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Casablanca Conference, Unconditional Surrender 2016 Review

THE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL 16 PARTICIPANTS OF THE EVENT. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND ALL THE PARTICIPANTS FOR MAKING THE DAY A REAL MASH UP.

1. POINTS ALLOCATED AND BOOKS ALLOWED

 
I still must say that i like the points cost of 1750. It allows for you to bring the bulk of what you need (Core, support, Recce and smoke/artillery) and some cool toys (Lehr tiger, change the armor to panthers or some Crocodiles. Basically you get to make your army a zoo...)
 
I understand that this makes alot of lists viable as well such as arty parks and the like. Which may be why BF decided on a lower 1420 points for their tournament pointage this year.
 
The nationals for Singapore will definitely be 1420 as is required.
 
The restriction on books was interesting, we got to see some nice lists come out to play, Jagdpanthers for one, played by the veteran Abdullah. We had Elephants played by Leo in which he earned a purple heart for. Check out our patches award here
 
https://www.blitzandpeaces.com/pages/tournaments#Champion
 
The restriction on books also helped push many people away from their "go to" lists and play something else. The Germans didnt have a plethora of Faust waiting at every corner nor all the late toys they had as the war got desperate. The Tiger was still a feared thing and panzer invincibility wasn't broken yet in the 6 books. Our resident Otto Carius player did however bring his tigers out and scored a 6-1 victory over the enemy in round one and later lost carius in the 2 next rounds.
 
All in all, I think we like to see this kind of fighting and certainly the diversity of lists at a tournament. We will likely continue with this format of restricting books so that everyone gets a chance to smash each other about out of the comfort zones.
 

2. REVERSE SWISS

 
I have to say, i have mixed feelings about this. It seems that it allowed one person who lost their first match to climb back to the top of the table and kept things interesting until the end, however i have to take a moment and apologies to the less experienced players who just saw themselves get butchered by the "elite" or "mature" players. I hope this didn't cause the players to much negative feelings towards the game. The competitive nature of tournaments shouldn't overwhelm the love of the game that we all share.
 
In a game with so many rules that may not be well known and where mistakes can cost you the game, I think it may be wiser to allow the players to be allocated tiers.
 
This certainly requires more though than is currently being put in. Bear with us as we work this out.
 

3. SECRET OBJECTIVES

 
I think it was interesting to use these as a way to dictate or alter play styles. however, without control, these things could be practically a given such as choosing a mission where your support you are suppose to protect are off table.
 
Possibly, in the next round, we will have a secret and faction, and you can choose to play either one but on a fair fight mission. so no denying your opponent by simple bringing units on last. And it would help make fair fight a tad bit more interesting.
 

4. TO SUPPORT

 
I am really happy with how this game turned out. The 2 TOs managed to handle the whole event in a timely fashion, we set up every table before play and had all the rules well prepared with reference sheets and such. Time management was key. special shout out to my fellow TO Mark who kept time strictly to schedule.
 
there was ALOT of prep behind folders, trays, reference sheets, markers, deployment and secret objectives.
 
Whatever it is, a great event which I think will go down in history as a well run first event.
 
Would also like to point out Andrew Quay and Shane Kua for stepping up to the plate and making it for stand in as well as recently revised Byes at the last minute.

5. RESULTS AND ANALYSIS

I am sure that all participants would like to to know hoe they fared and in the grander scheme and bigger picture how they contributed to the war war effort. So below is a tabulated win/loss , VP, unit and Book. If you would like to see the awards given

Player Total VP Wins Losses Unit Book

Melvin Sim
Jeremy Yip
Nic Leong
Bing Zhen
Abdullah
Leo
Eclaire
Eric
Anderson 
Lance
Evans
Rafael
Shane
Zul
Wei Sheen
Andrew

13
7
19
3
5
6
7
9
17
18
17
7
21
15
7
13

2
1
3
0
0
0
1
1
2
3
3
0
3
2
0
2
 

1
2
0
3
3
3
2
2
1
0
0
3
0
1
3
0 

GerbirgsJager
Heavy Tank (Otto)
Panzer Lehr
Sturm Kompanie
Schwere TH (Jadpanther)
Schwere TH (Elefants)
SS Panzer Kmpf (Wiking)
SS-Panzer Kompanie
Rota Razvedi (Red Army)
Medium Tank cmpy (3rd A.D)
NZ Cmmnwlth Rifles
Ranger Battalion
British Armoured cmpy (4th A.D)
Parachute Company (6th)
British Tank Company
Finnish

Fortress Italy
Grey Wolf
Atlantik wall
Grey Wolf
Atlantik Wall
Fortress Italy
Grey Wolf
Atlantik Wall
Red Bear
Overlord
Rd to Rome
Overlord
Overlord
Overlord
Rd to Rome
Grey Wolf

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