speck      MD    01      3
 25.  Mike Metcalf       NC    01      3
 26.  Hugh Mater         NJ    00      3
 27.  Doug Pratto        MA    00      1

2005 Laurelists

Rob Doane, MA

Steve Likevich, OH

Ed Beach, MD

Dave Cross, VA

Rod Coffey, MD

Past Winners

Ed Beach, MD

Ray Rooks, MD

Bruno Passacantando, CT
1995, 1998

Paul Tisevich, FL

Jeff Otto, OH

Ken Lee, PA

Chris Withers, CA

Great Campaigns of the American Civil War

The year 2000 brought change to The Great Campaigns of the American Civil War (GCACW) series tournament play. Instead of trying to pack an ever expanding series of games into a five-day tournament it was decided to consolidate down to two events. Additional campaign games were added for those who love truly looonnnng games. The first tournament was titled '1862' which encompassed four games: Stonewall Jackson's Way, Here Come the Rebels,  Stonewall in the Valley and On to Richmond. The remander of the series covered the later years of the war and was contested under the label 1863.

In 2005, the two events were merged into one due to declining attendance and now covers the entire series.






Newly consolidated into a single event, the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War tournament thrived at WBC 2005. Total attendance across all GCACW was up by 10%. The number of participants in our Wednesday teaching session and the number of commanders in our Long Roads to Gettysburg multiplayer campaign game (a whopping 13) both set all-time highs.

The Long Roads to Gettysburg demo was hosted by the designer of that module, Ken Lee. With such a surplus of generals, Ken was promoted off the battlefield, serving only as a staff officer in Stanton's War Office for much of the game. The Union commanders used the new addition of strategic movement effectively, marching north to block the Potomac crossings before Lee's army could arrive. The decisive contest occurred at Harper's Ferry. Ewell's corps charged forward into a Union trap. Without Stonewall Jackson's leadership, the II Corps was pinned against the confluence of rivers. Their destruction late that night won the game for the Union (after well over 100 commander-hours of play).

Thursday morning brought the start of the GCACW single elimination rounds, and attendance in these games remained strong all day. The16 players in the Seven Pines round set a record for recent years. At the end of the day the Union and Confederacy had tied with 13 wins apiece; Chris Withers and Steve Likevich (the only players with three wins for the day) took top honors and advanced directly to Saturday's quarterfinals. The other six slots wouldn't be determined until the next day.

Friday's rounds were smaller, losing players to the For The People and March Madness tournaments. Once again three wins advanced you to the quarterfinals, with Dave Cross and Ed Beach being the day's triple winners. Ed's only loss came at the hands of Ken Lee in one of the weirdest tournament games ever. Fighting out the battle of Fort Stevens, Ed launched a succession of attacks on the Washington, DC fortifications. Ken rolled a 6 in defense each time, winning our shortest scenario without having to move a single unit!

Saturday's single elimination rounds featured the scenarios Battle of the Wilderness, Bethesda Church, and Bloody Spotsylvania, all from Grant Takes Command. Our Rookie-of-the-Year, James Sulzen, fell in the Wilderness round to Chris Withers, while our Risen from the Ranks award winner, Rod Coffey, lost to Ed Beach. Former champ Paul Nied succumbed to Steve Likevich, but PBeM ladder champ Rob Doane was able to upset Dave Cross. The semifinals featured a rematch between Ed and Chris, who had battled it out in Finals for the past two years.

Ed's creative use of Sheridan to wipe out half the Confederate cavalry gave him a brief lead, but Chris turned the tables with a devastating attack by Hill's corps who abandoned their forts to strike the decisive blow. Rob continued his late surge and advanced to the Finals for a try to upset the five-time champ.Fighting between the WBC champ and PBeM ladder leader continued until 2am, when Chris was finally able to destroy a significant portion of Rob's army against a river. It was Chris Withers, 8th straight year where he returned from WBC with at least one GCACW plaque  

 GM      Ed Beach [13th Year]   NA   NA

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