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Subject: Heat of Battle III and its Avalon Hill Classics Tournament rss

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Andy Bouffard
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Do the acronyms ZOC, TEC, and CRT mean anything to you? Does the act of calculating combat odds bring back memories of your wargaming youth?

From humble beginnings in a Maryland garage in 1954, The Avalon Hill Game Company grew up to become the premier pioneer in commercial board wargame development. For over 40 years Avalon Hill developed over 150 strategy games, many of them to this day considered board wargaming "Classics".

The National WWII Museum and Heat of Battle III are proud to encourage and promote the continued play of some of these "Classics", many of which are actually in the Museum’s collection. Thus is born a weekend-long Avalon Hill Classics Tournament at Heat of Battle III, the National WWII Museum’s annual wargaming convention, to be held in New Orleans, August 21-23, 2009. After all, what better way is there, to understand and celebrate the history of wargaming, than to play some of board wargaming’s "relics" in our very own National WWII Museum?

While there are many "Classics" in the Avalon Hill gaming stable, and many opinions on what makes a game "Classic", we’ve chosen ten of the oldest and most enjoyable WWII-themed Avalon Hill products for this Tournament:

• Africa Korps
• Anzio
• Battle of the Bulge
• Bismarck
• D-Day
• Midway
• Panzerblitz
• Panzer Leader
• Russian Campaign
• Stalingrad

We don’t expect players to have owned them all, nor have necessarily even played them all, but many of them are built around the same basic principles of ZOC, TEC, and CRT, and share similar rules. We felt, therefore, that these particular games provided the right combination of variedness but also sufficient similarity that, chances are, you have played several of them before and will find great enjoyment in playing them again.

Complete rules for this Classics Tournament, (which features a flexible open format on Friday and Saturday where you can arrange your own games with fellow Tournament participants to accommodate YOUR weekend gaming schedule) can be found here: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/calendar/avalon-hill-pdf.pd.... If you have any further questions concerning this Tournament then please email me directly (abouffard@esri.com). If you are planning to attend Heat of Battle and participate in this Tournament then please bring with you copies of the aforementioned games that you wish/plan to play.

So, why not come join us at the National WWII Museum and spend a weekend in New Orleans, where your weekend convention pass includes the $16/day Museum exhibit pass for the entire weekend and a chance to participate for free in the Behind the Lines tour of the Museum’s greater collection and storage facilities? A special convention hotel rate at the nearby Courtyard Marriot of $69/night should make accommodation easy, with open gaming continuing there after normal convention hours on Friday and Saturday night.

If Avalon Hill games aren’t your thing then Heat of Battle has many other gaming events planned: Flames of War Mid-War Tournament, Command Decision, Memoir ’44, GMT’s Battle for Normandy, General Quarters, The Wargame to name just a few (please see: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/calendar/hob3-prelim-schedu... for an up-to-date list of events).

To register online please visit: http://nw2m.convio.net/site/Calendar/348008071?view=Detail&i...

I certainly hope to see you there!!

…and remember...old wargames, and wargamers, never die...they just end up in the National WWII Museum!

Thanks

--Andy Bouffard
 
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