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Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm GrogHeads Strike Back Winners
When we started the Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm contest we had no idea what direction it would take. The developers, On Target Simulations, put a lot of effort into creating a custom scenario and building a game engine to allow players to experience the full features of the game without giving the entire game away. The results were great. We had eighteen participants who submitted a combined 41 entries.
The contestants came out swinging. Herman Hum threw the gauntlet down with an opening score of 64%. That in itself was impressive, as my first few go rounds were merely in the mid 50’s. However, better was yet to come. Ifseeney upped the ante with an impressive 68%. Others joined the fray and attempted to match the scores. ComradeP, our winning contestant submitted a first attempt of 66%, but then continued to improve. Other players eventually managed to best the 60th percentile, but when Comrade P finally submitted a whopping 98% everyone was impressed. It is an unimaginably high score and proof that no matter how well you think you can play a scenario, there’s room for improvement.
Congratulations to ComradeP as our grand prize winner, but we also have consolation prizes based on a random drawing. Those winners are: Uberhaus, Szeretni, Ifseeney, and Airborne Rifles.
Welcome to the GrogHeads Strike Back!
GrogHeads has partnered with On Target Simulations and Matrix Games to bring a fantastic year-end shootout, with a chance to win some excellent prizes from Matrix Games and the GrogHeads prize vault.
Here’s how it works:
1. You have to play a game. We know, right?! Let us say that again: You have to play a game. See, you’re loving this contest already.
1a. Specifically, you have to play this game: Flashpoint Campaigns: The GrogHeads Strike Back
1c. This is a custom-modified self-contained game and scenario for Flashpoint Campaigns. This scenario is not available as a part of the standard install, so even if you already have the game (and OTS loves you if you do!) then you still need to download and install this package to play.
2. When you complete the game, you save your final score report, and upload it to the GrogHeads forum in the designated thread.
2a. Entries that are emailed, faxed, posted, sent by courier, carrier pigeon, or paper airplane won’t count. You have to upload the entry in our forums, in the proper thread for your entry to be a part of the contest.
2b. The highest score (percent) will be the grand prize winner. In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker is VP locations held, then enemy units killed (see image for scoring order).
3. But wait! Some chucklehead scored 98% of day 2 of the contest! It’s hopeless! How can I ever win? Fear not, fellow Grogs! Every entry into the contest gets one virtual ticket thrown into the digital raffle hat for a consolation prize. That’s right, every separate score screen you upload after playing the game gets you another chance to win. So you might never score out of the 30s – who cares!? Score in the 30s eighteen different times, and you get 18 different chances to win in the consolation drawings.
3a. You can also earn an entry to the consolation drawing by “liking” the contest post on Facebook, and another by “sharing” the contest post on Facebook. 2 clicks for 2 entries! w00t!
4. You keep talking about “prizes”. Yes, yes we do. Because we’re just building the suspense.
4a. How are we doing?
4b. Still in suspense?
4c. Can’t wait to find out what you’re playing for?
5. All entries must be posted in the forums, with a forums time-stamp no later than Midnight Eastern (US) Standard Time, Sunday 5 January 2014. That’s midnight when Saturday rolls into Sunday. Entries posted or received after that time will not be counted for the grand prize, or consolation drawings.
4d. How’s that ‘suspense’ thing working out for us?
6. Legalese: At the bottom of this article is the full set of legal terms and conditions. You participation in this contest is your acceptance of those conditions. Remember that our in-house counsel is an excellent shot and owns a LOT of firearms.
4e. You’re just waiting to find out what you can win, right?
7. Forum membership is required for submitting your entries. You must be a registered member of the GrogHeads forums to enter. But hey, registration is free! What a deal!
7c. Don’t mix them up. If you post an entry in the discussion thread, it won’t count. If you post a discussion question in the entry thread, you will be mercilessly mocked.
4f. Prizes? Oh yeah! Prizes! Here’s what you’re playing for:
GRAND PRIZE: $65 credit at the Matrix Games store – enough to cover a boxed copy of Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm, or any number of excellent titles from the largest publisher of digital strategy games.
CONSOLATION PRIZES: Four total. Two winners will get $20 credit to the Matrix Games store. Two other winners will get random prize grab-bags pulled from the GrogHeads prize vault, with a retail value of at least $20. Consolation prize winners do not get to pick which prize we send you. They come out in the order they come out.
Winners will be notified by message through the forums, and the winners will be announced publicly on 6 January 2014.
Rules and discussion of the contest can be found here.
Voting is conducted in the forums and can be found here.
Voting results will be shown after the poll has expired. Voting will run for seven days.
Just a reminder to our fans & friends, the Mayviation Shootout Shootdown first round is this weekend. If you want it, get in!
Information, and the sign-ups, can be found here in our forums. All voting will take also place in the forums.
Today starts a new month and we here are GrogHeads never like to pass up the opportunity to talk about our two favorite pastimes: military history and gaming. One day Brant was playing solitaire on his Mac, bored out of his mind when the light went off. “May sounds like the start of the A in aviation. We’ll dedicate the month of May to military aviation!”
And so with little more than a poor alliteration and some concatenization we created May-viation.
Despite our lack of planning and vision we have managed to work up enough articles that we think we can manage to publish most of our content in May about military aviation, be it games, history, or both. Exceptions will take place. We can’t force everyone on Kickstarter to only create games that fit our theme, so while the boys at GARPA will be looking for air-based wargames we can’t promise they’ll find them. And variety is the spice of life, so expect a few non-aviation themed articles once in a while.
But rest assured that if you’ve been hankering for some air superiority, we’ll do our best to bring it to you throughout the month. We’re also going to launch a contest. Because March Mayhem was such a success we have decided to do something similar to it for May. We will publish a list of 16 early period World War II single-seat mono-engine fighters, and the first 16 guys to claim them in our forums will get to dogfight until the top aircraft, as voted on by our forumites, has been declared. Yes, there will be some legalese (set anchor to verbiage below) just to ensure anyone with insomnia has some reading material, but the good news is that we’ve got some prizes on the way from a number of companies. Not all of them have arrived yet and we don’t want to offer something we don’t have in-hand yet, but we’re wargamers and it is May-viation, so figure that the prizes should fit the theme.
With that in mind, allow me to introduce the 16 contenders for best early war fighter (single-seat, mono-engine, yada-yada):
Best Single-Seat Mono-engine Early Fighter Aircraft of WWII (nothing past 1941)
Bell P-39 Airacobra
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Messerschmitt Bf 109
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
These aircraft were selected by yours truly. The decision to cut off with this list was based on the rough production year (or at least saw a prototype) of 1941, the fact that I wanted to have 16 planes – no more, no less – and that if we went much later we’d get ourselves into aircraft that ended up later in the war and really have an issue with apples-to-oranges comparisions (yes, I’d love a good discussion of the P-51D versus the Me-262, but we’ll save that for another time). So the choice of selecting these aircraft is mine and mine alone. Arbitrary? I hope not. Yell at me in the forums if you don’t like them, but there it is.
Contest registration will run from May 1 – May 9, 2013
follow the jump for the rules