Balanced and Clear Again ...
Bill Alderman breaks out his card
holders for a better view.
James Terry and John Wetherell trade
The Combat Commander 2010 tournament had several new
features. It used a new format (Swiss-Elim) to give people more
opportunities to play, a different scenario mix and was even
held on a different day. So of course, the question was how would
all this "newness" play? 40 gamers, an event low, without
the lure and luxury of a second "mulligan" start appeared
on Wednesday to find out.
The first four rounds featured Swiss play with a scenario
batch that was a mixture of custom designed and "stock"
scenarios from the base games. Play proceeded well, and as is
the norm for this game, rules questions were few and readily
answered. As intended with the Swiss format, the more casual
gamers were able to drop in and out at their leisure -- albeit
at the cost of being much less likely to advance. Witness our
two-time champion who missed the first two rounds. From this
Swiss phase four intrepid small unit commanders - Jeff Spaner,
J.R. Tracy, Chris Byrd and Michael Johnson - moved on to Single
In the semi-finals. J.R Tracy edged Jeff Spaner by killing
a unit to force surrender at the last possible chance. In the
other contest Michael Johnson squeaked out a similarly close
decision versus Chris Byrd.
The Final used the Scenario Generator (known as RSG) built
into the game. In this case, Michael and J.R. rolled up quite
a scenario. J.R was attacking with a large, elite German force
versus Michael's mob of Soviet militia backed by several bomb
wielding elite Assault squads. Although J.R had the troop numbers
and quality, Michael played the defense expertly and fully exploited
his advantages of time and space. His troops suffered heavy losses
to JR's elite units, but ultimately the Germans ran out of time.
Michael selected the Band of Brothers DVD set as his additional
prize, while J.R received the DVD of Cross of Iron for his second
place finish. Combat Commander will be seeing more change in
2011. Bryan Collars will be taking over as the Senior GM with
me as his Assistant. Bryan is a class act, as many who play Combat
Commander know well. As always, you the player have the ability
to shape how this event will work each year by discussing it
in the Combat Commander topic on ConsimWorld.
Bryan Collars trades shots with Jamie
That Bryan fellow sure attracts the