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Updated 11/29/2008

2008 WBC Report  

 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Brian Conlon, CT

2008 Champion

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Event History
2006    Tony Curtis     40
2007     Bill O'Neal     36
2008     Brian Conlon     40

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill O'Neal        NY    08     61
  2.  Brian Conlon       CT    08     46
  3.  Tony Curtis        OK    06     30
  4.  Jack Morrell       NY    07     24
  5.  Jeff King          ME    08     18
  6.  Andy Finkel        UK    06     18
  7.  Riku Reikkinen Finland   08     12
  8.  Allan Kaplan       NJ    07     12
  9.  Rob March          CA    06      9
 10.  Peter Stein        OH    07      8
 11.  Andy Joy           MD    08      6
 12.  David Burkey       PA    06      6
 13.  Jeff Cornett       FL    07      4
 14.  Paul Skrabut       FL    08      3
 15.  Mike Gentile       PA    06      3

2008 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists:

Jeff King, ME

Riku Reikkinen, Finland

Bill O'Neal, NY

Andy Joy, MD

Paul Skrabut, FL

Past Champions

Tony Curtis, OK

Bill O'Neal, NY

Brian Conlon, CT

We don't need no stinkin' blocks! Leave it to Pete Stein (left) to manage to play with Allen Kaplan's nifty painted miniatures.

Once a block gamer ... Dave Metzger (left), the War of 1812 guru, looks for new Block worlds to conquer

Blocks & Blades ...

The first round used four-player groups wherein each player played all three of the other players in the group in the same scenario, Bagrades, with the best in the group automatically advancing. Side selection was handled by players bidding complete battle dice re-rolls they were willing to give their opponent which could be used at any time. The results were pretty close with Carthage coming out on top 33-27. The scenario is closely balanced. When there was no bid, Carthage won 21-10, but with Carthage getting one re-roll advantage, they were only 5-9. Even giving the Romans a re-roll didn't necessarily provide a big advantage; at one re-roll the Romans were 5-1 but they were only 3-2 with two re-rolls.

With the ten group winners automatically advancing to the second round, we also took six other players. This worked well as it meant that all groups with two or three people tied with 2-1 records to lead the group were able to advance. The second round was another group stage where the 16 players were broken down into four-player groups again. This time the scenario was Ilipia. Even with some scouting help from Richard Borg, the scenario proved to be not so balanced. The Romans went 15-8. The interesting thing was the Romans were 5-3 when Carthage got three or four re-rolls. If Carthage got less than three re-rolls, Rome was 5-0, but Carthage was 2-0 with more than four re-rolls. Only one group had a 3-0 player. The other groups advanced the winner with a 2-1 record due to their beating the person they tied with head-to-head. The semi-finalists were thus defending champ Bill O'Neal, who has made the semis all three years, returning laurelist Brian Conlon,, Jeff King, and Riku Riekkinen, the Finnish juggernaut - who took time off from his giant killing to push a few blocks around.

The semi-finals required play of two games against the same opponent in the same battle, Gabiene from the 1st Expansion, switching sides. One match was a repeat of last year's semi-final, Brian Conlon vs Bill O'Neal. This time Brian got his revenge and had the better of Bill, winning with both sides. The other match was closer with Jeff and Riku each winning once. Jeff advanced by virtue of capturing more total banners 10-8.

This set the stage for a Final between Brian Conlon and Jeff King. The battle was Gaugamela. The results were a split decision with the Macedonians winning twice. Even the losses were close with total blocks killed at 33-37 and total mounted killed at 22-22. However, Brian triumphed by concentrating his attacks and taking 11 banners while losing only nine.

The third year saw a return to our original 40-player size. We are drawing a nice core group of strong players, yet still welcoming newcomers. I did have to call time on several games so if you're practicing for 2009, work on your play speed as the rounds will be the same length and no one likes adjudications - especially me. Otherwise, the tournament flowed very smoothly.

Hey Dockter! Jeff King has figured out a way to beat this guy! Just take out Riku's Finnish elephants.

GM Andy Lewis (center) gets some pointers in the Final as Brian Conlon and Jeff King trade slivers.
 GM      Andy Lewis (3rd Year)  NA  
    NA   NA

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