Grognardcon Preliminaries or ...
Grognardcon is a special
Pre-con consisting of an amalgam of eight of the old classic
hex-style wargames under the watchful eye of GM Bruno Sinigaglio:
Afrika Korps, Anzio, Bulge '81, Fortress Europa, Gettysburg,
Panzerblitz, Panzergruppe Guderian and Waterloo. All
eight use the Free Format scheduling device which allows players
to schedule preliminary games at their convenience. Play as many
or as few preliminary games as you like but only your best three
results in each game will determine the four finalists to advance
to Single Elimination play at the end of the week. Each event
will be turned over it its own GM on Tuesday for reolution in
the normal manner - the only difference is that participation
in Grognardcon gives you three additional days to qualify with
preliminary games in the events of your choice. Play at Grognardcon
is free to all Tribune level members and subject to an additional
fee for all others.
WBC FREE FORM FORMAT. This Tournament uses a Swiss
Elimination format for the preliminary rounds followed by a Single
Elimination format for the four players with the best performances
during the Swiss segment. Entrants may play multiple games during
the Swiss segment, which begins during the PRECON on Saturday,
29 July 2006 and which concludes during the CON on Friday, 4
August 2006. Best performances will be determined as described
below in paragraph 4.
SCHEDULE. The schedule consists of three segments,
GROGNARD PRECON Swiss, CON Swiss and CON Playoffs (Semifinals
a. GROGNARD PRECON SWISS. The PRECON Swiss Segment consists of
four daily heats: Saturday 0900, Sunday 0900, Monday 0900 and
Tuesday 0900. The PRECON Swiss Segment continues through Tuesday,
1900 hours, 1 August 2006,
whereupon the CON Swiss Segment begins. Essentially, the PRECON
Swiss Segment simply continues unabated into the CON.
b. CON SWISS. The CON Swiss Segment consists of four daily heats:
Tuesday 1900, Wednesday 1000, Thursday 0900 and Friday 0900.
The Swiss Segment ends on Friday at 2300 hours, at which time
the four players with the best performances during the Swiss
Segments will advance into the Playoffs.
c. CON Playoffs. All games played during the Swiss Segment, which
includes the PRECON Swiss and the CON Swiss, will be used to
determine the four best players. The two-round playoffs begin
Saturday, 5 August 2006 with the Semifinals at 0900 hours.
The Gettysburg '88 format will again this year fall
under the "Flexible Free Form" appellation. It's
actually a Swiss-Elimination event, with the Swiss rounds being
played on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday whenever entrants
can arrange games. The top four Swiss finishers will play
semi-final and final rounds on Saturday.
Swiss round preliminary games can be arranged in one of four
1) send the GM your availability in advance and you will be matched
with an opponent who has the same availability,
2) play at any time during the Grognardcon pre-con, Saturday
through Tuesday and/or
3) during the WBC proper, report to the GM kiosk at 6 PM Tuesday,
10 AM Wednesday, 9 AM Thursday, or 9 AM Friday, to be matched
against an opponent who does the same (the game could be played
at that time or a mutually agreeable time later that day), or
4) arrange your own opponent and game time.
The default scenario will be 6F, Scenario 5, the 3-day Battle
of Gettysburg, using all optional rules except 10D, Extra Union
Generals. However, players are free to use any other scenario
and/or omit any optional rules as long as both players agree
to the changes.
Players simultaneously reveal which side they wish to play,
by using Union and Confederate counters provided in the game.
If opposite sides are chosen, play proceeds. If both players
want the same side, they bid for the right to play that side.
Players determine who has the first option via die rolls.
The player winning the roll may either accept the non-preferred
side or bid a Victory Point-incentive to play the preferred side.
Bids may begin at zero, and may be made in whole- or half-number
increments. If the first player bids to play the preferred
side, the second player may either accept the VP-incentive to
play the non-preferred side or bid a higher VP amount for the
preferred side. The option passes back and forth in this
fashion until one player accepts the non-preferred side and the
VP-incentive. The incentive is applied to the Victory Point
score at the end of each day.
After the conclusion of Friday's games, the top four Swiss
round finishers will be identified and matched in 2 semi-final
games to begin at 10 AM Saturday. The winners of the semifinals
will play immediately thereafter (or another mutually agreeable
time). Swiss round competitors will be ranked using each
player's three best games. (Counting only a player's top
three games should generally serve as an incentive to play extra
games, since a competitor has something to gain but nothing to
lose by taking on extra opponents.)