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Conflict of Heroes Tournament, April 12, 2014

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The Schenectady Wargamers Association is happy to announce that we will be sponsoring a one-day Conflict of Heroes tournament at our April Game-a-thon, this coming April 12, 2014.

Tournament Format

  • One Day, April 12th
  • Doors open at 8:00 AM, games start at 9:30 AM.
  • A mix of published and custom-made scenarios
  • Four rounds of Swiss scoring
  • Final round ends and winner announced around 11 PM-ish.

Prizes

Academy Games will be officially sponsoring this tournament with prize and promotion support.

The  tournament winner will get a free copy of the upcoming Guadalcanal box set when it is released.  The winner will also have a Leader card named in their honor in the next box set.

All tournament participants will receive a free Wrecks and Destruction expansion counter sheet as part of their paid registration.

Half of all tournament participants will receive a free Monster Tanks expansion counter sheet.  The winner of the round 3 Goeringstrasse scenario will not only score tournament points, but will also take home the full Monster Tanks counter sheet used to play the scenario.

All these prizes are provided by Academy Games.


Location

The SWA Game-a-thons are hosted by the Proctors Theatre and Conference Center, located in Schenectady, New York.  Schenectady is conveniently located:
  • 3 hours north of New York City
  • 3 hours west of Boston
  • 4 hours east of Buffalo
  • 5 hours south of Montreal.

Registration & Costs

Registration for the entire tournament will be only $10.

(Please keep in mind that the Wrecks and Destruction counter sheet alone is worth $10!)

Because of the need for us to plan on providing map boards and counters, we require that all participants pre-register via the web, with PayPal payment.  We cannot guarantee a spot in the tournament to those who do not pre-register.  We may be able to accommodate a few walk-ins, but there are no guarantees to this.  Please consider pre-registration mandatory.

The online registration page is available now:
http://www.swa-gaming.org/conflict-of-heroes-tournament-online-registration

Registration Discounts
Players who are able to provide AtB and/or SoS map boards and counters will get a discount on their registration.  You will get $3 off for each game set you can bring to potentially share with other players.


Hotel Accommodations

For those of you traveling from out of town to attend, we have identified several good hotels at a variety of price and quality points.  This is the same web page the SWA uses for it's annual convention in October, Council of Five Nations.  Please ignore references to the October con - the hotel info is still valid.  Link:

http://www.swa-gaming.org/CouncilHotels


About the SWA's Conflict of Heroes Group

The Schenectady Wargamers Association has had a group of CoH players meeting twice a month for over two years now. Group membership has fluctuated over the years, and is currently at six solid members.  We have played many of the published scenarios, and have experimented with custom-designed scenarios and ASL conversions.  One member has even designed a Korean War scenario.  If you are local to the Capital District, and are interested in joining us, please let us know.


For More Information

Please contact Dave Cheng, the Tournament Judge, with any questions or comments.
CoH.Tournament /at/ swa-gaming.org
(518) 464-1977  before 11pm EST

You can also follow the online discussion on the Board Game Geek forum page. 

Direct link:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1129385/conflict-of-heroes-tournament-april-12-2014-up



We hope to see many of you on April 12th!

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Conflict of Heroes - Tournament Schedule

Conflict of Heroes Tournament Date: April 12, 2014

8:30 - 9:00 AM Setup, Arrival, Registration

9:00 - 9:15 AM Set Match-ups for Round 1

9:15 - 9:30 AM Set up boards

9:30 - 11:30 AM Scenario #1 (2 hours)

11:30 - 12:15 PM Lunch Break

12:15 - 12:30 PM Set Match-ups, Set up boards

12:30 - 2:30 PM Scenario #2 (2 hours)

2:30 - 2:45 PM Quick Break

2:45 - 3:15 PM Set Match-ups, Set up boards

3:15 - 6:15 PM Scenario #3 (3 hours)

6:15 - 7:15 PM Dinner Break

7:15 - 7:30 PM Set Match-ups, Set up boards

7:30 - 11:00 PM Scenario #4 (3.5 hours)

11:15 PM-ish Award Ceremony

Conflict of Heroes - Tournament Scenario List

9:30 AM - Scenario #1
Wounded Tiger - Published in CoH: Storms of Steel
This all-armor scenario uses SoS boards 7, 8, 9 & 10.

12:30 PM - Scenario #2
Red Star Prize
This SWA home-made scenario is a combined infantry & armor scenario that takes place entirely on AtB board #2.
Not only do we think this is a well-balanced fight, but we also specifically designed it to be a good beginner/teaching scenario. We think that beginners don't want just infantry - they want a mix of infantry & armor. So we have a relatively small, one-board scenario that provides a good mix and is exciting for all players. We look forward to making it available to the CoH community some time soon after the tournament.

3:15 PM - Scenario #3
Goringstrasse
This is a new scenario developed by Academy Games, and is available for download on the Academy Games web site:
http://academygames.com/games/conflict-of-heroes/
This scenario requires the Monster Tanks expansion counter sheet. Academy Games has provided a supply of these to us. The winner of each game will get to keep the Monster Tanks counter sheet as a special prize.

7:30 PM - Scenario #4
Take the Factory
This is another SWA home-made scenario, using a section of the Stalingrad map found in the ASL historical module Valor of the Guards. The Germans seized an important stronghold yesterday, but the Russians are determined to take it back today.

The Conflict of Heroes tournament will get special treatment at the SWA Game-a-thon; we will get the best room in the facility.

We hope to see many of you there on April 12th.

Conflict of Heroes - Tournament Scoring

SWISS PAIRING
* The four rounds will be played and scored in a Swiss format.
* All round 1 matches will be randomized.
* In round 2, players with the highest scores in round 1 will be paired, and so on.
* Thus, ideally, we just might have two players who have gone 3-0 playing for the championship in round 4.
* However, everyone who wants to plays in all four rounds. We are especially proud of the round 4 Stalingrad scenario, Take the Factory, so we hope you all stick around to enjoy it.

HANDICAP POINTS
Various players in the SWA CoH group have participated to greater or lesser extents in playtesting the four scenarios, and especially the two custom scenarios. Those players will be handicapped by a certain number of points when computing the overall tournament winner.

Aaron C: 3 points
Ben M: 2 points
Brian K: 2 points
Doug R: 1 point
Rich M: 0 points (he's relatively new to the group).

We believe this will make it competitive for all players.

Hope to see many of you there.

Conflict of Heroes - More on Tournament Scoring

More on tournament scoring...

For each round, there will be five "levels" of scoring for each player. This will depend upon the victory point difference between the two players.

For the tournament, each level will score the following points:

Decisive Victory 6 points
Marginal Victory 5 points
Draw 4 points
Marginal Loss 3 points
Decisive Loss 2 point
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Sat out round 0 points.
No opponent (hopefully this will not happen): 4 points

Each match will have a 'spread' to determine the difference between each level of victory.

For example, a spread might look like this:

Decisive Victory 5 or more VPs above opponent's score
Marginal Victory 2-4 VPs above opponent's score
Draw Within 1 VP of opponent
Marginal Loss 2-4 VPs below opponent's score
Decisive Loss 5 or more VPs below opponent's score.

Please note, this is an example of a particularly 'tight' spread. You would probably see something this in a game with a lower VP point potential (like if there were fewer units, for example).

Players will not know the spread for each match before play. It will only be announced after the match. Our intention is this will make it harder for players to "play for the draw", because they will not know the breakpoints of the ranges. We want to encourage all players to play for the win!

Also, each match will have different breakpoints for the ranges. In general, the more VPs at stake, the wider the range will be.

Please also be assured, of the SWA's CoH group, only the tournament judge, Dave, has any knowledge of the breakpoints for the ranges. The SWA guys have no special advantage here. Dave only discussed this topic with Aaron, and it turns out he has to travel out of town, and will thus not be attending this Saturday. So, nobody in the SWA CoH group has an advantage due to prior knowledge.

We hope to see a good bunch of you this Saturday.

Conflict of Heroes - Tournament Results

We had the tournament go off a couple of weeks ago. We had six solid players. We had two more committed, but they had to bail out at the last minute. We were hoping for more attendees, but c'est la vie, c'est la guerre at this point...

Chris S wins the award for traveling the farthest - he drove from New Brunswick, Canada; 10 hours each way! We also had five other local players.

Of the five local players, three were from our regular CoH group. Two others, Bill & Dage, were new to the game. Dage played his first game only a few days before the tournament, and Bill had never played before jumping with both feet into the tournament fire. But both are veteran gamers, so they picked it up quickly.

We had three rounds of Swiss scoring. Chris from Canada, and surprisingly our newbie Dage, faced off in the finals.

The finals match only went three out of the maximum six rounds, but we had to be out of the building before midnight, and were squeezed for time. When we called it, Chris' Russians had a good foothold in the Stalingrad factory, but Dage had enough points for a marginal victory.

Dage will receive both a copy of the Guadalcanal box when it is released, as well as having a leader card named in his honor.

Uwe has graciously offered to also memorialize Chris with a leader card in a future supplement as well.

Many thanks to Uwe and Academy Games for their generous prize and promotional support for our tournament.

We hope to see you folks at some of our future gaming events

http://www.swa-gaming.org

Conflict of Heroes Tournaments - the state of affairs

I have started a discussion thread on Board Game Geek about the future prospects of Conflict of Heroes tournaments.

You can check it out here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1161547/

Feel free to join the discussion.