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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Wed, 03 August 2011 15:43
Good luck everyone!

I hope to be there next year...

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Wed, 03 August 2011 15:46
I would have loved to be there but it's definitely quite a trek from England!!

Good luck to all who attend
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 06 August 2011 09:26
Congratulations to the new WBC Memoir champion ... JJAZ!

He played a great tournament, winning all but 2 of his 13 games, including a pair of beautifully executed wins over yours truly in the finals. More of his story will be told soon.

Thanks, again, to Richard Borg and DoW for the brand-new scenarios. The players' consensus was that they were great. My sense is that they all were well balanced, with plenty of room for clever tactical play.

It was also great to meet several Memoir Online players (and I know I didn't get to talk one-on-one with several others).

Now, I need to start thinking about how to make next year's tournament special, too. Smile I look forward to seeing some of you there.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 06 August 2011 10:32
Are the new scenarios now on the DoW site?
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sun, 07 August 2011 08:46
I can't speak for DoW, but I certainly would assume that they would have some sort of plan for when and how to release them.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Tue, 09 August 2011 00:31
The scenarios were great - you really had to pay attention to how and when to earn or lose your objective point(s). A very professinal job from the DoW crew (nice to see the WBC mentioned on the cover.)

Had a great time meeting some 'names' from here.



      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Tue, 09 August 2011 01:13
Later this year, sometime during Q4, we plan to release paper versions of these scenarios, like we did for the Vercors campaign a while back.

So nothing will be published online just yet, but it will eventually come; I promise we'll try to make it worth the wait. Cool

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Wed, 10 August 2011 06:10
Thank you for that announcement, eric. Smile The booklets are beautiful. Friends and Memoir fans, you're in for a treat this fall!
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Wed, 10 August 2011 07:03
It was a pleasure seeing or meeting so many people from this Forum and from Memoir Online at the tournament. In addition to JJAZ (the champion) and tank commander (my trusted AGM, who ran 5 Overlords in addition), there were Jak Flak, gonzoj, GordonPasha, --JP, RichardBliss (in from California!), and I know I'm forgetting several. If you were there and I forgot to list you, please raise your hand.

Also, it was a very special pleasure for me to work with Richard Borg via email in the preparations for this event, and then to finally meet him there. (In addition, we served together as field generals in a hot game of Firefight in Neffe. AAR to follow.) In many ways, he helped to create a great experience for everybody. It was a privilege to get to know him and see him in action.

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Wed, 10 August 2011 17:11
sam1812 wrote on Wed, 10 August 2011 01:03

If you were there and I forgot to list you, please raise your hand.


I stopped by briefly on Saturday with my two children and the wife. We were on a short vacation in Lancaster, our yearly trip to visit the corn maze at Cherry Crest Farms. Stopping by the convention was an after thought, so we weren't prepared to participate this year.

I talked to you briefly Sam (and I think --JP), but didn't really introduce myself. My son rolled the die for Tank Commander (I think) to decide which players would compete in one leg of the tournament that day.

I also talked briefly to JJAZ and Tank Commander and took a couple pictures for them.

It was nice to meet (even though briefly) some of the folks from the Forum.

Next year I hope to maybe compete in some of the game tournaments and Memoir '44, if possible and if my kids are willing. My son was upset we didn't get to play any games, but my daughter (age 7) wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible.

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 11 August 2011 00:59
sam1812 wrote on Sat, 06 August 2011 03:26

Congratulations to the new WBC Memoir champion ... JJAZ!


Yes,indeed. A great run and a well deserved win. You had to get past a very tough last step in Sam and you did it. Enjoy your title, my friend.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 11 August 2011 01:08
I would like to thank Mr Borg for his kind words and his kinder actions. He certainly is an asset to this hobby. He was more than willing to play a game against me. He also played in a few of my OL games, pose in more than a few after game pics and fill in to run one of my OL games when I could not do so. Also thank you for signing a few items for me and the free handouts. It certainly was great to meet you.


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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 11 August 2011 01:12
Well, although I had an earlier exit from this event than I had expected, I still enjoyed playing in it. A good deal of that is because Sam did another great job running it - no easy feat indeed. Well done Sam.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 11 August 2011 01:15
Sgt Storm wrote on Wed, 10 August 2011 11:11

sam1812 wrote on Wed, 10 August 2011 01:03

If you were there and I forgot to list you, please raise your hand.


I stopped by briefly on Saturday with my two children and the wife. We were on a short vacation in Lancaster, our yearly trip to visit the corn maze at Cherry Crest Farms. Stopping by the convention was an after thought, so we weren't prepared to participate this year.

I talked to you briefly Sam (and I think --JP), but didn't really introduce myself. My son rolled the die for Tank Commander (I think) to decide which players would compete in one leg of the tournament that day.

I also talked briefly to JJAZ and Tank Commander and took a couple pictures for them.

It was nice to meet (even though briefly) some of the folks from the Forum.

Next year I hope to maybe compete in some of the game tournaments and Memoir '44, if possible and if my kids are willing. My son was upset we didn't get to play any games, but my daughter (age 7) wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible.




Nice to meet you too.

I sure hope you get to play next year -- you now have to balance it out in your son's favor in 2012 and stick around to game -- your daughter will just have to understand - fair is fair Laughing
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 11 August 2011 04:10
Sgt Storm wrote on Wed, 10 August 2011 11:11

I stopped by briefly on Saturday with my two children and the wife. We were on a short vacation in Lancaster, our yearly trip to visit the corn maze at Cherry Crest Farms. Stopping by the convention was an after thought, so we weren't prepared to participate this year.

I talked to you briefly Sam (and I think --JP), but didn't really introduce myself. My son rolled the die for Tank Commander (I think) to decide which players would compete in one leg of the tournament that day.

My goodness! I had no idea that was you! Thank you for stopping by, even if you didn't get to introduce yourself. (And thank your son again for helping us with the die-rolling. Maybe he'll be a player there one day.)

For next year, please be sure your wife knows that there's a kid-friendly amusement park right across the street from the hotel, and I saw several miniature golf courses in the neighborhood. Smile
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 11 August 2011 20:57
sam1812 wrote on Wed, 10 August 2011 22:10

For next year, please be sure your wife knows that there's a kid-friendly amusement park right across the street from the hotel, and I saw several miniature golf courses in the neighborhood. Smile


Oh yeah, that would be Dutch Wonderland. This is the first year we didn't go to that park, since my daughter now likes bigger and better roller-coasters. We are very familiar with the area since we've been visiting there for the past 5 years (from No. VA) so we know nearly all the attractions, miniature golf courses, etc. Thanks for the suggestions though.

The big problem this year (as always) was my inability to schedule. We only had two hastily "planned" days in Lancaster, so we couldn't really do the gaming. Next year could be different though if we actually do some planning before we hop in the car. Rolling Eyes
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 13 August 2011 14:33
Just got back from the US this morning, what a trip.
First of all thank you Sam E for the brilliant organization,
Thank you Richard Borg for your friendship and support,
Thank you Tank Commander for the overlords we played and all other great people i have met and where so kind to me.
The fairy tale is concluded you have all been part to 1 or more chapters , God bless America!
J.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sun, 21 August 2011 16:24
TOURNAMENT SUMMARY

For me, personally, WBC is my one opportunity to play a lot of face-to-face Memoir -- both regular scenarios and Overlord.

We play a 6-round, single-elimination tournament, where each round is a two-game match against a single opponent. We also have a Mulligan round the night before: If you lose in the Mulligan, you can re-enter in round 1 with a clean slate. This was my second year as the GM.

As you've already read, Richard Borg, himself, came to the tournament, and he brought 6 brand-new scenarios from the German airborne invasion of Crete, beautifully printed in booklets by DoW. (I found Richard to be a gem in every way.) Attendance jumped to its highest level in five years: 70 players. The field included three past champions and at least eight other past finalists or semi-finalists. As previously noted, at least 10 Memoir Online players were present.

The scenarios were very tactical, employing­ mostly infantry. In the first four rounds, the Germans were all Special Forces. At the same time, the Allies had a tank (but only 2 figures) and usually an artillery. Players had to use the terrain. There were objectives for the Germans to take, though some of them could count as medals for either side. All were 6-medal games except for the Final. Nobody ever had fewer than 5 cards. Everybody told me the scenarios were great, and I totally agree.

It was a bloodbath. By the end of round 2, last year's top 4 were all out, including two of the past champions. The third former champion got swept out in round 3.

By round 4, there were nine of us left, including four who may be familiar to Memoir Online players or readers of this Forum: GordonPasha, JJAZ, --­JP, and me. Among the others were a fellow named David who had swept his first three matches, and a past Battle Cry champion named Jeff. In order to get down to four players for round 5, I brought in a hired gun ­-- Tank Commander, a past champion ­-- to play as an "eliminator," but Jeff beat him in a split decision. Meanwhile, GordonPasha and I both swept our matches, and ­--JP and JJAZ both won on split decisions.

So, we still had five players for round 5. Tank Commander played as an eliminator again. This time, he went up against JJAZ and got swept. Jeff and I both swept our matches. We had three players, but room for only two in the finals, so we played a "round robin." I had the best record, at 9-1, while JJAZ and Jeff were both 8-2, so they played the first game, repeating the round 5 scenario, with JJAZ winning as Allies. Since Jeff had lost as Axis, he got Allies against me, but I beat him, too. Having lost to both JJAZ and me, Jeff was out (after a very impressive effort). It would be me and JJAZ in the finals.

JJAZ and I have been online friends for nearly three years. We've played each other on Vassal nearly 40 times. (For those of your who have played in the Vassal "King of the Hill" Memoir Ladder tournament, JJAZ currently holds the #1 spot there, too.) He lives in Belgium. To many of us here in America, World War II is something we read about in books or watch on TV. But to him, WWII is very, very real. Many of the battles we play actually took place near his home. Reminders of those battles are still visible today. He had decided to come to America as part of his "dream vacation," to play in the WBC Memoir Tournament, and then go visit New York City for a few days. I had picked him up at the airport, and we were rooming together.

His record after 11 games was 9-2, with a combined score of 62-40. I was 10-1, with a combined score of 64-30. In 6 of my wins, I had held my opponent to 2 medals or less. Two trans-Atlantic friends would battle each other for the championship.

The final scenario was Galatos. The namesake town is a 2-hex, turn-start temporary majority objective for either side, which starts in the hands of the Allies. In game 1, JJAZ had incredible cards: 2-2-2, followed by a 7-unit Infantry Assault that took away my control of the town. Then an Assault Center (7 units again), which scored 2 kills, followed by a 3-unit Close Assault. (Did I have any cards in this? Yes, but certainly not enough to compete with those!) I now played an Attack Center, which he Counter-Attacked, killing off my one tank and my one artillery. Yikes! I had scored only one kill. At this point, I took a shot at a 1-figure infantry, and missed. JJAZ came back with his own Attack Center, which killed one of my infantries and gave him a firm hold on the town. I played a newly drawn Move Out, and felt lucky to kill two small infantries. But I couldn't prevent him from getting the town medals. He won the first game, 7-3.

The second game wasn't such a walkover, but his cards were clearly better than mine. He advanced his artillery into the town, and it was difficult to displace. On turn 7, I missed with 3d against a 1-figure infantry in the town. On the following turn, I would eliminate that unit, but JJAZ would quickly reclaim the town by eliminating my invader. Then, on the next turn, he regained the 2-medal turn-start objective (to gain a 6-3 advantage) and played an Armor Assault. His one tank advanced next to a full-strength infantry of mine, and rolled: 3 grenades and an infantry. Boom! 7-3 for the second game, too. The perfect roll to complete his storybook tournament victory.

So, congratulations to JJAZ, the new WBC Memoir '44 champion. Thank you, to everybody who helped make the tournament possible. And if you weren't there this year, I promise more excitement at WBC 2012. FYI, the event's website is www.boardgamers.org .

[Updated on: Sun, 21 August 2011 16:28]

      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sun, 21 August 2011 17:41
SCENARIO SUMMARIES

The scenarios from this year's tournament aren't generally available yet, but they will be sometime this fall. As noted at the beginning of this thread, they come from the German invasion of Crete, which was unique as a large-scale paratroop and glider troop invasion.

Here's a rundown of the scenarios and their results, in order. When these scenarios are released in the fall, I promise, a lot of people will have a lot of fun with them. Everybody agreed that they were excellent. Lots of strategic and tactical possibilities

All of these are 6-medal games except Galatos (round 6), which is 7 medals. Allies get 5 cards in all of these scenarios. Axis gets 5 cards in rounds 1-4, and 6 cards in rounds 5-6. BCF battle-back rule is used in all scenarios. Axis has air superiority -- on Air Power, they roll 2d, and Allies roll 1d.

Maleme Airfield -- The Allies are dug in on two multi-hill hexes in the center and left. A ravine runs straight across the board, one hex in front of the forward hill, protecting the paratroops against being retreated out of range. On the right, the Germans aim to capture an airfield (which is open) and/or exit some units on a road through the Allied edge of the board. 10 SF paratroops are attacking 8 regular infantry, an artillery, and a 2-figure tank.

Combining the Mulligan and Round 1, the Allies won 40 games, Axis won 44. (45%/55%). Average score: 4.61 - 4.56. Allies were shut out once, Axis was shut out three times. In 12 of the 84 games (14%), one player was held to 1 or fewer medals.

Airdrop Over Heraklion -- The Mediterranean Sea cuts off several hexes along the bottom of the board on both flanks. The British are bunched up in the middle 1/3 of the lower half of the board, around 7 town hexes and an open airfield objective hex. If the Germans occupy three town hexes at turn-start, that's a temporary medal for them. The left half of the board has 4 German SF infantries against 4 British infantries. The right half has 6 SF infantries against 4 regular infantries, an artillery, a 2-figure tank, and a "Cretan Partisans" unit that's played like French Resistance.

Allies won 12, Axis won 26. (32%/68%). Average score: 3.87 - 5.24. Allies were shut out once, and held to 1 medal five times.

Airdrop Over Rethymno -- Played on a short board, with the Mediterranean cutting off nearly the entire first two rows. Four different objectives for the Germans to try to capture, some of which can be medals for either side. The board has a clump of forests, hills, and/or towns in each section of the board. There are four German SF infantries along the left side of the board and four more toward the upper right, plus a final one behind Allied lines. Most of the Allied units are in the inner half of the left flank or the left half of the Center -- including 6 infantries and a 2-figure tank. They have an infantry and a Partisan unit in terrain at the far right.

Allies won 6, Axis won 14. (30%/70%). Average score: 4.05 - 4.55.

Prison Valley -- This board is loaded with terrain -- 28 forest, hill, and town hexes, plus a bit of water. 4 turn-start temporary town objectives, plus a permanent turn-start objective, and 5 hills that the Germans want to gain a majority of. The Germans have 9 SF infantries and an engineer stretched across the top half of the board. The Allies have 9 infantries, an artillery, and a 2-figure armor stretched across the bottom half of the board, plus an isolated infantry in sandbags on the far side of the board. Lots of ways for both sides to go here.

Allies won 4, Axis won 6. (40%/60%). Average score: 3.90 - 4.50. Allies were shut out once.

Platanias -- It's now three days after the invasion. The Allies have 5 units on or near a big complex of hills and other terrain, stretching from the near left to the near right. Two of their infantries look out at a fordable river that runs across the whole board, one hex away, with three German infantries on the other side. There are two German paratroops in the lower left corner, too. Each side has several infantries on the right flank, as well, vying to control a bridge that spans the river. The Germans also can gain medals by holding some towns. Germans have 4 SF infantry and 6 regular infantry. Allies have 6 regular infantry, an artillery, and one Partisan unit. If the Germans ever occupy the leftmost objective, the artillery loses its sandbags.

Allies won 4, Axis won 4. (50%/50%). Average score: 4.24 - 5.13.

Galatos -- Scattered around the middle portion of the map are a bunch of forests and hills, plus the 2-hex town of Galatos, which is a turn-start, temporary majority, 2-medal objective. Like Ponyri, a change here can swing the score dramatically. The Germans have 10 infantries (including 3 SF) and an artillery on the top half of the board. The Allies have 7 infantries, an artillery, a 3-figure tank, and 5 sandbags on the bottom half. Interesting rule: The Allies can't ignore any flags rolled by German artillery.

Allies won 1, Axis won 1. Average score: 5.00-5.00.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sun, 21 August 2011 23:51
Depending on the GenCon schedule, if there is a conflict, I may have to make the trip next year! It sounded like an AMAZING time.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Mon, 22 August 2011 02:06
Next year's dates for WBC are July 30-Aug 5, 2012. I will again ask for the Memoir tournament to be Thursday evening (Mulligan) and all day Friday. That would be August 2-3.

(And I see that GenCon 2010 will be August 16-19.)

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Tue, 23 August 2011 06:57
Hi Sam,

Excellent report on the WBCs. I really hope I can be there next year (especially if Dungeon Twister will be played there as well).

Keep up the good work. I wish there were some sort of league in the US like the French M'44 Federation or at least more organized play like you had at the WBCs.

Geoff
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Thu, 24 November 2011 16:44
Event Reports from WBC have been posted.

The event report for Memoir is at http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/m44pge.htm .

(There are errors in the captions of two photos -- no prizes for guessing which ones. I have been promised that they will be corrected.)

As previously noted, mark your calendar for next August 2-3 (Thursday-Friday). That's when I expect next year's tournament to be played there.

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Fri, 25 November 2011 10:44
Great report and photos Sam - you don't look anything like I envisaged. Shocked Shocked Shocked
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 26 November 2011 08:49
Phread wrote on Fri, 25 November 2011 10:44

Great report and photos Sam - you don't look anything like I envisaged. Shocked Shocked Shocked



That was a mask, he looks in real life like Elvis!, i always knew Elvis was still alive Laughing Laughing

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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 26 November 2011 17:02
That bottom row looks like one of the early, and terrible, designs for Mt Rushmore...
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 26 November 2011 20:51
Sam - did you beat Richard Borg?
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sat, 26 November 2011 22:34
Sam, great to see you and JJAZ at the WBC. I was on Route 30 that day and just didn't know about it -- even more sorry I missed the event.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sun, 27 November 2011 04:52
You missed a few other M-Online players there, too. Tank Commander, gonzoj, --JP, Jak Flak, RichardBliss, and Falkirk come to mind at the moment.

It should be the same first Thursday-Friday of August next year, if you can arrange to be in the area. Smile
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Sun, 27 November 2011 07:23
Phread wrote on Sat, 26 November 2011 14:51

Sam - did you beat Richard Borg?

Actually, the caption on that photo is wrong. Richard and I never had a chance to play one-on-one there. That photo is from my 5th round match, but from that angle, it's hard to believe that he's not Richard. (Note the POW bracelet on his right wrist, which Richard isn't wearing in the other photo.)

The following day, though, Richard, Tank Commander, and I fought side-by-side as Allied field generals in Firefight at Neffe. That was a thrill -- and we pulled out a hard-fought victory.
      
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Re:2011 World Boardgaming Championships -- Memoir '44 tournament -- August 4-5 Mon, 28 November 2011 22:26
sam1812 wrote on Sun, 27 November 2011 07:23

Phread wrote on Sat, 26 November 2011 14:51

Sam - did you beat Richard Borg?

Actually, the caption on that photo is wrong. Richard and I never had a chance to play one-on-one there. That photo is from my 5th round match, but from that angle, it's hard to believe that he's not Richard. (Note the POW bracelet on his right wrist, which Richard isn't wearing in the other photo.)

The following day, though, Richard, Tank Commander, and I fought side-by-side as Allied field generals in Firefight at Neffe. That was a thrill -- and we pulled out a hard-fought victory.


I think it was chuck turpin? on the picture.
      
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