I'd like to start out saying WOW!!!!!!WE HAD A BLAST!!!!!!!!
Maizecon was huge success here in Waterloo over the weekend. It was a long, funfilled gaming weekend with many new friendships aquired. The weather was great. The food and drinks were great. the games were exceptional. Nobody could ask for anything more in the way of fun. We had Audacity, Firehouse, Thor911, Bigbake132, Dano,KennyJ, Carrion and myself from the forums there along with a few others from our group here in Waterloo. My wife acted as the "Quarter Master" all weekend helping keep everyone supplied with refreshments and keeping things in order for us.
I have alot of pictures to post. I'll start with Fridays events and get the other days posted tomorrow.
We started each day around 10:00am and finished after Midnight fighting some very fun scenarios. On Friday we played a D-Day scenario to start out the day and then moved to KennyJ's "Two Bridges" scenario in the afternoon. On Saturday we started out with Audacity's "Stalingrad" Scenario. In the afternoon some of the guys split off to do a Canadian Vs German beach landing scenario on Dano's 3" version of the original AAM Battle Zone "Beach Head" map while some played a WaS scenario. On Sunday we started out with Firehouse's early war Eastern Front scenario involving 8 players. The afternoon was a mix with some playing a 1945 "what if" North Africa Tank battle while others played some WaS and Angel's 20.
We started out on Friday with a D-Day scenario in honor of the 70th aniversary of the landings. Dano and Firehouse teamed up as the Allies to face Audacity and myself as the Axis. One of the members of our group Barthonis was the GM for this one.
Here's the group who played the D-day scenario. Left to right is Audacity, Dano, Barthonis the GM, Firehouse and, myself.
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The Axis team started setting up defences and placing their units while the Allied team started planning out which units they would put in each landing craft for the first wave. These units were written down on a slip of paper and not revealed to the Axis till they reached the beach.
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We tried out the Gliders that Dano supplied by having the Allies do a Glider landing prior to the first turn to represent the landings that took place in the night before the invasion. We don't have a card yet but the idea is that the gliders have to have 3 clear hexes in a row to land. each glider can carry 3 soldiers or, a soldier and 1 heavy weapon team. All the gliders landed with success and started raising havoc behind the German lines.
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The first wave of landing craft started to hit the beach under heavy German fire from the bluffs above.
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The Allies had some air cover to try to soften the German defences.
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The Germans started to clear some of the Glider Troops as the first DD Shermans hit the beach trying to provide support to the troops landing.
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The British landed a Churchill AVRE to try and clear some of the obstructions which were proving their worth against the landing craft.
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The Germans were having a rough time on their right flank with Glider Troops behind and U.S. Rangers working their way up the bluffs. Most of the German AT Guns and heavy weapons in this sector were either disrupted or destroyed. It wasn't long before the Allies were making their way on to the top of the bluffs and clearing away the defenders.
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Soon after the Germans recieved some armored reinforcements.
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The Churchill AVRE was doing it's assigned job removing obstructions allowing the Shermans to get access to the upper bluffs. At this point the Germans had their doubts about the outcome of this battle but, with the reinforcements taking up positions hope was renewed.
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The Germans managed to take out the Allied armor and hold three of four objectives. The Allied Infantry being to far away to make a differance allowed for a German victory at the end of turn 7.
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After the long day of fighting was over Audacity gathered all the players together and offered a toast to the men who fought that long day 70 years ago and gave their lives for Freedom. Thank you Audacity for making this game a special one to be remembered.