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James Pei, VA

2009 Champion

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Event History
1999    James Pei     22
2000    Trevor Bender     21
2001    James Pei     22
2002    James Pei     29
2003    James Pei     32
2004     James Pei     35
2005    James Pei     24
2006     James Pei     27
2007     James Pei     30
2008     Riku Reikkinen     32
2009     James Pei     18

PBeM Event History
1999    James Pei     24
2002    Stefan Mecay     46

WAM Event History
2003    James Pei      8
2004     James Pei     12
2005    James Pei     17
2006    James Pei     11

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  James Pei          VA    09    526
  2.  David Dockter      MN    09    174
  3.  Mark Giddings      NY    08    127
  4.  Riku Reikkinen     fn    09     68
  5.  Trevor Bender      CA    03     62
  6.  Stefan Mecay       TX    02     60
  7.  Mike Mitchell      GA    09     53
  8.  Tim Miller         GA    07     52
  9.  Chris Byrd         CT    08     39
 10.  Nicholas Pei       CA    06     38
 11.  Baron August       PA    02     36
 12.  Peter Reese        VA    04     28
 13.  Rob Winslow        NY    05     21
 14.  Dan Hoffman        NC    02     19
 15.  Bob Sohn           PA    09     18
 16.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    02     18
 17.  Doug Whatley       MD    00     18
 18.  Tom Drueding       TX    99     18
 19.  Tom Thornsen       NY    07     16
 20.  Bill Pettus        NJ    05     16
 21.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     14
 22.  Taylor Golding     on    04     12
 23.  George Young       VT    03     12
 24.  Paul Risner        TN    02     12
 25.  Tim Hughes         uk    02     12
 26.  Bill Thoet         VA    03     10
 27.  Steve Bucey        OH    99      9
 28.  Doug Mercer        MD    05      7
 29.  Kevin McCarthy     OH    99      6
 30.  Keith Butler       CA    03      5
 31.  Henry Russell      PA    06      4
 32.  Don Chappell       TX    05      4
 33.  John Firer         WI    01      4
 34.  Mike Welker        OH    99      3
 35.  Jon Gautier        NY    06      2

2009 Laurelists                              Repeating Laurelists:

Riku Reikkinen, fn

Dave Dockter, MN

Michael Ussery, MD

Michael Mitchell, GA

Bob Sohn, NJ

Past Winners

James Pei, TX
1999, 2001-07, 2009

Trevor Bender, CA

Riku Reikkinen, Finland

Peter Perla and Michal Mitchell put the blue and gray through their paces.

Mark Giddings relinquishes his role as Pei's personal punching bag to the mighty Finn.

He's Baaaack ...

Once again the For The People tournament generated a full house with the eagerly sought re-match of James Pei aka 'the Master' versus the reigning champion Riku Riekkinen who scored the upset of the decade last year while ending Pei's string of seven straight titles. This tournament continues to see the highest level of FTP competition with good cheer prevailing amongst the fallen cardboard. Once again the format was the full campaign game with a near 50-50 outcome. As expected, the two titans of the FTP battlefields faced each other again in the Final. Here is the record of that game as told by the restored WBC champion, James Pei

CSA: James Pei vs USA: Riku Riekkinen

Turn 1: I drew a bunch of 1's and a 2, which was War in the West. So at least I will get to limit the Union hand to three cards. Riku started off strong with the Clara Barton card, adding three SP to his forces. I can see that he is setting up for some strong offensives. I did a leader reshuffle to place leaders in defensive positions. Riku then played an AA event to raise the assault modifier to +2. So I placed an ironclad in Aquia Creek to bottle up his DC force. Good thing too as Riku played another AA event to bring the modifier to +4! I then played the War card to discard Riku's last card. The (oh crap) look on his face was priceless; it was a Major Campaign! Whew, dodged a big bullet there. I ended the turn by playing a divisional move to save my attrition in Manassas.

Turn 2: Riku placed corps in Cairo and Bloomington while the bulk of his forces were deployed in the East. I likewise did the same, leaving a small blocking force in TN. I drew an average hand, but with a reinforcement card. Riku played the Ambush card on Stuart, narrowly missing him. I immediately created AoNV under JJ to keep AoP in check and to pose a threat to the Union forces around DC. Obviously it worked as Riku burned several cards in a row fortifying all the approaches and shuffling some leaders. Without any good cards, I just lay low, bringing in SPs and placing PCs. I think Riku attacked Columbus KY with his last card, a Minor Campaign, but failed to win decisively. His second attack was to AA Ft P-J, which he took handily. I decided to convert WVa with my last card instead of building a fort in New Orleans since I prefer to use ironclads on the mighty Mississippi.

Turn 3: With no reinforcements this turn, both of us realign our forces slightly to guard the potential battlegrounds. This time I drew an excellent hand including two concentration cards and another reinforcement card. Riku began by placing a fort in Philly which was an excellent move given what was about to occur later on. I played my reinforcement card, bringing in three extra SP in ports. He then played a Blockade card, raising to Level 1. I unleashed AoNV to batter its way thru Frederick but failed as Little Mac held on convincingly. Riku placed another fort at Harrisburg, setting up a strong defensive line behind the front. The Finn likes a WWI trench system!

Things quieted down a bit as I did another leader reshuffle. Riku then played Red River and sent Freemont all the way down to capture Shreveport, one movement point short of burning Marshall TX. With the situation deteriorating in the West, I'm hoping to put pressure in the East to force the Union away from my weak western flank. So I had Van Dorn shuttling more SP from the Carolinas into AoNV. Riku promptly rearranged his blocking forces in Harpers and Frederick. Seeing that Pittsburgh was still unfortified, I played a concentration card that immediately pumped up AoNV to more than enough to blow thru the Pittsburgh defense.

With his last card, Riku did more rearranging of his forces around DC to face the Rebel threat. I had a tough call to make, go West to easily raid two states or go East to raid PA and also block the DC rail line. Since Lee will appear next turn I decided to go East to use my favorite tactics of two armies grid locking DC. The problem was the Union forts at Harrisburg and Philly. AoNV can break thru Harrisburg, but taking Philly will be tough with the Union having a +5 modifier. So I chose to bypass Philly and headed to Baltimore with AoNV. Mac had 1/3 chance of intercepting, and if he failed, life would be rosy. But of course Mac intercepted and won the resulting battle. Not only did I not choke off DC, but AoNV was in a precarious position. Shit does happen sometimes!

I did manage to pull off my first raid. SW after Turn 3 was very favorable for CSA. So I shouldn't complain too much.

Turn 4: With his flanks turned and a Rebel army running loose in PA, Riku loaded up Mac in Baltimore, leaving just two SP with AoP in DC. He must have sensed something because I drew Forward to Richmond. The rest of my cards were okay, but more importantly, Lee and a bunch of cav leaders were here.

Riku formed an army (AoC) under Mac right away, gaining the 5 SW bonus. I did likewise with Lee (AoW). Mac tried to smack AoNV, but was repulsed. I injected a corps reinforcement to AoNV to allow it to hold onto its position in York. Sensing the closing of the two Rebel armies, AoC tried to work its way to Harrisburg, to cut the LOC for AoNV. But JJ intercepted and won the battle. I then played FtR to get AoP out, and it suicided itself in Manassas. Union SW was down -10 to around 85.

I don't recall what happened next, but I think the rest of the turn settled down to positioning and other minor actions as Riku didn't have enough 3 Op cards. I didn't want to commit until the end as my SP strength was getting low and I needed to resupply. Toward the end, Lee broke thru the Frederick defense and threatened DC. Mac placed a rearguard in Philly and hurried back to DC. With the last card, I decided not to engage AoC but to isolate it since my ironclad at Aquia was still doing its job at DUNC. So Lee swept around to Annapolis to isolate DC, and Mac failed its interception. The turn ended with raids in PA and MD, and AoC in DC isolated and incurring double attrition. SW was around 110 CSA vs 75 USA.

Turn 5: With DC isolated, AoC cannot get any reinforcements. So Riku set up multiple corps along the perimeter to hope to blast his way in. I naturally reinforced my armies accordingly. Riku opened with a Major Campaign, sending Halleck's corps through WVa to force its way into DC. Jackson stood like a stonewall at Manassas and repulsed the relief force. Second move, another corps came thru Harrisburgh, which AoNV failed to intercept, and pumped six much needed SP into AoC. Third move, Pope made an AA to Aquia to open up the sea lane. Jackson was still in his stonewall defense mode and failed his interception. I decided to send Lee to clean out the various flying columns the Union had posted before they can rejoin AoC. They were easy kills as Lee had +7 modifiers vs at most +1 for the Union forces. AoC then tried to make a dash to open up the LOC thru MD and PA, but AoNV made the interception and repulsed it. Lee swung back to attack AoC and sent it packing to DC again. Riku made a last attempt by trying to cut the supply to the Rebel forces in the East. Jackson made the interception and kept the LOC open. It was at this point that Riku resigned as he was bereft of 3 Op cards and the entire NE corridor was open to Rebel raids. As it were, the CSA could have easily doubled USA's SW with a three-state raid.

I look forward to the 11th running of the FTP tournament in 2010. I hope to see you all there.

Tim Miller and Henry Russell refight the War of Northern Aggression.

Designer Mark Herman watches the Master and his foil in "The Rematch" as Pei regains his title in the Final.
 GM      Mark Herman  [7th Year]   NA
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