world at war  

Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report     

 2010 Status: pending 2010 GM commitment

Kevin Milne, MN

2009 Champion

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Event History * = Global War/ **A3R
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     24
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jason Moore        NY    07    156
  2.  Greg Wilson        NJ    08     96
  3.  Bill Moodey        PA    05     96
  4.  Herbert Gratz      aa    00     78
  5.  Eric Thobaben      MI    06     72
  6.  Jon Hogen          CA    09     70
  7.  Kevin Milne        MN    09     66
  8.  Bruce Harper       bc    08     61
  9.  Paul Milne         MN    09     60
 10.  Chris Goldfarb     OR    08     60
 11.  Vic Hogen          CA    03     60
 12.  Randy Scheers      TX    08     54
 13.  Tim Francis        MD    05     54
 14.  Mike Crowe         VA    09     36
 15.  Rob Carl           MD    08     36
 16.  Eric Schuelin      GA    04     36
 17.  Brock Heathcote    AZ    00     36
 18.  Brian Conway       NY    05     30
 19.  Elihu Feustal      IN    07     24
 20.  Jim Sparks         MD    07     24
 21.  Alvaro Martin      es    04     24
 22.  Ryan Scoville      NY    00     24
 23.  Conrad Struckman   NH    99     24
 24.  Tor Abrahamsen     bc    06     18
 25.  Charles Kruger     MA    00     18
 26.  Jerry Smolens      PA    09     12
 27.  Tim Schroeder      TX    06     12
 28.  Ernest Copley      ME    04     12
 29.  Ernie Faust        CT    99     12
 30.  Mike Mitchell      GA    00     12
 31.  Randall MacInnis   GA    00      9
 32.  Ashley Johnson     VA    09      6
 33.  Don Stanley        sk    08      6
 34.  Kenneth Cruz       CA    06      6
 35.  Jeff Mathis        FL    05      6
 36.  Graham Keys        WA    03      6
 37.  Boyd Piper         BC    02      6
 38.  Mike Stone         OR    99      6
 39.  Don Moody          MN    02      4
 40.  Joe Brophy         MN    02      3
 41.  Keven Leith        VA    02      2

2009 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists: 0

Jon Hogen, CA
2nd

Paul Milne, MN
3rd

Mike Crowe, VA
4th

Jerry Smolens, PA
5th

Ashley Johnson, VA
6th


Past Winners

Joe Brophy, NY
1992

Conrad Struckman, NH
1993

Jason Moore, NY
1994, 2005, 2007

James Sparks, MD
1995

Bruce Harper, BC
1996

Rob Carl, MD
1997

David Middleton, MD
1998

Gregory Wilson, NY
1999

Herbert Gratz, Austria
2000

Jon Hogen, CA
2002

Vic Hogen, CA
2003

Bill Moodey, PA
2004

Eric Thobnaben, WI
2006

Chris Goldfarb, OR
2008

Kevin Milne, MN
2009

And afterwards there will be a test!

The playest that never ends ...

Yet More Tinkering with a World At War ...

For the first time we offered two mini-games on Monday afternoon, one on Bombers and one on Raiders. Both games are standalone, last only a few turns, and focus on two important subsystems. Free copies of the games were provided.

20 people participated in five full campaign games this year. Three new players joined for the first time, one from England. Of the games played, one was an Allied decisive victory (against a Russia first strategy), one was an Axis decisive (successful invasion of Britain), and three others were Axis victories of varying degrees (traditional Barbarossa campaigns). Axis success was aided somewhat by a new set of strategic warfare (SW) rules that in retrospect were a bit too harsh on Britain. The German U-boats inverted fewer transports, but sunk more, especially in the critical 1940-42 period. Last year we had three ties, two Axis victories, and one Allied victory.

GMT made available, shortly before the convention, a counter sheet with all of the new counters for the second edition. These included new advanced submarine counters, Allied Pacific bombers, beach defenses, correct Japanese marine units, island control markers, revised Greek minor country counters, and hit markers for naval combat. This allows players to update their games by purchasing the counter sheet, and downloading the latest rules from the website (www.aworldatwar.org). All games took advantage of these. The second edition is in P500 status, so those interested in the second edition can place orders. The game will be printed when GMT has received enough pre-orders (typically 750).

Several new rules, in addition to changes to SW, were also used for the first time at this convention. These included reduced effects of atomic attacks on triggering Axis surrender, and limiting German base growth based on German conquests. The latter prevents large German base increases during the 1944 and 1945 year start sequences. Two changes came out of this year's convention. The SW rules have been amended with a "Cash and carry" provision, which lets Britain build transports in American shipyards before the Americans are at war, using British BRPs. Also, the Western Allies cannot reinforce newly captured areas during the redeployment phase using transports (destroyers are required). This restriction previously applied only to Japan.

After 11 years at the helm, Mike Crowe is stepping down as GM. Paul Milne is assuming the role in 2010.

Now this is a game with some serious stacking issues.

If I were a Euroweenie, I'd have to say this game is too "fiddly".
 GM      Mike Crowe  [11th Year]   5507 Callander Dr, Springfield, VA 22151 
    crowemike@verizon.net   703 203 1093

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