Saturday (Oct 24, 2009) I went to Pro or Con in Dearborn Michigan (http://www.proorcon.net/). Pro or Con is a 1 1/2 day convention (Friday night and Saturday). I went for Saturday afternoon to play in the DBA tournament that John Lawitzke was running. I have played in 3 of John's tournaments and he was the person to teach me the "new" 2.2 rules. As usual I took my Norman army (III/51) which I choose to play as West Frankish, because they are the same army with a lower aggression (2 vs. 3). I hoped that this might help me get to defend for once. So far I have been the attacker every time except 1. In DBA the defender gets to set up the terrain on the board, which can be a significant advantage. This was a three round tournament and I did get to defend once (yah!). Which did NOT help. I lost 2 and won 1, placing fifth out of six. A bright spot is the single victory, because it was against John. I do have to say that it was as much dice as it was tactics, but not all luck. The 2 losses were to Numidians (II/40) and to Anglo Normans (IV/3).
Lessons learned: The first one is a repeat, but I hope to get it through my thick skull:
1. Knights do not work against Elephants - EVER (there is no reason to engage an elephant if it can be avoided).
2. Unsupported knights do not do well against supported knights.
3. Knights vs. supported spear is a dice off that ends spectacularly, one way or the other.
I continue to enjoy playing DBA and look forward to getting more armies painted for it.
The convention was well organized, in a great location, and from what I saw well attended with many games and several vendors (5-6?). I even got some bargains on dice and books.
I will definitely be going to the next one in March or April. I may even run something there.
I would recommend the convention to anyone local looking for a really nice small convention.