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Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 04:34
I just got home from several amazing days at the World Boardgaming Championships. This was my 12th year participating, and my 10th year GMing Memoir.

As usual, because it makes the most sense at WBC, the tournament was single elimination, with a "Mulligan" round the night before. (If you lose in the Mulligan, you can restart in the morning, with a clean record. We had 52 players, including quite a few who will be familiar to Memoir Online players: sam1812, CAMiller*, CPRoark, Dark Wolf XIII, David XLV*, Delawyvern, docsteve, Falkirk, JakFlak*, JAParker, jedihunter*, gheintze*, gonzoj*, LooneyLlama, mrmanley31*, Ravenous Wolf, Red-Eyed Jack, Roundman, Tank Commander*, tmanley, van Voort, Warbanner*, Winn33 ... and very special guest from Belgium, Vercingetorix1302. (I apologize if I've left anybody out.) *Asterisks indicate former champions. This was a very strong field.

The battles we played were from the NFP Bonus Scenarios and the main NFP expansion. Because most of the players in this tournament wouldn't be familiar with the new NFP Air rules (and we wouldn't have enough planes and Combat cards), they were used only in the late rounds -- not the early rounds.

M/1 - Green Devils at Vierville (no Air rules)
2 - Le Dezert - Act I (no Air rules)
3 - North of Oosterbeek (Air rules optional)
4 - Battle of La Heuniere (Air rules optional)
5 - Hill 170 (Air rules required)
6 - Cherkasskoye (Air rules required)

It was an especially great joy to meet Vercingetorix1302 for the first time. Since we had both won in the Mulligan round, he and I were able to play a quick battle while others were playing Round 1. We played The Meat Grinder. Two very competitive games, but he beat me from both sides. We would meet across the board later in the day, too.

WBC traditionally lists the top 6 finishers in its tournaments, so that's what I'll do here.

6th - Vercingetorix1302 - eliminated by sam1812 in quarter-finals.
5th - Dark Wolf XIII - eliminated by gheintze in quarter-finals.
4th - David XLV - eliminated by sam1812 in semi-finals.
3rd - gonzoj - eliminated by gheintze in semi-finals.
2nd - gheintze - eliminated in Finals.
1st - sam1812

Thank you to everybody who played. Extra special thank you to all six of my opponents: You all fought hard, and I happened to be the lucky one this time. Next time it may be one of you.

We also played 6 Overlords:

Rzhev ... Axis won, 15-7
Sword of Stalingrad ... Axis won, 17-12
Firefight at Neffe ... Axis won. [Updated.]
Canal de la Haute Colme + The Bourbourg-Brouckerque Line ... Allies won, 11-9
Counter Attack at Carentan ... With an exciting ending, Allies won, 13-13. (Axis got to 13 first, but didn't capture the requisite number of objectives. See mrmanley31's post, below, for a synopsis.) [Updated.]
D-Day Landings: Operation Neptune ... Allies won, 78-42

Special thanks to my two official AGMs, Tank Commander and LooneyLlama -- plus additional AGMs and helpers gheintze, JAParker, mrmanley31, tmanley, and Vercingetorix1302. (Again, apologies if I've omitted anybody.)

I'll post some photos in the next few days, and I encourage others to add their stories or photos, too.

I expect next year's tournament to be Thursday-Friday, July 30-31, 2020. I hope to see you there! http://boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html

Sam

[Updated on: Tue, 30 July 2019 05:41]

      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 04:41
Congrats Sam on your win. I am sure it was satisfying after such a long wait.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 13:40
Congrats again, Sam! And thanks for such a well organized tournament.
The final score in Counterattack At Carentan was 13-13, Allied victory. The Axis were required to have two victory objectives to win, which they were going to get on their next turn.
On the Germans final turn they killed a couple Allied units, including killing the lone allied unit in a turn start, temporary medal hex, taking away an allied medal. The Axis led 13-10 at that point, just needing two of the five possible objectives.
The Allies needed 3 medals. As the CnC, I played a barrage and gave each flank a BEL. I killed a two figure tank with my barrage, and DocSteve killed a single figure tank with his BEL. That left RedEyedJack on the right needing to kill a three figure tank with his BEL. He got the kill for the win (wish i could have had such timely rolls in the tournament).
It was an exciting match that was a real slugfest, as both commanders kept playing their best available cards. Tense and fun, with the outcome in doubt right to the end and a victory by the narrowest of margins!

[Updated on: Mon, 29 July 2019 13:51]

      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 14:37
Congrats again, Sam!

The Axis won Firefight at Neffe, but I forget what the score was. Tank Commander probably has the score written down.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 14:48
Well done Sam,

Both in winning and organizing such a great event Smile
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 15:29
Sam congrats on joining the winners circle.
Now the new challenge is to play an overseas tournament
Greatings from Canada tonall of you
J.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 17:18
GG !
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 29 July 2019 17:44
Congrats again, Sam! No one deserved to win more than you.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Tue, 30 July 2019 07:11
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Thank you, all, for your congratulations.

Before this year's tournament, I was thinking that we had an especially large number of very dangerous players. I truly didn't expect to win.

My opponents in the tournament were CPRoark (5th place last year), Ravenous Wolf, Stephen S., Vercingetorix1302 (who has won many tournaments), David XLV (2016 Champion), and gheintze (2014 Champion).

My most dreaded match was Round 4, when I was paired against Vercingetorix1302 for Battle of La Heuniere. In game 1, his Germans staged a devastating attack against my Right flank, killing three armored units, but later in the game one of my tanks survived a preposterous number of dice, and I managed to kill his Tiger. Game 2 featured some tactical maneuvers, as my German armor first scored two kills on the left, and then moved behind the medal town to get to my Right flank to finish the battle. Here's the final position of game 2:

https://cf.geekdo-images.com/imagepage/img/CFEc5bxphktvEfeQZFOu2HXsgFc=/fit-in/900x600/filters:no_upscale()/pic4871774.jpg

Here's the final position from my Finals match against gheintze. The scenario was Cherkasskoye, from New Flight Plan. My Germans opened game 1 with Tank and Bunker Busting, completely eliminating two 3-figure armors and rolling a double hit on the heavy tank between them. However, I didn't get many targets during the rest of the battle, the Russians shot down two of my planes, and I lost that game 4-6. In game 2, he damaged several of my tanks (mostly with planes), but, I was able to move them to safety. I had several power cards, and ultimately I was able to get several kills with my armor, and one final kill with my second plane, for a 6-3 win. Here's the final position. (My fighter had just successfully rolled 3d against the 1-figure Russian infantry in the back-row town.)

https://cf.geekdo-images.com/imagepage/img/xTWuHxMk29R5PFsHoklQwfR6hdg=/fit-in/900x600/filters:no_upscale()/pic4871771.jpg

[Updated on: Wed, 31 July 2019 01:31]

      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Tue, 30 July 2019 07:13
The tournament ran late, so several of the M44 crew were upstairs playing in our "Midnight Madness" Overlord battle -- Firefight at Neffe. When our game was over, somebody told them, and suddenly the whole bunch of them poured into the tournament room with huge congratulations and smiles on their faces. That was an incredible feeling.

The crowd included so many past champions that I asked for a photo. From left to right, we have WBC Champions gonzoj, Tank Commander, gheintze, mrmanley31, CAMiller, sam1812, and honored guest Vercingetorix1302.

https://cf.geekdo-images.com/imagepage/img/oe92VlIqjosTEXu0XrCABCzqqyk=/fit-in/900x600/filters:no_upscale()/pic4871770.jpg
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Tue, 30 July 2019 11:57
Nice picture

Congratulations, Sam, for your great victory !

Always a performance to win against Frederik !
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Wed, 31 July 2019 08:53
Congratz to everybody for having a nice event!

But especially to Sam for organising and winning!


An impressive lineup for sure. All tough players.
And great to put some faces to the people whom I have not met in real life yet.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Fri, 02 August 2019 00:41
Thank you, Luc and Jeroen. One of these years, I hope to meet you both (and the others) in person, on either side or the "Pond."
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Fri, 02 August 2019 10:08
Let me sneak in a commercial then and invite you to the Memoir'44 Dutch Open 2020.
Luc is almost always there too!

It wil be 15 and 16th of february 2020. Smile
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Fri, 02 August 2019 15:05
Ouch -- I will have just come back from a music gig in Colorado.

Got dates for 2021 yet? Very Happy
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Sat, 03 August 2019 15:17
Whew - another year at WBC in the books Shocked That makes 12 in a row for me.

Although I did not make it past Rd 2 this year in Memoir I did improve at BATTLE CRY when I made it past RD 1 Laughing

Now for my reports on the OL games I played in.

SWORD OF STALINGRAD

RUSSIAN Team: LFG: Eric Mosso / C & C + CFG: John Skiba / LFG: John Parker

GERMAN Team: C & C Tim Manley / RFG: Lee / CFG: Benjamin Miller / LFG Chris

We hold our own in the center for a while and both flanks seem to be steady. But soon our left is in trouble and the right takes several losses. Then an early German TFH orders 10 units across the board and the center is also hit hard. They follow that up with INF ASSAULT for their right and ASSAULTs in the center and left. A continuous stream of good German cards keeps up the pressure on all fronts. The battle for the center hills goes badly. What is worse is our side misses several key rolls on weak units and what should have been kills end up just flagging away those units from danger. I do play BARRAGE three times which eliminates a weak panzer and center artillery and also scores an early kill on an artillery on the German right. We also have to make roll to try and get orders 15 times while the Germans only try 4. The Germans push forward in the center and now all flanks are in trouble. The Germans play another TFH late in the game which pretty much spells doom in the center as 3 units are killed off and they now lead 15 to 11. I had INF ASSAULT all ready to go in the center but losing three infantries before I can play it takes a good deal of the sting out of that card. We can only kill off one more unit before the roof falls in and two kills on the Russian left ensure the 17 to 12 German win.

FIREFIGHT AT NEFFE

MEM 44 FIREFIGHT at NEFFE OL– at WBC
Allied Team:
RFG: Matthew Miller / C & C + CFG: Benjamin Miller / LFG: Christopher Miller
German Team:
C in C + LFG: John Skiba / CFG + RFG: Joe Harrison / We Win 14 to 12 as GERMANS

I was CinC and played the LFG while Joe H played the CFG and the RFG. I had strong cards for both the center and right including 2 ARMOR ASSAULTS. But I also had four RECONs in hand and wished to keep my hand size to the max while also collecting additional COMBAT CARDs for our side. I ended up playing RECONs on our first three turns before unleashing Joe on the Allied center and left. The Allies made steady progress on my flank and I played for time in order for Joe’s offensive to gain steam. I soon lost both my forward panzer and TD as the Allies closed with my weak forces. But Joe made good progress on our right and gains in the center. A key time came when I gave a CENTER ASSAULT which I hoped would kill off what was left of the Allied forces there. In fact had Joe average luck, he would have probably helped us run away with the game right then and there. But poor rolls by Joe kept the allied hopes alive. I had ARMOR ASSAULT in hand and thought both panzers and a TD would be able to be ordered in our next turn. But some lucky rolls left us with only the TD. We still had a 10 to 7 lead but things did not look good on any flank after the Allies went ahead 11 to 10. We retook the lead as the TD killed off the center arty. But the Allies we able to do more damage. Now with the battle in the balance, our right fell back. Our center was in shambles. The matter fell into my hands on our left. I had taken many losses and had given up much ground. But a last-ditch push with my last panzer and a few infantries decided the matter as I eliminated two infantries to take us to the 14 to 12 win.

D DAY LANDINGS - OMAHA

I ran the 6 map D Day Landings event and I would like to thank the many helping hands for getting this monster set up. I got there at about 5:30 for the 7:00 pm start and we had it ready by about 6:40pm.

I was the German commander vs good old docsteve.

Steve made good progress on his right after a RECON BARRAGE took out my 88s. I had killed off a Ranger, Supported Tank and ARTY on that flank and an infantry in the water in the center. But their drive stalled a bit. Some allied infantry made it onto the center hills but went no further. A TFH only ordered a tank and one infantry but still took out two of my units. I then took out the tank on my right with a 3d attack. I would then kill two infantries on my right and a center infantry and arty. In total, nine US units would be wiped out. I would regain the center beach control medal and right beach control medals as my Supported Armor rolled up to the beaches. The only support I had was an infantry from Utah beach. I did manage to obtain two panzers (another was lost as I lacked an OOM to clear an entry hex), one elite infantry and a HT as reinforcements. Steve got an arty, two tanks, a supported infantry and a few other units. Had we done better on some of the other beaches and I had a turn or two more my panzers probably would have been in very good positions to cause many more losses on the many Allied units still in the ocean and on the beaches.



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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 05 August 2019 16:40
tank commander wrote on Sat, 03 August 2019 09:17

FIREFIGHT AT NEFFE

MEM 44 FIREFIGHT at NEFFE OL– at WBC
Allied Team:
RFG: Matthew Miller / C & C + CFG: Christopher Miller / LFG: Benjamin Miller
German Team:
C in C + LFG: John Skiba / CFG + RFG: Joe Harrison / We Win 14 to 12 as GERMANS

I was CinC and played the LFG while Joe H played the CFG and the RFG. I had strong cards for both the center and right including 2 ARMOR ASSAULTS. But I also had four RECONs in hand and wished to keep my hand size to the max while also collecting additional COMBAT CARDs for our side. I ended up playing RECONs on our first three turns before unleashing Joe on the Allied center and left. The Allies made steady progress on my flank and I played for time in order for Joe’s offensive to gain steam. I soon lost both my forward panzer and TD as the Allies closed with my weak forces. But Joe made good progress on our right and gains in the center. A key time came when I gave a CENTER ASSAULT which I hoped would kill off what was left of the Allied forces there. In fact had Joe average luck, he would have probably helped us run away with the game right then and there. But poor rolls by Joe kept the allied hopes alive. I had ARMOR ASSAULT in hand and thought both panzers and a TD would be able to be ordered in our next turn. But some lucky rolls left us with only the TD. We still had a 10 to 7 lead but things did not look good on any flank after the Allies went ahead 11 to 10. We retook the lead as the TD killed off the center arty. But the Allies we able to do more damage. Now with the battle in the balance, our right fell back. Our center was in shambles. The matter fell into my hands on our left. I had taken many losses and had given up much ground. But a last-ditch push with my last panzer and a few infantries decided the matter as I eliminated two infantries to take us to the 14 to 12 win.





Just saw a mistake here. Benjamin was C & C + CFG, while Christopher was the LFG.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2019 World Boardgaming Championships - AAR Mon, 12 August 2019 13:32
Red-Eyed Jack wrote on Mon, 05 August 2019 10:40

tank commander wrote on Sat, 03 August 2019 09:17

FIREFIGHT AT NEFFE

MEM 44 FIREFIGHT at NEFFE OL– at WBC
Allied Team:
RFG: Matthew Miller / C & C + CFG: Christopher Miller / LFG: Benjamin Miller
German Team:
C in C + LFG: John Skiba / CFG + RFG: Joe Harrison / We Win 14 to 12 as GERMANS

I was CinC and played the LFG while Joe H played the CFG and the RFG. I had strong cards for both the center and right including 2 ARMOR ASSAULTS. But I also had four RECONs in hand and wished to keep my hand size to the max while also collecting additional COMBAT CARDs for our side. I ended up playing RECONs on our first three turns before unleashing Joe on the Allied center and left. The Allies made steady progress on my flank and I played for time in order for Joe’s offensive to gain steam. I soon lost both my forward panzer and TD as the Allies closed with my weak forces. But Joe made good progress on our right and gains in the center. A key time came when I gave a CENTER ASSAULT which I hoped would kill off what was left of the Allied forces there. In fact had Joe average luck, he would have probably helped us run away with the game right then and there. But poor rolls by Joe kept the allied hopes alive. I had ARMOR ASSAULT in hand and thought both panzers and a TD would be able to be ordered in our next turn. But some lucky rolls left us with only the TD. We still had a 10 to 7 lead but things did not look good on any flank after the Allies went ahead 11 to 10. We retook the lead as the TD killed off the center arty. But the Allies we able to do more damage. Now with the battle in the balance, our right fell back. Our center was in shambles. The matter fell into my hands on our left. I had taken many losses and had given up much ground. But a last-ditch push with my last panzer and a few infantries decided the matter as I eliminated two infantries to take us to the 14 to 12 win.





Just saw a mistake here. Benjamin was C & C + CFG, while Christopher was the LFG.



Noted and corrected. My notes were correct but my keyboard made the mistake Laughing
      
    
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