After three long years in the trenches and 185 games in six rounds, the sixth BPA POG Email tournament has concluded with Nick Anner topping five-time WBC champion Stefan Mecay.
Nick got the bid roll, and went 0 for AP, Mecay took the AP for 1. August saw initial split attacks, the 1st on BEF and 2nd and 3rd on Sedan, pulling out the withdrawl card and seeing two armies advance to Sedan. The turn saw some attacks on Nancy, the Austrians and German 8th taking a beating. Falkenhayen used for ops pushed Molke as an event. The CP took a 4 card for rps though so were able to keep up the pressure in September.
September saw attacks on Nancy from Metz and Strassburg force a retreat. An allied line formed at c-t, bld, calais, dijon.
Fall 15 saw Trench played by Limited War allies, the CP in 3rd turn of moblization keep reinforcing German armies and played events to Limited War while pushing to Cambrai, through Bar le Duc, but not taking c-t.
The Early game saw the French dead pile high but the AP put as many T2s down as possible, including in c-t. Many ops were spent on nevers, with the CP finally getting a trench there. This occurred a bit too late to make a play for either trenchbusters on paris or closing out italy. So when total war came, HL was used for RPs and ops spent on the east front. Even with poor rolls the German armies punched through the Russian lines. Similar poor rolls for the Allies on the west front attacks meant that the Germans remained at full strength for the Tsar Takes Command.
Mid game saw both sides fully mobilized, with Allenby never getting down to Egypt as his forces went directly to the west front from London. The near east remained mostly stagnant barring MO's. The serbs reduced to one army in Monastir were held by one AH army and some bu cp. MEF and Salonika remained unplayed, with the big cards being used for ops and rps. CP had to play War Status to get to Fall of the Tsar, which occured with Romania neutral.
The final turns saw several 7 results against the Germans on the west front, the Russians rebuild and push back enough in Prussia to prevent Bolshevik. The Germans just played a lot of RPS and hung in for the Turn 20 ending, and with the lack of US armies and a commanding vp position the Allies didn't make enough gains in time.
It was Anner’s first tournament win in a decade, but his eighth overall, proving that old soldiers still retyain the right stuff. Other laurelists in descending order were Michael Dauer, Italy’s Mauro Gasbarroni, Germany’s Moritz Eggert and UK’s Paul Hubbard.