Once a decade ...
33 folks cordially greeted each other on Thursday at 9 am
and when the biting, clawing, knifing, shooting, dunking, wiring,
sniping and killing was done twelve hour later another UNDEFEATED
(in eight rounds) CHAMPION emerged to be christened "The
Bullet Proof Man". It being none other than Bruce Young.
Some say it might be his choice of beverage, others say ..
The event was five rounds of Swiss with the top eight combatants
advancing to three rounds of single elimination. There were a
wide variety of scenarios played (A, B, C, E, F, H, I, K, L,
M, N, O, P, R, S, U, W, X) with the most popular being L with
13. 18 different scenarios were selected - a marked increase
over last year's 11. All nationalities were represented among
the 83 games played.
It was a fun crowd with an old warrior (Herbert Gratz) returning
from the Global Wars and a relative newcomer (Phil Brigin-Young)
doing quite well finishing eighth in his second year. There were
many great happenings throughout the day ... far more than can
be recounted in this small space. The most interesting was the
use of Michael Nagel's Random Scenario Selection from Relative
Range #6. At least three scenarios (two from the final eight)
were chosen using this system.
The final match for "The Bullet Proof Man" was with
the GM and brings to mind a the winning quote from last year:
"He Fired. He Pinned. I Never Rallied. He Won." Bruce
has always been a tough opponent but in this game the cards turned
out to be the toughest one of all. As the German Attacker in
Outpost Line I looked to advance the AFV, put some pressure on
the American Mortar and then ... But then was mired in a lack
of Rally Cards starting halfway into Deck 1 and lasting till
the end of Deck 2. This also meant not a single Radio Card. The
Americans were soooo pressed by the relentless German Assault
that they placed the AFV in a Stream and of course managed to
bog it. The second one was saved for the maneuver group. It took
till mid-Deck 3 for the Germans to finally mount some offensive
pressure with a fire attack on the American Mortar followed by
a successful Radio Contact which sent the sucker home for the
count. This was too little to late and the remaining Germans
could not stand up to a series of fire attacks which broke the
So, finally, after a ten-year hiatus, Bruce took home his