Site last updated: 12 June 2018
Welcome to the home of the 12th Boardgame Players Association War at Sea play-by-email (PBEM) tournament.
The latest news regarding the tournament is shown below.
FINALS MATCHUP SET: Only one game remains in the tournament, with both semifinals now having been completed. Here's a recap of the knockout stage games so far:
Axis won the Barents on T2 doing good damage to the allies, but losing 4 ships in the process. U-boats disabled a convoy once, but then let it through later with 3 damage.
Axis still had chances but a dismal T7 battle result in the Barents left one convoy to go through to Russia, and the last one doing a rare port in Britain to leave the Allies up by 5 after the bid before T8. T8 desperation moves were then unsuccessful.
Don commented that Bismarck must have been made with magnets as 5 of 6 airstrikes struck home (combats, in port to repair). Airstrikes definitely a
big factor in Allies win. Not to mention getting both 357s in the first combat on T2. Fun game, could have gone either way based on just a couple of
Jonathan Lockwood (50 points, #1) and Mike Brophy (40 points, #2) earned byes through to the semifinals - Mike having done so
after finishing with an identical Swiss record to Tim. Same strength of schedule, same number of wins and Axis wins, same everything...they could only be separated by the final
tiebreaker, a roll of the die! So in the semifinals, the matchups were Brophy vs. Bodenheimer (in
which Karl bid 2.0 POC to play the Allies) and Lockwood vs. Pacheco (in which Mike bid 3.5
POC to play the Allies, possibly a record in the long history of WAS tournament play).
So the final is now Mike vs. Mike - Pacheco vs. Brophy - and Pacheco has bid 1.5 POC to be the Allies, with Brophy accepting and playing the Axis. Best of luck to both players!
If you would like to enter the tournament, sorry - it's too late this time. But if you're interested in participating in future such tournaments, email the GM anyway. All entrants are required to be members of the Boardgame Players Association - see the BPA website for details about joining. (For a history of previous BPA War at Sea tournaments, click here.)
The tournament format consists of five Swiss rounds, from which the top six players will qualify for a three-round elimination stage. (The top two players in the standings will receive byes directly to the semifinals.) For more information about the tournament format and other rules and guidelines, click on the relevant links at the top of the page.
AFTER ACTION REPORTS ENCOURAGED: Note that we will endeavor to include any postgame recaps you wish to provide on the website, giving them their own unique webpages and including as many pictures (within reason) and as much text as you want. So please think about this as your games proceed - we'd love to document as much of the tournament action as possible!