2050 AADA World Duelling Championship Results

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by Eric Freeman
AADA Head Referee
August 24, 2000
 

The 2050 AADA World Duelling Championship (WDC) was held at Gen Con in Milwaukee August 11th to August 13th. Fierce combat ensued between the 47 different participants and in the end one was crowned a victor and the new AADA World Duelling Champion.

I'd like to thank the following people right off the bat for making the 2050 AADA WDC a memorable event. In no particular order, I am indebted to Robert Deis (and the others who helped build the arenas), MJ Daniels, Micheal Burrage, Ed Davis, Keith Johnson, Norman McMullen, Hugh Swindoll, Darren Marquez, Glen Bucher, Micheal Garrity, John Blaylock, and last but not
least, Helen Mitchell for putting up with my Car Wars addiction. This is just a fraction of the folks who helped keep the 2050 AADA WDC running smoothly. I apologize for those I have forgotten, but let's get to the action.

Webmaster Note: The terms K-Kill (total kill), M-Kill (Mobility-Kill), C-Kill (Completed-Kill), S-Kill (Split Kill), DP (Duel Points) and AP (Advancement Points) are used throughout this document. Please see the 2050 AADA WDC Scoring and Advancement Page for details on how these terms were used and how advancement to the final round was determined. Unless otherwise stated, vehicular kills in the tables below refer to K-Kills.
 
 

Qualifying Round #1
Division 10 Combat

The first preliminary round was held on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Rob Deis (and others from the RMADA) had constructed two gorgeous Micro MachinesTM scale Aspen Octagons for use at the WDC. Having those beauties on display early really helped stoke the Car Wars fires in folks.

With two arenas and past attendence as a guide, I was only expecting around 16 people to show to any one preliminary round, however an astonishing 33 people showed up to the first preliminary wanting in on the action. I have to admit I was unprepared and stunned by the showing.

Since I didn't want to turn anyone away and the two nice Aspen Octagons could only hold 16 total, out came two paper arenas I use for Southern California duelling (though normally they are covered with plexiglass which I couldn't transport to Milwaukee). Certainly they were not flashy, but they meant everyone could play. So in all, three Aspen Octagons and the Towers Arena (an arena of my own design) were used in this Division 10 start to the Car Wars brawling.
 
 

Board 1 was the Towers Arena and held nine duellists. Mark Miller drove a pregenerated ram car through three rams (garnering two kills) and hung on for the victory.

August 11
Div 10 Qualifier #1
Location: Towers Arena
Players: 9
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Mike Miller GC Indep. +40 2 (David Highland, Eric Odenius)
2. Dan O'Gorman TN Indep. +20 1 (Matt Hampton)
2. Leonard Hatcher GC Indep. +20 1 (Glen Bucher)
4. Glen Bucher (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Corey Cunningham)
4. James Quantrill GC Indep. 0 0
6. Corey Cunningham (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
6. Matt Hampton (K-Kill) CADC -20 0
6. David Highland (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
6. Eric Odenius (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0

 

Board 2 was the paper Octagon. In this duel Darrin Marquez utilized flame weapons and a ram plate to capture the victory.

August 11
Div 10 Qualifier #2
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 8
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Darrin Marquez GC Indep. +40 2 (Richard Mieznanski, TJ Howell)
2. John Becker GC Indep. +10 1 M-Kill (Don Jacques)
2. John Painter GC Indep. +10 1 C-Kill (Don Jacques)
4. Dave Ansten (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Johnanthan Mieznanski)
4. Johnanthan Mieznanski (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Dave Ansten)
6. TJ Howell (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
6. Richard Mieznanski (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
6. Don Jacques (K-Kill) NOVA -20 0

 

Board 3 was one of the 3-D Octagons. I don't remember much from the duel, so I'll just relate the results.

August 11
Div 10 Qualifier #3
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 8
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. James Bourn GC Indep. +30 1 (Norman McMullen), 1 M-Kill (Dan)
2. John Blaylock (K-Kill) SHAAG +20 2 (Jim Beecher, Jarret Weintraub)
3. Norman McMullen NOVA +10 1 (Hugh Swindoll), 1 M-Kill (Dan)
4. Joe Donka GC Indep. 0 0
4. Jarret Weintraub (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (John Blaylock)
6. Dan (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
6. Hugh Swindoll (K-Kill) SHAAG -20 0
6. Jim Beecher (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0

 

Board 4 was one of the 3-D Octagons. Again, I don't remember many details from the duel, so I'll just relate the results.

August 11
Div 10 Qualifier #4
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 8
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Eric Gershik GC Indep. +40 2 (Osvaldo Oyola, Jeff Rakow)
2. Keith Scherer CADC +10 1 S-Kill (John Jameson)
3. Mark Pittman (K-Kill) CADC 0 1 (Randall Lence)
3. Randall Lence (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Mark Pittman)
3. Michael Burrage GC Indep. 0 0
6. Jeff Rakow (K-Kill) GC Indep. -10 1 S-Kill (John Jameson)
7. John Jameson (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
7. Osvaldo Oyola (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0

 

Qualifying Round #2
Division 20 Combat

The second preliminary round was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. This round marked the end of paper maps as I was helped in this regard by Micheal Burrage and MJ Daniels. MJ brought in a 3-D Micro MachinesTM arena that I was more than happy to utilize. It was smaller than the Octagons, meaning the action was up close and personal. Micheal Burrage volunteered his modular Hot WheelsTM setup for the tournament. The beauty of its modular configuration was that we could set it up any way that we liked. Micheal quickly came up with a two-level configuration that I liked that featured ramps and a tunnel (but no jumps). For this round 25 duellists joined in the carnage of these Division 20 duels.
 
 

Board 1 was one of the Octagons. Once again, I don't remember much from the duel (hopefully one of the participants can fill in some details), so here are the results. Chris Punska won the match by winning a tiebreaker dependent on who was driving the last mobile vehicle.

August 12
Div 20 Qualifier #1
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 7
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Chris Punska GC Indep. +20 1 (Nik Kerry)
2. Tony Klaessdorf (K-Kill) GC Indep. +20 2 (John Blaylock, Don Jacques)
3. John Blaylock (K-Kill) SHAAG 0 1 (John Huffman)
3. Donald Jacques (K-Kill) NOVA 0 1 (Tony Klaessdorf)
5. Mike Kerry (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
5. Grady Snipes (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
5. John Huffman (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0

 

Board 2 was held in the Octagon and featured one "spark" of a duellist, Sean Tisdale, who weathered storm after storm to emerge victorious. Sean drove a pregenerated modified Burning Midnight into the top spot. Word to the wise: don't ram someone over flaming oil. This was how Sean garnered his second kill of the duel.

August 12
Div 20 Qualifier #2
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 6
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Sean Tisdale GC Indep. +40 2 (Keith Scherer, Brian Strassman)
2. Brian Strassman (K-Kill) MN Indep. 0 1 (MJ Daniels)
2. Keith Scherer (K-Kill) CADC 0 1 (Hugh Swindoll)
2. MJ Daniels (K-Kill) CADC 0 1 (Eric Gershik)
5. Eric Gershik (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
5. Hugh Swindoll (K-Kill) SHAAG -20 0

 

Board 3 was Micheal Burrage's 3-D Hot WheelsTM modular arena. This duel featured Darrin Marquez garnering his second win in only two preliminary rounds, making him the first and only duellist to ensure himself a slot in the finals going into the last preliminary round.

August 12
Div 20 Qualifier #3
Location: Burrage Modular Arena
Players: 6
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Darrin Marquez GC Indep. +40 2 (Michael Burrage, Andew Hunter)
2. Dan O'Gorman (K-Kill) TN Indep. 0 1 (Glen Bucher)
2. Glen Bucher (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Dan O'Gorman)
2. Andrew Hunter (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Rich Mieznanski)
5. Michael Burrage (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
5. Rich Mieznanski (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0

 

Board 4 was the arena provided by MJ Daniels. The tight quarters ensured hard-hitting action. In this duel two men, David Nelson and Norman McMullen, obliterated the rest of the field with David Nelson prevailing.

August 12
Div 20 Qualifier #4
Location: Daniels Modular Arena
Players: 6
 

Place Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. David Nelson Gen Con Indep. +40 2 (Mark Schanning, Johnathan Mieznanski)
2. Norman McMullen NOVA +30 1 K-Kill (Craig Schanning), 1 M-Kill (Sean Chuck)
3. Johnathan Mieznanski (K-Kill) Gen Con Indep. -10 1 C-Kill (Sean Chuck)
4. Sean Chuck Gen Con Indep. -20 0
4. Craig Schanning Gen Con Indep. -20 0
4. Mark Schanning Gen Con Indep. -20 0

 

Qualifying Round #3
Division 15 Combat

The third preliminary round was held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Turnout here was lower than the previous rounds with 19 duellists participating. The two Aspen Octagons and Micheal Burrage's Hot WheelsTM modular setup were used as the arenas in this set of Division 15 brawls.
 
 

Board 1, which featured one of the Octagons, was highlighted by early ram kills by Mike Miller and Brian Strassman and then a titanic mutual annihilation ram between them. This duel featured four duellists who would make it for the final round.

August 12
Div 15 Qualifier #1
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 7
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Brian Strassman (K-Kill) SPARK +20 2 (Grant Collier, Mike Miller)
1. Mark Miller (K-Kill) SPARK +20 2 (Hugh Swindoll, Brian Strassman)
3. James Bourn Gen Con Indep. 0 0
3. David Nelson (K-Kill) Gen Con Indep. 0 1 (Sean Chuck)
3. Grant Collier (K-Kill) Gen Con Indep. 0 1 (David Nelson)
6. Hugh Swindoll (K-Kill) SHAAG -20 0
6. Sean Chuck Gen Con Indep. -20 0

 

Board 2, which also featured an Aspen Octagon, saw a deadly game of cat-and-mouse develop with five of the six duellists being very experienced. Despite the presence of  four (to-be) finalists on Board 1, I felt this was the "stacked" board of the
evening. In the end though, John Blaylock prevailed for the win to punch his ticket to the final. A plethora of metal armor and only 2-dice weapons made this one long match. Once again, a tiebreaker dependent on who was driving the last mobile vehicle
determined the winner of the duel.

August 12
Div 15 Qualifier #2
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 6
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. John Blaylock SHAAG +20 1 (Norman McMullen)
2. Chris Punska (K-Kill) Gen Con Indep. +20 2 (John Painter, Keith Scherer)
3. MJ Daniels CADC 0 0
3. Keith Scherer CADC 0 1 (Chris Punska)
5. Norman McMullen (K-Kill) NOVA -20 0
5. John Painter (K-Kill) Gen Con Indep. -20 0

 

Board 3 was Micheal Burrage's modular arena. As described before, this arena was in Hot WheelsTM scale and featured two levels with ramps and a tunnel (but no jumps). Notable about this duel was a "corner of death" where half the field met their demise and debris was everywhere. The most notable design was Glen Bucher's six smart-linked flechette guns. Like Board 2, this board lasted into the night with Dan O'Gorman and Justin Miller unable to finish each other in the full 30 turns.

August 12
Div 15 Qualifier #3
Location: Burrage Modular Arena
Players: 6
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. Dan O'Gorman TN Indep. +20 1 (Michael Burrage)
1. Justin Miller GC Indep. +20 1 (John Mieznanski)
3. Don Jacques (K-Kill) NOVA 0 1 (Glen Bucher)
3. John Mieznanski (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (Don Jacques)
5. Michael Burrage (K-Kill) GC Indep. -20 0
5. Glen Bucher GC Indep. -20 0

 

Final Round Advancement Point Scores

The top seven scorers held the right to take on defending champion Mike Garrity for the 2050 crown. If one of the top seven was unable to make it to the final, the next top scorers would be allowed in. Eligibility for the final round was determined by the system explained on the 2050 AADA WDC Scoring and Advancement Page. Only the top 18 duellists are listed below.
 

Rank Duellist Affiliation AP DP Qualifiers Kills
1. Darrin Marquez GC Indep. 2155 80 2 4
2. Dan O'Gorman (RDC Winner) TN Indep. 2133 40 3 2
3. Mike Miller SPARK 1870 60 2 4
4. John Blaylock SHAAG 1820 40 3 4
5. Chris Punska GC Indep. 1605 40 2 3
6. David Nelson GC Indep. 1238 40 2 3
7. James Bourn GC Indep. 1238 30 2 1.5
8. Eric Gershik GC Indep. 1128 20 2 2
9. Brian Strassman SPARK 1098 20 2 3
10. Sean Tisdale GC Indep. 1070 40 1 2
11. Keith Scherer CADC 1068 10 3 1.5
12. Don Jacques (RDC Winner) NOVA 1043 -20 3 1
13. Norman McMullen NOVA 918 20 3 3
14. Justin Miller GC Indep. 780 20 1 1
15. John Mieznanski GC Indep. 590 -10 3 2.5
16. Tony Klaessdorf GC Indep. 555 20 1 2
17. MJ Daniels CADC 518 0 2 1
18. Glen Bucher GC Indep. 461 -20 3 0

 

Final Round
Division 30 Combat

A full duel report for the final will hopefully be forthcoming. Due to an early plane flight Chris Punska was unable to make the final. Eric Gershik wasn't present, so that put Brian Strassman in the final. Much carnage ensued during the final, and in the end SHAAG president John Blaylock prevailed as the winner.

August 13
Div 30 Final
Location: Aspen Octagon
Players: 8
 

Finish Duellist Affiliation DP Kills
1. John Blaylock SHAAG +40 1 K-Kill (Darrin Marquez), 2 M-Kills (Mike Miller, Mike Garrity)
2. Dan O'Gorman TN Indep. +30 1 K-Kill (Brian Strassman), 1 M-Kill (James Bourn)
3. Darrin Marquez (K-Kill) GC Indep. 0 1 (David Nelson)
3. Mike Miller (M-Kill) SPARK 0 1 C-Kill (Mike Garrity)
5. James Bourn GC Indep. -10 0
6. Mike Garrity NOVA -20 0
6. Brian Strassman SPARK -20 0
6. David Nelson GC Indep. -20 0

 

My recollection of the designs is a bit fuzzy, but here is what I remember of these Division 30 vehicles:

* John Blaylock: small-bore projectile (VMG? in turret?), back-mounted flame cloud gas streamer
* Darren Marquez: triple laser-guided rocket launchers with incendiary rockets
* Brian Strassman/Mike Miller: side-mounted blast cannons, minedropper with napalm mines
* Dan O'Gorman: electric power plant, two lasers front.
* Mike Garrity: carbon-aluminum luxury, three rocket launchers, two side-mounted spikedroppers with catalytic spikes, two side-mounted oil jets with pyrophoric fuel
* David Nelson: blast cannon front, spikedropper with catalytic spikes rear
* James Bourn: front-mounted blast cannon with HESH ammunition, heavy metal everywhere
 
 

Please check the Car Wars HQ and AADA HQ Web sites soon for more pictures and accounts from the 2050 AADA WDC.

Drive Offensively,

Eric Freeman
AADA Head Referee
aadaref@sjgames.com
 
 

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