Updated 11/30/2008

2008 WBC Report  

  2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Patrick Maloney, PA

2007-08 Champion

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Event History
2007    Patrick Maloney      38
2008    Patrick Maloney     48

Euro Quest History
2007    Peter Eirich      12

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Patrick Maloney    PA    08     60
   2.  Jeff Bowers        UT    08     18
   3.  Tony Defeo         CT    07     18
   4.  Romain Jacques     QC    08     12
   5.  Jim Doughan        PA    07     12
   6.  Peter Eirich       MD    07     10
   7.  Greg Berry         VA    08      9
   8.  Lane Newbury       CA    07      9
   9.  Phil Shea          FL    08      6
  10.  Mike Horn          FL    07      6
  11.  Bill Duke          MD    07      6
  12.  Rob Kircher        RI    07      4
  13.  Ben Stephenson     MD    08      3
  14.  Steve Simmons      NJ    07      3
  15.  John Weber         MD    07      3
  16.  Helen Powell       MD    07      2
  17.  David Bohnenberger PA    07      1

2008 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists 

Jeff Bowers, UT

Romain Jacques, QC

Greg Berry, VA

Phil Shea, FL

Ben Stephenson, MD


Two of the three ladies in the field graced this game. Imperial is not a wargame but an economic game in which wars play a part.

As predicted, Imperial enjoyed a 26% increase in attendance in its sophomore year at WBC.

My Kingdom for an Alternate ...

After finding an audience as a successful vendor-sponsored Trial in 2007, Imperial returned as a Century event in 2008 and promptly improved its numbers.

The tournament format was similar to the previous effort, with two heats and the standard HMW advancement criteria to advance players to a semi-final round. After much pleading by many players in 2007, I decided to allow the use of the "advanced" setup in which players purchase their starting bonds instead of having them distributed randomly. This was the default method used in all rounds. In the preliminary heats, a few tables with a preponderance of newer players used the "basic" setup with no problem. Despite complaints by a few players, the Investor card was used in all rounds. I am unsure if the game would reliably finish in the allotted time using the alternate method, which I see as more of a variant anyway.

The heats actually drew better, with 48 different players taking part. This bodes well for the future of the event. One problem was a lack of available copies of the game for the first heat, forcing me to opt for five-player games instead of the planned four-player format. The problem would have been even worse if it hadn't been for a copy available for sign-out from the BPA game library. Still, this reduced the number of heat winners and alternates eligible to advance to the semis.

The preliminary heats ran fairly smoothly, with all games finishing within the allotted time. During one heat, the influx of a large number of players for the subsequently-scheduled Ticket to Ride tournament helped hurry along players. A small disappointment occurred in the first heat, when two tables experienced disagreements over play. It is an extremely difficult position for a GM when he is asked to decide which of two players is telling the truth. While some games have an easy method for players to know when a turn is truly over, such as the passing of the dice, Imperial really does not. This problem is compounded by the fact that players do not really have "turns", the nations do. Before the second heat I made a point of urging clarity of purpose and good sportsmanship and there
were no further problems.

Despite my assurances that there would be fewer than the required 16 heat winners to advance to the semi-final round, very few potential alternates appeared at the appointed time. Even with the inclusion of myself (the LAST eligible alternate), only 14 players were available. So instead of the four-table semi-final I had planned, there were only three. The winners of each of these games advanced to the Final, along with the runner-up with the highest percentage of the winner's score.

The second chance finalist was Romain Jacques, who joined semi-final winners Jeff Bowers, Greg Berry and Patrick Maloney. Patrick was the defending champion. His wife Heather was also a 2008 semi-finalist, but did not qualify to advance, eliminating any chance of marital discord in the Final.

The Final was an extremely cordial affair, with all players showing skill and sportsmanship in equal measure. For those curious as to how The Experts do it, here are the initial bond purchases for each player:

Jeff: Austria 4, Great Britain 1, France 2, Germany 3
Patrick: Russia 3, France 1, Italy 1, Great Britain 2, Austria 2, Germany 2
Greg: Great Britain 3, Italy 3, France 3, Austria 1
Romain: Britain 4, Italy 4, Russia 2.

The first moves for each nation were:

Austria: Investor, Italy: Investor, France: Investor, Great Britain: Factory, Germany: Factory, Russia, Investor.

This continued a trend I noted in the earlier rounds in which good players tend to start a nation's rondel marker nearer to the tax space, trying to expand quickly and take a smaller bonus before an investor round can result in their losing control of the nation.

The briskly-played game saw Germany reach the 25-space of the scoring track, and Patrick Maloney successfully defended his championship. The scores were: Maloney 178, Bowers159, Berry143, and Jacques 143. Greg squeaked ahead of Romain for third, winning the tie-breaker by having more shares in Germany than Romain.

I would like to thank Greg Berry for providing a very interesting "Asia" map for Imperial that was presented to Patrick as a special prize.

Euro Quest 2007 Laurelists

Peter Eirich, MD

Bill Duke, MD

Rob Kircher, RI

John Weber, MD

Helen Powell, MD

 GM      David Bohnenberger [2nd Year]  1560 Parklane Rd, Swarthmoe, PA 19081   610-541-0712

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