Volume 28, Number 8
28th Armistice Day Tournament Preview
The Indy Squadron's championship event will name its new winner this weekend when the Victory Medal is awarded for the 28th time. The event will be held at a new location on the east side of Indianapolis.
- LOCATION: Hometown Comics & Games
1506 N State Street (State Road 9) Greenfield IN
- TIME: 11 am - 8 pm
Warm up gaming 11 am
Tourney begins around 1 pm
Food is not served inside the venue, but plenty of restaurant choices are available within walking distance, including McDonald's, Taco Bell, Jack's Pizza and a Dollar General Store for snacks. State Road 9 offers nearly every chain restaurant in the industry within a mile or two of our venue.
Directions for those arriving via I-70: exit on St. Rd. 9 and go south. Hometown Comics is in a strip mall on the west side of the road just before the McDonald's.
For those driving on US 40: turn north onto St. Rd. 9 (State Street). Continue approximately 2-3 miles, go past 21st Street and look for McDonald's on the left. Enter the strip mall just past McDonald's.
Ethan and Stephen Dale Skinner both played extremely well in October gaming. They're hot. Rick Lacy missed October gaming. Presumably, he's not. At least his opponents hope so. All three are typical of the strong field expected for this year's Indy Squadron classic.
Both Kevin Richeson and Dory Oda participated in regular gaming in 2016. As a result, neither will need to exercise their champion's eligibility exemption to compete for this year's Victory Medal. Kevin can become only the 3rd player in Dawn Patrol history to earn back to back Indy titles if he can win it all this weekend. Dory could be the comeback story of the year if she can manage a win. Her last title came in 1993, and she hasn't missed an Armistice Day Tournament since. That's a long dry spell.
On the other hand, Michael Morgan needs to get an exemption of his own. He was the 2014 Armistice Day Tournament champion, but the Victory Medal defaulted to the next eligible player since Michael hadn't gamed at Indy that year. He is expected to be at this weekend's title event and the two-time Red Baron Fight champ is always a contender. No word yet from Wesley Morgan, who has not gamed this year but earned his lifetime eligibility after winning the 2012 championship.
With their soccer season in the rear view mirror, Bob and A. J. Meister will be able to focus on Dawn Patrol and earning a shot at the title. Both A. J. and Bob played in October. Bob played well. Insert your favorite A. J. joke here. Last month's gaming brought him no favors. Maybe his dice are ready to warm up again.
George Henion has announced his intention to join us this weekend, and yes, his attendance at Indy's April events make him eligible to win it all. He is probably the most experienced gamer at the table this year and will be a legitimate threat to take home a title. Remember, he is not an outsider in this event. Indy's rules are clear. George played at a regular Indy Squadron game under Indy rules in calendar year 2016. If he wins, the Victory Medal is his.
The headline for the December 1996 issue of ISD (Volume 8, Number 10) screamed "Dory Douses Flames for Victory Medal." The 1996 title game was held at McArthur Hall inside the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis. Graham Shepfer appeared to have won his first title when his SE 5a took a distant side shot on Dory's Fokker D7, causing the engine to burst into flames.
Instead, Dory managed to extinguish the flames and capture her third straight Armistice Day Tournament title, a record that stands to this day (Ken Mrozak nearly matched the feat by winning three straight squadron titles from 2005-2007, only being beaten by Ben Hodgson for the overall title in 2005). Graham would wait two more years before capturing his first Victory Medal in 1998.
Elsewhere in the issue, Nate Engle's French Nieuport pilot scored his 15th mission and the "Skywriting" column lamented Brian Halberstadt's new TV job in Dayton that took him away from gaming.
The previous month's on-time drawing went to Terry Phillips, who won a new set of percentile dice. The second place player in the on-time drawing won first aircraft choice in any mission of their choosing.
ISD's ever-popular "Latest Dirt" column recalled the Indy Squadron's March 16, 1991 adventure to the Fits Society's Spring Mini-Con.
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