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 2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

Warren Bender, NY

2009 Champion

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Event History
1991    Heikki Thoen      24
1992    George Sauer III      11
1993    Chris Bodkin      28
1994    Paul Toro      24
1995    Charles Hickok      38
1996    Justin Thompson      36
1997    Jeff Clark      26
1998    Victor Guerrera      33
1999    Justin Thompson     26
2000    Sandy Wible     35
2001    George Sauer III     33
2002    Sandy Wible     24
2003    James Coomes     32
2004    Justin Thompson     28
2005    Jordan Halberstadt     18
2006    Dale Long     29
2007     Nick Benedict     33
2008    Stan Buck     23
2009    Warren Bender     23


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Justin Thompson    VA    09    153
  3.  Nick Benedict      CA    09     72
  4.  Jordan Halberstadt TN    08     60
  2.  Will Wible         VA    02     60
  5.  Stanley Buck       MD    08     54
  6.  Kevin Brownell     ME    04     54
  7.  Dale Long          NJ    06     48
  8.  Bill Powers        VA    05     39
  9.  James Coomes       KY    04     36
 10.  Warren Bender      NY    09     30
 10.  George Sauer       OH    01     30
 11.  Scott Smith        FL    08     21
 13.  Mike Wallschlaeger WI    09     18
 12.  Michael Sims       IN    02     18
 13.  Fred Gosnell       VA    99     18
 27.  Dave Huss          NY    09     15
 14.  Rod Coffey         MD    08     15
 15.  Scott Stewart      VA    04     12
 16.  Mike Hall          bc    02     12
 17.  Robert Kircher     MA    00     12
 18.  Heikki Thoen       qc    99     12
 19.  Scott Beall        OR    06      9
 20.  Michael Confoy     VA    03      9
 21.  Michael Coomes     OH    01      9
 26.  Henry Russell      PA    09      6
 22.  Alan Witte         NJ    02      6
 23.  Ed Beach           MD    01      6
 24.  Keith Wixson       NJ    00      6
 25.  Michael Fisher     PA    99      6
 28.  Brian Jones        MD    05      3
 29.  Peter Melinn       MA    04      3
 30.  Paul Saunders      VA    01      3
 31.  Paul O'Niel        MD    99      3

2009 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists 

Mike Wallschlaeger, WI

David Huss, NY

Justin Thompson, VA

Nick Benedict, CA

Henry Russell, PA

Past Winners

Heikki Thoen, QC

George Sauer III, OH
1992, 2001

Chris Bodkin, IN

Paul Toro, DE

Charles Hickok, PA

Justin Thompson, VA
'96, '99, '04

Jeff Clark, AZ

Victor Guerrera, PA

Sandy Wible, VA
2000, 2002

James Coomes, KY

Jordan Halberstadt, IN

Dale Long, NC

Nick Benedict, CA

Stan Buck, MD

Warren Bender, NY

Strasburg resounds with the clash of swords in the War of the Roses.

The finalists pause to record their battle for posterity.

The Kingmaker Championship was decided by five players who advanced via three rounds of qualifying preliminaries. Nick Benedict and Justin Thompson, former champions who quickly sized each other up as their main threat, were joined by three newcomers: Mike Wallschlaeger, Warren Bender and David Huss.

The Final started with everybody in a reasonable position and it would be tough for one person to take command early. An early parliament was called near Shrewsbury and all decided to stay except Mike who sent his noble's home. As nobles moved away from the Parliament space, the factions started attacking each other. I was attempting to keep Nick Benedict in check so I attempted to influence Warren and David to attack him. They did and he suffered some loses. The Queen, Edward, King Henry, George and Clarence were killed early which left only three heirs on the board. At that point Nick created the kill Justin coalition with Warren having the King of York, Richard and I having Edmund. Nick was attempting to kill my noble and heir at all costs. I understood his decision (as I had worked against him after the Parliament) to take me out and decided to play along with his game.

I had started the game with four ships and Edward (second in the White Roses line) was in Carisbrooke castle. No one was able to get enough strength to get Edward so he sat there for quite a while. After10-12 assination attempts against Edmund, I decided to kill him so the assassination attempts would stop. They didn't stop! Nick was hell bent to kill my main noble Mowbray. I had 100 foot solders with Mowbray (which are only good for one attack or unlimited defense) so if Mowbray died I would go from 300+ troop strength to nothing and be out of the game. I was able to move out and pick up Edward and move south towards Penzance. At that point the Assassination attempts stopped. With 45 minutes to go, Mike and David were trying to crown Beaufort King in the north. Warren had the King with Lord Stanley who was the Constable of the Tower of London. He was called to the Island of Douglas with the King. Under the tournament rules he needed to move his Noble off the Island and back to the mainland as soon as possible. He was able to move a ship to move him off the island and he played a refugee card to allow for more time off the mainland. I moved my stack by sea to Wales and attacked him on Douglas. He was outside of the castle so I had a 2-1 attack. I won the battle but he played his Kings Pardon card. This allowed him to keep his heir, noble and his awards. He got on his ship and sailed to Wales were he brought reinforcements to firm up his position. On my last turn I was able to send in an assassin to attempt to kill the King. It failed. Mike, sitting to my left ,pulled his event card and it was Royal Death. With only two heirs on the board Mike had to roll a 6 (with two Dice) to kill Richard of York or an 8 to kill Edward. He rolled an "8" and ended the game on a royal death event card! What an ending! In hundreds of Kingmaker games I have never seen that finish to a game. It was glorious! I lost to Warren Bender who after the royal death had the last heir in the game. Congratulations to Warren who took hisfirst title.

1st Warren Bender 93 (Sole King)

2nd Mike Wallschlaeger 40

3rd David Huss 38

4th Justin Thompson 30

5th Nick Benedict 28

I want to thank the BPA for allowing me the privilege of being the GM for Kingmaker for so many years. I have decided to retire as GM and move on to Rome vs. Rome in 2010 so Kingmaker will need a new GM as well as membership votes to continue at WBC.

Warren Bender and David Huss plot their strategy in the Final ...

... while Mike Wallschleger and Nick Benedict catch some ZZZZ's.
 GM      Justin Thompson  [9th Year]   P.O. Box 4661, Charlottesville, VA 22905   434-531-9191

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