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4th Victorian Napoleonic Champs 15 & 16 July 2017

 
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Richard Gordon



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:25 am    Post subject: 4th Victorian Napoleonic Champs 15 & 16 July 2017 Reply with quote

Hi all,

Only a few weeks away our 4th Victorian Napoleonic Champs. Once again we’re expecting about 8 visitors from NZ and a few from Sydney as well. All in all we should get 20-24 players as we’ve had in the past so it should be fun. We won’t be using scenarios this year, but rather the new set up rules in v2. They look more complicated than they are but they’re really quite simple and give lots of variety to how the games play out.

Details of the tournament as follows:

Date: 15 & 16 July 2017

Venue: Club Tivoli 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria

Rules to be used: FOG N v2 (4th Draft)

Lists: v1 lists with attached errata (in addition to published Slitherine errata)

4 rounds – 800 point armies (15mm)

Lists submitted to me by 7 July 2017 if possible

Entrance fee $30 ($15 if playing one day only)

9.30am start both days
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Richard Gordon



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Runners and Riders for the tournament below:

· 10 Unreformed to 8 Reformed (with 1 Cav Corps)
· 4 British
· 4 French
· 4 Russian
· 3 Austrian
· 1 Prussian
· 3 armies of other nations (Spanish, Wurttemberg & Saxon)

Andrew Duncan - Russian Guard 1813/4
Kit Goldsbury - Anglo-Netherlands 1815
Mike Haycock - Spanish 1793-5
Brett Preston-Thomas- French Infantry 1814
Richard Stubbs - Russians 1799 (Korsakov)
Dave Inglis - Russian Infantry 1812
Kendall Blue - Wurttemberg 1809
Richard Gordon - French Cavalry 1812
Geoff Crick - Anglo-Netherlands 1815
Philip Abela - French Army of the Pyrenees 1793-5
Alastair Donald - Anglo-Portuguese 1814
Stu Todd - Mamelukes 1798-1801
Steve Green - Saxons 1809
Andrew Mezzi - Austrians Lower Rhine 1796-7
Tyler Jefferson - Prussian Spring 1813
Mick Griffiths - Austrians in Germany 1799
Steve Kennedy - Russian Infantry 1813/4
Adrian Fryer - French 1814
Daniel Karakaltsas - British 1810-11
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Mick.G



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huge thanks to Richard Gordon for running another brilliant tournament. Thanks also to the blokes who travelled down from Sydney and across from NZ. I'm pretty sure everyone who played had a good time.

IMHO the revised rules are working well and make the game a lot faster. I reckon it would even be possible to run a one-day tournament; three games on tables with pre-set terrain.

Anyway, congrats to the place-getters and Andrew Mezzi for best sport.
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David Inglis



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another throughly enjoyable tournament, played a range of opponents and armies I don't get to play often if at all., (4 New Zealanders , Spanish and early revolutionary French in Spain)

I always seem to get one totally unjustified victory against one the Kiwis, Alastair Donald filling in for Keith on this occasion, sometimes good dice will triumph over sound tactics (and the increasing unpredictable nature of building fight and their ability to suck forces in, it's never as quite simple as it looks , I'll just quickly overwhelm this building is thinking i'd advise against), and again I got schooled by Brett in the last round with a expertly wrong footing me into fruitless countermarching, (form a plan and stick to it, regardless is my advise, first option, leave the fancy stuff to the experts) But defeat teaches more than victory.

I really think that tactical options choice now empowers Generals to make plans stratagems , and good planning and strategy is often (but not always it's remains a noisey system ) being rewarded. There is a battle of Ideas in the game setup which i am greatly enjoying.
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Steve Green



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Richard for another great tournament, had a blast.
The Saxons came away bruised and bloodied, but not wholly bowed!
Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to my opponents. Now to start planning next years army!
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Mick.G



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next years army Steve? Saxons? I think I'm bringing Austrians (I wish I could paint faster).
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously though, a painting project I might be able to finish is an allied division perhaps like Bavarians or Neapolitans, just to add some colour.
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Richard Gordon



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone who attended on the weekend. All good fun (even being pasted again by Andrew D).

Top 10 results as follows (anyone else who wants to know their position can ask privately to spare blushes...)

1st Andrew Duncan 93 points
2nd Brett Preston-Thomas 62 points (on tie break)
3rd Kendall Blue 62points
4th Richard Gordon 61 points (including the avg of 3 games for 1st round bye)
5th Mike Haycock 57points (on tie break)
6th Stu Todd 57 points
7th Kit Goldsbury 56 points (on tie break)
8th Richard Stubbs 56 points
9th Mick Griffiths 48 points
10th Dave Inglis 47 points

Special mention for Andrew Duncan of course for an almost perfect score. Even if there had been a 5th round he couldn't have been caught. Also, well done Mick Griffiths for his first top 10 finish!

We tracked what strategies were chosen and blocked and here are the stats:

Chosen
1. Positional Defence 13
2. Flexible Defence 11
3. Probe 8
4. Envelopment 11
5. Prepared bombardment 14
6. Frontal Assault 6

Blocked
1. Positional Defence 10
2. Flexible Defence 17
3. Probe 6
4. Envelopment 13
5. Prepared bombardment 16
6. Frontal Assault 18

So frontal assault was blocked the most but chosen the least, either meaning people fear it the most but actually it's not very popular, or it's being blocked successfully. I suspect it's the former. Probe was once a favourite but has become the least favourite and least feared.

All in all, the strategies are working well, with all of them being used regularly and none of them proving to be flawed. Well done Brett who's creation they are!

Also, the v2 rules are in a good place, with no major queries coming up over the weekend, othe than the usual points of clarity that we can clean up in the next draft - except the pass through Kit!
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Richard Gordon



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should also have mentioned stats on armies used.

In terms of Reformed vs Unreformed, while reformed took top 3 places and a cav army came 4th, 5 of the next 6 places were unreformed so the unreformed are certainly competitive.
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Suvorov



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My tournament report on FoGN forum at this link.

http://www.slitherine.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=190&t=78487
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