Learning with banter ...
Rob Schoenen vs John Stevens
Peter Perla vs Johnny Wilson
Paul Gaberson vs Roberto Fournier
Former champ Antero Kuusi returns
One of the best pieces of advice that Don Greenwood ever gave
me was to turn EOS into a teaching tournament. So, this
story begins one hour before the tournament started with an enthusiastic
group of individuals who had wanted to play EOS but had
never had the time to learn. Over the years I have developed
a decent enough banter on how to play that most of my new friends
entered the tournament and went from classroom to war room in
60 minutes. For those who would like to get an idea on how to
ease into this title quickly I would recommend this fine review
that does a great job of teaching the basics.
new reinforcements caused a shortage of game sets that was quickly
addressed by my veterans getting their copies. I played on a
giant tournament set loaned to me by Bill Alderman and away we
For those looking to make the plunge, the tournament uses
the 3-turn 1943 tournament scenario. As I promise my new recruits
each year if you play one round with a veteran you will learn
the game. What this has meant for the event is the number of
EOS players grows each year with some folks returning the next
The 1943 scenario begins just after the Allied conquest of
Guadalcanal with the Allies positioned to continue their offensives
in the South Pacific. This is counterpoised by the Japanese ability
to initiate attacks in the China-Burma-India Theater. What is
most exciting for me is there has been a continuous series of
staff games on Consimworld and many of my friends that I correspond
with all year show up in person to compete for the wood. In fact
there is a traditional armistice that is declared each year as
all of the major online players are at WBC and have little time
for internet gaming.
This year came down to two former world champions, Antero
Kuusi of Finland and Dennis Culhane of USA, squaring off again
with the Finn getting the upper hand. I look forward to seeing
you all again next year in Lancaster.
For those who would like to get some strategy tips for the
1943 scenario from one of the true experts go to:
Designer Mak Herman and Johnny
Hasay enjoy Bill Alderman's big board version.