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Players aren't pawns at Boardgaming Championships

LANCASTER, Pa. — The Battle of Midway is being waged in the heart of central Pennsylvania's Amish country.

Yes, it's the World Boardgaming Championships, which are drawing hundreds to Lancaster this week from throughout the world. They wrap up Sunday.

The games are largely divided between lengthy strategic military games similar to Risk, and others classified as Eurogames such as the fantasy dice game "Settlers of Catan."

Fred Ehler, 40, of Calgary, Alberta, was inching his cardboard "ships" closer to Midway during a marathon game of "World At War." But Jerry Smolens, 45, of Lansdale, Pa., eventually led the allies in thwarting the attack.

The tournament started in 1991 and draws about 1,500 gamers from nearly all 50 states and 15 countries.

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