2023-24 Victory Medals Unveiled
Continuing our recent trend of using original, antique medals for the Armistice Day Fits Tournament, the 2023-24 Victory Medals will be 1950-1970 versions of the Navy and Marines Good Conduct Medals. The engraving has been done by laser for the first time ever, which makes a much nicer presentation. See the photo log below to study each of the new Victory Medals, the first of which will be given away this weekend to the new Indy Squadron champion.
Due to dates, conflicts and life in general, a small field of 4-6 players is expected for this weekend's 35th Armistice Day Fits Tournament. 2019 champion Bob Meister and two-time Victory Medal winner Rick Lacy are unable to attend so this may be the lightest field we've had in several years.
Newcomers Jon and Ben Shepherd are expected to do battle with three-time winners Dory Oda and Kevin Richeson. Both Shepherd boys got a great deal of experience in last month's games, with each of them scoring their first confirmed aerial kills as Dawn Patrol players. They should be in the fight and legitimate threats this weekend. Advice to new tournament players -- 1) Don't worry about kills, just shoot every turn, 2) use short bursts to reduce gun jams, and 3) avoid preventable mistakes such as overdives or altitude errors that cause you to miss firing opportunities.
This is Dory's third consecutive appearance at recent gaming events so she should be well practiced, dangerous and in top form. Kevin has not played with us in 2023 but as a former champion he holds a permanent eligibility exemption and can vie for his fourth title. Will he show up sharp and prepared after a long layoff, or rusty and uncompetitive?
Wyatt Richeson may return for his fifth appearance in the Indy Squadron classic. He also has not gamed with the squadron in 2023 and will be competing for the tourney title (the squadron championship is awarded to the highest scoring eligible player). It will be great to see Wyatt again, his last appearance in the title game was in 2009.
2023 Whosyercon Open winner, former Indy champ and two-time Red Baron Fight winner Ethan Skinner has confirmed his attendance and as always, will be a force to be reckoned with. Long time Dawn Patrol veteran George Henion is a long shot to attend but as a competitor at Whosyercon in 2023, he is eligible to win his first Indy Squadron title. Indy holds events at Whosyercon annually as part of our regular gaming schedule.
And finally, Stephen Skinner will be competing for his 11th squadron title. He was set to become only the second person (Dory, 1994-95-96) in squadron history to win three ADFT's in a row last year before Rick won the Victory Medal in dramatic fashion on the game's final turn. Dory remains the only player in the event's 35-year history to pull off a three-peat.
The 2023 Armistice Day Fits Tournament is set for Saturday, November 18, at 110 S Market St., Lewisville IN. Gaming begins at 12 noon.
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