1776 [Updated April 2008]

776     
   14+ Grognard PC    9+ Grognard PC
   9+ Grognard PC    9+ 17  
   9+    9+    17   21

  Heritage - shifting to Conestoga 1 Tu18

Steve Packwood, MN

2003-07 Champion

2nd: Matt Burkins, MD

3rd: Jim Lawler, NY

4th: Robert Frisby, VA

5th: Robert Jamelli, PA

6th: -
Event History
1993    Mark Miklos      16
1994    Steve Packwood      12
1995    Steve Packwood      12
1996    Rod Coffey        9
1997    Steve Packwood        8
1998    Rob Beyma      12
1999    Steve Packwood       8
2000    Steve Packwood       9
2001    Steve Packwood     10
2002    Rob Beyma     16
2003    Steve Packwood     10
2004    Steve Packwood     15
2005    Steve Packwood     18
2006    Steve Packwood     11
2007     Steve Packwood     11

Matthew Burkins, MD

2008 GM

Links

 
Laurels GM Site 

the first of the date games

1776 undergoes a significant format change this year-it will join GrognardCon! Leveraging "Free Format" scheduling allows classic wargamers to maximize their playing time while enhancing schedule flexibility. A week of Swiss Elimination leads to a final single elimination gauntlet for the top four beginning on Thursday 7 Aug.

TIME LIMITS: Four hours per round with time clocks (supplied by the GM if necessary.) Each player will begin the game with 90 minutes on the clock to use for movement. The clocks are not used for initial set up and the combat phases. Once the time has run out, a player can no longer move, although he may still attack. When the red flag drops at 12:00, time has run out.

CLASS: Beginners welcome. All players, regardless of experience, are welcome to play, but the game will only be taught at the beginner's session on Tuesday at 5 PM.

FORMAT: Free Format, Swiss Elimination leading to 4-player single elimination.

SCENARIO: All rounds will be the first nine months of the Campaign Game. The players will bid for the British side. Both players roll one die and the player with the higher die roll starts the bidding. If the die rolls are tied, re-roll until one player gets a higher roll. The winner of the die roll then bids the number of strategic towns he will control as the British side to obtain victory. The opposing player must then beat that bid if he wants to play the British side. The players continue to bid in turn until one of the players no longer wants to bid. The player with the high bid then takes command of the British units. The British player wins by controlling the number of strategic towns bid at the end of the September 1776 American turn; the American player wins if the British player controls fewer towns than the bid. For victory conditions only, Montreal and Quebec both count as strategic towns for a total of 24 possible strategic towns in the game. All optional rules except inverted and decoy counters will be used.

Additional details are available at the GM maintained web site at www.avalonhillclassics.com.

Grognardcon is a special Pre-Con consisting of an amalgam of ten of the old classic hex-style wargames under the watchful eye of GM Bruno Sinigaglio:Afrika Korps, Anzio, Bulge '81,Gettysburg, Panzerblitz, Panzergruppe Guderian, the Russian Campaign,Waterloo, Wooden Ships & Iron Men and 1776. All ten 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 to its own GM on Tuesday for resolution in the normal manner - the only difference is that participation in Grognardcon gives you four additional days to qualify with prelim games in the events of your choice. Grognardcon is free to Tribune level members and subject to an additional fee for all others.
 
1. 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 preliminary Swiss segment during the PRECON segment which begins during the PRECON on Saturday, 2 August 2008, or during the regular WBC segment which runs from Tuesday through Friday, or both. Best performances will be determined as described below in paragraph 9.
 
2. SCHEDULE. The schedule consists of three segments, GROGNARD PRECON Swiss, CON Swiss and CON Playoffs (Semi-finals and Final).

a. GROGNARD PRECON SWISS. The PRECON Swiss Segment consists of four daily heats: Saturday 1400, Sunday 0900, Monday 0900 and Tuesday 0900. The PRECON Swiss Segment continues through Tuesday, 1900 hours, 5 August 2008, whereupon the CON Swiss Segment begins. Essentially, the PRECON Swiss Segment simply continues unabated into WBC.

b. CON SWISS. The CON Swiss Segment consists of three daily heats: Tuesday 1900, Wednesday 1000 and Thursday 0900. The Swiss Segment ends on Thursday at 3PM, at which time the four players with the best performances during the Swiss Segments will advance into the Single Elimination 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 top players. The two-round playoffs begin Thursday with the Semi-finals at 5:00 PM. The Final Championship game follows Thursday at 9PM.
 
3. SUMMARY OF NEW CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR - participating at the WBC as part of Grognardcon.
 
4. 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. Best performances will be determined as described below in paragraph 9.
 
5. SWISS SEGMENT-PRECON AND CON
Each entrant may enter as many or few of the rounds as he wishes. The results will be used in determining who advances to the finals. You must present yourself at the kiosk during any round you wish to join. Once you receive your pairing and match sheet, you have until midnight to complete the game. Games must start no later than five hours before the deadline each day.
 
6. BIDDING HISTORY FOR THE 9 MONTH CAMPAIGN GAME SCENARIO  (2002-2007):

  Bidding has crept up to 14-15 towns with victory often decided by a single town.

 British Bid

British Record

7

1-0

11

1-0

12

10-3

13

13-4

14

10-9

15

4-5

7. FINALS SEGMENT
Four players from the Swiss segment will play in the two-round single-elimination rounds. The semi-final round will begin at 5:00 PM Thursday. All entrants who wish to play in the elimination rounds should be present for the announcement of rank and pairings. Failure to be present for the start of the elimination rounds (5:00PM Thursday) will be considered dropping out of the tournament. The Final game will follow at 9:00 PM on Thursday.
 
8. PLAYER PERFORMANCE RATINGS.
a. All game results and player ratings will be posted and updated as results are reported.
b. Performance ratings will be based upon the best three games played by a participant.
c. Games in excess of the three best will not affect a player's performance rating.
d. A player must play at least three games to advance to the single elimination phase.
e. Performance ratings for a player will be obtained as follows:
(1) A player receives 10 points for a victory.
(2) A player receives 1 point for a loss.
(3) Bonus Points: A player earns 2 for each victory tallied by an opponent that he defeats. All of a defeated opponents games will qualify for the scoring of these bonus points. Exception: rematched opponents score no bonus points.
 
Bonus Point Examples: Player A defeats player B. Player B has two victories. Player A receives 4 bonus points for the two games won by Player B during the Swiss segment. Note however, if Player A and B play each other a second time, no bonus points will be awarded regardless of who wins the rematch.
 
 
9. PERFORMANCE RATING TIEBREAKERS:
a. Head to head play is the 1st tiebreaker.
b. Points scored VERSUS mutual opponents is the 2nd tiebreaker.
c. Points scored BY mutual opponents is the 3rd tiebreaker.
d. Points scored BY all defeated opponents is the 4th tiebreaker.
e. Points scored BY all opponents is the 5th tiebreaker.
 

10. MULTIPLE GAMES
Entrants may play every day during the Swiss segment, if so desired. Entrants may play multiple games during the Swiss segment.
 
11. MATCH ASSIGNMENTS
The GM or his assistant(s) will provide a match sheet for each game. You must present yourself at the kiosk during any round you wish to join. Once you receive your pairing and match sheet, you have until midnight to complete the game. Games must start no later than five hours before the deadline each day. If you wish to play more than one game in a day, the GM will attempt to arrange more games for you subject to availability of opponents.
 
12. ADMIN
Each player will be given a match sheet. The match sheet will list the game, opponent and start time. When opponents are assigned, they must inform the GM when they will start their game and when they expect to finish. If the players cannot agree on a reasonable start time, they will be required to begin the game within one hour.
 
13. MISSING PARTICIPANT
If an assigned opponent does not show up for a mutually agreed upon start time, the GM will forfeit the game to a player who is waiting. The player who is waiting must alert the GM that a forfeit is imminent within 15-minutes of the start time listed on the match sheet. If the tardy opponent fails to appear, the game will be forfeited to the player who is waiting at 20-minutes past the start time on the match sheet. There is no deviation from this procedure; therefore, if a waiting player alerts the GM beyond the specified 15-minute alerting period-there will be no forfeit-instead, the game will be cancelled.
 
14. RESULTS
The results of completed games should be reported to the GM as soon as possible using the match sheet. If game results are not reported to the GM by the end of a Swiss round (midnight) both players will be credited with a loss. Exception: On days other than Thursday-The GM will permit players to continue past midnight, but they must inform the GM beforehand that they expect to finish after the midnight deadline.
 
15. JUDGEMENT
The GM (or assistant GM if the game involves the GM) reserves the right to adjudicate any game at the end of the time limit for the round. If one player is moving at a significantly slower pace than the other, this will be taken into account in the adjudication.
 
16. ORDER OF FINISH
WBC rules require submission of a Winner's Claim with the top six players listed in order (although there may be no prizes for some of these finishes for this event). At the end of the Swiss, players will be ranked in order from 1 to 6. The final 5th & 6th places will be determined from these standings.
 
17. AREA RATINGS
The GM will submit the results of ALL games played for inclusion in the AREA ratings.
 
18. SINGLE ELIMINATION ROUNDS
The four players with the best performance during the Swiss will advance to a Single Elimination Semi-Final at 1700 on Thursday. The 1st place finisher will play the 4th place finisher, and the 2nd place finisher will play the 3rd place finisher. The GM will post the match assignments for the semi-final at 1600 on Thursday. The Final championship game will follow at 9:00PM on Thursday.
 
19. FINAL MATCH POSTINGS
The GM will post the match assignments for the semi-finals by 1600 on Thursday. If players qualifying do not intend to participate, they should alert the GM, so that lower ranked finishers may be moved up to play in the single elimination segment on Thursday.
 
20. TRUANTS
If any of the four players qualifying for the Semi-Final fail to appear at the Kiosk by 1700, Thursday, they will be dropped from further participation. Players who finished lower than 4th in the Swiss segment may move into the Single Elimination rounds, if they are present at the Kiosk on Thursday at 1700, when higher rated no-shows are dropped. 

21. RULES INTERPRETATIONS 

The 2nd edition rules will be used. Click http://bkrusmins.tripod.com/1776/id1.html for an upgrade kit to convert 1st Edition Rules to 2nd Edition Rules.

Ignore Basic Game Rule VI.E. on page 6 of the 2nd edition rules. There is no movement point cost to place units on the board.

The ports of Quebec, Philadelphia, and Wilmington (Delaware) are considered frozen during Winter months 

The Continental Navy cannot act as a troop transport or ferry.

 GM      Matthew Burkins  [9th Year]   2917 Smithson Dr., Forest Hill, MD 21050-1901 
    Mattburkins@aol.com   410-838-6168

View the Icon Key | Return to Preview List