Preliminaries or ...
Grognardcon is a special
Pre-con consisting of an amalgam of nine of the old classic hex-style
wargames under the watchful eye of GMs Bruno Sinigaglio and Bill
Morse: Afrika Korps, Anzio, Bulge '81, Gettysburg, Panzerblitz,
Squad Leader, The Russian Campaign , Wooden Ships & Iron
Men and Waterloo. All 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 Monday for resolution in the normal manner - the only difference
is that participation in Grognardcon gives you two 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 PRE-CON on Saturday
and which concludes during the CON on Friday. Best performances
will be determined as described below in paragraph 4.
SCHEDULE. The schedule consists of three segments,
GROGNARD PRE-CON Swiss, CON Swiss and CON Playoffs (semi-finals
a. GROGNARD PRE-CON SWISS. The PRE-CON Swiss Segment consists
of two daily heats: Saturday 1400, Sunday 0900. The PRE-CON Swiss
Segment continues through Monday, 0900 hours, whereupon the CON
Swiss Segment begins. Essentially, the PRE-CON Swiss Segment
simply continues unabated into the CON.
b. CON SWISS. The CON Swiss Segment consists of five daily heats:
Monday 0900, Tuesday 0900, Wednesday 0900, Thursday 0900 and
Friday 0900. The Swiss Segment ends on Friday at 2100 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 PRE-CON Swiss and the CON Swiss, will be used to
determine the four best players. The two-round playoffs begin
Saturday, 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,
in addition to the precon, on Monday, 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 Sunday and/or
2) during the WBC proper, report to the GM kiosk at 9 AM Monday
through 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 three-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.)