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1775: Rebellion (775) WBC 2017 Report
Updated February 12, 2018 Icon Key
39 Players David Schneider 2017 Status 2018 Status History/Laurels
  2017 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.
1775 A Revolution in gaming…..

1775 continues its popular run at WBC by increasing its participants from 35 to 39 this year. Academy Games Birth of America series, (1754, 1775, 1812), allows players for each side to strategize together either the British or American factions in an attempt to control the most colonies. Although the game can be played as either a two, three or four player game, 1775 in tournament format, each side as a faction controlling either the British or American moves his or her forces from a random draw bag each turn.

Once again following the format of last year, the mulligan round was set on the first Sunday afternoon. Last year’s event drew 20 participants that mostly had never played the game. This year 26 folks showed up ready to test their skill and new found education from the demo event in the afternoon. Given the high number of new players, pairings were made up of mostly experienced players with games verses those still learning without games. In the end, the British side won 9 of the 13 mulligan round matches with the two closest matches being Kian Jones as the British beating Bill Dickerson 7 to 6 and Joe Harrison as the Americans defeating Larry Lingle by the same score of 7 to 6.

In Round 1, many of the vanquished returned. Those that won the mulligan round were not required to play round-1, so many of the games had players with little experience playing opponents of similar skills. In all, 22 men and women faced off with the American side winning 7 of the 11 contests. Four of those contests were by a single colony, with another three being decided by two colonies.

In Round 2, every Mulligan winner as well as Round 1 winners were now eligible to continue. Due to some scheduling conflicts we had a few winners drop out, and were left with an odd number of participants. As the GM, I decided to forgo continuing so I could adjudicate those matches that continued and act as an eliminator in any future rounds if necessary. So 20 folks took their seats in the 10 games of Round 2. Although we had multiple games last year in the early rounds that ended in a tie. Until round 2 this year all games were decided by one or more difference in final colony control. This year it took to round 2, and two games had to be decided that were tied. A new tie breaking method was introduced to the participants this year that was deemed a fairer comparison than throwing faction dice as had been done in the past. This year - if a tie was in place at the end of the game, the number of faction blocks along with any allied Indians, French, or Hessians were added together and the winner with the deemed greater military capacity deemed the winner. Teddy Lange won his match in the tie break 67-61 as the Americans, as did David Schneider, also with the Americans, 69-58.

Round-3 began with mostly very experienced veterans, in five games. Dave Schneider again finished in a tie with Alexander Lange, AREA’s #1 player, who was attempting to defend his 2016 WBC championship. Dave edged out Alexander in a 62-42 tiebreaker. Joe Harrison defeated former champion Greg Hultgren 7 to 3. Christopher Yaure beat Jim Lawler as the British 6 to 5. Teddy Lange beat his brother Ian Lange 4 to 2. Tim Miller beat Mark Miklos 9 to 5.

Round 4 started with five players - so as GM I played Christopher Yaure as an eliminator. The British swept round 4 as Chris won 5 to 4, Joe Harrison defeated Teddy Lange 9 to 3, and David Schneider beat Tim Miller 7 to 3.

Semi-Final: Joe Harrison as the player with the largest combined score differential in all the previous rounds was given a bye. David Schneider as the Americans beat Christopher Yaure 8 to 0.

Final: David Schneider as the British vs Joe Harrison as the Americans in the Quebec scenario. The Quebec scenario is vastly different from the campaign game as it only uses half the map, and is centered on control of province or colony cities in specific areas. Although Joe had the bye previously, he had never played the Quebec scenario. David on the other hand had played it dozens of times on Steam against the AI. In the end, after over 12 hours of continuous play in 6 player rounds, a very close fought final game went to Dave Schneider’s British 5-4.

Academy games will be listing the top two finishers on their web-site, presented the top three finishers with a 50% off coupon, and are listing the two finalists in future editions of the game rulebooks to honor their accomplishments.

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1

Joe Harrison Chris Yaure Ted Lange Tim Miller Alexander Lange
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 Rich Shipley and Chris Greenfield matched up in 1775

1775 attracted some younger players this year

 An intense battle late in the War

The British employ some younger troops
GM     Jeff Lange [3rd Year]   NA
    Jeff.Lange@Mac.com    NA