Posts Tagged ‘Convention’

PAX Unplugged Badge Giveaway

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

PAX Unplugged GiveawayNext week is the first annual (I assume it will be annual at least) PAX Unplugged Game Convention. The folks over at Penny Arcade definitely know how to put on a show, as their regular PAXs have always been outstanding. Yet this is the first year they are focusing on a convention for board games. […]

Fall-IN! 2017 Event Data, compared

Posted on November 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Since I’ve started doing Guidebooks for conventions, I’ve had access to all of the events run at a HMGS convention, and it usually shows up in convenient CSV delineated format.  Since a burning issue that gets debated (usually within 24 … Continue reading

Director’s Briefing – November 2017

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  If you would like to receive the Director’s Briefing straight to your inbox each month, you can sign up to our mailing list HERE.     Welcome   To the seventy-eighth Briefing and the eleventh scheduled Briefing of 2017. … Continue reading

Yes, there is a Guidebook for Fall-IN! 2017

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Apologies! To all the good folks attending Fall-IN! 2017, I have to apologize.  I haven’t been Johnny on the Spot with Fall-IN! 2017’s Guidebook app.  There’s a good reason, but you probably don’t care.  Oh what the heck, I’ll … Continue reading

Skycon 2017 this Weekend!!! Kitchener (Ontario, Canada)

Posted on October 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Today I just want to quickly remind my readers that there is a big gaming convention coming up this weekend (October 28 and 29, 2017) in Kitchener (Ontario, Canada).This is the most ambitious tabletop event that I know of in the Kitchener / Waterloo ar…

Skycon 2017 this Weekend!!! Kitchener (Ontario, Canada)

Posted on October 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Today I just want to quickly remind my readers that there is a big gaming convention coming up this weekend (October 28 and 29, 2017) in Kitchener (Ontario, Canada).This is the most ambitious tabletop event that I know of in the Kitchener / Waterloo ar…

Showcase: Kristina Erickson by RAFM

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Today I am showing off my miniature of Kristina Erickson of Abney Park by RAFM. For those that don’t know, Abney Park is a Steam Punk band that has been around for some time. Before sharing my mini, I want to state that I am not the best Miniature pain…

Showcase: Kristina Erickson by RAFM

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Today I am showing off my miniature of Kristina Erickson of Abney Park by RAFM. For those that don’t know, Abney Park is a Steam Punk band that has been around for some time. Before sharing my mini, I want to state that I am not the best Miniature pain…

Council Fires 2017 – This October 20 and 21

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

Coming soon (October 20 and 21, 2017) is one of my favourite local gaming conventions. That convention is Council Fires in Brantford. For a local convention, this one packs a lot of weight. There are five vendors, two tournaments and many participation…

Council Fires 2017 – This October 20 and 21

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

Coming soon (October 20 and 21, 2017) is one of my favourite local gaming conventions. That convention is Council Fires in Brantford. For a local convention, this one packs a lot of weight. There are five vendors, two tournaments and many participation…

Imaginarium After-Action Report

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

This past weekend was Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, Ky. I attended the cons last year as a guest, and this year, I went as there as support for JD, the man behind Rhym. JD was running panels and workshops. The trip there took much longer than e…

Imaginarium After-Action Report

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

This past weekend was Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, Ky. I attended the cons last year as a guest, and this year, I went as there as support for JD, the man behind Rhym. JD was running panels and workshops. The trip there took much longer than e…

Convention Report: Broadsword 4

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

One of the things that I absolutely love doing is going to conventions. There I can try out new games and check out awesome tables. The most recent one that I went to was Broadsword 4 in Hamilton, Ontario (August 26, 2017). This post is my report of th…

Convention Report: Broadsword 4

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

One of the things that I absolutely love doing is going to conventions. There I can try out new games and check out awesome tables. The most recent one that I went to was Broadsword 4 in Hamilton, Ontario (August 26, 2017). This post is my report of th…

Bolt Action at Broadsword 4

Posted on September 15th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A short while ago, at Broadsword 4, Dave Lamers and Randall Carder ran a demo game of Bolt Action. In this game, players assumed one of the nations (French, American, British or German) in a non-historical four-way free-for-all. This Battle Report focuses on the highlights of the game. Below is a picture of the board in action.



Bolt Action Battle Report / AAR
Bolt Action at Broadsword 4. Picture taken by Randall Carder and edited by Jacob Stauttener.

All of the images in this Battle Report are from Randall Carder and edited by Jacob Stauttener. One of the participants asked that his name not be released, so I went a little wild and greyed out identifying features of the players in all the photographs to respect their wishes.

Below are the forces they could choose. How cool is it to see Early French on the table? This is the first time that I ever saw these miniatures in my local area.

French Bolt Action Army
French

The French brought two 10 man squads, a light howitzer, an armoured car, a light tank and a lieutenant. All of their figures are rated as Regulars.



American Bolt Action Army
Americans

The Americans brought 2 eight man squads, a lieutenant and a Sherman tank. Their entire force is rated as Veteran.

550 Point British Bolt Action Army
British

The British brought 2 ten man squads, a PIAT team, a Forward Observer, a Cromwell and a lieutenant. All of the figures are rated Regular except the lieutenant. He is a Veteran.



550 Point German Bolt Action Army
Germans

The Germans brought a highly elite force with 2 seven man squads, a Panzer IV and a lieutenant.

All of these forces came out to be about 550 points each.

If I were the German player, I would have been pretty nervous about having three Allied armies on the table. Fortunately for that player, this was a free-for-all mission.

The middle of the table would remain mostly untouched. The players instead decided to go head to head focusing on player elimination around the edges of the board.

Bolt Action Miniature Objective
A lonely destroyed tank that would remain mostly untouched in the middle of the board. Instead, the players would fight around the edges of the board. That blown up tank was placed there mostly for decoration anyhow.  :)

Bolt Action AAR
The Americans quickly secure a field while their Tank holds the road. By the way, zoom in on that tank. “Fury” is printed right down the side of the barrel. How Cool!

Bolt Action French Army AAR / Battle Report
The French advanced towards the Germans. The German Panzer IV took out the French P15 Armoured Car from long range on its very first shot of the game!

Bolt Action AAR
A great shot showing the position of the French. Notice that the small French R35 tank veers away from the Panzer IV (having seen his armoured car brother go up in flames) and decides test its odds against the American Sherman instead.

Bolt Action Battle Report
The British troops advance on the German forces.

Battle Report
But their Forward Observer decides to call in a bombardment on the American forces. 

Bolt Action AAR
The French decide to continue redirecting their attacks away from the German army to the American army instead.
Bolt Action AAR / Battle Report
It is at this point were we are at the introductory image of this article 
Bolt Action AAR / Battle Report
The Artillery strike comes in and severely pins down the American Paratroopers. Look at that two to three pins on everything. Ouch!!!
American vs French Tanks
The French R35 takes on the Sherman and manages to stun its crew. 

AAR Bolt Action
The Cromwell takes aim on the Panzer IV. 

And takes the tank out of the game. 
Tank Battle between an R35 and a Sherman
The French continue to press their attack against the Americans. The R35 manages to jam the turret on the Sherman with a lucky hit. 

Bolt Action AAR / Battle Report
Here we have Dave Lamers, the primary game master for the session, clarifying instructions from one of the players. I would like to draw my readers’ attention to the front-middle of the table. The French have committed pretty much everything to taking on the American army at this point. You can see their infantry charging across the field here along with their R35 tank.  
Bolt Action on a Cigar Box Battle Mat
A look at the table from the British player’s perspective. Notice how little infantry the American player has left (to our near-left). The Germans are also taking a beating. 
AAR Bolt Action Battle Report
Yep… That’s all the Americans have left for infantry. They also happen to have 8 pins on them. Not good at all. They are taking a pounding from both the French and English!

Bolt Action - R35 vs Sherman
The little R35 tank continues its assault on the American Sherman. 
R35 vs Sherman - Bolt Action Battle Report
And the R35 brought friends!!!
This is where the game ended. I think that it is really interesting that the elite (veteran) forces are the ones that took a beating in this game. On the local tournament scene, most players take veterans for their durability. 
Special thanks goes out to Dave Lamers for running the table and to Randall for helping Dave and for taking this report’s pictures. 
Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!
Written by Jacob Stauttener
Photos and Point Form Highlights by Randall Carder
Photos edited by Jacob Stauttener
Fact Checked and Hosted by Dave Lamers

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Bolt Action at Broadsword 4

Posted on September 15th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A short while ago, at Broadsword 4, Dave Lamers and Randall Carder ran a demo game of Bolt Action. In this game, players assumed one of the nations (French, American, British or German) in a non-historical four-way free-for-all. This Battle Report focuses on the highlights of the game. Below is a picture of the board in action.



Bolt Action Battle Report / AAR
Bolt Action at Broadsword 4. Picture taken by Randall Carder and edited by Jacob Stauttener.

All of the images in this Battle Report are from Randall Carder and edited by Jacob Stauttener. One of the participants asked that his name not be released, so I went a little wild and greyed out identifying features of the players in all the photographs to respect their wishes.

Below are the forces they could choose. How cool is it to see Early French on the table? This is the first time that I ever saw these miniatures in my local area.



French Bolt Action Army
French

The French brought two 10 man squads, a light howitzer, an armoured car, a light tank and a lieutenant. All of their figures are rated as Regulars.



American Bolt Action Army
Americans

The Americans brought 2 eight man squads, a lieutenant and a Sherman tank. Their entire force is rated as Veteran.



550 Point British Bolt Action Army
British

The British brought 2 ten man squads, a PIAT team, a Forward Observer, a Cromwell and a lieutenant. All of the figures are rated Regular except the lieutenant. He is a Veteran.



550 Point German Bolt Action Army
Germans

The Germans brought a highly elite force with 2 seven man squads, a Panzer IV and a lieutenant.

All of these forces came out to be about 550 points each.

If I were the German player, I would have been pretty nervous about having three Allied armies on the table. Fortunately for that player, this was a free-for-all mission.

The middle of the table would remain mostly untouched. The players instead decided to go head to head focusing on player elimination around the edges of the board.



Bolt Action Miniature Objective
A lonely destroyed tank that would remain mostly untouched in the middle of the board. Instead, the players would fight around the edges of the board. That blown up tank was placed there mostly for decoration anyhow.  :)



Bolt Action AAR
The Americans quickly secure a field while their Tank holds the road. By the way, zoom in on that tank. “Fury” is printed right down the side of the barrel. How Cool!



Bolt Action French Army AAR / Battle Report
The French advanced towards the Germans. The German Panzer IV took out the French P15 Armoured Car from long range on its very first shot of the game!



Bolt Action AAR
A great shot showing the position of the French. Notice that the small French R35 tank veers away from the Panzer IV (having seen his armoured car brother go up in flames) and decides test its odds against the American Sherman instead.



Bolt Action Battle Report
The British troops advance on the German forces.



Battle Report
But their Forward Observer decides to call in a bombardment on the American forces. 



Bolt Action AAR
The French decide to continue redirecting their attacks away from the German army to the American army instead.
Bolt Action AAR / Battle Report
It is at this point were we are at the introductory image of this article 
Bolt Action AAR / Battle Report
The Artillery strike comes in and severely pins down the American Paratroopers. Look at that two to three pins on everything. Ouch!!!
American vs French Tanks
The French R35 takes on the Sherman and manages to stun its crew. 
AAR Bolt Action
The Cromwell takes aim on the Panzer IV. 



And takes the tank out of the game. 
Tank Battle between an R35 and a Sherman
The French continue to press their attack against the Americans. The R35 manages to jam the turret on the Sherman with a lucky hit. 

Bolt Action AAR / Battle Report
Here we have Dave Lamers, the primary game master for the session, clarifying instructions from one of the players. I would like to draw my readers’ attention to the front-middle of the table. The French have committed pretty much everything to taking on the American army at this point. You can see their infantry charging across the field here along with their R35 tank.  
Bolt Action on a Cigar Box Battle Mat
A look at the table from the British player’s perspective. Notice how little infantry the American player has left (to our near-left). The Germans are also taking a beating. 
AAR Bolt Action Battle Report
Yep… That’s all the Americans have left for infantry. They also happen to have 8 pins on them. Not good at all. They are taking a pounding from both the French and English!



Bolt Action - R35 vs Sherman
The little R35 tank continues its assault on the American Sherman. 
R35 vs Sherman - Bolt Action Battle Report
And the R35 brought friends!!!
This is where the game ended. I think that it is really interesting that the elite (veteran) forces are the ones that took a beating in this game. On the local tournament scene, most players take veterans for their durability. 
Special thanks goes out to Dave Lamers for running the table and to Randall for helping Dave and for taking this report’s pictures. 
Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!
Written by Jacob Stauttener
Photos and Point Form Highlights by Randall Carder
Photos edited by Jacob Stauttener
Fact Checked and Hosted by Dave Lamers

If you wish to help support Must Contain Minis, we have a sales affiliate relationship with DriveThruRPG and the Wargame Vault. If you make a purchase from either of those sites after using one of the links on this site, a portion of the sales goes towards supporting Must Contain Minis. 

Cthulhu Mythos - Available Now @ DriveThruRPG.com
Wargame Vault

HASCON… Worth it?

Posted on September 11th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

HasconAs one of the largest toy companies in the world, HASBRO knows a thing or two about childhood fun. They also happen to own Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Magic: The Gathering and (since 1997) Dungeons & Dragons. With this in mind, you would expect their presence at Gen Con to be huge […]

Conan Battle Report – Hunting the Tigress

Posted on September 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The last time I played Conan, we played In the Clutches of the Picts, and I had an absolute blast! At Broadsword 4, I got to play yet again – but this time, I played as a Player rather than the Overlord.This time, we played Hunting the Tigress. Hunting…

Conan Battle Report – Hunting the Tigress

Posted on September 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The last time I played Conan, we played In the Clutches of the Picts, and I had an absolute blast! At Broadsword 4, I got to play yet again – but this time, I played as a Player rather than the Overlord.This time, we played Hunting the Tigress. Hunting…

The Others – Playthrough and First Impressions

Posted on September 4th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Recently I played the highly anticipated The Others Board Game by CMON. To be honest, I saw this game at the retail level a number of months ago, but only got to play it now at Broadsword 4. The four player Characters start at their home base, ready to…

The Others – Playthrough and First Impressions

Posted on September 4th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Recently I played the highly anticipated The Others Board Game by CMON. To be honest, I saw this game at the retail level a number of months ago, but only got to play it now at Broadsword 4. The four player Characters start at their home base, ready to…

Gencon 2017 AAR: What I learned from Gencon 50

Posted on September 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Here are Part 1 and Part 2This post is the third and final installment of my look back at Gencon 50. Here, I will focus on the lessons learned and what if anything I plan on doing going forward. I am using a simplified format based on the retrospective…

Gencon 2017 AAR: What I learned from Gencon 50

Posted on September 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Here are Part 1 and Part 2This post is the third and final installment of my look back at Gencon 50. Here, I will focus on the lessons learned and what if anything I plan on doing going forward. I am using a simplified format based on the retrospective…

RDTN Episode 126: Gen Con 50 with special guest host, Rodney Smith from Watch It Played!

Posted on August 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Our Gen Con report is here and it is a hefty one. It might have been shorter had a special guest not joined us, but he was forced to participate […]

Frostgrave at Broadsword 4

Posted on August 28th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to attend the Broadsword 4 Convention in Hamilton, Ontario. It was an enjoyable event, and there I ran another demo game of Frostgrave.It may look wrong because it is on the beach instead of in snow, but this is Fr…