the napoleonic wars five-player [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Scott Fenn, MD

2007 Champion

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Event History
2003    Forrest Speck     67
2004    David Gantt     64
2005     Ed Rothenheber     50
2006    Melvin Casselberry     55
2007    Scott Fenn     52

Waterloo Event History
2003    BruceYoung     24
2004    Scott Moll     14
2005    Mark Hodgkinson     24

PBeM Event History
2005    -     68


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ed Rothenheber     MD    07     96
  2.  Bruce Young        SC    05     86
  3.  John Emery         SC    05     84
  4.  Scott Moll         VA    05     80
  5.  Melvin Casselberry PA    06     75
  6.  David Gantt        SC    04     60
  7.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     60
  8.  Scott Fenn         MD    07     50
  9.  Mark Hodgkinson  Auslia  05     50
 10.  Francis Czawlytko  MD    06     48
 11.  Bryan Collars      SC    04     38
 12.  Lane Hess          PA    06     36
 13.  John Haas          PA    03     36
 14.  Scott Pfeiffer     SC    05     30
 15.  Jason White        VA    04     24
 16.  Mark McCandless    CT    03     24
 17.  Pat Duffy          VA    07     20
 18.  Joe Burch          MD    06     18
 19.  Josh Githens       SC    04     18
 20.  Henry Russell      PA    03     18
 21.  Charley Hickok     PA    04     17
 22.  Keith Wixson       NJ    04     16
 23.  Brian Sutton       MD    07     15
 24.  James Eaton        LA    03     15
 25.  William Burch      MD    04     14
 26.  Lance Roberts      AK    06     12
 27.  Steve Jansen       MD    05     12
 28.  Jesse Boomer       KS    04     12
 29.  George Young       UT    03     12
 30.  Richard Beyma      MD    07     10
 31.  Alan Sudy          VA    07     10
 32.  Fred Schachter     NY    05     10
 33.  Robert Vollman     AB    06      6
 34.  Ed Kendricks       UK    03      6


2007 Laurelists

Ed Rothenheber, MD

Pat Duffy, MD

Brian Sutton, MD

Richard Beyma, MD

Alan Sudy

Past Winners

Forrest Speck, MD

David Gantt, SC

Ed Rothenheber, MD

Melvin Casselberry, PA

GM and designer Mark McLaughlin rarely competes but is always present to teach with his giant board and miniatures.

Observers Fred Schachter, Lane and Ben Hess join the finalists for the championship round.

18 Unhappy Austrians Walk Into A Bar

This was a bad year to be an Austrian emperor. None of the 18 guys who donned the Hapsburg mantle managed to lead their hosts to victory. Even the Prussians managed to win three of the 18 games that were played -- and these were full-on, legitimate wins (not the default "Prussian byes" either). As for the other powers, Russia won four games and England five. The French took only six of the 18 contests -- but numbered among them, however, was the most important -- the last one.

Yes, it was a French victory in the Final that won the wood for Scott Fenn this year, and his toughest opponent was Ed Rothenberg -- who took Austria about as close to the gold as anyone did all week. Pat Duffy (Britain), Brian Sutton (Prussia) and Richard Beyma (Russia and fresh off his 2-player win) all fought well -- and on their own, abandoning Austria to a one-on-one struggle with the French in 1805. The Russians, rather than aid the Austrians, dove into Turkey, thus opening up another Imperial flank on the unhappy Hapsburgs. Austria, piqued at this, offers to submit if the French will return the occupied duchies -- and France accepts.

As the Russian invasion of Turkey bogged down, the Russians look for cheap shots -- and with the help of the English, invade Spain. Kutuzov takes Barcelona, but is in turn trapped with his back to the sea. An English offensive in Italy fares no better. England's woes are made worse by the successive hammer blows of an Irish Revolt, the Anglo-American War and several successful sorties by the French Navy. The French, together with the Turks, Danes and Swedes, invade Russia, where the steppes are empty thanks to disasters in Turkey, Spain and a Persian War -- empty of everything except snow, that is. Russian Winter wipes out half of Napoleon's invading army. Still, although hungry and more than decimated, by the end of Turn 2 the combined Imperial forces hold all of Russia save the capitals.

As the game moves to Turn 3, Russia joins the French -- and Austria comes in on the Coalition side! The turn is marked more by a flurry of diplomatic alliance breaking and buying back of allies than of battles. A French invasion of England by Lannes looks good at first, but the French are massacred by Wellington, who follows up by landing on the continent.

On Turn 4 Prussia jumps into the war and drives into Belgium, but is repaid by a Polish Uprising. (At least he didn't have to fight Napoleon, who was trapped in the Russian wasteland with no way to rejoin any real army). Turn 4 ended with Russia vowing to rejoin the coalitionbut that proved too little, too late -- as the game ended in a French victory with the French roll of a "6."

And Austria, unhappy Austria, came in second.

 GM      Mark McLaughlin  [5th Year]   NA   NA

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