Down for the Count
the advent of a shorter and better balanced scenario to address
BTB's shortcomings as a tournament, the event failed to draw
a minimum field in 2005 and thus no official tournament was held.
WBC restricts the amount of its events largely to ensure adequate
fields to generate a reasonable tournament experience. Despite
this, occasionally an event fails to draw sufficiently. When
that happens, the event is no longer eligible to be held in the
following year regardless of membership vote. Therefore, BTB
will not be held in 2006.
This year's tournament featured a smaller-than-expected field
of four: Bob Heinzmann, Nick Pei, Milt Janowsky and Doug Austin.
The new "High Tide" tournament scenario was used and
allowed the preliminary games to be completed in the scheduled
The opening draw found the Allies victorious with Bob Heinzmann
upsetting past champ Nick Pei nd Doug Austin defeating Milt Janowsky.
The scenario was highly regarded by all and the consensus appears
to be that it is well-balanced. An important feature in both
preliminary games was that Africa was taken early by the Allies.
Bob Heinzmann defeated Nick Pei by 1 VP after a close struggle.
The card selected by the Allies going into Total War was Torch.
The Axis achieved Totaler Krieg and began an all-out assault
on Moscow that consumed the last two-thirds of the game and most
of the units on both sides. Early conquest of Africa saw Casablanca
played along with Allied invasions of Italy.
The Milt Janowsky/Doug Austin contest saw an Axist hrust toward
Stalingrad and the Caucasus. Fortune was with the Allies as early
successful trench rolls in Stalingrad and Saratov helped stabilize
the line. The Allied card selected going into Total War was Tank
Armies. Africa was not emphasized by the Axis. The Axis player
conceded when it appeared to him that he wouldn't reach the 17
VPs to allow play of TK.
It was decided to go straight to a final between Nick Pei
and Doug Austin using the scheduled full campaign game after
Bob Heinzmann and Milt Janowsky bowed out.
Nick Pei's well-played Axis juggernaut achieved an auto-victory
in Turn 7 over Doug Austin. The Axis bid was +1.
The Axis advance was aggressive and units on both sides were
repeatedly cut off and then brought back into supply. Stalin
was evacuated in Turn 2, never to return. Moscow barely escaped
attrition that turn. Industrial Evacuation was played from an
OOS, but not yet occupied, Moscow in Turn 3.
Axis units broke through the Caucasus into the Middle East.
Desperate rebellions from Partisans in Soviet VP cities including
Baku and action by the Desert Army in Africa couldn't buy enough
time for Western Allied intervention to escape the AV.