not your average tournament ...
Twenty-one participants gathered to play Advanced Third
Reich and Global War 2000. Thirteen players were there
to continue to playtest GW 2000, while former champion Herbert
Gratz was involved in a FTF against Paul Baker (which Herbert
won). This left six players competing for the glory and honor
of being crowned A3R champion. It was decided with six
competitors that each player would pair off and play a 1944 scenario
game to seed a tournament tree. After being seeded, the top
two finalists would play for 1st place honors, the next two would
play for 2nd place and seeds 5 and 6 would play for 3rd.
Place Game: Charles Crane (Axis) defeated Thomas Shaw (Allies)
after Thomas Shaw took a fa-win 39 Allied double-turn and conceded
defeat. Axis level 10 victory.
2nd Place Game: Stan Jelic (Allies) defeated Randy MacInnis
(Axis). Stan Jelic took an Allied fa-win 1939 double turn and
whiffed on the critical 1-1 attack to force an early Italian
surrender. The Allies paid a heavy price and Britain started
1943 with only 15 BRPs. In spite of this, the Allies came back
and captured Paris in summer 1944 and held it after the Axis
whiffed on a 1-1 counterattack. The Axis player immediately conceded
defeat. There were four critical 1-1 attacks in the game where
a '5' was rolled, two for each side. It was agreed that the
Allies had a level 4 victory.
1st Place Championship Game: Stuart Pierce (Axis) defeated
Steve Voros (Allies). The Germans take a risky attack and capture
Paris in spring 1940. The British stay on the continent and
play offensively instead of defending England. The Axis gain
a toehold in Britain which expands and eventually results in
a -4 British surrender. Concurrently, the Russians are able to
declare war early and capture Ploesti. The game became a race
between oil effects and a British surrender. The Allies eventually
conceded in 1943. Axis level 10 victory.
GW2K game 1:Axis: Mike Stone (Europe) and Bruce Harper (Japan)
Allies: Ernie Copely and Paul Stoecker (Europe) and Greg Wilson
The Axis pounded Britain early, reducing her base through bombing,
and then turned east, forcing a Russian surrender in fall 1943.
The Allies never really recovered. In the Pacific, the Japanese
were pummeled from all sides. The Japs couldn't defend against
the constant assaults and BRP losses from subs. Japan surrendered
in winter 1944 after two A-bombs were dropped. Overall Axis victory.
GW2K game 2: Axis: Bill Moodey (Europe) and Martin Smith
Allies: Joe Brophy (Europe) and Ernie Faust (Pacific)
This game was well fought by both sides in both theaters. Unfortunately,
time ran out and play stopped in summer 1943. In Europe, the
Axis controlled the Med and were fighting a hard war on the Russian
steppes and the English Channel. In the Pacific, the Russians
declared war on Japan and crippled the Japanese position on the
mainland while the Japanese fleet battled to hold off the US
Navy. An overall marginal Axis victory was projected.
GW2K game 3: Axis: Jerry Smolens and Rob Carl (Europe) and
Don Moody (Japan)
Allies: Jim Sparks (Europe) and Keven Leith (Pacific)
Time ran out and play stopped in fall 1944. In Europe, the Axis
took the Med and attacked Russia late. The Allies were able to
invade France early and Russia was making progress in the east.
Eight atomic bombs were ready for 1945. In the Pacific, the Japanese
attacked in summer 1942 and held off the US Navy in spite of
an early Russian attack on Japan. Projections were for a marginal
Allied victory in Europe and a marginal Axis victory in the Pacific.
As a result of this unusual format, A3R can no longer be assured
a spot in the Century but is welcome back to continue play as
usual in a less competitive venue.