1775: Rebellion  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

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Greg Hultgren, CA

2014 Champion

Event History
2014    Greg Hultgren    35


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Greg Hultgren      NJ    14     20
   2.  John Faella        RI    14     12
   3.  Larry Lingle       PA    14      8
   4.  Ted Lange          GA    14      6
   5.  Alexander Lange    GA    14      4
   6.  Bill Place         PA    14      2

2014 Laurelists

John Faella, RI

Larry Lingle, PA

Ted Lange, GA

Alexander Lange, GA

Bill Place, PA

The key to new events is a successful demo.

Brian Conlon and Rick Kirchner try out the new Euroish wargame.

 Michael Hyland points out his move to Eric Tolentino while Bill Place consideres his options.

 Frank Cunliffe and Walter MacEachern were two of the 35 players giving Academy Games new game a try.

1775 A conflict of blocks....

1775, a Euro-like block game that represents the conflict that shaped our nation debuted as a new event at WBC this year. This Academy Games product allows players to strategize together in order to coordinate their campaigns. Each side attempts to control colonies on the map. Players may then place Reinforcements into any City Area(s) within colonies that their side controls. The game ends when a truce is called and the side controlling the most colonies wins the game. Although the game has added suspense when played as a 4-player game, in tournament format - the 2-player version still provides much in the way of surprise to each side as each faction (militia, regular), moves from a random draw bag each turn.

Te debut had the added excitement of the first demo and mulligan round taking place during the weekend before WBC. Having a Pre-Con mulligan had some worried about low turnout. To some surprise, the only real issue was finding enough space for all the folks appearing for the Demo and Mulligan round. So, Sunday's mulligan saw ten games played - mostly by first time players. Nine out of the 10 contests resulted in a British win, although all but two of them were by a score of 5-4.

Twenty players appeared again for Round 1, again most inexperienced, but this time helped by their previous mulligan play. The Americans won six of these contests, the British three. A tie was decided in favor of a fourth British win by virtue of better faction dice.

The Round 1 survivors joined the mulligan winners to trade volleys with the British winning four of seven battles by scores 7-1, 5-4, 8-2, and 6-5. The three American victories came by scores of 7-3, 5-4, and 6-4. That left seven players remaining for Round 3. Larry Lingle enjoyed the random bye. The Americans won two of the three contests by identical 5-3 acores, while the British prevailed in the other contest 9-5.

John Faella, opposed Larry Lingle's redcoats in the first semifinal. Larry enjoyed clam chowder for the whole war as Boston never fell to the continentals with the British having great success in the mid-Atlantic states of New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The French arrived to assist ithe Americans n taking the deep south, with loyalist forces fleeing in great numbers. Facing great despair, the patriots invaded Quebec along with Native American units. The state of Maine see sawed back and forth, until the Brits wiped out the French Ratnest in Rhode Island. In the end the Continentals came back with a vengeance and eked out a 5-4 victory.

In the other semifinal, Ted Lange's Americans opposed Greg Hultgren. Lange attempted to use boats to break British control of Quebec on Turn 1, but this gambit failed as his generals failed him. With Quebec firmly in the hands of the King at turn's end, the Brits then used their superior naval power to crush the rebellion with a 9-3 thrashing.

So the Final pit John Faella's Redcoats vs Greg Hultgren. The british took the early lead. Indeed, at one point, it looked like the British had scored a knockout blow as the rebels had no colonies under their control from which to draw fresh recruits. Fortunately, for the Americans, the French arrived just in time to liberate Rhode Island. After that the outcome became less clear as the Americans fought back to parity. The war ended in Savannah where turncoat Benedict Arnold was captured by Americans patriots. With his capture, the Americans controlled Georgia giving Greg a 5-4 victory. A close and well fought game worthy of a Final.

Academy games will be listing the top two finishers on their website, and presented the winner with a free copy of the game, and will be listing the two in future editions of the game rules to honor their accomplishment.

 GM     Jeff Lange  [1st Year]  NA
   jeff_lange@mac.com   NA 

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