air baron [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report     

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

John Coussis, IL

2007 Champion

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Event History
1996    Jack Jaeger      118
1997    James Garvey      110
1998    Fred Minard        94
1999    Ken Rothstein      117
2000    John Coussis     109
2001    Jack Jaeger       72
2002     Chris Storzillo       73
2003    Jonathan Fox       68
2004    Michael Musko       80
2005    Robert Sohn       75
2006    Brandon Bernard       90
2007     John Coussis       70


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    07    131
   2.  Ken Rothstein      NY    05     82
   3.  Robert Sohn        PA    05     74
   4.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    04     70
   5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    07     64
   6.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
   7.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
   8.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
   9.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  10.  Richard Fox        FL    06     34
  11.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  12.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  13.  Pat Richardson     VA    07     28
  14.  Andy Gardner       VA    04     25
  15.  Tim Bissa          MI    07     24
  16.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     24
  17.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    03     24
  18.  Bruce Bernard      PA    00     24
  18.  John Wetherall     PA    01     20
  19.  Gary Presser       NY    00     18
  20.  Craig Melton       VA    07     16
  21.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  22.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  23.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  24.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  25.  Thomas Richardson  VA    06     12
  26.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    00     12
  27.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  28.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  29.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    02     10
  30.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  31.  Brian Stone        NY    06      8
  32.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  33.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  34.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  35.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  36.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  37.  John Chung         WA    03      4

2007 Laurelists

Tom Bissa, MI

Craig Melton, VA

Brandon Bernard, PA

Greg Schmittgens, KS

Pat Richardson, VA

Past Winners

Jack Jaeger, VA
1996, 2001

James Garvey, NY

Fred Minard, PA

Ken Rothstein, NY

John Coussis, IL
2000, 2007

Chris Storzillo, NJ

Jonathan Fox, FL

Michael Musko, IN

Robert Sohn, NJ

Brandon Bernard, PA

Last out of the cup again ...

The finalists do capitalist battle ...

Persistence Pays ...


That?s the primary lesson of the 2007 tournament. While 16 players advanced to the semi-finals by winning their first heat, six had to try two or even three times to earn a win and thereby qualify for the semis. The four-heat format allows the determined player to flourish, and gives the cream a chance to rise to the top. Although "win and you're in?" isn?t a lock with the WBC rules for tiebreakers, we had no ties to break with only 22 winners qualifying for what was to be a 25 seat semi-final.

The winners' first purchases in the 22 preliminary games were most frequently spokes in the hubs of Dallas - Fort Worth (five times), Miami (also five times), or Los Angeles (four times).

No games had to be adjudicated this year. The tournament rules on time limits and the Fuel Hike are very effective at keeping the game duration to within manageable limits. (After two-and-a-half hours, players in games that haven't finished are told to complete the current turn order and play one more round; if they cannot declare a winner by the end of play, the GM will be called in to decide. The Fuel Hike calamity cannot be the first one to go into the draw cup,
and is ignored and removed from the game if drawn after the game has been going for two hours or more.) These changes are universally applauded since there is always another event to attend and players are pleased that they can count on being finished ion schedule.

In the Final, Orange jumped out to an early market share lead via Fare Wars, taking all of DFW and two of the Houston spokes before stopping voluntarily. Red bought up the spokes in Detroit first, then moved into New York. Green drew a $5 Strike and chose to wait it out before buying spokes in Chicago. Purple concentrated on spokes in the West, acquiring Seattle and San Diego and placing Jumbo Jets on them very early in the game. Yellow bought up the Miami spokes before taking the last open spoke in Houston and buying Bogota, the first foreign spoke.

Conflict began in earnest when Orange declared Fare Wars and successfully displaced Yellow from San Antonio, causing Yellow to lose Bogota. Green used Fare Wars to complete control of Chicago and move into Atlanta. Yellow came back and took all of Houston away from Orange. In the meantime, Purple purchased all of the Denver spokes and continued to amass cash from his Seattle and San Diego spokes, and from Jumbo profit draws.

Orange began acquiring Los Angeles and Phoenix spokes. After a dozen or more $1 payouts, the Government Contract moved from Yellow to Purple for
a mere five dollars. Before Purple could begin to show a profit for his two-dollar contract, the Bid came out again and went to Green for $6 where it stayed for the rest of the game.

After an hour, the players had experienced four Strikes, three Crashes, and one Local Competitor and then the first Fuel Hike hit. Everybody had enough cash to weather the first Fuel Hike, but when it struck again two turns later, Red was forced to sell four spokes to pay the bill. Green took advantage of this calamity to pick up all of Detroit in Fare Wars.

Purple, with a fat stack of cash, tried to end the game by wrapping up the west. After adding control of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix to his existing control of Denver, he only needed $60 in cash, but was $4 short of the $320 needed to win. He fell one spoke short of dominance in Dallas/Fort Worth, ending his turn.

Surviving challenges from both Orange and Yellow in the next round, Purple now found himself $10 short of victory. He decided to get out of Fare Wars and collect profits for a while. Although he drew no profits of his own, others drew enough to put him over the top. Alas, before his turn came around again, the Fuel Hike struck once more, pushing down his cash below the winning level again. Surviving one more attack by Orange, Purple was able to collect enough profit by his next turn to declare victory with $8 to spare!

For 2008, we want to continue the emphasis on 5-player games wherever possible, improve the randomness (and speed) of seating, and conduct the semi-finals and Finals a little earlier in the week, when there will be fewer conflicts with other event finishes.

 GM      Henry Richardson [1st Year]   9419 Avenel Drive, Warrenton, VA 20187
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