battles of the american revolution   

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report   

2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

2012-13 Champion


* Formerly Saratoga

Event History
1999*    Mark Miklos     22
2000*    Cliff Hansen     12
2001*    Volko Ruhnke     16
2002*    John Vasilakos     19
2003*    Mark Miklos     23
2004*    Mark Miklos     26
2005*    Mark Miklos     28
2006*    Andrew Maly     20
2007*    Dale Long     34
2008    Mark Miklos     24
2009    Jim Tracy     21
2010    Dale Long     31
2011    Rob Doane     28
2012    Bruno Sinigaglio     27
2013    Bruno Sinigaglio     27

Brandywine Event History
1999    Mark Miklos     13

PBeM Event History
2007    Jim Tracy     22
2012    Chris Easter      23


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Mark Miklos        GA    12    222
  2.  Bruno Sinigaglio   AK    13    136
  3.  Dale Long          NJ    13    125
  4.  Jim Tracy          OH    13     90
  5.  Chris Easter       GA    13     88
  6.  John Vasilakos     VA    10     81
  7.  Cliff Hansen       NM    01     48
  8.  Rob Doane          MD    12     47
  9.  David Stiffler     VA    12     46
 10.  Volko Ruhnke       VA    01     42
 11.  Robert McCracken   DE    12     39
 12.  Andrew Maly        MD    09     35
 13.  John Miklos        GA    07     30
 14.  Don Hanle          VA    02     27
 15.  William Byrne      WI    12     24
 16.  Derek Miller       VA    13     21
 17.  Jeff Lange Sr      ae    00     21
 18.  Champ Easter       GA    12     21
 19.  Terry Coleman      CA    07     18
 20.  Michael Arrighi    CA    99     18
 21.  Michael Nagel      NJ    03     15
 22.  Jeff Lange         ae    07     12
 23.  Ric Manns          IN    06     12
 24.  William Riggs      VA    04     12
 25.  Luke Warren        DC    03     12
 26.  Hank Burkhalter    GA    02     12
 27.  Rob Winslow        NY    99     12
 28.  Rod Coffey         GA    07      9
 29.  Mauro Faina        it    07      9
 30.  Jonathan Miller    DC    01      9
 31.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      6
 32.  Paul Stoecker      DE    06      6
 33.  Tim Wisner         MD    03      6
 34.  Eric Kleist        GA    06      5
 35.  Adam Deverell      au    12      4
 36.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    13      3
 37.  Tommy Miklos       GA    07      3
 38.  James Miller       VA    05      3
 39.  Paul Barker        uk    03      3
 40.  Bill Alderman      IL    03      3
 41.  Mark Hinkle        NH    99      3

2013 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists: 

Chris Easter, GA

Derek Miller, VA

Dale Long, NJ

Jim Tracy, OH

Chris Storzillo, NJ

Past Winners

Mark Miklos, GA
'99, '03-'05, '08

Volko Ruhnke, VA

John Vasilakos, VA

Andrew Maly, MD

Dale Long
2007, 2010

James R. Tracy, OH

Rob Doane, MD

Bruno Sinigaglio, AK

Bruno Sinigaglio breaks out his tweezers in Eutaw Springs. Next comes the magnifying glass.

Chris Byrd and Andrew Maly make a token appearance in the Mulligan round.

Dave Zimmerman and Ed O'Connor head a row of revolutionary adversaries.

Bruno Sinigaglio, Marty Musella and Bill Morse form a grognard trifecta.

Deja Vu All Over Again ...

Let's see: 27 players again on the roster, Sinigaglio vs Easter in the Pensacola Final, Sinigaglio victorious. Sound like 2012? Readers of last year's AAR might think so, but this is 2013. And yes, sometimes lightning can strike twice - although thankfully with a lot less heat this time! Throw in yours truly again filling in for an absent Mark Miklos as I did in 2009, and the encore performances just keep on coming. In 2009, I had an AGM in the Final (Stiffler) and this time around I also had my other AGM (Easter) in the last round -- and, I was knocked out by Mr. Stiffler in both '09 and '13! Maybe not, but it sure makes for a good story.

Anyway, on to current affairs: After a typically well-attended demo with plenty of good questions, we settled into a similarly well-attended mulligan round that evening. Eutaw Springs was the game, and we had 21 players take up the colors. We had a strong roster of experienced AREA rated players, peppered with some newer/non-rated talent. Dale Long took the bye (Bruno Sinigaglio had dibs, but he "didn't come all the way from Alaska to take a bye", so we had 10 games going in earnest. We registered five American wins (four substantial, one marginal), two British wins (both marginal) and three draws. That would appear to be a bit slanted, but those draws saw experienced Americans fail to win outright. So in the end, balance was evident as it almost always is in Eutaw.

We had six more enlistees for Round 1 (Long was still riding the bye into Friday morning's Round 2), and six returnees from the Mulligan Round, so six more battles were waged that same evening. In a nice touch, Bill Alderman loaned us a "big board" Eutaw -- and two newer players (Bill Kelley and Tim Miller) got to duke it out in grand style, making the rest of us quite jealous!

Three American victories, two British and one draw resulted, and the roster of folks advancing was: Sinigaglio, Easter, Tracy, McCracken, Stiffler, Doane, Long, Coffey, Lange, Vasilakos, Miller, Storzillo, Byrd, Pulhamus, Watkins, and Kelley -- a tough crowd. 2006 champ Andy Maly qualified with a Mulligan win, but withdrew for scheduling reasons.

Round 2 was fought at Germantown with Stiffler, Sinigaglio, Tracy, Easter, Doane, Storzillo, Miller and Long advancing. Six American victories here made it a bit slanted, but Stephen made it interesting in a couple of games, including an almost wholesale panic of the main American line for Chris Storzillo -- amazingly, he made a full comeback to snatch victory from sure defeat!

It was on to Saratoga for Round 3 and the matchups were grew tougher. Bruno's Americans defeated Stiffler's Brits and Easter's Brits knocked out 2011 champ Rob Doane. Dale Long's Redcoats took down a very game Chris Storzillo, and in a major upset, Derek Miller's lobsterbacks eliminated 2009 champ Jim Tracy. All were marginal victories, reflecting the level of competition everyone was facing at this point.

The semifinals were fought at Monmouth. Bruno and Dale fought a typical slugfest and Bruno arose triumphant in marginal fashion. Dale had to contend with Charles Lee's errant and/or non-existent orders and watching a bunch of able bodied soldiers march completely out of battle along with the 2010 champ's chances. Similarly, Derek's Americans watched the same number of units march off in his battle against Chris. In fact, his line was so decimated by General Lee's incompetence that he could not bring enough force to bear soon enough to make any kind of impact on the British lines. Chris was able to bring his reinforcements in and establish such a line that any kind of piecemeal American attacks would have meant certain defeat for the boys in blue. Neither side could make much headway. Despite their best maneuverings, the battle ended in a (gasp) draw! It was very historical, but for our purposes not enough for Derek's Americans to claim victory a la his historical counterparts. So, on the basis of total tournament points earned, Chris would advance and meet Bruno again at Pensacola.

At least it didn't FEEL like Pensacola this year in the Lampeter ballroom as the Final unfolded. Bruno took the Spanish with a bid of 4. Bidding was aggressive, as both players bid 3 initially.

Strategic Turn 1: Spanish Army Morale started at 15, and took a hit due to Red Cliffs Fort fire. One thing Chris lamented from 2012 was his relative passivity in the early-going. This was not to be the case in '13, as on Turn 1 the British sent the first units to the Raid Box: the KFR, the Franchimastabe leader, the +2 Choctaw and the howitzers. Also, a handful of units sortied out of the forts to demonstrate British fortitude.

T2: The Spanish begin digging out the second road at hex 2311, while the British continued the sortie with 6 SPs at 2222 and 5 SPs at 2521. The Raiding units stand pat, giving the Spanish something to think about.

T3: Weather roll -- Storm! And it's gonna rain next turn. The troops are hunkering down.

T4: Rain! Card play: British play "To Arms" ­ the Pensacola militia appears at the Plantation. The Spanish pull off a "Major Espionage Event" and take one of Chris' cards. He thought that dang farmer had a funny accent... RAID!! No, it's not a bug killer commercial, but the Spanish sounding the alarm. The Red Coats and Red Skins (sorry for the lack of diversity) pop in at hex 3413 with lots of trouble on the brain. The 16th foot heads to the Raid Box as backup. The Raiders hit the Luisiana Rangers and disrupt the latter.

T5: The weather clears out but the raiders don't, so the Spanish fight back. Mortar fire hits Frankie's hex but to no effect. The Spanish attack the Red Cliffs Fort at 4-1 but Pentzel stands -- due to some well-timed shirtless pec-flexing. Raid and sortie troops force a step loss/capture and Army Morale is now 21-12 in favor of the British.

T6: The glorious Mr. Pentzel again passes morale as the RCF stands fast against another 4-1 odds attack. The Spanish play the "Damaged Caisson" card and thus Chris cannot target De Galvez as he had planned. The British Raid leaves the map.

T7: The RCF fires and misses. Spanish AM gains +1 to 13. The Spanish play "Skirmishers". Defensive howitzer fire puts Spanish AM back to 12! Pentzel holds AGAIN vs 4-1 odds. Who needs shirts???

T8: Spanish mortar fire actually hits De Galvez' hex! But no losses result. Pentzel finally gets captured as the RCF goes over to the Spanish.

T9: Spanish mortar hit for -1 AM -- total is now 19-13 Brits. The British check, but will get no American POWs.

T10: The weather is clear. The Spanish begin building redoubts at hexes 2320 and 2820. The Luisiana Rangers succumb to British arty fire. Spanish mortar hits, but causes no damage. Spanish AM down to 11!

T11: Another British Raid!! Chris is keeping the heat on Bruno this year, treating Bruno like..... Bruno --smelling blood, he is not letting up. The British play "Spanish Scalps" driving Bruno's AM to 10, and then a 1-2 attack with a +5 modifier (!!) kills Habana with a momentum gain. Bruno's morale is now trailing in AM 20-9!

T12: Two redoubts are complete. But all in all, Bruno has met his match, right? The slope is steep and slippery. Can the Spanish stop the bleeding? Will Chris' aggressive strategy pay off?

T13: The clear weather continues. French units slip between Pensacola and Ft George only to see the howitzers and decide that discretion is the better part of valor. The Spanish capture some Choctaws and the British destroy their second road hex.

T14: The British capture the Spanish Payroll, driving their AM to 8. Then the French Morale check results in -1 AM... Spanish AM is now 7! Surely Bruno can't take much more? Then the siege guns open up -2 breaches and a hit on the BIG Brit gun. The British force a step loss on the Hibernia unit AND destroy the 2011 stockade!

T15: Just when Chris is feeling good, it rains... The Spanish try to oust the Brits from the captured stockade, but get a Pin, and then the British get a Pin on the counterattack.

T16: The Spanish play "Fue de Joi" -- a key +1 to their AM as they head into Coup De Main. Plus, the rain will continue for the remainder of the game.

Coup De Main T1, T2: Both sides position their forces as the Spanish mortar hits and forces an AM loss to the Brits for the 4th time. The AM gap is actually beginning to tighten.

T3-T5: The British get a double move and then keep the initiative into Turns 4 and 5. Spanish mortar missed its original target on T4, but then hit a secondary hex forcing a disruption and a breach!

T6: The Spanish get a double move into Turn 6 and the battle is joined!! Bruno attacks Ft George and sends troops around the north flank. The Royal Marines are captured for momentum (+2 morale unit). "Spoiled Rations" were found, only adding to the misery in the rain.

T7: The reeling British get a rather unwanted double move into Turn 7 (because the Spanish can now get another one), but get some good luck as a short round costs the Spanish an AM point and Campbell repulses De Galvez on a 4-1 +1. AM now stands at 13-11 British. Bruno has crawled all the way back in the face of (what seemed to anyone watching) insurmountable odds. The British also chose to spike some guns at this point.

T8: Chris' nightmare occurs as the Spanish get their next double move right away. The Spanish go for broke against Campbell at Ft George, while also attacking Prince of Wales. It was at this point that Bruno pulled out the ace up his sleeve - "Yo Solo"! De Galvez gets a +3 mod in close combat this turn. Ouch. He has a 4-1 vs both forts. Campbell is captured and in a masterful move that could have resulted in disaster, De Galvez was inserted between the two forts so that he could influence BOTH battles -- he even survived the defensive arty thrown his way. AM totals were now 18-1 in favor of the Spanish!?!?! This was an amazing turnaround that you had to simply see to believe.

T9: Bruno bought the initiative with three momentum (he was throwing them around like poker chips) and forced the end on Turn 9.


Chris Easter fought a wonderful early battle pretty much up until Coup de Main was declared. He repeatedly went after Bruno in an effort to hit him where he wasn't -- and often where he was. So how did Bruno manage to turn things around so quickly? In no particular order:

1) Rain in the Coup de Main

2) Fortuitous card play -- Bruno's cards seemed to be played to much more effect than his counterpart's.

3) "Yo Solo" being played at the critical time.

4) Clutch Siege Gun hits that were either causing breaches or driving British AM down.

5) Tom Gregorio having a look and giving Bruno some of that grognardcon love.

6) De Galvez not getting hit by that nasty British arty on T8 with his neck stuck way out. Had he become a casualty, erasing "Yo Solo" and reversing all the AM trends, we could be talking about how Chris snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

7) Greenwood stopping by when Spanish AM was in single digits and displaying in no uncertain terms his displeasure at his teammates' seemingly imminent demise. Rumor has it that all Bruno wanted to do was please Don. The secret to a good team captain is to keep 'em scared of you.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience once again. My goal was merely to give the tournament back to Mr. Miklos in the same shape we found it, and I think my AGMs and I achieved our goal hands down. Thanks to Dave and Chris for being there every step of the way and to everyone for participating and making this the best bunch of guys at the WBCs.

David Stiffler seems to be winning the 'thinking pose' contest.

The finalists return for Round 2 of their championship series.
 GM      Robert McCracken [2nd Year]   NA   NA

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