Winter Offensive 2015
Another great WO!
Winter Offensive 2015 saw a record number of Offenders supporting the WWII Foundation: 165 paid and attending, plus various hangers on. Oh, yeah. Hakkaa Päälle made its debut and has now started shipping. And oh, yeah: Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #6 (proceeds from which benefit the WWII Foundation) went on sale and is now available.
We are happy to announce our Winter Offensive 2015 ASL Champion JR Tracy (6-0)
2nd place Jeff Coyle (5-1) was JR's opponent in the final round.
JR and Jeff played ASL 170, "11th Company Counterattack" from the new module. JR had the Finns to Jeff Coyle's Soviets. This is a very small scenario, with high sniper numbers on both sides. JR had to break every Soviet MMC on board, and counted on the high sniper number to pull its weight. Sure enough, it wounded Jeff's best leader early, and killed his second best leader in the mid game. Jeff had decent luck versus JR's AFVs though, killing one BT-42 with an ATR and avoiding the other after it dropped its transmission on a start-up roll. Despite the poor showing of the Finnish armor, JR was able to squeeze Jeff into the back corner of the map. Jeff was getting no joy from decent attacks, while JR continued breaking entire stacks with 2(+2) snake-eyes (Finns don't cower!). In the end, the loss of leadership combined with sharp-eyed Finnish marksmanship was enough to seal a dicey Finnish win.
3rd Paul Chamberland (5-1)
4th Bob Bassin (5-1)
Honorable Mention Ray Woloszyn (4-0).
Ray played four WO Bonus Pack scenarios to lead the Pack pack. JR played four Hakkaa Paalle! scenarios while he cut down all his opponents.
Winter Offensive Mini Tournaments
As usual, we ran several mini tournaments at WO this year. These all featured brand new scenarios that needed some playtesting. This year, we used scenarios from the upcoming Korean War module and the upcoming Dinant HASL. We ran two minis for each, with scenarios and special rules carefully crafted courtesy of Chas Argent.
The Korean War scenarios had increasingly complicated rules, and both Chas and the participants put a lot of work into them. The Dinant scenarios were no walk in the park either.
Tourney winners were:
- Korean War #1: Jeff Coyle
- Korean War #2: Vince Maresca
- Dinant #1: Bob Bassin
- Dinant #2: Dave Reenstra
Congrats to the winners, and thanks to all our mini tournament playtesters. With your help we've come that much closer to getting these fine products on preorder.
More than just ASL...
Winter Offensive 2015 also saw plenty of action from our other game lines. Once again, the Gamers crew set up their monster game table and hosted a play through of SCS It Never Snows. The Great Campaigns of the Civil War series saw its usual strong turn out and even some Line of Battle and Operational Combat Series games were played.
Also in rotation was MMPs newest release,Salerno.
We want to thank to all the Offenders for their attendance and support of the WWII Foundation. With your help we raised over $10,000!