The second Annual ‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow’ ASL Team Tournament will be held April 2nd-3rd, 2016. World renowned as being the best and oldest ASL Team Tournament in the entire Kernersville Area.
Spirit Of The Event: This event is held for fun. If you are the type of player that never looks up from the table to make eye contact with your opponent, doesn’t make small talk or tell stories, will only play scenarios that you have mastered, or get’s offended by jokes about Ken’s mom, then you might not have a good time being here and we probably won’t have a good time having you here. Sorry to be so blunt but we take our lack of seriousness very seriously.
Format: Team Tournament. Each team is made up of 1 Veteran, 1 intermediate, and 1 Novice player. Each player plays round-robin games against the other players in their class gaining points for their team.
Location: My house. 918 Maxine St. Kernersville, NC. 27284.
When: Saturday April 2nd – Sunday April 3rd, 2016 (Carnage begins Friday night but the tournament begins Saturday)
Cost: Free (but bring money to pitch in for Pizza)
Accomodations: Ray Woloszyn and I may both have room for travelers to stay with us at our homes (Ray lives in the neighborhood next to mine) unless you are really creepy.
Scenario list: None. Play something that you would like to play not what I would like you to play. All scenarios choices are upon mutual agreement of the players.
Prizes: Too many to mention. Plus some participation awards so everyone feels like a winner.
Limited Space and Availability: There are 12 spots total for this event so register early.
- Derek Ritter
- Ulrich Ritter
- Tim Brieaddy
- Dylan Ritter
- Ray Woloszyn
- Ken Knott
- Jeff Jordan
- Hayes Wauford
- Jamie Cribbs
- Al Griffa
- Dave Stephens
- Peter Ortega
- Mika Harviala
Derek Ritter 336-462-4035 or E-mail
Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in France.
As a thank you to all of you that served our nation to give us what we have today, I am offering a one day 20% off coupon on everything we have in stock. If you are not a veteran but would like to make a donation to a veterans organization (honor system), please feel free to use the coupon as well. This coupon will expire at midnight. Please share this post with your veteran friends.
Thank you for my freedom and a safe place to raise my children.
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In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Photo courtesy of MMP
I just received an e-mail from Chas Argent of MMP that Yanks was put on pre-order. I went to the page and sure enough, there it was. I got in at number 48. Since then (about 20 minutes ago) it has climbed to 167 so order from them soon or you will be at the back of the line. Here is a link to MMP’s pre-order page. If you miss out on the pre-order, be sure to pick up a copy from Scott or Alex Key or check my store just in case I have an extra copy.
Because I needed even more hobbies to fill my hours of free time, I started making 3D ASL maps a few years ago. The first map I made actually wasn’t an ASL map but was the TCS map from ‘Hunters from the Sky’. I was having a terrible time cutting out the foam with an x-acto knife so I tried using craft foam (the stuff that pads our dice towers) and although this was easy to work with, it left a very warped map. Then, thanks to Tim Brieaddy, I found out about hot wire cutters and so was back to regular Styrofoam sheets for my levels.
My completed maps include:
- Panzer Blitz: Hill Of Death
- ASL: Kakazu Ridge
- ASL: Point of no return (given to Doug Sheppard)
- ASL: Various scenarios
Panzer Blitz Hill of Death
first attempt at 3D Kakazu Ridge. Since then, I have learned a lot about seams and finish.
A few day ago, Dan Dolan asked me to make 3D maps of the Dinant CG and Kakazu Ridge. I will be posting photos and commentary here with the progress as I go.
As a first step, I divide the map file in into sizes that can fit onto 8 1/2 x11 sheets of printer paper. I should have printed these in black and white to save toner but I forgot. Next I trim the edges very carefully so there will be a seamless fit once glued to the 1/2″ particle board.
Here we see the 12 divisions of mapsheet 1 laid out on the particle board. Prior to gluing the paper to the board, it will be cut down to an exact 36.5″ x 22.5″. The extra .5 will allow a .25″ overlap on each edge of the side boards for stability. Note that these prints will be covered up by foam and the final laminated higher quality prints of the top layers.
This is a photo of the top layer that will cover the final levels of the 3D map. These are printed at Staples and then assembled and laminated for protection in case Dan Stanhagen ever plays with his orange Doritos stained fingers.
The east bank of the Meuse
The raised railroad on the West Bank of the Meuse
The home for everything you don’t need to play ASL