b-17 

Updated 4/19/2011

B-17   
 
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  Paradise    After Action Briefing: Hopewell

Paul Risner, FL

2010 Champion

2nd: Chris Daly, SC

3rd: Joshua Vierheller, MD

4th: Bill Beckman, SC

5th: Tony Musella, VA

6th: Tim Evinger, PA
Event History
1992    Frank Alexander      32
1993    Kevin Combs      35
1994    Kevin Combs      32
1995    Paul Risner      31
1996    Robert Hamel      32
1997    Paul Risner      34
1998    Paul Weintraub      32
1999    William Burch     32
2000    John Conlon     29
2001    Jim LeVay     32
2002    Paul Risner     32
2003    William Rohrbeck     34
2004    Stephen Quirke     37
2005    Keith Hunsinger     36
2006    Paul Risner     39
2007    Dave Long     42
2008    Dan Dolan Sr     46
2009    Rich Moyer     47
2010    Paul Risner     66

Dave Terry, MD

2010 GM
Best GM 1996, 2001

7 Top Six GM Nominations

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what do we do for an encore? ...

The mighty Eighth U.S. Army Air Force will again take to the skies over German-occupied Europe for three more historical-based missions, to battle the Luftwaffe and attack key wartime industries in1943. And if last year was any indication, the Germans are in for a tough time because the raids are getting bigger. Our squadron flew in record numbers again last year.

The B-17 event is noted as being one of the strangest events at WBC for several reasons.

FIRST, the atmosphere is one of camaraderie and friendship, as opposed to being downright cut throat. One main reason for that is that each player is up against the game system instead of being up against each other. This creates a spirit of survival of the missions, somewhat similar to what happened in real life. Fliers play the game in pairs, with the flier across from you rolling the German attack dice (fighter attacks and flak). Sometimes the person across from you can become rather enthusiastic about damaging your plane and shooting you down, so the game does have quite a bit of competitiveness, especially if you have shot your comrade down first. But overall, B-17 fosters a spirit of brotherhood of fun.

SECOND, the missions are tied to actual historical missions complete with mission scenario handouts. 2011 will be our 20th year of tournament competition, with 56 WW2 missions behind us. Three more will be simulated this year, and we are now into October 1943. Thursday 2011 will be Black Thursday, and if you know your WW2 history, I should not have to say anything more than that to let you know one place we will be bombing this year.

THIRD, we have had a trend of rising attendance over the years, which is strange for a game that has been out of print for well over a dozen years. After years of having a steady 30 to 35 players, we are now consistently hitting the high 40s and 50s, and exploded with an all time high of 66 participants in 2010. We must be doing something right, or at least, doing something interesting and entertaining. [I should add that the GM, assistant GMs, with the exception of Keith, and players are known to provide off color humor that would make the Amish blush or maybe poke us with a pitchfork.]

FOURTH, players who participate in all three missions will be eligible for many consolation prizes, booby prizes and (thanks to assistant GM Mike Lam) medals for various achievements or misfortunes, like, number of POWs, best gunners and bombardiers, and other things like crashing while saving most of your crew.

FIFTH, our notorious Friday night after action meeting at the Officer's Club features an optional prize table conducted by the participants. Bring a book, game or other WWII related item to donate, and get one back at the B-17 After Action Briefing's Prize Table on Friday night. This has become very popular. The after action meeting features a review of what happened on Thursday, acknowledgment of returning veterans and new players, a bit of history and the prize table, where no one goes away empty-handed. The evening concludes for the night owls with a movie or show related to B-17. The GM has a complete collection of the Twelve O'clock High TV episodes, and sometimes we show one of those, or a historical film or documentary.

In all cases, the WBC B-17 tournament is all about having FUN. It is a unique event, while stressing the history behind the game system to keep things in proper perspective. Along the way, the players have a great time and keep coming back for more, year after year. If you have never experienced our event, we welcome you to join. Newcomers are always welcome. We have about a dozen new players each year. Try to find a copy of the game if you can (on Ebay, at the WBC auction or elsewhere), but we do have a few extra games to loan out on Tournament Day if you can't get a copy before August.

No matter what games you choose to play at WBC: 1) have FUN, 2) be civil and sportsmanlike, 3) take home great memories, and 4) come back again next year. And, of course, try to bring a few more friends with you to keep WBC going strong for years to come.


Optional prize table conducted by the participants. Bring a book, game or other WWII related item to donate, get one back at the After Action Briefing / Prize Table on Friday night.
 GM      Dave Terry  [20th Year]  NA
    david.terry@jhuapl.edu   NA

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