August 4, 2019

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August 4, 2019

2019 WBC War at Sea Tournament

38 players manned battle stations for the 29th War at Sea tournament.  There were 67 games played during the five rounds of open Swiss competition, followed by the four quarterfinal matches, two semifinal matches and the final for a total of 74 games played in the tournament.

The top eight advanced to the single elimination after the five Swiss rounds and tie-breakers.  Top seed Bruce Monnin was followed by (in order of seed) Alan Applebaum, Ben Gardner, Andy Gardner, Jim Eliason, Don Greenwood, Robert Frisby (last year’s Rookie of the Year) and Robert Hamel.

Final standings: Champion – Bruce Monnin (fifth time!); 2nd – Alan Applebaum (last year’s champion); 3rd – Ben Gardner; 4th – Jim Eliason; 5th Andy Gardner (yup, Ben’s dad); 6th – Don Greenwood; 7th – Robert Frisby; 8th – Bob Hamel.

In the quarterfinals, Bruce Monnin’s Allies quickly crushed Bob Hamel’s Kriegsmarine fleet in the Barents turn 1 by sinking all seven (7) German ships.   Ben Gardner bested Don Greenwood in a young vs mature contest.  Alan Applebaum overcame Robert Frisby’s beginners luck.  Jim Eliason battled Andy Gardner and finally came out on top.

Semifinals began with Jim Eliason playing the Axis against Alan Applebaum’s Allies, bid of zero (0).  In a tough, hard-fought match, Alan’s Allies bested Jim’s Axis forces by a single point to advance to the final.

Bruce Monnin faced Ben Gardner in the other semi-final.  Ben’s Allies, grabbed for a 2 POC bid, squared off against Bruce’s Kriegsmarine and Regia Marina.  The friendly banter never stopped as Bruce’s Axis took the victory.

The final pitted Bruce Monnin as the Allies for a bid of 1.5 POC against Alan Applebaum’s Axis.  Turn 1 Bruce tried his newest defence of the North Sea featuring four (4) 444s and three CVs – Glorious, Courageous and Eagle.  Alan tried to force the North Sea with his entire Kriegsmarine but found the defense strong enough to inflict two sinkings  of German ships and enough damage to make a withdrawal the smart move.  POC at the end of turn 1: Allies +2.

Turn 2 Bruce loaded up both the Barents and North Sea to blockade the German fleet.  Adding four BBs and a CA to the South Atlantic and two CVs to the North Atlantic rounded out the Allied defense.  Alan repaired a damaged 357 battlecruiser, sent the remaining Kriegsmarine to the Baltic (safe sea territory) and four U-Boats to the North Atlantic.  The Regia Marina split to patrol the Mediterranean and keep the Italian ports safe.  In the North Atlantic, six ASW factors sank one U-Boat.  The other three whiffed on Eagle and scored one (1) damage on Glorious, killing her airstrikes but not her ASW capabilities.  POC after turn 2 still was Allies +2.

Turn 3: Bruce got no Russian help from Stalin as the Russki 333s were unable to leave port.  Once again, the Allies loaded the North Sea and Barents to maintain the blockade, with just four BBs to the SATL and the Convoy 1A, Glorious (for ASW only) and another CV to the NATL.  Speed rolls – Bruce gets all three 456s and both 336s into the Barents.  Alan’s German fleet sailed to the Baltic.  The Regia Marina once again split the Italian fleet to cover the Mediterranean Sea and Italian ports.  Axis U-Boats head for the South Atlantic where ASW fails and the subs disable one BB and cripple another.  LBA from the Axis sinks an Allied CA.  Bruce’s fliers in the Med sink two Italian cruisers.  Turn 3 ends with the POC still at Allies +2.  The Convoy advances to the Barents.

For turn 4 Alan’s Axis have five (5) U-Boats.  The Russians both roll 5 or 6 and are available to sail.  Roosevelt gets stingy and no USN ships can find a six on the dice.  Bruce’s patrols include Convoy 2B to the North Atlantic along with CVs for ASW protection.  The blockade is strong with Russia now as a port for the Barents ships.  Alan sends his U-Boats to the Baltic where four U-Boats sink both Russian 333s!  The Kriegsmarine heads for the Barents.  LBA causes no casualties in the Med vs the Italians.  LBA and airstrikes in the Barents result in Axis losses of Geneisenau and a 225 being disabled and a 225 being sunk.  Axis strikes only inflict one (1) damage point on a 336 battlecruiser.  In the surface battle in the Barents, the Allies and Axis each sink only one ship before the battle ends.  The convoy lands and the Allies hold all four Atlantic and Barents sea areas, so the POC after turn 4 is Allies +7.  Convoy 2B advances to the Barents.

In Turn 5, Roosevelt releases one (1) cruiser only on the required 5 or 6.  The Axis have seven (7) U-Boats.  The U-Boats try to break the blockade, and the Luftwaffe Condors search the Barents.  The weakened Kriegsmarine heads for the Baltic again, waiting for the North Sea to open.  In the Barents, the LBA makes a vain attempt to sink or disable Convoy 2B, but fails.  With the score about to max for the Allies, Alan resigns, giving the win to Bruce’s Allies.

April 13, 2017

Welcome to the War at Sea Play by Email (PBEM) Ladder

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June 2, 2013

More Historical War at SEA

We have a new ” More Historical War at Sea” proposal from Avi Solomon. Playtest volunteers are welcome. Post your comments or experience with this proposal.

 

May 17, 2013

Med Variant

May 3, 2013

Round 47 starts

Round 47 of the War at Sea PBEM ladder has started and will end by July 31, 2013.

April 7, 2013

Round 47 starts on or after May 1, 2013

Sign up for round 47 of the War at Sea PBEM ladder by posting a comment at https://waratsea.wordpress.com/round-47

Round will begin on or after May 1, 2013.

January 31, 2013

War at Sea Round 46 has started and will end by April 30, 2013

Round 46 of the War at Sea ladder begins today. If interested in signing up post a comment here: https://waratsea.wordpress.com/round-46. Signups for round 46 are now closed, but click on the Round 47 tab and enter a comment to sign up for round 47, which will begin after April 30, 2013.

January 5, 2013

War at Sea Round 46 Signups Open!

Round 46 of the War at Sea Ladder will begin on or after Feb 1, 2013. To participate, post a comment at this link: https://waratsea.wordpress.com/round-46/

September 22, 2012

War at Sea Round 45 begins!

Round 45 of the War at Sea ladder has started on October 1, 2012. Matchups are listed at : https://waratsea.wordpress.com/round-45/. There are currently 21 matches in progress.

Signups remain open through December 15, 2012.

One important note for newcomers to the ladder is the Tournament adjustment for American entry.

American entry die rolls are given a cumulative +1 modifier for each turn subsequent to turn 4, thus on turn 5 individual American ships permanently enter on a roll of 5-6, on turn 6 American ships individually enter permanently on a roll of 4-6, etc. .

American ships are still limited to the North Atlantic.