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torokchar Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2022 7:33 p.m. PST



Despite sitting out the Friday evening round in order to teach the game, John Sharp Jr still managed to win the tournament, going 3-0 to sweep Saturday! He's now won 4 of the 6 Millennium Con VITP events, with a total record of 15 wins and only 4 losses.


We had 8 total players, a little lower than usual, but 4 were new and fit in well with the group and we look forward to hopefully seeing them back in future years.


In round 1, Monty Jasper and Mark Leroux, in a coached game (Mark's first game ever; Monty had played before but it had been several years), decided to call their match a friendly draw due to time constraints. Normally with an odd number of players, as the GM I'd have sat out, but since John volunteered to do the teaching, I got to play Eric Kam and won by a POC after deducting my bid for the Japanese!
In round 2, Monty Jasper's Japanese took down Shawn Zumwalt's Allies while John Sharp Jr's Allies did the same to Michael Finn's Japanese – both games featured primary IJN Turn 2 attacks on the Coral Sea with Yokosuka taking New Hebrides. Eric Kam took the Allies against John Sharp III and had a monster turn 5, seizing Kwajalein, Maloelap, Johnston Is, the Philippines, Singapore, and Saigon. At the end of Turn 7, he captured Truk, earning the yearly Rare Base Capture prize (goes to the 1st player to, by the end of Turn 7, flip Australia, Ceylon, Truk, or Yokosuka Naval Yard), which for 2022 was the board game "Deep Sea Adventure".

In the 3rd round, we only had one game played – Eric Kam vs John Sharp Jr. It turned out to effectively be the championship match and so it'll be described in much greater detail in a reply to this post.

For the final round, Michael Finn returned to take the IJN against Eric Kam, and had a very good early position that Eric slowly rolled back until a large raid on the Japanese Islands on Turn 7 sealed the deal in Eric's favor. John Sharp Jr then took the Allies against me and began promptly slaughtering all my carriers. He nearly made a mistake on Turn 7 that would have given me a decent shot to get back in the game, but he ended up making a much better move where his odds were probably 97-98%, and got a well-earned victory.

Congratulations to John for the champion and thanks to everyone who showed up and played. John Sharp, Eric Kam, Monty Jasper.

Event history – Champions.
2016 Daniel Blumentritt
2017 John Sharp Jr
2018 John Sharp Jr
2019 John Sharp Jr
2021 John Pack
2022 John Sharp Jr

Rare Base Capture Awards:
2018 Eric Kam (Truk)
2019 John Pack (YNY)
2021 John Pack (Australia)
2022 Eric Kam (Truk)

VITP plans to return to Millennium Con in 2023. Hope to see some of you there. Somebody has to come stop this John fellow!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2022 1:35 p.m. PST

Now that is a blast from the past – very fond memories of playing VITP – thanks for sharing

Captain Pete06 Dec 2022 7:07 a.m. PST

I remember having Victory in the Pacific in my collection. I played it several times solitaire and really enjoyed it. It was a fun game to play.

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