Turncoats At the Highest Level
Keywood Cheeves, Bill Burch, Dennis
Nicholson and Ken Richards contest a board in the Heats.
Scott Fenn, Henry Russell and Phil
Barcafer assess their position. Henry would go on to win it all.
Pat Duffy, Matt Russell, Peter
Gurneau and Jim Castonguay man a Preliminary game.
Fred Schachter, Ed Rothenheber,
Bruce Young, Eugene Hourany and Dorian Key form for battle.
The 5-Player version continues to attract a solid corps of
veterans as well as new gamers - including a young lady, for
the first time at WBC, the niece of a former champion (and that
player, Tracy Casselberry, a novice, even made it into the semi-finals).
The French won just under half (eight) of the18 games played
over four days. There were four British and three
Austrian victories, one Russian win and two Prussian wins - and
the later two were both substantial, hard-won late game victories.
Of all the games played, one - and one player - deserves very
special mention. Jesse Boomer had a tough first year
as France. Playing against four other veterans, all
of them ranged against France, it was obvious after Turn 1 that
France was not going to win - but Jesse refused to quit. France
was invaded on Turn 2 - Jesse threw them back. The
Allies came again on Turn 3 and Jesse held on. Turn
4, in they came again - his back to the wall, in a battle with
more than 40 dice on a side - Jesse held - and routed the coalition
THREE times the Allies came at Paris - and THREE times he
sent them packing. Reduced to literally ONLY Paris,
Jesse fought on!
The game went the full five turns, with Jesse battling every
step of the way. Although he came in last, Jesse's
epic defense earned him the "gamemaster's choice" award
as an alternate in the Final where he walked away with the fifth
There were many good games - with French armies seen in London
and Moscow, Napoleon taking Gibraltar, Russians at the gates
of Constantinople and Turkish armies attacking Paris (as part
of a grand army led by their Prussian overlords no less).
The final game was a bit unusual. It demonstrated
the flexibility of the system, how important a role diplomacy
and personalities can play - and how not every game need follow
the traditional historical path of The Napoleonic Wars. What
follows is the after-action report by a player in that game,
Lane Hess, who as Austria came in second and was given the title
"back-stabbing weasel" by his original allies - a title,
by the way, Lane bears with pride.
The Nappy Final from an Austrian Perspective.
By Austria; the backstabbing weasel.
The year is 1805. Davout marches from Lorraine to Linz backed
up by Napoleon in Ratisbon. Russia counters the move by
advancing both Kutuzov and Bagration to Moravia
making any battle at Vienna a dangerous gamble.
Lannes crosses the Alps to join Massena in the
south and their grand army moves into Venice.
Nelson wins the battle of Trafalgar and is rewarded
with Admiralty. The new English wealth buys them
Swedish and Turkish allies; however, Gustavus dies and Sweden breaks
the alliance. Britain begins negotiations with the new government
in Sweden and Russia considers taking Finland.
Prussia plays Papal Bull and Flags Rome then begins to seek allies
in Sweden and Denmark. In return for a promise of
neutrality in 1807 Prussia receives a political non
interference pact from France. 1806 ends with relatively little
bloodshed; however, Europe is poised for a very large
war. Most of it will be waged in Austria and
perhaps Spain. England is very strong. Prussia
is Neutral. Russia's goals are unknown, however,
their most likely course is a march on Munich and perhaps a war
Austria changes camps.
France returns all gains in Austria and promises military
aide for 1807-08. Austria promises to attack the Turks
and peacefully escort the Russians back to their homeland.
France deploys Napoleon to Spain and sieges
Lisbon and Gibraltar. Charles Sieges Belgrade
and then deploys to Banat to keep a wary eye on the Russians.
Prussia pacts Sweden and rallies more troops. England tries
to maintain a foothold in Portugal and spends
most of the time trying to defeat the Anglo-American
war. The turn ends with a successful Russian grand
army attack upon Austrian and French forces at Lublin.
This Russian invasion firmly cements the Austrians in the
Napoleon redeploys to Krakow to maintain the status quo.
Wellington moves to the southern coast of England.
Russia deploys in Grodno.
The 1809 turn begins with an Austrian/Spanish advance
to Kiev, however they are soon thrown back to Zhitomir.
The Turks mass a large grande-army and attack Austria
at Belgrade, routing Charles and claiming a resource. Davout
and Ferdinand retake Lublin from the Russians and wisely
return it to Austria.
1810 begins with lots of posturing but very few battles.
Austria rebuilds her armies and leaders while
suffering repeated Sieges on Belgrade. Europe is exhausted but
the war seems to go on without end. Austria refuses
to spend resources to prolong the war and despite Russian
and English contributions to the war effort, peace
breaks out in1811. France wins.
Lane Hess and Scott Fenn, the last
two champs, share the board with Harry Theodore, Tracey Casselberry
and James Boyle
The finalists do battle one more time.
Once again the title avoids John Emery, the only Greenville Mafia
member to make the Final.