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Spearpoint 1943: Eastern Front (SEF) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated November 26, 2018
7 Players Steve Raszewski 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
  2018 Champion   & Laurels

Raszewski Wins In Eastern Front

Putting on a first time event at WBC is an interesting situation. How do you gauge interest in a game that has not been run? As a C class teaching and coaching event how much real game time should be allowed and what type of system should be used for the structure? After a little consideration and looking at other events we planned for twelve people but if others turned up with games we could add them in. That plan was about right. We had seven actual players and a few more that expressed interest but had other events to go to. Because the game is basically a two person game we selected a round robin system. That did not work this year as all the players were new to the game but one and he had never played the game but knew the rules. Most players also only had limited play time because this was a last minute choice on a Saturday morning. The event was basically a mass demo game but that worked well for a first time event.

The players learned the game quickly and by the second turn most were playing with little help other then technical questions about how a card worked or what was needed in a specific situation. One issue that was not expected was the use of terms. Coming from a war gaming background the terms of the game made sense to me but for some of the players without a history of war gaming it took a little more explaining. One issue that we will have to figure out for next year is deck building. This is a central part of the game but it also was the hardest for new players. It is understandable when you realize they have to build a deck for game they have not played. One suggestion was to have pre-built decks. I am not sure that is the answer because it takes a lot out of the game. Yes, players struggled with building a deck but once they were in play things went well. Another issue is do we do just random games or do historical battles. This is a historical battle game. Byron the publisher of the game has scenario cards in the base game and it would be more interesting to do that kind of event.

The seven players had a great time. A father and son faced off with the father defeating his son with Tiger tanks. It was so much fun watching players scramble when the opposing player would put a tank in the table. Tank killing becomes all you can think about. The way the game is set up the players fought with infantry, tanks, aircraft and artillery. To be the first player to get fifty one points made that player the winner. Most games were pretty close with the loser having more than forty points but that father son battle was a little more lop sided with the son not getting more then the mid-thirties in points. I promised Eric Tolentino that I would mention him by name because of is amazing ability to roll 1's. Spearpoint 1943 Eastern Front requires the players to roll high numbers to get hits and do damage. The higher the better. Eric just could not roll high and rolled so many 1's I thought the dice were broken. He even rolled snake eyes on 2d10. That is hard to do.

Over all the players got to learn a new game and had fun doing it. I heard that some games were played in the open gaming room. The grand prize went to the father that beat his son and they were looking forward to using all the parts of the new game.

2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: NA

Learning a new game at WBC. A Look at Spearpoint 1943.



GM    Jeff Russ [1st Year]   NA