Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Cold Wars 2015: My Report
Despite not adding to my lead pile, which has been severely depleted during the Painting Challenge, I did have a fantastic two days. I participated in two Bolt Action tournaments (6 games total) one on Friday and the other on Saturday. The evenings consisted of board games with the WWPD crew - essentially it was an all around geek fest.
I only took one picture (the first one in this post) and it was midway through the game I played with Judson on Friday - which we ended up as a tie.
I do want to thank the two people who organized the BA tournaments - Mike P on Friday and John B on Saturday. Both events were a lot of fun and it's a lot of work hauling around 10-12 tables worth of terrain to put one of these things on.
For the BA tournaments I ran a DAK armored list which was centered around 3 Panzer III's. You've seen a lot of post of the previous months of my painting up this force and the tournaments were the first time I got them on the table!
Fridays tournament was 1,250 points and I had a good showing for a first time with the force going 1-1-1 (Win, Loss, Tie). The first game against Mike P and his Brits was a narrow loss - Mike P is a great opponent and is a real challenge to beat - currently I have 2 losses and 1 tie to Mike in tournaments. The next game against Eric. Eric was a new player and was running a borrowed tank list ( 3 Shermans). I managed to beat him to notch my only win for the day. The last game was a classic against Judson and his Panzer I list. Playing Judson is a real treat as he's a crafty player but one who puts fun before winning. We played a tense game that ended in a tie.
Saturday's tournament was 1,000 points and I just paired my list back by removing the Brandenburger squad and the Sig assault gun (neither of which did anything on Friday). This tournament went well as I went 2-0-1 and won the event on "Hanoswag" points. This was my second tournament win and was very hard fought. My first game was a very nice gentlemen (whose name I forget - I'm horrible with names) against a Russian list with those giant T-35 tanks. The scenario was Point Defense and I was lucky to win the initial die roll and choose to attack. I managed to get a win by eliminating the few Russian infantry squads in his list so my opponent couldn't re-take the objective once I seized it.
Game two was against "Mustache Matt", who rivals Mike P for nicest "guy in gaming" and another Russian list - this time more infantry focused and with air support. We used the new air plane rules for BA (these replace the air observer with a model that can come on the board up to 3 times). I found the new air rules much better than the observer and a lot more "cinematic"/fun. I managed to eek out a win.
The final game was against Gordon and his Finns - Finns are tough, real tough. Gordon was a pleasure to play against and we had a great game. To be honest he should have won and would have if the game ended after turn six. Yet again, I got lucky and rolled a six to force a seventh turn and was able to take back two objectives to force a tie. This game went down to the last die roll!
Gordon was such a nice guy that I decided to give him the prizes for first place as he really deserved them.
I also won the best Axis General award for the two day performance so, all in all, it was a good outing.
HackIllinois during the weekend before Cold Wars. This event had over 180 college teams and some major corporate sponsors - Google paid for the charter bus to drive Sean's team from Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh) to the Univ of Illinois. He had a fantastic experience at the event and his team won the Goldman Sachs Innovation award for their project. The project involved a hack of an X-Box Kinect to use it to teach Sign language by being able to see and correct a users hand gestures for each letter. Pretty amazing stuff as the project needed to be started and completed in just 36 hours (no sleep!). A link to the project's page provides a better description than I can: Kinect-ASL. Sean kind of stands out from his team mates as he's the one who looks like a offensive lineman for a football team. He's still a tech crazy kid. We've got him home this week for spring break and for fun he's rebuilding an old PC to operate as a server and backup unit for our house. He'll also use it to run multiplayer games and thinks it will generate some cash to help fund whatever summer internship he gets.