world at war   

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report     

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Randy Scheers, TX

2013 Champion

 

Event History
1992    Joe Brophy**       8
1993    Conrad Struckman**     20
1994    Jason Moore**     17
1995    James Sparks**     41
1996    Bruce Harper*     17
1997    Rob Carl*     26
1998    David Middleton*     27
1999    Greg Wilson*    19
2000    Herbert Gratz**    25
2002    Jon Hogen**    17
2003    Vic Hogen    20
2004    Bill Moodey     24
2005    Jason Moore     16
2006     Eric Thobaben     22
2007     Jason Moore     21
2008    Chris Goldfarb     24
2009    Kevin Milne     21
2010    Bruce Harper     25
2011    Paul Milne     32
2012    Elihu Feustal     20
2013    Randy Scheers     24

* = Formerly Global War

**A= Formerly Advanced Third Reich

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Paul Milne         MN    13    156
  2.  Jason Moore        NY    07    156
  3.  Randy Scheers      TX    13    126
  4.  Bruce Harper       bc    10    121
  5.  Jon Hogen          CA    11    118
  6.  Elihu Feustal      IN    12    102
  7.  Chris Goldfarb     OR    12     96
  8.  Greg Wilson        NJ    08     96
  9.  Bill Moodey        PA    05     96
 10.  Vic Hogen          CA    12     84
 11.  Herbert Gratz      at    00     78
 12.  Tim Francis        MD    11     72
 13.  Eric Thobaben      MI    06     72
 14.  Kevin Milne        MN    09     66
 15.  Don Stanley        sk    12     54
 16.  Rob Carl           MD    12     48
 17.  Kenneth Cruz       CA    13     42
 18.  Stephen Erickson   CA    11     36
 19.  Mike Crowe         VA    09     36
 20.  Eric Schuelin      GA    04     36
 21.  Brock Heathcote    AZ    00     36
 22.  Brian Conway       NY    05     30
 23.  Dave Hanson        IA    13     24
 24.  Ashley Johnson     VA    13     24
 25.  Jim Sparks         MD    07     24
 26.  Alvaro Martin      es    04     24
 27.  Ryan Scoville      NY    00     24
 28.  Conrad Struckman   NH    99     24
 29.  Jerry Smolens      PA    11     18
 30.  Tor Abrahamsen     bc    06     18
 31.  Charles Kruger     MA    00     18
 32.  Tim Schroeder      TX    06     12
 33.  Ernest Copley      ME    04     12
 34.  Ernie Faust        CT    99     12
 35.  Mike Mitchell      GA    00     12
 36.  Randall MacInnis   GA    00      9
 37.  Thomas Stanley     sk    12      6
 38.  Peter Brckwood     on    13      6
 39.  Jeff Mathis        FL    05      6
 40.  Graham Keys        WA    03      6
 41.  Boyd Piper         BC    02      6
 42.  Mike Stone         OR    99      6
 43.  Don Moody          MN    02      4
 44.  Joe Brophy         MN    02      3
 45.  Keven Leith        VA    02      2

2013 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Ken Cruz, CA
2nd

Dave Hanson, IA
3rd

A. J. Johnson, MD
4th

Paul Milne, ME
5th

Peter Brickwood, on
6th

Past Winners

Joe Brophy, NY
1992

Jason Moore, NY
1994, 2005, 2007

James Sparks, MD
1995

Bruce Harper, BC
1996, 2010

Rob Carl, MD
1997

David Middleton, MD
1998

Gregory Wilson, NY
1999

Herbert Gratz, at
2000

Jon Hogen, CA
2002

Vic S. Hogen, CA
2003

Bill Moodey, PA
2004

Eric Thobnaben, WI
2006

Chris Goldfarb, OR
2008

Kevin Milne, MN
2009

Paul Milne, MN
2011

Elihu Feustal, IN
2012

Randy Scheers, TX
2013
     

Ashley Johnson studies his Order of Battle.

Peter Brickwood logs in his progress.

 

 

Counters anyone? Would you believe magnetized counters?

Randy Scheers, Greg Wilson, Bruce Harper and Tor Abrahamson

The 22-Year Playtest Continues ...

World War II Evolution Never Ending ...

A World at War (WAW) had six full games recreating World War II at the convention this year. For the first time, two games began with starting positions that resulted from playing the as yet to be published Gathering Storm game, which is a prequel to A World at War. Publication for Gathering Storm is anticipated some time in 2014. Gathering Storm covers the pre-war period from 1935 to 1939+, and allows for ahistorical economic, military and naval development, diplomacy and aggression.

The first game, which arose from Gathering Storm, began in Spring 1939, six months ahead of the historical schedule. France fell in 1939, and the Soviet Union was invaded in Summer 1940. Meanwhile, Italy, which began at war with the Western Allies over Albania, was in a permanent defensive mode. Russia was "stabbed in the back" by Japan in Summer 1941, and eventually surrendered, although at a great cost to Japan in the Pacific. Not to be deterred, the Western Allies were ashore in Europe in 1942, and eventually pressed forward, with help from a resurgent Russia, to take out Germany historically, in Summer 1945. However, Germany did set off an atomic bomb, delivered by an advanced submarine, in New York harbor. In retaliation, the Allies delivered bombs to both Berlin and Tokyo the same turn, ending the game.

In the second game, which also arose from Gathering Storm, the game began in Summer 1939. This game also featured a painfully slow conquest of France followed by a failed invasion of Russia. This was chalked up to since-corrected imbalances in Gathering Storm. The Axis found themselves a year behind schedule. To keep the game interesting for all parties, the players decided to call a truce in Europe for a year. The final result was adjudicated as a tie in both theaters.

In the third game, the first of the "classic" (non-Gathering Storm) games, an unusual contest developed when Germany decided to postpone the invasion of Russia until 1942, while the Allies responded by moving significant Russian forces to Siberia, to tie down the maximum number of Japanese troops, limiting their conquests. The Allies failed to exploit their advantages in the Pacific, however, and Japan managed to achieve most of its conquests and even held out long enough to achieve an adjudicated one turn victory. Meanwhile, a larger than normal German fleet turned back a Spring 1943 invasion of France, and held on for an adjudicated two-turn victory in Europe.

The fourth game proceeded in a more historical fashion, with a traditional invasion of Russia in Summer 1941, and a Japanese attack in the Pacific in Winter 1941. Although the Battle of the Atlantic was quickly won by the Allies, Germany invaded Russia in possession of all of Rumania and all of Finland. In 1942, the German summer offensive drove the Russians back beyond Moscow. Both Moscow and Leningrad fell, but the Russians managed to stay just above water without offering to surrender, thanks to a successful 1942 invasion of France. Meanwhile in the Pacific, the Allies, delaying U.S. entry in Europe, added a British 3-4 infantry to the defense of Singapore. While Japan took care of Singapore, the Allies solidified their hold on Port Moresby and most of the Solomon Islands. The game in Europe ended in Summer 1945 as a tie, after an unsuccessful attempt to deliver an atomic bomb on Berlin in Spring. In the Pacific, the Allies forced a Japanese surrender, with the help of a few atomic bombs, in Summer 1945, for a one turn victory.

In the fifth game, the Axis also followed a fairly conventional path, with an emphasis on an attempt to conquer Russia. The best chance for this was in Winter 1942. However, the Russian player made a gutsy 1:1 attack on Rostov and won it, putting surrender off the table. Russia was sufficiently wounded, though, to result in a three-turn victory for the Axis in Europe. This was almost balanced by a very successful Allied campaign in the Pacific, resulting in a two-turn Allied victory in that theater.

In the sixth game, two players made their debut at the convention. The Axis were doing well in both Europe and the Pacific, but both games were far from finishing. No adjudication was made.

This year the second printing of A World at War began shortly before the convention. Those with pre-orders, who wanted to receive their copies, could do so. Several did, and had the pleasure of using the newly printed, and completely current, rules and components.

 Don Stanley and Jim Sparks

 Thomas Stanley sure is a little gamer for such a big game.
 GM      Mike Crowe  [13th Year]   NA 
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