Posts Tagged ‘Convention’

Cold Wars 2015, the very chilly Cold Wars AAR

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Author recounts his activities and pursuits at the COLD WARS 2015 convention, held by HMGS Inc. in Lancaster, PA. Continue reading

My day as a woman!

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

So for the second year in a row, I attended Arcanicon – this year in Chicago. For the second year, it was awesome. So many story lines, so many things people did, so many memories. For the past two years, the big draw to me, was the day-long special. …

Arcanicon 2015: I have a cunning plan!

Posted on March 5th, 2015 under , . Posted by

So Arcanicon is upon us again. Last year, I had such a blast playing in the day-long special, I was lucky to play on a table with Paul, Nicole and Eric, who I got to join again at the battle at Gencon. Our adventures were quite memorable. During that a…

TotalCon 2015

Posted on February 28th, 2015 under . Posted by

Deep within the snow banks of the North East, Total Con 2015 stumbles forward to provide good games and good times for all. TotalCon 2015 was held in Mansfield Massachusetts and marks a return to the convention scene for myself after a bit of a hiatus.  There was a lot of BattleTech on the agenda […]

Eight Days to GottaCon 2015!

Posted on February 19th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Just over a week until our local convention, GottaCon 2015 starts! I’ve got a ticket already, and I’m doing something I’ve never done before, which is enter a tournament – namely the Blood Bowl tourney with my Crocs. The BB … Continue reading

Cold Wars 2015 Guidebook App is available for download

Posted on February 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The New Guidebook for Cold Wars 2015 is published and available for download. This article takes you through the process and reveals what’s new (which ain’t much!) Continue reading

Con Recap: Winter Fantasy 2015

Posted on February 10th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

This year’s Winter Fantasy was one I was very much looking forward to attending. It would be the first time I would bring adventures written by me to the con and I was really excited.

I spent the evening of Thursday at home with my wife and kids. It was very enjoyable… I got to watch Wifetime or some other chick-flick… It ended with a wedding and everything was good. I called out the ending at the start.

I woke up at 3am, finished loading the car and off I went. Reached the Grand Wayne Center around 7:15am ready for some action. I set up my banner and waited. I had few tickets sold and I purchased tickets to play the Arcanis adventures and returned to wait. Throughout the day, I filled my tables with released GMs. And was able to run 3 out of 4 of my projected slots.

Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, I got to play some Arcanis. Here, unfortunately, there were a few hickups. The kind of hickups that ruin events, but that aren’t anyone’s fault per se. One of the table didn’t go too well, on the one hand, the GM was tired, on the other, some of the players didn’t care and just wanted to leave. You know, THAT kind of table. I was tired and didn’t push hard on some items and well… I ended up screwed. Big time. The kind of screwed level where you wonder if you want to play some more… I’m definitely unhappy about how things went down, but can’t really complain as I am not completely without blame either… I will most likely put together a post once I am able to put things into perspectives.

The Sunday morning did not go off. Although I was ready to go, I took the option of driving back home instead.

Allow me to put down some high and low points of the con.

The Good Stuff

Very open atmosphere There is a fun atmosphere around the con, one of camaraderie I have not seen a lot at other events. It is refreshing and just a blast to see.

Great organization I cannot say enough good about the organization. Dave (the Baldman) runs a very tight ship with a staff that is not only very competent, but friendly, knowledgeable and extremely efficient. Show up at your muster and in a smooth way, you are shown to your place. I went to HQ upon my arrival and I was handed a clear and very clean sheet with my table (it was the same throughout the con), and shown where it was.

Seriously, to anyone who organizes game days and conventions, Baldman’s games’ organization is one that can give lessons to a lot of you. Yes, they have some added tracking but the whole thing runs smoothly. They have access to whatever you need as a GM.

Long-time friends Living Greyhawk was more than “just” an organized play campaign. It was a social network. A large and self-sustaining network in which I met great people, and made connections I will cherish forever, I will name Les-F, Konrad-B, Jay-B, the Baldman himself, Chris Tulach, Greg-M to name but a few. I got to hang out with them – albeit shortly. I do not think any campaign since has generated the type of friendship LG did… *sigh*

The Location I can already see some readers going “Really? You are talking about Fort Wayne, IN!” Well I can understand the comment. However, the Grand Wayne Center is located in downtown Ft Wayne. Meaning there is food in fat gamer walking distance. And not “just” one, but the best is “King Gyros” next door. I LOVE Greek food and partook often. It was good.

The Liberty Dinner Halfway across town, this unassuming dinner is a true gem I love to patron. They have large plates at a decent price.

The Bad Stuff

Low attendance Perhaps the biggest drawback of the con was the low attendance. For me, Winter Fantasy will always remain that enormous New York hangar of 2004. I have been talking about the con to everyone, but in the end I don’t know what I can do. I really hope that next year’s will be bigger. I will be putting together a Legacies program myself, with the hope to bring in more people, and hopefully cross-pollinated with the Arcanis/Witch Hunter crowd. Seriously, the bigger the attendance, the more game options there will be. If you have a chance to go, come. Really. This is a great con. If you have a chance, please come.

Almost exclusively 5e/Wizards centric/ few other options This one is more a con for me, rather than for other, but the focus, and majority of the attendance is clearly on 5e. Again, not a bad thing, but not a big thing for me. 90%+ of the tables played were 5e, which had a strong presence. Good to see the community thrives.

No other Pathfinder This is one that keeps puzzling me as to why the Pathfinder Society does not support this local con any more. I know “things” happened, but. FOR PETE’S SAKES, GROW UP. The gaming community is not big enough to play these type of fight games. Indiana, Ohio & Michigan VOs, that is a FAIL on *YOU*. As is, I can say that I am the only Pathfinder available out there.


I really plan on attending next year, hopefully see the team and get to run more and new exciting games.

Apart from “the table”, I had a great time.


First Love: My first Winter Fantasy

Posted on February 5th, 2015 under , . Posted by

The first time I went to Winter Fantasy was back in Jan 2004. At that time, it was in Secaucus, New Jersey. Or “New York” as we foreigners referred to it. I remember our original plan: gather in Sherbrooke, play an LG game there. Then sleep for 3-4 hou…

Farewell to a stalwart: the passing of Jay Hadley

Posted on January 14th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Some thoughts about the passing of Jay Hadley, stalwart organizer and fundraiser, and early pioneer of HMGS (Historical Miniatures Gaming Society). Continue reading

Director’s Briefing – January 2015

Posted on January 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Welcome to 2015   Happy New Year to everyone   Welcome to the forty-third Briefing and the first scheduled Briefing for 2015. My reading this holiday season was the Void space opera (The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, and … Continue reading

Director’s Briefing – December 2014

Posted on December 11th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Welcome to the forty-second Briefing and the twelfth scheduled Briefing for 2014. Christmas and the holiday season are nearly upon us, and the final instalment of The Hobbit movies in the form of “The Battle of the Five Armies” … Continue reading

Dragonmeet Round-up

Posted on December 9th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

What a day it was at this year’s Dragonmeet! Let me start by saying a huge thanks to everyone involved in running the convention and everyone who attended and took the time to come and see us, talk to us … Continue reading

Dragonmeet here I come!

Posted on December 4th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  As I’m sure you all know by now (I’ve been talking about it for the past few months), this weekend some of the Iron Crown Enterprises team (including myself) will be heading off to Dragonmeet at the Ibis hotel … Continue reading

Battleground 2014 Wargames Show Report

Posted on November 30th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Living in the far North it can feel like your miles from any wargames show but there is one local event which offers a fantastic slice of hobby for anyone in the area. Some of you may have heard of … Continue reading

Fall-IN! 2014, another gripping AAR

Posted on November 10th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In which the author provides another gripping, edge of your seat narrative of the events surrounding Fall-IN! 2014! You will be astounded! Or maybe not, who can tell. Continue reading

Road Trip Fall-IN! 2014! and *last* Guidebook Update

Posted on November 7th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Road Trip to FALL IN! and the last Guidebook Update. Continue reading

Iron Crown Enterprises Newsletter – October 2014

Posted on October 24th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  To receive this monthly newsletter direct to your inbox, sign up to our MAILING LIST now.   Apologies for the slight delay in releasing this month’s Iron Crown Enterprises Newsletter. I am currently in the throes of a terrible … Continue reading

Guidebook for FALL IN! 2014.. available

Posted on October 17th, 2014 under , , , , , . Posted by

This is just a quick note to inform everyone that the GUIDEBOOK app for FALL-IN! 2014 is up and running (and has been). The events are accurate as of the published PEL listing. I will add more before the convention. … Continue reading

Director’s Briefing – October 2014

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Welcome to the fortieth Briefing and the tenth scheduled Briefing for 2014, and straight to new releases.   ERA for Rolemaster   For a number of months, Maximiliano Tabacman has been running playtests of his excellent character management software … Continue reading

The Imaginareum: Retrospective, Part 2

Posted on September 25th, 2014 under , . Posted by

Now with WHAT I’ve done, is time to review and go over the good, the bad, and the easily fixed. The good is what the con did well. The bad is what really should improve. And the Easily Fixed describes well… what is easy to fix. The Good – The Venue…

The Imaginareum: Retrospective, Part 1

Posted on September 24th, 2014 under . Posted by

The Imaginareum is over. A new convention has seen the light of day here in Louisville and FridayI arrived a few hours before my first panel and I decided to scope out the place. I parked on the wrong side of the Crowne Plaza Airport, conveniently lo…

Barrage 2014

Posted on September 14th, 2014 under . Posted by

I’ve been to the three HMGS conventions several times, but this weekend my son and I visited our first smaller local con. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the large number of games, vendor tables and the relaxed atmosphere at Barrage made the tr…

Order of the Iron Crown – Playtesting at GenCon 2014

Posted on September 10th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As you may be aware, this year a couple of members of the Order of the Iron Crown went to GenCon. Below is one member’s (BeggarKing’s) account of GenCon and his playtesting of the new Rolemaster system at the world’s … Continue reading

A new FOE Banner and Legacies at Aethercon III

Posted on September 6th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

I will be premiering a new adventure at Aethercon. I haven’t published the name and blurbs yet, but I have two adventures in the works, one that’s really awesome by a new author I’m really excited about. The Legacies game will be Friday night at 6pm. JP

Rant: Attend games you sign up for

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 under , . Posted by

This post grew out of the many posts about Gencon. I mulled over it a lot to keep it both polite, to the point, without completely roasting anyone, and with some type of path or recommendations. Something that’s doable and that could help the community…