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Updated 11/15/2010

2010 WBC Report  

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Gregory Kulp, NJ

2010 Champion

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Event History
1991    Alan Behrens    24
1992    Dan Vice    48
1993    Dan Vice    37
1994    Ken Rothstein    35
1995    Michael Neal    40
1996    Joe Gundersen    28
1997    Todd Vander Pluym     23
1998    Eric Gundersen    34
1999   Doug Galullo    38
2000   Eric Gundersen    27
2001   Doug Galullo    19
2002   Doug Galullo    20
2003   Joe Gundersen    28
2004   Harald Henning    31
2005   John Morris   34
2006   Joe Gundersen    33
2007   Kevin Youells    30
2008   Christina Harley    30
2009   Kevin Youells    32
2010   Gregory Kulp    32
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Doug Galullo       FL    06    266
  2.  Kevin Youells      FL    10    232
  3.  Joe Gundersen      IN    06    186
  4.  Shantanu Saha      NY    10    129
  5.  Eric Gundersen     NJ    03    125
  6.  Christina Harley   WA    10     94
  7.  Harald Henning     CT    04     50
  8.  Ted Mullally       NJ    03     50
  9.  Gregory Kulp       NJ    10     40
 10.  John Morris        MD    05     40
 11.  Ken Rothstein      NY    09     30
 12.  Chris Robbins      UT    07     30
 13.  Rodd Polsky        PA    01     30
 14.  Jeff Bowers        UT    06     29
 15.  Charley Hickok     PA    00     26
 16.  Joe Lux            NJ    08     20
 17.  Peter Rauch        MA    00     18
 18.  Kevin Hillock      VA    09     15
 19.  Rachel Harley      VA    08     15
 20.  Russell Harley     WA    07     15
 21.  Ann Cornet         FL    02     15
 22.  Mark Neale         RI    10     12
 23.  Robert Vollman     ab    07     10
 24.  Mike Musko         FL    03     10
 25.  Francis Spencer    CT    01     10
 26.  Robert Kircher     RI    05      8
 27.  Jennifer Drozd     IL    09      5
 28.  Janice Thorne      OH    08      5
 29.  Rich Jenulis       OH    07      5
 30.  Harry White        TX    04      5
 31.  Jamie Tang         MD    02      5
 32.  Malinda Kyrkos     NY    10      4

2010 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists 

Christina Harley, WA
2nd

Shantanu Saha, NY
3rd

Mark Neale, RI
4th

Kevin Youells, PA
5th

Malinda Kyrkos, NY
6th


Past Winners

Dan Vice, VA
1992 - 1993

Ken Rothstein, NY
1994

Joe Gundersen, IN
1996, 2003, 2006

Todd Vander Pluym, CA
1997

Eric Gundersen, NJ
1998, 2000

Doug Galullo, FL
1999, 2001, 2002

Harald Henning, CT
2004

John Morris, MD
2005

Kevin Youells, PA
2007, 2009

Christina Harley, WA
2008


Malinda Kyrkos and Elissa Hoeger were two of the six women in the field ... always a surprising preference for the fair sex given its marathon sessions.

Ted and Jennifer Drozd have doubtless shared this gameboard previously at family gaming sessions. Malinda Kyrkos plots her next lucky calamity trade recipient.

For the Want of a Hides ...

ACV again held steady at 32 players for what is one of WBC's longest events. We experimented with a 'fast game' heat on Tuesday night which drew 13 players. The fast game variant includes a set number of turns, a quick start setup with positions already staked out, and a variable point credit that is worth more the longer you wait to use it. Reaction to this was generally positive, and it will return next year. Overall, eight games were played in the three preliminary heats, and conveniently advanced eight players to the Final.

Civilizations rise and fall in this game, and military might, clever trading, skillful diplomacy, and a touch of luck all come into play during the eight hours of play. Some nations are destroyed by calamities, such as Doug Galullo's Assyria which was plagued by an unusual number of disasters, being the victim of Civil War, multiple Earthquakes, Famine, and Epidemic. Our GM, playing Iberia, was poised to win until the last two turns brought assaults from Assyria and Thrace twice eliminated two of his cities.

This year marked the closest Final ever, as the championship was decided by a single point. Greg Kulp, playing Thrace, won his first ACV title, defeating 2008 champ Christina Harley's Babylon by a single point of treasury remaining after the final purchases. Christina is a master trader. This was demonstrated on the last turn as she was able to collect full sets of Bronze and Wine, and purchased almost 600 points of advances, catapaulting her from the middle of the pack to the very top. It was not until Greg finalized his purchases and added his treasury that we had a winner. Previous Finals have been close, with Joe Gunderson having won by a mere 22 points one year, but this is the first time that a single point has decided the championship.

Congratulations to Greg, and many thanks to all of our players without who we would not have this event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and encourage newcomers to join us.

Advanced Civilization is one of those games that is played at conventions since its length and number of players are hard to come by at home.

Vassili Kyrkos, Susan Cornett, Kevin Youells and Jennifer Drozd play a "quick" game in the Preliminary heats. Kevin cts as an AGM by authoring these reports.
 GM      Shantanu Saha [3rd Year]    NA 
    shantanu.saha@gmail.com    646-331-6648

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