ASLOK XXI - 2006
Thanks to all ASLOK XXI attendees...
Congratulations to Bob Bendis for winning the Grofaz
and all the other ASLers who placed in the Grofaz and/or won minis!
||Bob Bendis (7-0)
||Steve Pleva (6-1)
Vaughn (5-1) [AK]|
||Dave Reenstra (5-1)
||Steve Linton (5-1)
USA vs World Cup
||World 35 to US 16
||Steve Linton (9-1)
||Stan Jackson (3-1)
Wednesday "Mark Nixon" Minis|
||Roger Whelan & Steven Flicker
|Der Commisar's In Town:
|Schwerpunkt's Greatest Hits:
|For Your Tomorrows:
||Hennie van der Salm|
|Schwerpunkt's Greatest Hits #2:
Thursday Theme Tourneys|
|White Whale of ASL (AOO):
||Hennie van der Salm|
|Fighting for the Fatherland:
|Bigger is Better:
|White Whale of ASL #2:
|Fighting for the
|Friday "Mark Nixon" Minis|
|Best of the Best (Grofaz mini):
|The Tipping Point (Grofaz mini):
|I Need a Hero!:
|Radio Ga Ga:
12 - #2:
|The Emperor's Finest:
||Hennie van der Salm|
|Pete's Publish or Perish Playtest:
|Here's Mud in Your Eye!:
Industrial Revolution #2:
Critical Hit Hero Pax:
Mini Scenario Lists
First, thanks to everyone who attended ASLOK XXI. It's the ASLers from
all over the world that descend on Cleveland the first week of October every
year which makes ASLOK such a special event. Second let me thank all the
folks that produce new ASL product and show up at ASLOK to sell it,
particularly those that debut product at ASLOK each year. ASLOK 2006 saw ~50
new scenarios make their debut at the tourney which is a mind boggling
total. Finally, thanks to everyone who stayed in the ASLOK hotel - as many
of you are aware the convention space is made possible by the number of
rooms we book at the hotel during ASLOK week, your support in staying at the
hotel is appreciated.
A quick ASLOK update...
Total head count is already up to 114 w/32 of those already putting in an
appearance as of Monday night. We had around 18 in as of Saturday night w/nearly
all of those having played at least 1 game by Saturday.
World Cup play is in full swing w/World players being in high demand. I
believe the count was 18-8 World as of around 10PM, but there were 6 games
outstanding as of tonight - either ongoing or ones that hadn't officially
reported to our official World Cup Scorekeeper, Hennie van der Salm. Once again
US hopes seem slim, but some of the American "big guns" like Randy Rossi & Wes
Vaughn just arrived today and have yet to record an official cup game (i.e. hope
Steve Linton is the prohibitive favorite for World MVP in the early running,
although Jason Eickmann finally stopped his win streak this evening & Wild Bill
was trying to prolong the losing streak in the PTO tonight as they exchanged
ridiculous MG ROFs.
On the Sales front - Friendly Fire 2, Break Contact, Mark Pitcavage's
Scenario Design Guide & a Le Franc Tireur Yugoslavia pack are up for grabs and selling well.
Personally I've managed 3 games so far, although none in World Cup action -
Maczek Fire Brigade, Cibik's Ridge & Prussia in Flames. Already half my total
for last year, which is a good thing...
It's not to late to partake in the ASLOK festivities this year - six more
days of fun and gunnin' to go...Time for an ASL Road Trip...
62 have arrived by Wednesday morning. 7 minis have kicked off with nearly the
entire field partaking. A few open games going on including a monster showdown
of “Beast at Bay” from KGP between Alan Saltzman & Jeff DeYoung. Playing on
Jeff’s “3-D mapboards” it’s certainly a sight to behold as German 120’s engage
American 90L’s at 30 hexes.
World Cup play ended Tuesday night and it truly remains the “World Cup” as
the World’s dominance extends to 4 years. World 35 – US 16. Steve Linton was the
World MVP posting a dominant 9-1 record vs. his hapless American opposition.
Only Jason Eickmann was able to slow the rampaging Aussie during World Cup play.
Mattias Ronnblom of Sweden was the World runner-up posting a sterling 8-1 mark.
Stan Jackson garnered US MVP honors with a solid 3-1 record. Next year we may
need to lay odds on games to give the US a chance. +19 was the biggest spread of
any of the 4 years of World Cup action & the 2nd most games played in the 4
years. In addition to the MVP plaque, Steve Linton took the "US vs. World
Cup" back to Australia again - presumably to repeat the
2004 World Cup Tour.
78 in by 6PM and that presumes I haven’t missed anyone. The minis are heating
up, but only 2 final pairings are set. Hennie van der Salm is dueling Randy
Glesing in the “For Your Tomorrrows” Kohima playtest mini and Mark Maynard is
battling Doug Smith in “Schwerpunkt’s Greatest Hits” 2nd run. Schwerpunkt
has arrived to much rejoicing. The typical SP mag and the new “Rally Point” pack
look good, plus the special Schwerpunkt dice are a hit…
Evan is threatening to stage an all-female ASL battle royale - an ASLOK first
- between the significant others of SP North vs. South...
Wednesday "Mark Nixon" Mini Results
- Chinese Checkers – Peter Strujif knocks off Doug Sheppard in
WCW10 Stand & Die.
- Belgian Waffles – Roger Whelan & Steven Flicker TIE – in a blatant attempt
to make the TD look bad, Roger & Steve play “Meeting of Patrols” which has the
bizarre VC provision allowing for a tie to occur (an oversight I didn’t
realize when choosing the scenario having never played it & not realizing
anyone would craft such a poor VC). Roger & Steve managed to end in a 1 CVP
apiece tie (oddly enough the snakes that inflicted the CVP also triggered the
SAN that gave Roger his lone CVP to keep the game tied throughout). After
going over possible solutions like making them replay the action or just
declaring “Plaques are for winners” and moving on, they volunteered to take the tie
w/one garnering the $10 and the other the plaque.
- For Your Tomorrows (Kohima) Playtest – Hennie van der Salm overcame Randy
Glesing in the final.
- Der Commisar’s in Town – Mattias Ronnblom beat Neil Dennis in the final.
- Biathlon – Joe Markham upset perennial mini-winner Philippe Briaux in the
final in Hakkaa Paalle.
- Schwerpunkt’s Greatest Hits – Jason Eickmann beat Wes Vaughn in the final
after downing Steve Linton a 2nd time for the week in the Semis in Burn Gurkha
- Schwerpunkt’s Greatest Hits #2 – Doug Smith beat Mark Maynard in the
Ten “Thursday Theme” tourneys kicked off with an even 80 avid ASLers gunning
for greater Grofaz glory. Over 100 were in to start the day with many an open
game going on as well. Thursday minis offer a free start to Grofaz play as the 2
finalists open Friday 2-0 in the Grofaz – the result of the mini final doesn’t
count for the Grofaz (just greater glory) and neither do the opening 2 rounds if
they result in a loss.
Thursday "Theme" Tourney Results
- Night – Wes Vaughn overcame Dave Reenstra in “Repple Depples No More”
thanks to vociferous amounts of ROF from both a MMG & HMG late in the game.
- Deluxe – Peter Strujif knocked off Steve Tinsley in “Mayhem in Manilla” in
a game which finished Friday morning.
- Pacific – Doug Sheppard proved master of the jungle in knocking
Linton in the finals in SP91 "Show a Little Guts!"
- White Whale of ASL (AOO) – Hennie van der Salm overcame Tom Cvetinovich in
122 “Extracurricular Activity” to take the crown.
- White Whale of ASL #2 – David Lamb knocked off defending Grofaz
champ JR Tracy in SP's "Transylvania 6-5000".
- Fighting for the Fatherland – Grognard Rob Banozic downed Tom Harper
in SP135 "Tale of the Comet" to
win the first ever mini he entered in ~20 years of ASLOK attendance.
- CandyGram! – Craig Houliston beat Joe Celebuski in the final
in "Lenin's Sons" from J7.
- Sherman’s March – Steve Pleva buried Doug Kirk in the final,
SP123 "The Badger's Breath" of a star
studded mini as Doug had to overcome Mattias Ronnblom in the semis and Steve
avenged last year’s loss to Paul Sidhu in the opening round and then bumped
out Philippe Briaux in the semis.
- Bigger is Better – Jim Taylor overcame Nelson Harris in
"Blockbusting in Bokruisk" in a delayed final.
- Fighting for the Fatherland #2 – Bob Bendis knocked off Alan Saltzman in a
combo mini final/Grofaz 2-0 match of SP133 "Old Hickory's Path".