we the people [Updated March 20, 2008]  

 2007 WBC Report  

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George Young

2006-07 Champion

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Event History
1994    Andy Lewis      60
1995    Roger Taylor      56
1996    George Seary      54
1997    Thomas Drueding      40
1998    James Pei      40
1999    Marvin Birnbaum     32
2000    Brian Mountford     45
2001    Brian Mountford     32
2002    Marvin Birnbaum     54
2003    George Young     41
2004    John Poniske     43
2005     Chris Byrd     43
2006     George Young     45
2007     George Young     39

PBeM Event History
2003    Paul Gaberson      46
2008    Dan Leader     50

WAM Event History
2004    Michael Ussery      16
2005    Marvin Birnbaum       24
2006    James Pei     13
2007    James Pei     20


Rank  Name                From  Last  Total
  1.  George Young         VT    07    196
  2.  Marvin Birnbaum      NY    07    179
  3.  Paul Gaberson        PA    07    162
  4.  Brian Mountford      NY    03    130
  5.  James Pei            TX    08    118
  6.  John Poniske         PA    04     88
  7.  Dan Leader           MA    08     60
  8.  Chris Byrd           CT    05     40
  9.  Bill Peeck           NY    08     36
 10.  George Seary         NY    06     36
 11.  Jim Gutt             AZ    04     36
 12.  Keith Wixson         NJ    06     34
 13.  Joe Collinson        MD    07     32
 14.  Pete Reese           VA    08     27
 15.  Eric Kleist          MD    07     24
 16.  Roderick Lee         CA    07     24
 17.  Michael Pacheco      CA    04     24
 18.  Anthony Burke        NJ    00     24
 19.  Tom Drueding         MA    04     22
 20.  Michael Ussery       MD    04     20
 21.  Jim Fardette         AE    01     18
 22.  David Dockter        MN    02     16
 23.  David Tianen         WI    00     16
 24.  Joe Collinson III    MD    99     16
 25.  Pat Mirk             FL    03     15
 26.  Bruce Monnin         OH    08     12
 27.  Henry Rice           NM    08     12
 28.  John Faella          RI    06     12
 29.  Rob Taylor           MI    05     12
 30.  Paul Barrett         UK    04     12
 31.  Ken Gutermuth        TX    05      9
 32.  Stuart Tucker        MD    04      9
 33.  Jim Eliason          IA    05      8
 34.  Bruce Wigdor         NJ    02      8
 35.  Andy Lewis           DE    00      8
 36.  Terry Coleman        CA    07      6
 37.  Seth Fine            WA    04      6
 38.  Joe Stenken          KY    03      5
 39.  Mark Yoshikawa       CA    06      4
 40.  Bryan Thompson       MD    04      4
 41.  Randall Borra        NY    00      4
 42.  Jim Falling          IL    99      4
 43.  Mike Mitchell        GA    05      3
 44.  Matthew Bacho        MD    04      2
 45.  Randy MacInnis       NJ    06      2

2007 Laurelists

Eric Kleist, MD

Joe Collinson, MD

Bill Peeck, NY

Paul Gaberson, PA

Marvin Birnbaum, NY

Past Winners

Andy Lewis, DE

Roger Taylor, VA

George Seary, NY

Thomas Drueding, PA

James Pei, TX

Marvin Birnbaum, NJ
1999, 2002

Brian Mountford, NY

George Young, VT
2003, 2006, 2007

John Poniske, PA

Chris Byrd, CT

Despite its age as the granddaddy of the CDWs, the We the People demo hosted by George Young draws many interested new players.

Ray Freeman and Scott Fenn, veteran gamers of other titles, compete in the beginner's bracket of WTP under tutelage of Randy Mac Innis.

The First of the CDWs

Seven of our 39 players were new or inexperienced.  These folks had a separate, coached bracket, with support provided by Randall MacInnis and Ron Fedin. Otherwise, the tournament used the same format as in previous years.  Three swiss rounds of qualifying games were used to reduce the field to a final eight, who then advanced through a single elimination gauntlet to produce a winner.  As usual, after the first three rounds, we had four undefeated players and five worthies with 2-1 records, as well as the winner of the coached bracket, so a fourth round was added to reduce the field to eight. 

In the quarter final match-ups, we again played with special tournament rules that allowed the British player to win ties if the American player bid for the privilege.  This meant that, as long as Canada remained British, they only needed to take five colonies, not the normal six.  Paul Gaberson's British were defeated by Bill Peeck's Americans.  Eric Kleist, playing the Americans with a bid of only 1, defeated Ray Freeman.  Ray had advanced to the quarter finals by winning the coached event, then defeating Mike Ussery in the play-in round.  Joe Collinson managed to knock off two-time champ Brian Mountford.  And in the only pairing of undefeated players, George Young outlasted another two-time champion, Marvin Birnbaum.  Significantly, in all of the quarter final match-ups, the Americans won, with bids ranging from 1 to 4.

The semi-finals broke the colonial string of victories; with the British successful in both matches.  Eric Kleist, who had had success with the British throughout the tournament, continued his run with the redcoats, relegating Joe Collinson to third for the second straight year.  George Young likewise took advantage of a bid of 4 by Bill Peeck, to knock off the Americans.

In the Final, Eric Kleist took the British yet again, with a bid of 3.  Eric played the New England strategy, focusing on taking the four New England states plus Delaware.  The match was finally decided in 1782 -- in this turn, the British finally managed to take all of New England.  Unfortunately, to do this, they had left Canada defenseless.  The Americans took advantage of the absence of forces to capture Montreal and Quebec, giving the US the necessary nine colonies.  Significantly, despite the fact that the game lasted to 1782, neither the French Alliance nor the Declaration of Independence occurred. 

The majority of games were played using a bid of 3 for the Americans.  The American edge in these games was 18 to 5.  Bids of 4 reduced the edge to 5 to 3.  Interestingly, 4-5 years ago, bids were typically 1 or 2.  Even though players have significantly increased bids in recent years, the American advantage still exists.


 George Young on the way to his third WTP title.

 Brian Mountford battles Pat Mirk in the qualifying rounds.

We The People Play By Email

Congratulations to Dan Leader for winning the second PBeM We the People Tournament. Leader, who was a relative unknown among veteran WTP circles, compiled a perfect 6-0 score in the six-round Swiss format. He defeated, in order, Kevin Klemme, Brian Mountford, Ken Gutermuth, Pete Reese, James ("The Master") Pei and Henry Rice and recorded an impressive four wins as the British along the way (the Americans are generally thought to have a not inconsiderable edge in the game). Check out the final standings here: http://mysite.verizon.net/vze4bc94/wethepeople/index.html.

The laurelists were as follows:
1. Dan Leader
2. James Pei (only loss was to Leader)
3. Pete Reese (only loss was to Leader)
4. Bill Peeck
5. Henry Rice (only loss was to Leader)
6. Bruce Monnin

The tournament began in the Spring of 2006 with 50 players (including five past WBC champs) and was played via ACTS. A total of 133 games were played with the British winning 44 games (17 were automatic victories), Americans winning 74 and 15 games being draws. The average bid to play the Americans was 2.93 PC markers added at the start of play, which given the poor 33% British win percentage should probably have been higher.

The best British player was the Champ with his perfect slate of four wins. The best American player was Bill Peeck (five wins against a lone loss), who was able to avoid playing the British entirely (shame on his opponents for not bidding him up!). The best sportsman was Andrew Maly, who cheerfully compiled a "perfect" 0-6 record.

An AAR of the Round 6 game between Leader and Rice follows:

Americans: Henry Rice
British: Dan Leader
Bid: 4 PCs for the Americans

1775: The British had a definite advantage in strategy cards with five ops cards to only three for the Americans (plus Jane McCrae). As usual, most cards were used to place PC markers on both sides, but the final British move put Cornwallis in Delaware poised to disperse Congress in the beginning of the new year. The British achieved control of NC, VA, DE and MA.

1776: This time the Americans had the card advantage with a total of seven ops cards to five for the British. Because Cornwallis could not be easily stopped from taking Philadelphia, the Americans elected to go first to get some PC markers down. Cornwallis dutifully dispersed Congress, but his attempt to capture Maryland was rebuffed, resulting in his retreat to York without an army. With Washington still in New England, Clinton ended the turn by moving from Delaware to New York to convert NY to the British and put some pressure on Washington. SC and NY were added to the British total.

1777: Clinton's harassing move to New York increased greatly in importance when the British were dealt both the major and a minor campaign. Starting the year with the major campaign, all exits from New England were successfully sealed off, trapping Washington inside. However, Greene was still in Newport to provide support, and the Americans still controlled much of the area. Despite having only three ops cards, the Americans made excellent defensive moves to prevent Washington's capture. Several battles raged back and forth, particularly in New Haven, with the Americans holding the tactical advantage but Washington still unable to escape. An attempt at a British flanking move by landing Burgoyne in Barnstable resulted in nothing but winter attrition losses. However, NH was added to the British fold and Arnold was lost to treason.

1778: At last, Washington was able to break out on the second card play when Howe's attempt at a counterattack to reseal the barrier was defeated. Washington immediately headed south to Philadelphia. With all British generals but Cornwallis in New England and Cornwallis in York without an army, the situation quickly looked promising for the Americans to reclaim mid-Atlantic and southern states. Cornwallis picked up a CU that had been left in Baltimore and was subsequently reinforced while the Americans put new armies into Virginia and North Carolina, retaking Virginia. The DOI provided extra help for the Americans. On the last play of the year, Cornwallis attempted to capture Maryland by advancing to Fredericktown from an American PC marker. He was home-free as long as Lee couldn't intercept. However, the interception roll was the needed "1", and with the battle cards 4-6 for the Americans, the Americans amazingly managed to match all four British cards and win the battle, capturing Cornwallis.

1779: The deck had not yet been reshuffled and four "War Ends" cards had already been played. Both "War Ends in 1779" and the French Alliance cards were still in the deck and likely to be drawn. The British player had neither. But, the British were blessed with both the last remaining minor campaign and "Lord North Royal Amnesty", two killer cards, and could afford to lose some ground and still win. American armies continued to operate in North Carolina, so Cornwallis moved south, leaving a CU in Norfolk and recapturing New Bern to isolate a pocket of American PCs. When the Americans played the "War Ends" card, it was time for decision. The Americans had been saving the French Alliance card for a late flanking move into North or South Carolina, but the move by Cornwallis thwarted the advance, and Lord North protected British PCs from isolation in the south. Washington recaptured Delaware, but it was not enough. In the end, the British pulled out the victory by controlling SC, NC, NY, RI, MA, NH, and Canada.

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