The classic wooden block wargame:
This year's tournament featured some new and original game
strategies. Players bid step increases for choice of sides, resulting
in pumped up French armies that were bold in their attacks.
In the first semi-final, with eight step increases added to
French cavalry and artillery, Lane Newbury attacked on a broad
front. Scott Cornett's Allies concentrated their counterattack
on the French center army, decisively defeating and killing Napoleon
for the win.
After a bid of seven steps, the other semi-finals featured
a rematch of last year's finalists. Early in the game, Matt Calkin's
Prussian and British cavalry combined to force-march across the
board to defeat a strong French probing force advancing on Ghent.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the board, the French mounted
an effective campaign to capture Liege and eventually defeat
the Prussians. The game was called with six French turns remaining
and the French sitting in the middle of the board facing a swarm
of British pickets. Players agreed to make a 50-50 die roll to
decide the outcome - awarding the win to the French.
The final featured a father-son duel between Scott Cornett
and his dad, defending champ, Jeff Cornett. A bid of ten French
steps gave the Allies to Scott, yet left the French supremely
confident. In practice games at home, the bid had never gone
higher than eight. Scott then introduced his new and patented
"Autobahn Defense Version 2.0" into tournament play.
Jeff had faced Autobahn 1.0 on three occasions at home - having
won only one of three times, but winning the last time against
With ten steps to pump up the French cavalry and guns, Jeff
introduced his "Meet Me in Namur, Don't Hold Me Back"
offense. Against the Autobahn, this strategy could better be
labeled the "Where Did They Go" offense. Upon arriving
at Namur with most of the French army, there was no enemy in
sight. The overconfident French did not even bother posting defensive
pickets as they slept for the French night turn. Imagine their
surprise when they woke up to the sight of the entire Allied
army poised for a dawn attack (after having force-marched for
two straight turns).
Scott's battle plan was equally decisive. While leaving only
the Allied artillery to defend the center and left flank, more
units than could fit on the battle board advanced to attack the
right flank. The French flank was overwhelmed with a devastating
cavalry charge supported by strong infantry formations. Game,
set, match, and household bragging rights for the year! The entire
game lasted only 45 minutes.
For more tournament details, visit http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/rabdwombat/nap_review_2003.htm.