The King is No Longer the King
Jeff Coyle and Justin Rice exchange
Rob Doane beats three-time champ Ed
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.
Victory at Last ... Albeit a Small Skirmish ...
A Great Campaigns bridesmaid no longer! Rob Doane has his
place among our tournament champions. Doane beat Greg Tanner
in the Retreat to the James Final, earning his first Great Campaigns
title. He's our first champion not named "Withers"
or "Beach" since 1999, and his victory ended a long
run of laurels but no wood. The 4th ranked Doane was third in
2011, fourth in '09, second in '08, third in '07, fourth in '06,
and second in '05.
This was a Union year, featuring games from 1862, a tribute
to the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. For preliminary rounds,
we played Seven Pines from On To Richmond (Union
won three of five), Warwick Line from the same game (Union
won three of four), and McDowell from Stonewall in
the Valley (Union won two of three).
Five players won two preliminary games to advance to the elimination
rounds --top seed Ed Beach, Tanner, Dave Cross, Doane and Chris
Withers-with Beach, Cross and Tanner receiving byes to the semifinals.
Doane eliminated perennial champion Withers in the play-in
game of Johnston's Retreat from OTR, and then ousted
the only other champion this event has seen in this century by
topping Beach in their semifinal showdown of Jackson's March,
played with the revised rules from Stonewall Jackson's Way
II. No one can claim Doane's path was easy, but with his
two wins and Greg Tanner's victory over Dave Cross in the other
semifinal, we were assured of a new champion, quite an exciting
prospect for all of us who have been knocked out of contention
by Chris or Ed at some point over the last decade.
Doane took McClellan's Yanks in the Final. The scenario covers
McClellan's attempt to disengage from near Richmond and pull
back to a secure base around the James River (from where the
Union army would eventually be withdrawn to Northern Virginia).
On the first turn, the Union initiative rolls were good, and
Doane was able to establish a good fish hook line running from
the James to Portuguese Tavern. The Union gunboats were a factor,
disrupting two Confederate units, and an assault by Jackson on
II Corp was turned away.
On Turn 2, the dice turned in Tanner's favor. A string of
initiatives and attacks allowed the Rebels to surround the Union
II Corp, and a grand assault by Lee caused 11 casualties in one
attack. Before that assault, Greg trailed by ten points; afterwards,
he had a one-point lead.
Turn 3 saw another shift in the dice. Heintzelman led a counterattack
in the center to force a Confederate retreat, Porter joined in
the fun, and Keyes helped cause some retreat losses. They were
able to pull all this off, despite Little Mac going 0-for-4 on
grand assault attempts. More than half the CSA army was tapped
out at this point. Jackson made a last-ditch attack on the Union
center, but with another roll going the Yanks' way, Tanner conceded.
As we move forward to 2013, we continue to be open to ideas
to restore our participation numbers. We know many Great Campaigns
players are still at WBC; we've just been unable to convince
you to join us! Please do shoot me an email and let me know what
changes we can make to lure you back -- whether it's tournament
format, scenario selection or round timing -- and return our
numbers to Century level.
Dave Cross and Michael Kunin butt
Rob Doane wins it all by besting Greg
Tanner in the Final.