Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Conn Con Opening Game "Vietnam"

Ted Conn's Annual game day in-house "convention" was held the weekend of August 16.
A full day of gaming that features the local lads gathering and either showing to play or bringing along a game that will get played at some point along the day.  The event usually runs into late in the evening.
I was first out of the gate.

My Vietnam game is a crowd pleaser and has a good level of play-ability at convention like settings.  It was a special request at Conn-Con and I gladly obliged.
So the Vietnam game is a setting where all the players are on one side - USA.  The "game" is a random card drawn setting that produces the encounters that were typical of a Vietnam operational experience for US forces.  The above image shows the battalion entering the valley in helicopters and a vehicle convoy.
Our battalion commander, Jeremy Morrissey also commanded A Company and the Green Beret LRRP team.

Chuck Couch was our Company B commander.
Ted Conn, the convivial convener of Conn-Con commanded Company C. (That might be my favorite sentence I have ever written for this blog.) Pat Chambers was our base security commander with D Company.

Every square section of the table was an encounter area that produces a card draw that is referenced to my written chart of encounters.

This running of the game produced a lot of VC patrols, civilian encounters that needed US aid, a tunnel complex, several mortar teams, and then reinforced North Vietnamese Army Regulars with artillery support.

US firepower wins the day.

Next update: the body count....
Edit:  We continue now with the S3 report for the Conn-con Operation.  US Battalion casualties included 44 infantry fatalities, 1 lost M113 APC, 1 severely damaged APC that would need a recovery vehicle, 2 damaged helicopters.  VC body count was 135 infantry fatalities, two destroyed mortar teams, and 1 damaged truck and destroyed towed artillery piece.  Significant military intelligence included the discovery and destruction of a communications center and tunnel complex near the village of Lam Tri, two groups of civilians detained and moved to redistribution camps, and numerous weapons and food cache discovered in the valley.  US forces will need to do an additional sweep of the valley

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