Jungle Scenarios ...
The Combat Commander enclave
fills for the first round.
Somebody's game travels real well.
Bill Edwards gets the jump on
the button man.
Isn't this game too new for
a pair of grognards?
43 hearty players braved the "jungle like" atmosphere
in the Lampeter this year to actually post an attendance increase.
This year the theme of "The Grand Tour" featured scenarios
from around the world. The tournament again used the Swiss-Elim
format with four opening rounds advancing the top four players
to the single elimination playoffs.
The first round consisted of four games played in succession
with most of the entrants playing in all four. The games featured
new scenarios with these stellar titles: One Steppe Beyond --
Russia 1943; On the Road to Victory -- Sicily 1943; Games, Set,
and Match -- Burma 1944; and Hill 133 -- Russia 1943. The third
scenario saw the initial tournament appearance of a Combat
Commander Pacific scenario. A default Combat Commander
Europe scenario (the popular A Midnight Clear from the 2011
Tourney) was available if not enough CC:P games were available.
While some kinks were encountered as the players shifted gears
from Europe to the Pacific, the scenario was met with approval
by many with young Jeremy Rice exclaiming for all to hear, "The
Japanese are awesome!." Most of the games during the initial
round heats were tight with many of them ending with one side
or the other maintaining a slim VP lead. At the end of the swiss
round two players were undefeated and a further seven stood at
3-1. Of these seven two, based upon a tiebreaker of opponent's
tournament points scored, advanced to the semifinals.
In the semifinal round two-time Champion Bob Heinzmann (3-1)
squared off against Peter Gurneau (4-0) while 2010 runner-up
JR Tracy (4-0) faced Bob Jamelli (3-1) in Blitzkrieg Unleashed.
This scenario has the Poles defending against attacking Germans
on Sept.1, 1939. Bob failed to advance for the first time in
a Combat Commander tournament in which he played all the
preliminary rounds. In the other semifinal it looked as if JR
was going to cruise into his second Final as his Poles held off
the attacking enemy. However, a timely Air Support event saw
his best leader and key defensive units break and shortly thereafter
a second Air Support event wiped them out along with JR's chances
of advancing. The Stukas had their way that day.
So Peter and Bob squared off in a match of first time finalists.
The scenario was a choice from the scenarios previously played.
As the lower seeded player, Bob, chose the scenario while Peter
enjoyed choice of sides. Bob chose A Midnight Clear which neither
player had played this year. Peter took the Americans. Both the
cards and rolls were in Peter's favor as he received an early
reinforcement (105mm radio) and then Lucas, US Hero, appears
and wreaks havoc on the Germans, capturing key objectives and
eliminating stray German squads in close combat. The Germans
were not without their own bright spots though as a Sniper event
took out the US MMG. The VPs were still tight in the end game
as the Germans battled back recapturing a key objective. However,
their mounting casualties have pushed them perilously close to
their surrender level. Bob, seeing a chance at victory, threw
his key leader and a squad into melee to recapture Objective
4, but his luck fails. With their elimination, he is forced to
concede and Peter is proclaimed the 2012 Combat Commander
As always, you have the ability to shape this event each year
by discussing it in the Combat Commander topic on ConsimWorld.
I look forward to seeing any and all erstwhile Combat Commanders
at next year's WBC.
Two-time champ Bob Heinzmann is denied
in the semis by Peter Gurneau.
JR Tracy gets blitzed out of a return
trip to the Final by Bob Jamelli's stukas in the semifinals.