Round 73

FINAL Matchups


Congratulations to Greg Hultgren atop the ladder since round 67!

Round 73 Matchups (Second player listed has the first bid)

1. Greg Hultgren (Allies-? vs Bob Hamel (Axis) Axis Victory

2. Richard Beyma (Axis) vs Jonathan Lockwood (Allies-2.5) Axis Victory

3. Vince Meconi (Allies-2.0) vs Rick Vrost (Axis). Allied Victory

4. Mike Kaye (Axis) vs Dennis Nicholson (Allies-2.0) Axis Victory

5. Mike Ussery (Allies-2.0) vs Bob Jameli (Axis) Allied Victory

6.  Avi Solomon (Axis) vs Mercia Pauca (Allies-1.5) Allied Victory by 1.5!

7. John Sharp (Allies-1.0) vs John Lindley (Axis) Axis Victory

8. Andy Gardner (Allies-2.0)  vs Rob Drozd (Axis) Axis Victory

9.  Lee Kendter (Axis) vs Bruce Monnin (Allies-1.5) Axis Victory

10. Mike Brophy (Axis) vs Pete Shelling (Allies-2.0). Allied Victory by 2

11.  Karl Bodenheimer (Axis) vs Tim Tow (Allies-1.5) Allied Victory

12. John Pack (Allies-1.5) vs Dave Elkin (Axis) Allied Victory

13. Jeff Lange (Allies -1.5) vs Ken Pascoe (Axis) Axis Victory


Allied Victory  6     Axis Victory  7    Tie

Players looking for extra games (contact players directly)

Lee Kendter

Jonathan Lockwood

Vince Meconi

Mircea Pauca

Avi Solomon

38 Comments to “Round 73”

  1. I bid 2 to play the Allies vs. Mike Brophy, and opened with my ‘Big Med’, (which I do mainly because I find it more active, and fun.) and it was even wilder than I expected, as Mike built up a huge POC lead while I played the war of attrition. My ASW performed rather well, wile RAF/USAAF did not. I actually had tor reinforce the Med but won big there on turn 5- guaranteeing a turn 8 Italian defection roll. Mike moved all remaining German heavy units tot he Med from France including Bismarck and Tirpitz. On turn 8 he needed to stop the last Convoy (which had disabled earlier) and win the Med. Last two ships were my crippled Prince of Wales vs. Crippled Prinz Eugen throwing single die rolls
    at each other for four rounds, rolling the first 5. As tthe Luftwaffe once again sent Convoy 2B back to USA, that single damage pip proved to be the difference maker, as we ended up tied in POC for the Allied win. Probably the closest and most . interesting game of War at Sea I have ever played in 40 years of it!

  2. Wow, something must be off if Jonathan Lockwood didn’t win even with his trademark 2.5 bid. Anyone wrote a report?

  3. Greg H. surrendered at end of turn 5 – part of that was ‘life’ related due to other obligations and the POC was
    going against him – POC was at +3 Axis probably going to +7 by turn end and N. Sea was open
    at end of 5 with NO Russians left afloat. Allied ships sunk were 16 (this includes the 2 Russians) while Axis ships sunk were 2 Italian 117s and a 435 and 2 German 225’s and a 127. Axis would also have all 7 U-boats on turn 6.
    Allies had already landed 1 convoy but with S. Atlantic Axis controlled this end of turn 5 and N. Sea open it will be hard to gain back the POC. Greg was on top of the ladder since round 67 – a very impressive run indeed.

    • All of what Bob said above was accurate. As I saw the game, I disabled many German ships, but could not sink them. So, as one would expect, the loss of Allied Ships over 5 turns caused me to fail. Even so, I want to be clear. Bob didn’t miss a single opportunity presented to him. His play was excellent. I am honored to have lost the top rung of the ladder to such excellent play. Congratulations Bob

  4. Dennis surrendered as the Allies after turn 6, where my subs sank his convoy 1A (which had been disabled twice previously). Axis were at + 7 POC prior to applying the bid of 2 — net Axis +9

  5. Ken Pascoe (Axis) won after Jeff Lange (Allies, bid 1.5) conceded during Turn 6. Final POC would have been +9 Axis before bid. Luck was with Ken in bold moves on T4 that could easily have gone badly.

    T1: Jeff went to Barents. Ken sent U-Boats to SATL (all sunk or disabled) and ships to NATL. His mostly sunk, mine mostly disabled with damage in six rounds. Axis +3 POC.
    T2: Jeff strong in Barents & North Sea, light forces in Atlantic. Ken repairs, cruises Baltic, sends U-Boats to North Sea.
    T3: Jeff abandons Barents to strengthen Atlantic & NS, protect convoy; Okt Rev sails. Ken sends small ships and U-Boats to Barents while big ships obliterate Okt Rev; Scharnhorst takes 1d. Axis +5 POC before bid.
    T4: Jeff goes to Barents in force with convoy, light in SATL; Marat sails. Ken goes to NATL with most ships (including damaged Scharnhorst) while Spee, Scheer attack Marat. Italian cruisers (undamaged so far by air) and 5 U-Boats go to SATL. Luck smiles on Ken as U-Boats critically weaken SATL, allowing Italians to win unscathed. Slugfest in NATL leaves damaged Blucher sinking convoy; other Germans disabled, many with damage; Spee (2d) and Scheer win Baltic. Convoy 1A lands; Axis +9 POC.
    T5: Jeff patrols four seas. Ken repairs Germans & cruises Baltic. Italians & subs go to NATL; U-Boats sink nothing & Italians get crushed.
    T6: Jeff boldly goes to Baltic & Med, leaves SATL weak. Repulse fails SR leaving 3 battleships, 2 cruisers, Ark Royal against six battleships. Ken sends U-Boats to North Sea & ships to Baltic. Luck smiles on Ken again. Jeff’s six airstrikes fail. Ken’s LBA disable Howe, damage Renown. Gunfire destroys or disables most Allied & half the Italians. Jeff concedes.

  6. Andy Gardner bid 2.0 POC to play the Allies against Rob Drozd. Rob’s Axis sealed the victory in Turn 7 when Convoy3C was disabled in the Barents. The Axis held a 2 POC advantage (before the bid adjustment) at that time.
    T1: ended with Axis in control of North Atlantic and Med while decontrolling North Sea to Take an early 3 POC lead before the bid adjustment.
    T2: Andy denied Rob a quick victory when a battle in the South Atlantic began with an Allied airstrike that put both Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the Neutral Port. The Allies had the better of Round 1 surface combat and ultimately controlled the zone. The Axis gained a POC by controlling the Barents and Med.
    T3: Same zones held this turn with no Allied presence in Barents and Med. Another POC for the Axis.
    T4: Allies move into Barents, but LBA disables the convoy. Axis zones are Baltic and Med while U-Boats leave SATL uncontrolled. POC is even for the turn. Axis advantage is 5 POC before bid.
    T5: Gneisenau(3d) attempts a speed roll from Neutral Port to North Sea and successfully fails the attempt to make it home to Germany safely. Convoy2B reaches Russia. Allies net 3 POC to reduce the Axis lead to 2 POC
    T6: Axis LBA sinks Convoy1A in the Barents. When Graf Zeppelin, Graf Spee, and Tirpitz(1d) move to the SATL to add support to PrinzEugen and Goizia, Gneisenau(3d) became the only vessel remaining in Germany to control Baltic. Fortunately for the Axis, the Russians never ventured into the Baltic.

  7. John Lindley’s Allies have defeated John Sharp’s Axis in their WaS game. Final Raw Score: Allies +5, net Allies +4. Lindley played a fine game, keeping Sharp’s choices to picking the best of all bad options.

  8. In the report on the match between Vince Meconi and Rick Virost, Vince failed to mention the amazing result of twelve German surface shots (with the bonus) against a single Russian battleship. The Russian sailed away without any damage (only disabled) and came back to take out a German warship in a subsequent turn. Terrible dice rolling.

  9. Mircea Pauca (Allies, bid 1.5) won over Avi Solomon (Axis) by 3 PoC raw, or 1.5 PoC after bid. We have played WAS for AREA before.

    T1: My Barents-in-1 opening, Germans stay home to grow. RAF sinks an Italian. 1 POC for Allies.
    T2: Germans stay and grow again, Stukas damage a light carrier. 2 POC for Allies.
    T3: 6BB sent to Barents, only 1 of the 5 fails the speed roll. 5U sortie in NATL vs 9 ASW, they sink Convoy1A and lose 2U. Stukas sink Renown. Same 2 POC.
    T4: More stay-and-grow. Score 3 POC Allies.
    T5: Barents sees the full Kriegsmarine including 7U sortie against a slightly superior British blockade (6BB,1BC,7CA,1CV,1 convoy -total 20 ASW). The wolfpack is neutralized with heavy losses (4U sunk, would be 4U disabled) but Stukas sink Convoy 2B! After heavy fighting, Germans retain control. Losses: British 1BB,1BC,4CA,1CV,convoy vs German PB,CA sunk and 3 ships damaged. Germans gain back 1 POC, total 2 Allied.
    T6: Allies are well stretched, but by now the US sent 4 ships. Marat sacrifices itself in Baltic vs the whole German remnant fleet, sinks Lutzow! RAF misses the repairing Germans in port. 3 Italians supported by 6U contest SATL. U-boats sink a BB, the other BB sinks an Italian. SATL remains uncontrolled. Same 2 POC.
    T7: Okt.Rev. sacrifices itself in Baltic, damage on Graf Spee is temporary only (disabled). Air and a full wolfpack try to stop Convoy3 with significant 16 ASW escort. 2U sunk, 2U reach to attack, minor damage on convoy. With Russia finally helped, score rises by 3, total 5 POC for Allies.
    T8: Allies can afford now the safety play to leave Barents empty and concentrate strong fleets and ASW in NSea, NAtl and SAtl. Germans valiantly contest NSea, Italians+6U desperately try SAtl, both fail. Axis gains back 2 POC, final score Allies 3 POC raw, or 1.5 after bid.

  10. Bob Jamelli’s Axis conceded at the beginning of T8 with Michael Ussery’s Allies leading by 4 POC before the bid of -2 POC is applied. The good news for the Germans is all 7 uboats are available, the bad news is the Kriegsmarine is badly depleted and is blocked by flags in Barents and North Sea. All the Italian cruisers are at the bottom of the S Atl. 2 Convoys made it to Russia and that made all the difference.

  11. Vince Meconi”s Allies, bidding 2.0, defeated Rick Virost’s Axis. We have not played previously. The Axis played from behind almost from the start, sailing to the South Atlantic on turn 1 and winning the area, but suffering 2 lost
    German ships, one max damaged, and no ships able to oil. Allied losses were light. The Germans lost 3 more ships on turn 2 and thereafter, lost 2 more to the Russians. With LBA and U-boats impotent, the Allies landed all 3 convoys and the Axis could never catch up.

  12. Lee Kendter (Axis) vs Bruce Monnin (Allies) is over.
    This game was an example of it isn’t just getting average rolls, but how they are distributed.
    Turn 1 saw the crap out with neither 336 making Barents. Germany took Barents. +2 Germany
    Turn 2 saw 5 SR to Barents. 2 SR failed. Germany took Barents. +5 Germany
    Turn 3 saw 6 SR to Barents. 3 SR failed. Germany took Barents. +8 Germany
    At this point UK has 8 dead CA, 1 BC, 1 CV and 1 BB. Germany lost 1 CA. 3 Italians are dead.
    Turn 4 was quite with 3 full, and 1 partial repair for Germany.
    Turn 5 saw the standard North Sea sub break work. However, the 2nd Convoy landed. The lead is down to +1 Germany.
    Turn 6 saw on SR to the North Sea, and of course it failed. Germany comes up to play in the North Sea. The allies come to life, and the CV chase away the 2 big Germans. Despite that the Germans just squeak win. The Axis lead is back to +4.
    Turn 7 saw a run on Barents to kill the last Convoy. Bruce wins being the king of disables and the last convoy lands. The game is tied at zero.
    At this point there at 19 dead UK to 5 dead German ships.
    Bruce concedes at this point as he bid 1.5. There is no way for the UK to pick 2 PoC. Germany just squeaked in a victory despite all 3 convoys landing. Germany just one are the absurd number of failed SR.

  13. In Match 73-11, Tim’s Allies with a bid of 1.5 defeated Karl’s Axis.

    The Axis conceded on turn 6 when the Allies pushed the POC to maximum of +10, after landing the 2nd convoy and sinking all 7 U-boats in the North Sea. Casualties were light in this game with only the Marat being sunk along with 12 U-boats.

    The Axis kept their fleet in being, but good ASW on turn 3, 4 and 6 kept the Kriegsmarine bottled up behind the blockade.
    This was a subsequent AREA game between us.

  14. Cuba vs Mexico ? I saw a Chile vs Argentina on the net…

  15. Sure, I will play.

  16. playing

  17. Happy New Year and I am in.

  18. Yes, I play in Round 73. Thank you for keeping keeping it organized!

  19. Am in

  20. I can play rd 73.

  21. I will play in Round 73

  22. Count me in for Round 73

  23. I’m in for round 73.

  24. Rick Virost will play in Round 73 (starting in early January?).

  25. I will pass on round 73. Traumatized from Mr. Hamel beating me in round 72.

  26. I’m in for round 73

  27. I’m in for next round

  28. I’m in for Rd 73

  29. Does anyone know who was passing out the War at Sea mini game on Cuba vs Mexico at the WBC tournament?

  30. Hi. New to PBEM and very interested in playing. Anything I need to know?

  31. Count me in for R73.

  32. I will play

  33. Avi Solomon is in for Round 73.

  34. I will play.

  35. In for Round 73 (might as well commit early) 🙂

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