kaiser's pirates  

Updated 11/23/2010

2010 WBC Report  

  2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Kevin Emery, SC

2010 Champion



Event History
2007    Joel Tamburo      33
2008    Phil Barcafer     41
2009    John Emery     41
2010    Kevin Emery     39 

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Joel Tamburo       IL    09     40
   2.  John Emery         SC    10     35
   3.  Kevin Emery        SC    10     30
   4.  Phil Barcafer      PA    08     30
   5.  Bryan Collars      SC    10     18
   6.  Rob Winslow        NY    08     13
   7.  Nick Kiswanto      VA    10     12
   8.  Eric Ritter        PA    09     12
   9.  Stan Buck          MD    08     12
  10.  Matthew Bacho      MD    07     12
  11.  Tim Rogers         SC    09      8
  12.  Andy Lewis         DE    07      8
  13.  Mark F. Smith      SC    10      6
  14.  Bruce Young        SC    10      6
  15.  Roberto Sanchez    NY    09      6
  16.  Steve Caler        OH    07      6
  17.  David Rohde        NC    09      4
  18.  Frank Mestre       NY    07      2

2010 Laurelists                                                Repeating Laurelists 

Bryan Collars, SC

Nick Kiswanto, VA

John Emery, SC

Mark F. Smith, SC

Bruce Young, SC

Past Champions

Joel Tamburo, IL

Phil Barcafer, PA

John Emery, SC

Kevin Emery, SC

John Emery acquaints Randy Young with the occupancy limits of his lifeboats.

Jim Jordan, Craig Melton and Kevin Emery flirt with the photographer.

Sinking Ships During the Great War ...

Our fourth year found a very competitive group of players ready and anxious to see who would become the Kaiser's favorite captain. Using the same format as the previous three years, they met in four preliminary heats on Friday and Saturday organized as 3-player games to determine who would advance to the elimination rounds held later on Saturday.

This year featured more experienced players most likely due to the release of the GMT version in 2009. The players attending the demo were ready with many excellent questions. For the first time, the newest version of the game dominated those in hand.

As in the previous tournaments, the basic game system was used with the addition of two of the published optional rules: 6.4 Tournament Balance and 6.8 Additional Damage. The Tournament Balance rule assures that each player's initial German force contains at least one warship of equal capability as the opposing players. It also keeps some of the weaker German raiders out of the initial deal. That way each player starts with a German force of roughly equal strength. The Additional Damage rule helps to move play along by marking damage for every hit. Typically a ship may only absorb a single damage hit.

The qualifying semi-finalists played a single hand to determine which four would advance to the Final. The players advancing were defending champ John Emery, Kevin Emery (John's son), Nick Kiswanto and Bryan Collars.

These four players then faced off in a complete 4-player game. Previously, they played only single-hands in the heats and the semi-finals, but now the finalists would fight it out in a game composed of three complete hands. In this configuration, a single lucky hand would not be enough to carry any player to victory. The format for the Final retained the structure of the previous rounds with the addition of four additional optional Rules: 6.1 Coal Pile, 6.2 Sails, 6.3 Wölfchen, and 6.7 Warship and Raider Retention. These additional options added more tension to an already challenging situation.

Each player started with a formidable force of German ships: John - theNürnberg, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Prinz Eitel Friedrich; Kevin the Emden, Cormoran and Cap Trafalgar; Nick the Königsberg, Berlin, and Greif; and Bryan the Dresden, Wolf, and Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.

The first hand was the closest in tournament history with only eight points separating first from last. Kevin managed to win the hand on his last play. The game's scoring system awards 4-round points for winning a four-player hand, thereby keeping all players in the game. There is only a 3-round point spread between the players for each hand.

Kevin also won the second hand closely followed by Bryan. Kevin's back-to-back wins really put the pressure on his competitors. Going into the final round, Kevin had a 3-point lead.

The last hand was very competitive with every play making a difference. In the end, Kevin held onto the overall lead though Bryan won the hand, enabling him to claim the title of the Kaiser's Pirate and keep the championship wood in the family. Not only did it return to the Emery household whence it came, but the odds for a return trip to Greenville were high as Mafia members dominated the scoring, taking five of the six laurel positions. Obviously, they play some Kaiser's Pirates down in Greenville.

Throughout both days, the participants demonstrated great sportsmanship as well as solid and clever play. The experienced players were quick to show any new players the ropes (in fact one was kind enough to create a series of notes for one of the new players) and everyone seemed to have a great time. See you next year.

Bill Beckman and Stan Buck chase raiders even as they are being chased.

Michael Ussery and the button man, Greg Schmittgens, compare ships.
 GM      Jim Day [4th Year]  NA
    jamesmday@aol.com   NA

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