to the third Grognard Pre-Con which features preliminary round
play of no less than ten of the traditional, hex-style wargames
you knew from your youth. Not actually part of WBC proper, Grognardcon
is sort of an opening skirmish for those who can’t get enough of
a good thing. Is Centurion status in your future? Send out a few
patrols to qualify for single elimination action later in the week
and increase your chances.
have long lamented the many conflicts between their favorite games
at WBC. With so many events to choose from, its hard to find time
for everything you’d like to play. So many games, so little time…Since
so many of our attendees have large investments in travel costs to
attend WBC, there has always been a certain element which wanted
a longer convention so that they could get more bang for their travel
buck while increasing the number of events they can play. The problem
with this is how to scratch this itch without infringing on those
for whom a longer convention is just out of the question.
Our solution was to select a few events for early play which
shared a similar game system with long playing times that could
benefit from uninterrupted play without outside distractions.
Grognardcon opens on Saturday and runs through the start of WBC
on Tuesday. Come anytime during that span to join in the fun for
as much action as you can stand. GM Bruno Sinigaglio, the original
grognard himself, will act as temporary GM for all of the Free
Format Scheduling wargame events and pair opponents for preliminary
matches of 1776, Afrika
Korps, Anzio, Bulge
’81, Gettysburg, Panzerblitz, Panzergruppe Guderian, the Russian Campaign, Waterloo, and Wooden Ships & Iron Men. None
of these events will conclude during the Pre-Con. Their normal
GMs will continue to run them starting Tuesday and throughout
the remainder of the week so that later arriving players may also
try to qualify for the elimination rounds at week's end.
Qualify to advance in one game and then move to the next, or take
some time off during the week once you’ve qualified for single elimination
play and try a different event that you never had time for before.
Grognardcon is just a time extender that gives you more opportunity
to scratch that wargaming itch at a more leisurely pace. NOTE: Failure
to attend Grognardcon does not bar anyone from participating in any
of these ten events as they may still enter and play during WBC on
Tuesday or later. The only difference is that they have less time to
qualify for the elimination rounds.
members may freely partake in all of BPA’s Pre-Cons during
the three days preceding WBC. Play
at Grognardcon for non-Tribune/Sponsor level members requires
a separate registration fee of $30 for BPA members pre-registered by
July 25, or $40 for all others, payable to the BPA, 7766 Valley View Court, Hickory, NC 28602.
This fee can be paid separately or in addition to other WBC fees
noted on the WBC pre-registration form and covers qualifying play
in all eight events of Grogrnardcon. If paid at the door, the
higher fee will apply.
special room rates at the Lancaster Host, Continental Inn, and Red Roof Inn apply to all days of the
pre-con. See our travel and accommodations
page for details.
specific event details, click on the gameboxes, above, to see the Event
Previews for the respective