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Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report  

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Ed Beach, MD

2008-09 Champion

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Event History
1993    Ed Beach*      22
1994    Ray Rooks*      22
1995    Bruno Passacantando*      22
1996    Paul Tisevich *      27
1997    Jeff Otto*      22
1998    Bruno Passacantando *      13
1999    Ken Lee*     18
2000    Chris Withers**     19
2001    Chris Withers**     20
2002    Chris Withers**     18
2003    Chris Withers**     19
2004    Chris Withers**     16
2005     Chris Withers***     26
2006    Chris Withers     19
2007     Chris Withers     22
2008     Ed Beach     17 
2009     Ed Beach     20 

* Stonewall Jackson's Way      ** Combined into GC2      ***Combined GC2 & GC3 into GCA

PBeM Event History
2000    Ed Beach      17

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Chris Withers      CA    09    333
  2.  Ed Beach           MD    09    187
  3.  David Cross        VA    09     91
  4.  Mark Booth         VA    04     87
  5.  B. Passacantando   CT    03     84
  6.  Paul Nied          KS    04     78
  7.  Rob Doane          MA    09     66
  8.  Steve Likevich     OH    08     66
  9.  Justin Rice        VA    09     48
 10.  Scott Spurgeon     on    00     39
 11.  Michael Pacheco    CA    04     36
 12.  Pat Duffy          NJ    02     29
 13.  Ken Lee            PA    09     15
 14.  Dennis Mason       ME    04     15
 15.  Robert Dwyer       NJ    04     15
 16.  Jim Pyle           VA    00     15
 17.  Jay Meyers         CA    07      9
 18.  Steve Sandy        OH    02      9
 19.  Buck Karpowitz     DC    01      9
 20.  David Dockter      MN    00      9
 21.  Brad Anderson      OH    02      6
 22.  William Cooper     NJ    00      6
 23.  Brad Merrill       ME    08      3
 24.  Rod Coffey         MD    05      3
 25.  Dennis Nicholson   NY    04      3
 26.  Marty Musella      VA    03      3
 27.  Forrest Speck      MD    01      3
 28.  Mike Metcalf       NC    01      3
 29.  Hugh Mater         NJ    00      3
 30.  Doug Pratto        MA    00      1

2009 Laurelists                                     Repeating Laurelists 

Justin Rice, VA

Chris Withers, CA

Rob Doane, MA

Dave Cross, VA

Ken Lee, PA

Past Winners

Ed Beach, MD
1993, 2008-09

Ray Rooks, MD

Bruno Passacantando, CT
1995, 1998

Paul Tisevich, FL

Jeff Otto, OH

Ken Lee, PA

Chris Withers, CA


The South will rise again and again ... every August, in fact, in Lancaster, PA.

Ted Drozd, Bruno Passacantando and Justin Rice come marching home again.

A New Streak for a New King of the Hill

The year 2000 brought change to The Great Campaigns of the American Civil War (GCACW) series tournament play. Instead of trying to pack an ever expanding series of games into a five-day tournament it was decided to consolidate down to two events. Additional campaign games were added for those who love truly looonnnng games. The first tournament was titled '1862' which encompassed four games: Stonewall Jackson's Way, Here Come the Rebels,  Stonewall in the Valley and On to Richmond. The remander of the series covered the later years of the war and was contested under the label 1863.

In 2005, the two events were merged into one due to declining attendance and now covers the entire series.






Having ended Chris Withers eight year hold on the title, Ed Beach was not about to let him start another streak, so he started one of his own. He topped Justin Rice in the championship round of Chickamauga on Saturday, claiming his second straight title and earning laurels as the first victor in a tournament to feature scenarios from Battle Above the Clouds, the eighth game in the GCACW series.

Twenty commanders appeared to preview Battle Above the Clouds. The tournament format offered a choice between classic and new scenarios, but only one of 23 preliminary pairings opted to play an older game. That left a day full of western-theater combat for the rest - 16 games of "Crossing the Chickamauga," six games of "McLemore's Cove," five games of "Chickamauga," and three games of "Ringgold."

Eight-time champion Chris Withers had a strong showing in the prelims, with wins in each of his first four games (including a sweep in the played-twice "Crossing" scenario). He clinched an elimination-round bye with his win against Beach in their third-round "McLemore's Cove" showdown.

Rob Doane earned the top seed. He was 3-0 in preliminary games played, with wins against Dave Cross and Ken Lee. Lee was back with the Great Campaigns crew full-time this year and was 2-1, plus a 1-1 split in "Crossing." He joined Dave Cross (3-1), Beach (2-1, plus a split in "South Mountain") and Rice (2-2) in the elimination round, where Rice topped Cross and Beach beat Lee in "Seven Pines."

There was one close semi-final and a blowout in "Wilderness." Rice ripped off an improbable initial run to put Doane's Yanks in a deep hole in their match while Beach and Withers fought a wild battle, with several up-and-down swings. When Beach cleared Parker's Store (for the third time) late on Turn 2, Withers conceded and our Final was set.

"Chickamauga" - Scenario 3 from Battle Above the Clouds - replaced "Bloody Spotsylvania" in the championship round. Rice took the offensive-minded Rebs, but Beach quickly tore off seven-straight initiatives to block Bragg's easiest path over the Chickamauga. Rice responded by driving forward to Lookout Mountain and splitting the Union army, but Beach threw Thomas and Steedman forward to steady the line. Turn 2 attacks were halted by one-sided combat dice in Beach's favor, and the Yanks' spoiler attacks against Longstreet secured Chattanooga on Turn 3.

Allen Hill earned "Risen from the Ranks" honors. He was 2-2, including two wins in "Crossing." Hill was the only two-win player not to advance to the elimination rounds.


Sarah Beach helps her husband and Allen Hill set up counters for the GCA demo Campaign Game. What a wife! Mine would tell me where I could put my counters but that's about it.

Ayree Rice performs the same chore for Justin. These guys got it made ... although I wouldn't want to pay their credit card bills next week. It's gotta cost 'em!
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