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2006 WBC Report  

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

David Gantt, SC

2006 Champion

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2006    David Gantt     28


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  David Gantt        SC    06     30
  2.  Peter Reese        VA    06     18
  3.  Robert Vollman     AB    06     12
  4.  Robert March       CA    06      9
  5.  Melvin Casselberry PA    06      6
  6.  Tom Vickery        NJ    06      3

2006 Laurelists

Peter Reese, VA

Robert Vollman, AB

Robert March, CA

Melvin Casselberry, PA

Tom Vickery, NJ

Where's Nappy? ...

How much of a true multi-player game is Wellington? Well, Roberto Suarez as the Spanish complained to his English ally that the English were flagging too much of Spain for themselves, and were even leapfrogging over the Spanish to take cheap victory points. His ally turned a deaf ear. Roberto is not one to be ignored. When the French combined their armies for a two-player, three-army counterattack on the British in Madrid (who, of course, had flagged the capital for themselves), the British player dropped two cards that through attrition more than gutted the massed French. Roberto, as the Spanish, then played a card that would allow one side to ignore all attrition losses, even after the dice were rolled. Roberto, as Spain, played it in favor of the French. After that, when the Spanish spoke, the English listened.

14 games were fought by 28 different players over four days. Of those 14, the French team won nine. Five of those nine French victories went to the French "blue" or northern player, with the "green" or southern player taking the rest. Of the five Allied victories, three were won by the British, and two by the Spanish.

Most of the games were marked by a flurry of card play as gamers dropped two, three, four and in one instance as many as eight cards in a single battle. Wellington, which one player calls "Napoleonic Wars on Crack," can get so furious that players at times forget the basics. Just ask David Gantt who, after taking back Madrid in the name of the emperor, then pushed out to hit some marauding Spanish - but in doing so forgot to leave a garrison behind - and, yes, the guerrillas did take back the Spanish capital.

David, a veteran from the Greenville Mafia, did advance to the Final where, as French "blue" he won the tourney. Unfortunately as the game was a trial event this year, there was only one trophy - which now hangs in a place of honor in Greenville.

 GM      Mark McLaughlin (1st Year)  NA  
    mgmprsm@yahoo.com   NA

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