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Volume 3, Issue 1 January 1998

The

BOARDGAMER

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Dedicated To

The Competitive Play Of

Avalon Hill / Victory Games

Board, Sports and Card Games

Featuring: Squad Leader, We The People, Britannia, Tokyo Express,

Panzer Leader, Avaloncon 1997 and AREA News & Ratings


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The Boardgamer Volume 3, Issue 1 January 1998

Current Specific Game AREA Ratings

Up Front

129 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. John Emery 2037 FI-C7

2. William Edwards III 1914 ILFC7

3. Bruce Young 1886 FIAC7

4. Richard Mello 1877 JI-E7

5. Jeff Paull 1853 HLEB7

6. Donald Hawthorne 1807 JN-J7

7. Steven Huskey 1793 DG-B7

8. Will Miner 1755 CF-A7

9. Stephen Buchholz 1748 CDD-6

10. Andrew Maly 1745 GHBD7

11. Craig Tenhoff 1733 NM-I7

12. James Murphy 1729 JK-I7

13. William Anspach 1718 CE-B7

14. Pat Mills 1713 CEC-7

15. Nicholas Cascone 1710 IJ-I7

16. Bruce Schlickbernd 1710 HI-H7

17. James Doughan 1705 DE-A7

18. Brian Devitt 1704 GI-G7

19. James Matt 1688 FFGB7

20. Frank Simon 1677 EC—7

21. Jeff Matthews 1672 RG-D7

22. Mark Dumas 1656 BE-A6

23. Maria Hawthorne 1649 DH-B7

24. Michael Rodgers 1643 ABA-6

25. Richard Worden 1639 BC-B7

26. Bob Hranek 1621 BE-A7

27. David Blizzard 1604 ABC-7

28. Kendell Whitesell 1603 CE-B7

29. Chris Geggus 1601 BD-A6

30. Ray Stakenas I 1589 HIBE7

31. Gordon Rodgers 1585 BE-A7

32. Buddy Sinigaglio 1577 BE-A7

33. Thomas Weniger 1576 AAB-7

34. Warren Smith, Jr. 1571 ABC-7

35. Robert Mull 1570 BD-A6

36. Blair Bellamy 1570 AC-A6

37. Winston Forrest 1568 AC-A7

38. John Gibbins 1568 ABB-7

39. David Bozzini 1566 FF-A7

40. Jeff Kimmel 1566 AA—6

41. Bruce Maxwell 1564 BE-A6

42. John Kilbride 1560 BE-A7

43. Nick Vlahos 1553 DF-B7

44. Gregory Courter 1547 GHGE7

45. Brian Rood 1547 BD-B7

46. Thomas Drueding 1546 AB-A6

47. Ray Stakenas II 1545 EFAD7

48. Marc Guenette 1539 BCF-7

49. Mark Meck 1533 AAA-7

50. Royston Taylor 1533 AAA-7

51. James Stevens 1531 AC-A6

52. Stephan Magnifico 1530 BD-A7

53. James Rush 1528 BA—6

54. Jeremy Billones 1527 GHBD7

55. Robert O’Connor 1519 BDF-7

56. Ken Scheer 1517 BD-A6

57. Scott Pfeiffer 1514 ON-A5

58. Greg Schmittgens 1510 DF-C7

59. Scott Russell 1510 BCDE7

60. Kevin Piper 1507 BD-A6

61. Charles Hawkins 1506 AAB-5

62. George Young 1503 ABC-7

63. Greg Jablonski 1501 AC-A7

War At Sea

79 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Timothy Hitchings 1883 FI-D7

2. Philip Rennert 1800 DH-C6

3. Stephen Packwood 1706 FI-E7

4. Ray Freeman 1694 EICD7

5. Glenn Petroski 1686 BC—6

6. Bruce Reiff 1679 BC-A6

7. Jon Lockwood 1673 CF-D7

8. Vince Meconi 1651 EI-D7

9. Robert Mull 1647 BD-A6

10. Ron Artigues 1638 ACD-7

11. Patrick Richardson 1634 CF-B7

12. John Pack 1612 FIED7

13. Scott Sirianna 1601 BD-A7

14. Bryan Eshleman 1599 BD-A7

15. Bruce Monnin 1597 ILJF7

16. Joseph Beard III 1588 BD-C7

17. Frank Cunliffe 1584 BE-D6

18. Andy Gardner 1563 AC-A7

19. Michael Kaye 1548 ACAB7

20. Michael Peck 1548 AA-A7

21. Alan Applebaum 1547 BE-C7

22. Gary Moody 1547 BD-A6

23. George Young 1542 ABC-7

24. Wayne Melnick 1538 ABC-7

25. Thomas Walsh 1537 AAB-7

26. Sharee Pack 1535 AAA-7

27. Ron Dietz 1535 AA-A7

28. David Rynkowski 1534 CF-D7

29. Robert Kircher 1534 AC-A7

30. Jim Cavallari 1534 AAA-7

31. Rusty Pywtorak 1533 AAA-7

32. Larry York 1528 AC-A7

33. Robert Fiorio 1525 AC-A6

34. Michael Anchors 1523 AC-A7

35. Ken Gole 1518 AB-B7

36. Joseph Powell 1515 BE-B7

37. Michael Knautz 1514 DG-C7

38. Philip Van Wiltenberg 1514 BE-B7

39. John Welage 1513 BD-C6

40. Bruno Sinigaglio 1511 AB-A7

1776

16 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

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1. Stephen Packwood 2050 EG-D7

2. Michael Sincavage 1863 DE-C6

3. Mark Miklos 1821 EF-D6

4. Rod Coffey 1685 BC-B7

5. James McAden 1598 ABC-7

6. Scott Bowling 1521 AB-A7

7. John Barrett 1508 AB-B7

Dune

21 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Roger Cox 1769 CF—7

2. Keith Blackwell 1712 CF—7

3. Alan Camp 1691 CF—7

4. Charlie Corn 1542 AC—6

5. Chris Ponder 1538 AC—5

6. James Garvy 1536 AB-A5

7. Mitch McMillian 1522 AC—7

8. Kenny Schultz 1522 AC—7

Victory In The Pacific

114 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Alan Applebaum 2034 JLAG7

2. Ray Freeman 1964 GICE7

3. Michael Kaye 1933 EE-C7

4. Steve Packwood 1920 HK-F7

5. David Targonski 1913 IK-E7

6. Edward O’Conner 1903 EF-C7

7. Tom Johnston 1865 GG-F7

8. Thomas Gregario 1813 GIDE7

9. Daniel Henry 1802 KMDG7

10. Michael Ussery 1784 IJBF7

11. Timothy Proksch 1764 GH-E7

12. John Pack 1757 DFAC7

13. Kevin Kinsel 1753 BCE-7

14. Chuck Kaplan 1724 DF-D7

15. Philip Rennert 1723 BE-C7

16. Bruce Kernan 1704 CB-B6

17. Glenn Petroski 1703 NOEH7

18. Bill Thomson 1669 BDDA5

19. Vince Meconi 1659 FH-E7

20. Casey Adams 1647 CD-B7

21. Joel Klein 1643 CD-B7

22. Michael Knautz 1611 HJ-F7

23. Robert Kircher 1609 BD-B7

24. Clifford Smith 1605 DF-D7

25. Robert Kondracki 1598 DE-D7

26. Jeff Miller 1596 AB-A7

27. Alan Tomaszewski 1592 CE-C7

28. Karsten Engelmann 1591 BD-C7

29. Lance Ottman 1586 BCC-6

30. Stephen Resman 1582 BCD-6

31. Max Zavanelli 1573 BEAB7

32. Louie Tokarz 1571 FFCC7

33. Andy Gardner 1565 BD-A7

34. Peter Lerch 1563 AC-A6

35. Paul Carlson 1557 ABB-6

36. Kenneth Nied 1550 HKAF7

37. Michael Pustilnik 1543 AC-A7

38. Philip Van Wiltenberg 1541 CG-C7

39. Alan Mulroy 1541 BCBA7

40. Steven Cooley 1541 AB-B7

41. Weldon Lee 1539 AAA-7

42. Jerry Cecchin 1533 BE-B6

43. Robert Beyma 1529 AA-A6

44. Joseph Dragan 1525 DE-C7

45. John Sharp 1515 JNDF7

46. Mike Robinson 1515 AB—7

47. Bruno Wolff III 1510 BD-A7

48. Brian Petroski 1510 AA—5

49. John Bullis 1508 AB—7

50. James Falling 1504 AB-A7

51. Steve Mininger 1502 ABA-6

Merchant Of Venus

3 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Robert Hamel 1566 AB—7

Air Baron

8 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Stu Basker 1536 AC—6

2. Diana Hamel 1523 AB—7

3. Matthew Hamel 1510 AB—7


The Boardgamer Volume 3, Issue 1 January 1998 3

First of all, I’d like to welcome aboard

the new subscribers. I recently decided

to reach my short arms into my deep

pockets and send out a mailing to a few

hundred known gamers. As a result, we

have not only a few more subscribers

but also a few more contributors.

Therefore, this portion of the magazine

was much more difficult to write than

usual. I do not have to devote as much

space here as is normal to whining and

begging for articles (although I could

always use more). I believe I had a

greater choice in articles for this issue

than I’ve had in a while, and the next

issue is also shaping up quite nicely.

These two issues will have articles on a

nice variety of games, a trend I shall try

to keep up in the future.

Just as a sneak preview, here are some

of the games I expect to see articles on

in the next couple of issues of the

BOARDGAMER:

Panzerblitz

Russian Front

Wrasslin’

Assassin

1776

Title Bout

March Madness

Across Five Aprils

Victory In The Pacific

I currently have two series replays in the

pipeline for the next two issues, but I

could always use some help on this

front. Neither of the two series replays

are yet complete, so anything I receive

could see print fairly shortly.

On another topic, this is something of an

off season for gaming for those of us

who do not have a local gaming group.

However, there are some alternatives to

help keep sharp until the summer

convention season comes around

again.

First of all, for those who are online,

there are various AREA PBEM ladders.

Just offhand, I know of ladders for

History Of The World, War At Sea,

Victory In The Pacific, Gangsters,

Across Five Aprils and Breakout

Normandy. If you want details, drop me

a line and I’ll try to get you set up.

For you Victory In The Pacific fans,

there is the 3rd annual Midwest Open

coming up (March 6&7, 1998). Glenn

From The Editor

Petroski hosts this event which sports a

competitive field (26 entrants last year)

which is probably second in quality only

to the Avaloncon VITP tournament.

Glenn can be reached for details at:

Glenn Petroski

6829 23rd Avenue

Kenosha, WI 53143-1233

414-654-5044

(GELP@juno.com)

Of course, there are also many PBM

tournaments around. These go quite a

bit slower and require a longer time

commitment, but the slower play can

allow for more in depth analysis of each

move, and thus a better understanding

of the game. Glenn will be glad to direct

you towards any known PBM

competition in the game you prefer.

Also, the GM’s of a number of these

PBM ladders were listed back in the

April 1997 Volume 2, Issue 2 of the

BOARDGAMER.

Finally, there is the old fashioned PBM

methods for those of us without local

FTF opponents. I am currently involved

in a PBM Diplomacy game which is just

starting up, and for quality PBM

opponents for many games (especially

the two-player games), there is always

AHIKS.

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Finally, to wrap this up. I feel I have to

state here how much I have enjoyed the

first two plus years of putting together

this magazine. I always wanted to read

the type of articles which are published

here, and now I can. Besides, I love

talking with the subscribers about the

hobby in general, whether by phone,

email, or by running into you at the halls

of Avaloncon. I’m not the most outgoing

person by nature, but this magazine has

let me talk with many of you and enrich

my personal hobby experience.

I was just talking with my wife the other

day about how I spent 8 months writing

my first article for the GENERAL, and

probably only finished it because she

kept hounding me to do so. Had she

only known the path she was sending

me down. Then again, she doesn’t

seem to mind as long as I keep up on

everything else around the house, so I

see no reason why I won’t still be doing

the BOARDGAMER for years to come.

The BOARDGAMER

The BOARDGAMER is published by Bruce

Monnin. The BOARDGAMER is intended to

be a compilation of quality articles on the

strategy, tactics, and variants for a variety of

board, sports and card games.

Articles from contributors are considered for

publication at the discretion of the editor.

Rejected articles will be returned whenever

possible. Potential authors should be

advised that all outside submissions may not

have previously been submitted to other

publications unless permission has been

granted and The BOARDGAMER has been

notified. Articles may be reprinted

elsewhere, although the editor’s permission

is requested (and will usually be freely

given).

Unless otherwise mentioned, all game titles

mentioned are trademark names of The

Avalon Hill Game Company/Victory Games,

as is the GENERAL and Avaloncon.

EDITOR: Bruce A. Monnin

ADDRESS: 177 South Lincoln Street

Minster, OH 45865-1240

E-MAIL: MONNINB@BRIGHT.NET

PHONE: (419) 628-3332

Copyright 1998

Subscriptions

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Though issues are currently sent by

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The Boardgamer Volume 3, Issue 1 January 1998

Inside This Issue

Squad Leader 5

There’s Life In The Old Dog Yet

by Eric Pass

Scenario Alpha 6

Learning Squad Leader By Playing by Alan Yngve with Lars Clausen

We The People 11

Some Basic Strategies

by Jim Cavallari

Hadrian’s Wall 12

Optional Rules For Britannia

by Charles Bahl

Avaloncon 1997 13

Late Reports From The National Championships by Avaloncon GM’s

PT Boats versus The Tokyo Express 19

Optional Rules and New Scenarios For Tokyo Express by Alan Arvold

Preserving The Red Berets 27

Panzer Leader Scenario #10

by Leslie Geraty w/John Laccone

A.R.E.A. News 28

Thoughts

by Glenn E. L. Petroski

I Asked For It 29

Definitions For The Cynical Gamer’s Dictionary by Ray Freeman

Current Specific Game AREA Ratings

Age Of Renaissance

103 Active Players Dec. 5, 1997

1. George Sauer 1603 AG-A7

2. Michael Neal 1570 AE-A7

3. Joe Gunderson 1564 AG-A7

4. Nicholas Anner 1562 AF-A7

5. John Keating Jr. 1560 AG-A7

6. Mike May 1556 AH-A7

7. Randy Sands 1535 AC-A7

8. Sean Finnerty 1535 AC-A7

9. Marvin Birnbaum 1535 AC-A7

10. Mark Boone 1528 AE-A7

11. David Platnick 1528 AE-A7

12. Joseph Jaskiewicz 1528 AE-A7

13. Steve Cuccaro 1528 AE-A7

14. Marty Hoff 1528 AE-A7

15. Dennis Disney 1526 AE-A7

16. Kenneth Good 1526 AE-A7

17. Stephen Koehler 1523 AG-A7

18. Bruce Reiff 1523 AE-A7

19. William Lentz 1521 AG-A7

20. Steve McCallum 1521 AG-A7

21. Wray Farrell 1519 AG-A7

22. Micah Rabin 1514 AH-A7

23. Dennis Mason 1508 AI-A7

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Across Five Aprils

52 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Mark Miklos 1715 DF-D6

2. Mark Giddings 1710 CF-B6

3. Donald Stone 1667 BD-B7

4. David Metzger 1645 DF-C7

5. George Young 1616 BC-B7

6. Michael Sincavage 1598 BD-B6

7. James Falling 1592 CE-C7

8. Jerry Cecchin 1590 AB-A6

9. Chris Rice 1570 BD-B6

10. James Matt 1568 AB-A6

11. Mark McCandless 1562 AC-A6

12. Scott Marcotte 1562 AB-A7

13. Brian Conlon 1559 BC-B7

14. Terry Lee Coleman 1546 CE-C7

15. Chris Lefevre 1545 BD-B7

16. Mark Boone 1535 BC-A7

17. Andrew Lewis 1533 AA-B7

18. Joseph Keller 1528 AB-A6

19. Jim Gutt 1527 AC-A7

20. William Place 1525 BD-C7

21. Earl Anderson 1509 BD-C7

22. Keith MacFarlane 1501 BD-B6

23. William O’Neal 1500 BD-C7

Attack Sub

4 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Marty Bryant 1566 AA—7

We The People

50 Active Players Nov. 20, 1997

1. Thomas Dreuding 1682 BE-A7

2. Brian Mountford 1639 BD-A7

3. James Falling 1630 BE-A7

4. Nicholas Anner 1594 AC-A7

5. James Scott II 1575 JA—6

6. Chris Rice 1570 BD-A7

7. Marvin Birnbaum 1569 BD-A7

8. Mike Lochtefeld 1567 BD-A7

9. Peter Fecurka 1564 BD-A7

10. Steve Likevich 1535 AC-A7

11. James Rush 1535 AA—6

12. Marty Ward 1535 AA-A6

13. James Tracy 1532 AAA-6

14. John Selders 1531 AAA-6

15. John Poniske Sr. 1506 AC-B7

16. Chris Lefevre 1504 AC-A7

17. Mark Simonitch 1504 AC-A7

18. Scott Sirianna 1502 AC-A7

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