Another Grognard Classic
This classic warhorse continued on its path of revitalization
in 2005 with the return of 18 dedicated players who pushed pieces
between Quatre Bras and Mont St. Jean. Eight of these players
were returning to this contest of maneuver after more than two
decades of inactivity with two of those playing in the semifinals.
Highlighting this year was the addition of the 10-sided combat
results table (CRT) that reduced the dreaded "A elim"
in a 2 to 1 attack to 10% probability. Many aggressive players
chose the French to capitalize on the CRT and greatly reduced
play time. Play balance saw ten PAA and nine French victories.
The free form play format provided players latitude in scheduling
with Gary Dickson, Bill Morse, Marty Musella, and Bruno Sinigaglio
In the first semifinal game Bill's French launched a simultaneous
assault on Bruno's PAA defending the heights south and east of
Quatre Bras. Bill rolled well eliminating Bruno's 8-4 accompanied
by two more D elims. Bruno, sensing an imminent PAA collapse
made several unsuccessful 1 to 1 attacks, manfully attempting
to stave off defeat, but the French superiority caused Bruno's
Wellington to flee late on the 16th.
In the second semifinal game, Gary's French tried the more
traditional game of maneuver. A French force quickly crossed
the Dyle River while the rest of the French assaulted Quatre
Bras. Here Marty launched a series of PAA counterattacks while
PAA reinforcements eventually eliminated Gary's maneuver force
near the LaLasne River. Fighting raged throughout 17 June as
Marty slowly withdrew awaiting the Prussian IV Corps. Gary's
valiant French attempts to regain superiority with low odds attacks
mostly failed so he bid Napoleon adieu late on 18 June.
In the championship game, Bill's French tried to repeat his
successful pincer attack on Quatre Bras. These attacks were not
as successful as his previous attempt and Marty's PAA conducted
counterattacks throughout 17 June slowly withdrawing to doubled
positions. With no sizeable French forces maneuvering on either
wing, the PAA and French slugged it out for several turns. Bill's
Old Guard could not snare the victory and as the Prussians entered
the field of battle, he sent Napoleon packing.
Early intelligence reports indicate that more former players
have vowed to return next year, so if you liked Waterloo when
you were young, rekindle your love for this classic in 2006.