world at war  

Updated 11/26/2010

2010 WBC Report     

 2011 Status: pending 2011 GM commitment

Bruce Harper, bc

2010 Champion

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Event History * = Global War/ **A3R
1992    Joe Brophy**       8
1993    Conrad Struckman**     20
1994    Jason Moore**     17
1995    James Sparks**     41
1996    Bruce Harper*     17
1997    Rob Carl*     26
1998    David Middleton*     27
1999    Greg Wilson*    19
2000    Herbert Gratz**    25
2002    Jon Hogen**    17
2003    Vic Hogen    20
2004    Bill Moodey     24
2005    Jason Moore     16
2006    Eric Thobaben     22
2007    Jason Moore     21
2008    Chris Goldfarb     24
2009    Kevin Milne     21
2010    Bruce Harper     25
 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Jason Moore        NY    07    156
  2.  Bruce Harper       bc    10    121
  3.  Jon Hogen          CA    10    106
  4.  Greg Wilson        NJ    08     96
  5.  Bill Moodey        PA    05     96
  6.  Paul Milne         MN    10     84
  7.  Herbert Gratz      aa    00     78
  8.  Eric Thobaben      MI    06     72
  9.  Randy Scheers      TX    10     66
 10.  Vic Hogen          CA    10     66
 11.  Kevin Milne        MN    09     66
 12.  Chris Goldfarb     OR    08     60
 13.  Tim Francis        MD    05     54
 14.  Elihu Feustal      IN    10     42
 15.  Mike Crowe         VA    09     36
 16.  Rob Carl           MD    08     36
 17.  Eric Schuelin      GA    04     36
 18.  Brock Heathcote    AZ    00     36
 19.  Brian Conway       NY    05     30
 20.  Jim Sparks         MD    07     24
 21.  Alvaro Martin      es    04     24
 22.  Ryan Scoville      NY    00     24
 23.  Conrad Struckman   NH    99     24
 24.  Tor Abrahamsen     bc    06     18
 25.  Charles Kruger     MA    00     18
 26.  Jerry Smolens      PA    09     12
 27.  Tim Schroeder      TX    06     12
 28.  Ernest Copley      ME    04     12
 29.  Ernie Faust        CT    99     12
 30.  Mike Mitchell      GA    00     12
 31.  Randall MacInnis   GA    00      9
 32.  Ashley Johnson     VA    09      6
 33.  Don Stanley        sk    08      6
 34.  Kenneth Cruz       CA    06      6
 35.  Jeff Mathis        FL    05      6
 36.  Graham Keys        WA    03      6
 37.  Boyd Piper         BC    02      6
 38.  Mike Stone         OR    99      6
 39.  Don Moody          MN    02      4
 40.  Joe Brophy         MN    02      3
 41.  Keven Leith        VA    02      2

2010 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists:

Jon Hogen, CA
2nd

Paul Milne, MN
3rd

Elihu Feustel, IN
4th

Randy Scheers, TX
5th

Vic Hogen, CA
6th

Past Winners

Joe Brophy, NY
1992

Conrad Struckman, NH
1993

Jason Moore, NY
1994, 2005, 2007

James Sparks, MD
1995

Bruce Harper, BC
1996, 2010

Rob Carl, MD
1997

David Middleton, MD
1998

Gregory Wilson, NY
1999

Herbert Gratz, Austria
2000

Jon Hogen, CA
2002

Vic Hogen, CA
2003

Bill Moodey, PA
2004

Eric Thobnaben, WI
2006

Chris Goldfarb, OR
2008

Kevin Milne, MN
2009

Bruce Harper is the designer. His quest for
the perfect simulation of WWII is unending.

This year's weeklong slugfest featured signs
advising passers by of the current turn.

The 20-Year Playtest Continues ...

A World At War attracted its largest number of players ever, with 25 in a year when its long serving GM was absent. One has to go back to the event's roots in the days of 1998 when it flew its flag under the nom de plume Advanced Third Reich at the last Avaloncon to find a larger field. This allowed for six full campaign games of protracted battle in a game so involved that it is played in teams. A couple of new players joined the grueling six-day, 60 plus hour event. The spectacle always attracts a lot of onlookers, and this year new table markers were added indicating the time frame and turn for each game. This allowed spectators to easily tell at a glance how each game compared to historical results. Two of the games were very decisive Axis victories, one was an Allied decisive victory, two were very close Axis victories, and one game did not get far enough to adjudicate. Most games generally followed the historical pattern of attacking France, followed by a Barbarossa attack. However, there were some unusual twists, including a Russian attack on Japan in Manchuria, an aggressive Mediterranean campaign along with Barbarossa, and several games which had great success with German advanced submarines. Nuclear strategies were more varied than usual, with one game not producing them at all, and several games producing large numbers of bombs, most of which were used tactically. The new rules regarding submarine warfare generally worked, but they need further tweaking. The new rule for ground attacks on fortified cities and islands, which guaranteed some losses for the attacker, worked very well.

As usual, play revealed several areas where rule changes were needed. The first was in Russia, where standard play had been for the Russians to run away in the summer turn, instead of defending as they historically had done. Penalties were added if the Russians allow key objectives to be captured without a fight. The second area was for Italian forces, which defended in mid war much more effectively than they did historically. Consequently, the Italians almost never surrendered in fall 1943, as they actually did. New rules now weaken the Italians after they have been pushed out of Africa, and also prevent the fortifying of Italy before its surrender. In submarine warfare, the research rules have been modified to prevent the large imbalances that have been experienced in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Mike Crowe will return to Gamemaster duties in 2011 after a one year sabbatical.

Trays of magetic counter reinforcements await
their turn for entry into the game.

Magnetized units allow the giant games to be portable.
This game's fans are truly fanatic.
 GM      Mike Crowe  [11th Year]   5507 Callander Dr, Springfield, VA 22151 
    crowemike@verizon.net   703 203 1093

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