Conquer the world -- and beyond!
tournament games in three days kept us very busy, but it was
In Thursday's heat there were 54 players and in Friday's heat
there were 48 players, for a total of 102 but actually 11 guys
from Thursday played again on Friday so we were just shy of the
100 mark. One little disappointment was that on both days there
was a lack of table space, which prevented some who wanted to
play entrance. My apologies to those we turned away and a big
thanks to all of you who stepped aside to let others get a shot.
Tournament Overview - Our WBC tournament format required that
players be divided into a set of six players. A player always
played the same side, Axis or Allied in his/her set. A player
played three scenarios against three different opponents. The
two heats featured three new scenarios: Gold, Juno and Utah Beach.
Before you get too excited, I believe Days of Wonder is creating
a Tournament Kit that will include this "Four Star Scenario
Pack" that will include these beach scenarios and "Operation
Spring" July 25, 1944.
Victory - The three players from each side that won the most
medals, in the Thursday and Friday heats, advanced into the semi-finals
on Saturday. Basically all the Axis players were competing against
all the other Axis players and all the Allied players were competing
against all the other Allied players for the most medals.
A recap of the battles gave an edge to the Allied side.
Allies / Axis
Gold 26 25
Juno 32 19
Utah 39 12
Axis: I know now what German field commanders on the beaches
must have felt, not enough men to fill all the gaps. Just hold
Allies: We won the beaches, but our casualty count was severe.
Saturday semi-finals followed the same format as the heats of
the prior two days.
Toulon - from Rule Book #10
Sword Beach - from Rule Book #3
Operation Spring - from Tournament Four Star Scenario Pack
Allies / Axis
Toulon 4 / 2
Sword Beach 5 / 1
Operation Spring 2 / 4
The final match followed the semi-final games, Robert Eastman
and Steve Lollis advanced.
The finals consisted of two games. The attack on Hill 192,
St-Lo, was played twice, where the players alternate sides after
the first game. The player winning the most medals in these two
games became the first WBC Memoir '44 champion.
Robert took the first game 6 to 4 and had fewer figures lost
(tiebreaker) 24 to 25.
But Steve came back and won the second game 6 to 3.
Congratulations to Steve ... he played some very tough opponents
to take his first WBC wood . Thanks again to all who participated.