Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flodden Reenactment Photos

Came across these on Facebook:

Flodden reenactment photos link

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Last weekend, Bob Jones hosted a gamer gathering at his house.  Local and out of State gamers came together for what I'm calling a home convention.  This was pretty much all Bob’s idea, and I think it was a great idea.  Thank you Bob for the invite.  Bob put a lot of time into coordinating this event and from what I experienced, it was a success.

The name Getzcon came from Bob's friend Jim Getz.  Jim is a fellow game designer like Bob.  Bob and Jim were not the only game designers at the gathering.  Here is the all-star designer attendees with some of their wargame rules:
·         Jim Getz: Napoleonique, Empire, and Chef d’Battalion.
·         Bob Jones: Le Jeu de la Guerre, Piquet, Zouave II and Die Fighting.
·         Sam Mustafa: Might and Reason, Grand Armee, Lasalle, Maurice, and Longstreet.
·         Brent Oman: Piquet and Field of Battle.

Bob had setup two game tables for Saturday gaming.  I played in a Field of Battle game hosted by Tony Fryer, then played in a learning game of Longstreet introduced from the game designer, Sam Mustafa.  To play opposite Brent using his Field of Battle rules and being taught Longstreet by Sam Mustafa, you really can’t get better than that.  We also talked about our favorite board games and talked about rules.

Tony put on a fun American Civil War game using Field of Battle.  It was a smaller table than we are used to playing on (~5’ wide), but I think the terrain made for an interesting game.  Fun game!
Sam introduced us to Longstreet.  I’m always up for trying out a new ruleset.  The ruleset has an interesting use of cards and was fun to play.  Trying out a ruleset for the first time always has me half confused, so no verdict if I recommend it.  It is mostly designed as a single player vs. single player and as we played it three a side, I probably need to try it out one on one.  I do recommend getting in a game to see what you think.


More photos here: Photobucket Album

A fun event hosted by Bob, and I think we can all learn from him how to host a fun historical wargaming event.  You can read more about the event from Bob’s blog:

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tacticon 2013

This past weekend I attended our local Labor Day weekend convention called Tacticon.  Another good convention this year.  I had heard that some historical game masters ended up with no one signed up to their games.  That is disappointing.  Attendance to Tacticon is always lower than the February convention Genghis Con.  I ended up not taking many photos this year as I was focused on playing in a game and running my game.

This year I decided to play in one game on Saturday which meant I had to buy a Saturday registration ($20).  I played in one session of the six session Dien Bien Phu games.  I first saw this layout back in 2002/2003 and was really impressed, but didn't get a chance at that time to try out the game.  The terrain layout was great and the historic scenario's gave you a great understanding of the battle.  I was lukewarm on the homegrown ruleset though, and it was a bit crowded at the 8 player game session.  It was still enjoyable.

Dien Bien Phu game at Tacticon
One of the French defenses on a hill.
My Viet Minh attack on the French hill.
On Sunday I ran my Ia Drang, Cold War Commander rules game.  I ended up with three players of a possible four, and they had a good time.  The Vietnamese won forcing the US Airborne to pull out of LZ XRay.

My Ia Drang game after the battle ended.