Preliminaries or ...
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 , 1776, Wooden Ships &
Iron Men and Waterloo. 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 it
its own GM on Tuesday for resolution 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
2 August 2008 and which concludes during the CON on Friday, 8
August 2008. 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 (semi-finals
a. GROGNARD PRECON SWISS. The PRECON Swiss Segment consists
of three daily heats: Saturday 1400, Sunday 0900, Monday 0900
and Tuesday 0900. The PRECON Swiss Segment continues through
Tuesday, 1800 hours, 5 August, 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 1800, Wednesday 0900, 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, 9 August 2008 with the semi-finals 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 three
1) play at any time during the Grognardcon pre-con, Saturday
through Tuesday and/or
2) during the WBC proper, report to the GM kiosk at 6 PM Tuesday,
9 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
3) 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. 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 two semi-final games to begin at 9 AM Saturday.
The winners of the semi-finals 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.)