Resurrecting an old Chestnut ...
Origins of World War II is a light game of diplomacy
enjoyed by WBC players looking for a fun, quick-playing game
with plenty of interaction. As one participant remarked, "The
WBC wouldn't be the same without Origins of World War II."
The WBC tournament uses Bruce Reiff's variant rules presented
in The General #31-4, in which German, Russian, British,
and French players vie for diplomatic control of the USA in addition
to making decisions for their own countries. This four-player
variant, which includes bidding for sides, produces a tightly
contested match that's not decided until the very end.
Twelve players competed to advance to the final game. Greg
Berry won as the French in the first game he had ever played.
Other first-round winners were Rob Kircher (playing Russia),
and Mark Booth (playing Germany). Jim McCarthy, another first-time
contestant, also qualified for the championship game as the highest-ranked
player among the runner-ups.
In the final game, Rob bid 3.5 points to play Germany, while
Greg and Jim bid 1.5 points each to play Russia and Britain,
respectively. Mark was left to play France with no bid penalty.
Germany and Russia started by taking control of Romania and the
Baltic States in the first two turns, despite defense of the
latter by the other players. In Turns 3 and 4, Germany gained
control of Czechoslovakia and moved into Alsace-Lorraine. France
could not force Germany out, so the two nations decided to share
control. This agreement, which gave Germany one victory point,
proved crucial later on. No conflict occurred in Turn 5, as players
built up their diplomatic forces in preparation for final maneuvers.
As the last turn began with several areas already under their
control and Austria and Poland too crowded, Germany and Russia
turned their attention westward. It was apparent that Britain
had enough points to win, so Rob and Greg agreed that British
influence must be curtailed. Greg sent a large diplomatic force
to Germany and threw out the Brits. Then Rob proceeded to eliminate
British influence in France and the USA, but followed by kicking
Russia out of the UK.
Rob's successful expansion and attacks in the final turn won
him victory for the Germans. Although Rob and Greg both finished
with a bid-adjusted score of 14.5 points, the tiebreaker went
to Rob due to his higher bid. Congratulations to Rob Kircher
on his second Origins of World War II championship.