Western Front Demise ...
The turnout for was disappointing. Three players who told
me that they would play never appeared along with two of the
maybes. One player who had enrolled dropped out to play in another
tournament which had advertised 2-hour initial rounds but changed
to 5-hour rounds when the tournament started. The field was reduced
to three players. Five players had showed up for the demo an
As the defending champion, Rob Beyma received the first round
bye. Brooks Beyma bid 8 to take the Germans versus Dave Schubert.
The low bidder plays the Germans and has that many turns to achieve
the victory conditions. Dave was relatively new to the game.
Brooks took advantage of a weakly defended sector of the Maginot
line to break through in the south as well as advance through
Belgium. The Germans slowly pushed into central France and eliminated
large numbers of French forces. With air support, the BEF was
holding in the north. With the French line collapsing on turn
6, Dave conceded.
Brooks squared off against Rob in the final. Rob bid 8 to
take the Germans. The Germans attacked vigorously on turn 1 with
mixed results. A 2-1 vs one Belgian unit in Antwerp resulted
in HX. However, the 4-1 vs the other unit was a NE. With an assist
from the paratroopers, Liege fell on a 7-1 attack. A mixed armor
and infantry force advanced into Luxembourg, eliminated a French
stack at 4-1, and advanced up to the Meuse. Finally, two stacks
of German infantry with air support took a weakly defended Strasbourg
on a 5-1 (-1) HX. A 3-1 (+1) exploitation attack across the Belgium/France
border against two French corps resulted in a NE. On turn 2,
the Germans conquered Belgium and enlarged their break in the
Maginot line. One group of Panzers with Kleist broke through
in northern France and exploited into Rheims. The force advancing
through the Ardennes crossed the Meuse. A couple of French stacks
in between were pocketed. With the Allied position deteriorating
rapidly and feeling the effects of four days and nights of continuous
gaming, Brooks tossed in the towel.
Most everyone is aware that the Germans have the advantage
in the 1940 scenario. Perhaps players should make their opponent
bid a little lower to get the Germans.
I don't plan to run this tournament again next year. There
is just too much competition from established wargames and only
so much time to play. Most of the people I know who play this
series don't come to the WBC.