Sunday, July 11, 2010
3 Days at Historicon
Well I just got back from my first "overnight" game convention experience after attending three days at Historicon. I must say that all the gibberish and hand-wringing concerning the convention on TMP and the impending demise of Historicon was way off-the-mark. I had a blast and the Valley Forge Convention Center was definitely a big step up from the Host in Lancaster. The convention center hotels (I stayed in the Radisson) were adequate (they're not a Four Seasons) but the pricing was reasonable.
I was able to play 3 games at the convention and help my friend Ernie both with his debut of Architects of War and put on his Black Powder game with the Perry brothers and John Stallard. There may have also been some new lead acquisitions but the less said about that the better.
NOVAG) using their home grown rules. I found the games to be a lot of fun and really liked the feel of the period. In fact, I ended up purchasing a fair number of WWI ship models from GHQ and as a result have yet another period to game / model. I will say the guys from NOVAG did a very nice job hosting the event and ensuring the form of the rules they used where both approachable and yet gave a good feel for the period.
AofW), Alan and Michael Perry and John Stallard. Having the authors and main play testers of the rules moderate a game is fairly useful! The game featured almost 2,000 of Ernie's personal collection of 28mm Napoleonic figures and had 6 players per side, each commanding a brigade. My command in the game was to be one of the two brigades to assault the fortification in the center of the map. My Brigade attacked the right side and another player attacker the left. Technically, we were supposed to just screen the fort but got really good command roles and attacking is just a lot more fun! The fort was defended by a brigade of British and a brigade of Portuguese infantry. Oh yes, it had a ton of artillery too!
Architects of War website as well as their blog.
As for the debut of Architects of War, Ernie reports they did a very brisk business at there stand and was very pleased with the reaction to their initial product line. I was able to even make a sale or two! Check out their website when it comes up in the next week or so.
All-in-all it was a great trip and I look forward to next year!