At this point, for some reason, I forgot I had a camera on my I-Phone and stopped taking pictures for the rest of the con. I'm afraid the rest of this report will just be rambling prose...
My second game of the Saga tournament was against Tom K and his Welsh Warband. The Welsh can be very challenging opponents given their javelins and ability to fly through terrain. I played Tom before in the Historicon Saga Tournament (I lost!) and he is a real pleasure to game with. This game went well for me as my archers managed to wipe out a hearthguard unit on the first turn and take another done to one figure on the second. I won the game very quickly but think the scenario design tipped the balance in favor of fast / "shooty" warbands like the Normans.
I decided to skip the third round of the tournament in favor of participating in one of the Bolt Action demo games put on by the WWPD Bolt Action crew (Dano and Judson). I had a great time and really liked the ruleset. The rules as best described as "Saga for WWII". The armies are relatively small (30-40 figures plus the odd tank) and the rule mechanics simple. There is a good feel for the benefits of combined arms and it's just a lot of fun. Dano and Judson did a great job as GM's/Emcee's and I pretty sure they have honed their joke delivery skills in the finest dives along the catskill mountains - I could swear I was hearing rim-shots after each punchline! It was a very fun event.
After the Bolt Action demo I grabbed a quick dinner and sat in on the WWPD podcast - and won a free T-Shirt in the drawing! Next up was a game of X-Wing where I was piloting a target drone oops I mean Y-Wing. It was a great game but lets just say I let the rebellion down that evening! It was fun getting some time to chat with Steve M and the WWPD crew during the con. By the way, Luke really gets into playing the board game "Spartacus" - it was really neat to see someone having that much fun with a game. The WWPD crew did a great job with their podcast/game night and I had a blast.
As for "loot", I really didn't buy much from the 'con. A few odds and ends for Saga from Architects of War, some Byzantine figs from Age of Glory and a few rulesets to read. The big purchase from the con was a 5 point Viking Saga warband that I won in the "Toys for Tots" silent auction. I'll post a picture of those figs in a future post.