Recon Reverses the Tide
RECON marked ASL's successful debut as a WBC pre-con as 36
intrepid Squad Leaders (a 50% increase from 2003 attendance)
reversed a steady decline in ASL numbers by participating in
three days and six rounds of non-stop gunning before WBC got
After the dust had settled, perennial contender Gary Mei captured
his first wood with a 5-1 record. Fellow New Jersey players (and
Gary's regular opponents) Paul Sidhu and Ron Duenskie also finished
5-1, with Gary defeating Paul, Paul besting Ron, and Ron topping
(guess these guys know each other pretty well). Gary's strength
of schedule lifted him to the top with Paul finishing second
and Ron taking third. Defending champ JR Tracy, Gary Trezza,
and Mark Pitcavage finished 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively at
4-2, edging out Chas Argent and Damon Norko (both also 4-2) on
RECON used a Swiss format. Players with similar records were
matched each round. Each round featured two sets of themed scenarios.
Most of the larger scenarios appeared in the evenings, and the
morning rounds generally moved at a brisk pace that allowed some
evening match-ups to start early. Only one scenario came close
to adjudication, but they were able to bring the game to a conclusion
just under the wire. Feedback on the format and scenarios was
positive, and the GM is hard at work fine-tuning for next year
when we'll have more spacious digs in Lancaster. Many folks had
to leave before the final round, so we will explore options for
an earlier ending on Monday to allow more players to stay for
all six rounds.
No ASL tournament is complete without its share of wild moments,
and RECON was no exception. Stories overheard included a re-armed
German prisoner half-squad taking out an SU-122 with a panzerfaust,
a green unit double cowering on a 2(-1) negating a KIA result,
and several scenarios decided on last turn close combat rolls.
Many thanks to MMP's own Perry Cocke for his help in running
RECON. Every ASL GM should have live "Perry Sez" sessions
available when rule disputes come up!
Please make plans to join us next year for an even bigger
and better event in a dedicated ASL room at Lancaster Host!