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Victory in Europe (VIE) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 26, 2016 Icon Key
14 Players Ron Draker, VA 2016 Status 2017 Status History/Laurels
2016 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

A Learning Experience

The event had a good turnout for the demo with about a dozen people interested in learning how to play.  14 players entered the lists and we played the France 1940 scenario as the opening game.  The scenario only uses the western front with four card plays, it is a quick, tense game.  The wins were evenly split between the Axis and the West with a couple major victories on both sides—German conquest of London and Paris or successful Allied defense of both.

Sadly, ten of the 14 had other tournaments drawing them after the first round and the field shrank to a mere four for Round 2 where we switched to the Barbarossa 1941 scenario.  This scenario plays even faster with only the eastern front in action and three card plays.  Thomas Johnston and Matt Looby took the Germans against Bill Powers and Ron Draker respectively. Tom was able to eke out a minor German victory against Bill by taking four resources in the Ukraine.  Ron’s Soviets, however, were able to stall Matt’s Germans by taking attrition losses and retreating the first round of combat.  The Soviets won by limiting German gains to one resource.

Unfortunately, Tom then bailed for another event and so Bill and Ron were the last men standing.  We played the new “End of the Reich 1945” scenario with Bill taking the Soviets and west front Germans and Ron taking the western Allies and east front Germans.  The German card draw is random and the first card pulled was a 4 to Bill’s choice of playing a 4 Soviet card, meaning the Germans went first.  Bill immediately sent out the remnants of the Kriegsmarine to slow Allied reinforcement of France. Ron’s east front Germans withdrew from Poland, leaving only speed bumps.

The Soviets then took East Prussia and Warsaw and blitzed with Zhukov to take Danzig.  The West barely cleared the U-boats from the North Sea off of the Netherlands and were repulsed in Cologne.  

The second card play was good weather and the Allies went first with a blue (western allied) 3-card with plus one border limit attack. Another attack was made on Cologne that was again repulsed, but at least weakened the German defenders there to one step units. Holland fell to Montgomery but he did not have enough strength to take the Ruhr.  The Soviets took Stettin with their one attack, making room to bring more forces into Berlin on the next card play.  The Germans shuffled some forces around to defend Essen and Berlin.

The third card play, Bill played a 5-card Soviet plus one border attack event and sent three ground units into Berlin and attacked Hamburg from Stettin. The initial attack on Berlin went better than expected (he rolled really well and the Germans did not) and the three German land units and air unit were down to a few steps.  Zhukov then blasted through Hamburg and with his last step blitz attacked into Berlin, narrowly missing seizing the capital. The German defenders were left with only one step of land and air each.  A Soviet attack from the South into Hungary was successful but the blitz attack into Prague was repulsed with heavy Soviet losses.

The West now goes on the offensive with Montgomery attacking the Ruhr again and Patton into Cologne.  Montgomery succeeded and blitz attacked into Frankfurt, hoping to clear a path for Patton to blitz out of Cologne to Berlin.  The blitz runs over a weak German infantry army and the way is clear if Patton can take out the remaining fortress and 1-step German armor.  Ron’s dice come alive and the German defenses evaporate.  Patton still has two steps to burn and blitz attacks into Berlin with two ground units and an air unit plus Patton.  Berlin falls on the first round of combat and with the West holding the Ruhr, Berlin, Cologne, and Frankfurt, the Soviets have no chance to win in the fourth card play, holding only three victory points worth of cities to the West’s 11.  

Thank you to all who came out to learn the game and to Bill Powers and Fred Bauer for acting as assistants.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Bill Powers, VA Thomas Johnston, IL Fred Bauer, VA Matt Looby, NY Kurt Mericli, PA
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Bill Powers vs Tom Johnston in semifinal play.
GM  Ron Draker [2nd Year]  NA
 drakerre@yahoo.com  NA