not your average tournament ...
Fifteen people gathered this year to play four games of Global
War, while three others played classic A3R. Two Global War games
went the distance to 1945 this year, while one board only made
it to 1943, and the fourth ended early. Three of the Global War
matches used the playtest package, slated for publication within
the year as A World at War, by GMT. The fourth match used
the originally published rules.
1. Bob Brophy and Dave Hanson (Axis) vs. Bruce Harper (Designer)
and Boyd Piper (Allies). The Axis used a "peace plan"
in both theaters, to slow American mobilization and keep the
U.S. out of the war as long as possible. The Allied atomic project
fizzled in 1941. In a close game, the Western Allies captured
Berlin in Spring 1945 on a risky 1.5:1. On the same turn the
U.S. carrier force eliminated the Japanese air force to clear
the way for an invasion of Japan, forcing surrender in Summer
1945. The game was a narrow Allied victory.
Match 2. Jon Hogen and Mike Crowe (Axis) vs. Keven Leith,
Jerry Smolens and Greg Bangs (Allies). Spain joined the Axis
side in 1940, setting up a risky conquest of Gibraltar in 1942.
Germany invaded Russia in Spring 1941. An attempted Axis invasion
of a nearly defenseless Britain in 1943 was turned back at the
last moment by the Royal Navy. Japan sunk two carriers at Pearl
Harbor, captured New Caledonia, and fought off the U.S. Navy
to gain Port Moresby. An aggressive German defense against the
Western Allies insured German survival well into 1946. Three
atomic bombs doomed Japan to defeat in Fall 1945. The game was
an Axis victory.
Match 3. Joe Brophy and Vic Hogen (Axis) vs. Markus Kassbohrer
and Don Moody (Allies). Germany invaded Russia in Summer 1941,
taking Leningrad in Fall and surrounding Moscow. Japan sunk four
battleships at Pearl. The Allies took the Gilberts and Rabaul
in Summer 1942 and bombed Palembang with SAC. The U.S. did not
enter the war in Europe until Winter 1942, with the Germans on
the Volga. In Spring 1943 Germany went on the defensive. An Allied
attempt to conquer Italy in Spring 1943 blew out. Japan turned
back the Allied invasion of Manado in Spring 1943, sinking or
damaging five CVLs, while losing one CV to subs. The game ended
here, declared an overall Axis victory.
Match 4. Herb Gratz (Axis) vs. Steve Voros (Allies). Herb
planned a Pacific strategy based on the Axis not taking the Netherlands,
allowing a delayed Japanese entry in late 1943! A ferocious struggle
for France ensued, followed by a punishing (for both sides) invasion
of Russia. However, Herb was able to encircle most of the Red
Army in late 1942, leading to an early Axis victory.
Jon Hogen was awarded a certificate for Best Axis Play, European
Theater, and the plaque for Best Overall Play, for his defense
of Germany. Bob Brophy was awarded a certificate for Best Axis
Play, Pacific Theater, for his play against the game's designer.
Don Moody was awarded a certificate for Best Allied Play, Pacific
Theater for his aggressive advances in the Pacific. Boyd Piper
was awarded a certificate for Best Allied Play, European Theater,
as the only Allied player to take Berlin.