blocks in the pacific
This year 11 players participated in the event's second year
at WBC. Scheduling found us opposite Victory in the Pacific,
which is held Friday-Sunday each year. In 2003 we plan a Thursday
event for Pacific Victory so players who love this theatre
can see action in both games. Other changes to the event format
will take place in response to player's feedback so be sure to
check the new event page in the spring.
that winning bids were always for the Allied side and ranged
between three and 30 production points. In Swiss rounds two-thirds
of the winning bids were between 11 and 16 PP's. The single elimination
rounds saw players bidding higher. However, only four of the
13 games completed in the event resulted in an Allied victory
and none of these were in the crucial single-elimination rounds.
The bottom line is bidder beware.
After three preliminary rounds the top four players advanced
with only one slot needing a tiebreaker to resolve. However,
the rankings were thrown into a spin when Mark and "Tex"
both opted for a dinner at the Outback rather than continue with
the semi-final round. When the rankings finally settled the following
players battled into the morning for a chance at first place
- Kevin Garber, David Metzger, Peter Muenker and Jim Mason.
In semi-Final play, the
shorter 1943 scenario was used to speed the evening along. The
Japanese players held on to their perimeters in both games and
setup the final match between Kevin who was undefeated in the
tournament and David who had just learned the game at the convention.
The 1941 scenario was played with Kevin winning the bid and
selecting the Allied side. Stubborn ground forces kept key production
out of Japanese hands. Manila held until Jun 42 and Palembang
didn't fall until Mar 43. In Sep 42 fleets clashed at Guadalcanal.
(US losses=7CA and 1BB steps) (Japanese losses=1CV and 2NAV steps)
The Japanese responded by adding forces to the area. However,
an Allied marine invasion of Kwajalein supported by a carrier
raid from New Caledonia was able to outflank this Japanese force
and capture the island, which was lightly held. The game continued
until Mar 44 when time ran out with the Japanese perimeter still
intact. The Allies were not able to take advantage of the early
fall of Kwajalein and David was awarded first place.