Posts Tagged ‘Convention’
Continuing my AAR from Part 1. SaturdayThis was the big day… I first went to play Shadowrun in the morning. I am not naturally a fan of Shadowrun, but I’ve been enjoying playing the organized play with my character, Ralf Boogerman. He’s a complete s…
Origins this year would definitely be very different. I was at the same time excited and leery about it for a number of reasons (which I will explain/explore here).
After last year’s rather underwhelming showing of and ticket sales, I initially planned on simply attending and playing. So I did not submit any events for the con. No worries.
However, real life has a tendency to play tricks on you… I had a few surprises (thanks Uncle Sam) that meant I could not simply cover the costs of attending and playing full time. I considered for the longest time simply not attending, but that would make mean missing out on the Arcanis finale of the current story arc.
So I thought to myself “what the heck, I’ll just GM it.” So I got on Facebook, contacted Henry from PCI and within a few emails, I was going to run Arcanis! Hence my worry and excitement.
Now I have said on this blog many times, that I really love playing Arcanis because of Henry’s storytelling skills. These adventures were no exceptions! I won’t spoil them here..
My trip was done in two phases. After leaving work at 5pm, I came home and had dinner with the family.
Leaving home, I first drove to Louisville, KY to stop at a local Wal-mart where I stocked up on supplies: cheese, meat, bread, and mustard. Not great tasting, but spending 30$ for a weekend of gaming would be a great booster to my (tight) budget. From Louisville, I stopped for an overnight stay in Florence, KY. It was already late and a clean bed was all I ready cared for.
I made my way to Columbus in the morning, fighting through the traffic in Cincinnati, but otherwise no issues. My first game started at 1pm, so I had ample time.
Wednesday & Thursday
Seated and ready to run, I ran – with a few mistakes, I must add – Night of a Thousand Scream and later – with less issues – The Chosen. Of the two, I much prefered the Chosen because it has a very classic D&D feel, yet with a very Arcanis twist to it. Before you ask, “Night” is a very Arcanis adventure, one that called less to me because of its subject. (It’s about the Elorii, a race I don’t care about myself).
Thursday morning, I got to sit at Tony-N’s table and play “Night” myself (and realize that my character is not well-built to take on the monsters therein). I really like Tony’s style of GMing and thought he definitely did a great job. The table had Peter-P’s Armand character who is a male version of my own bimbo character, though we branched out in different direction with regards to our advancements. Dirty jokes and innuendoes gallore. No, they were no longer innuendoes, we talked dirty. Plain and simple.
I was originally scheduled to run one of the 5th edition Arcanis. I had two adventures prep’d (one moreso than the other) and was ready to go. However, no player showed up during the slot. So I got to play WitchHunter for the first time since Gencon 2014.
Almost two years without playing this game! *sigh*
The shape of the campaign has changed quite a lot… I am definitely anxious in seeing more of it and how it will evolve. The adventure I got to play was really challenging with the difficulty level definitely higher than it used to be.
But from the afternoon through the evening, was the first of two Arcanis special events. This one was part LARP, part battle interactive. Did someone say LARP??? This meant I had to paint my nails, don my dress, put on my wig and be ready for adventure!
I make no apology for the horrors I unleashed upon the players. Henry’s fragile mind was further shattered…
Funny story, a little girl (of about 5 or 6) took a liking to me and we danced a few times together… She was really cute and I had a good time.
But wait, dear readers. Wait.
Someone took me for a woman!
Yes, they thought I was a lady!
Okay, okay, they did not have their glasses on. I was across a hall, so he simply waved back politely, not knowing who it was was waved to him.
But that’s NOT important. My dressing up skills are increasing!
Next time: Saturday and Sunday
Another year and another Saturday trip to St Helens to visit the Phalanx show, the main one in the North-West. No exhibition game from Furness Wargamers this year, but the usual suspects made their way down individually. Some of the goods purchased are displayed below.
The decision had been previously made by our group at the club to try and organise a Lion Rampant campaign, set around an unspecified area of the Mediterranean in the Crusader era. Given how disorganised we traditionally are this would be quite an achievement if successful. So there the three of us were, trying to sort out what boxes of plastics were needed.
|Templar Knight Horses|
|From Phalanx 2016|
I’ve initially chipped in to purchase a box of Fireforge Templar Knights (12 figs – 2 LR units worth) and a box of Foot Sergeants (48 figs – 4 units worth) – This is going to be split as part of a swap with Jim that should result with me having individual units of Mounted Sergeants, Foot Sergeants and Crossbowmen. This should result in a Crusader force straight out of the book. Jim’s going for a Spanish force, Matt an Arabic one. Out of the other campaigners, who were not present, Mark’s already going Arabic, and Dave M is rebasing his existing classic Medieval figures.
|Leper Knight Transfers|
Managed to get some inspiration from some Battle Flag transfers. Why go the boringly predictable Templar white and red when you can go the green and white of the Lazarus Leper Knights. Note to anyone trying to go faux Medieval with your fonts – the ‘long s’ is never used at the end of words – that’s what the small s was invented for. I initially thought it read Lazaruf, which sounds like a dodgy holiday resort!
The trader stands seem to be a bit larger than previous. It looked like Irregular Miniatures was missing, and only one Board-games stand, not many dedicated booksellers around either. Managed to get an Osprey on the Crusades for cheap from the Bring n Buy, and purchased a book about Pegasus bridge so I can read up and possibly expand on the Heroes of Normandie Pegasus Bridge scenarios once the fruits of the latest Heroes Kickstarter comes in.
Now that I’ve had look at the Plastic sprues the boxes breakdown was as follows.
Templar Knights –
3x sprue of Horses with Caparison (6 mounts), 2x Horses (6 mounts), 2x Knights (8 knights), 1x Knight command (4 knights), 1 set of bases.
|Templar Knights ‘Command’|
Foot Sergeants –
6x sprues of Sergeants, 2x bases.
Bases are dedicated to the ‘Deus Vault’ game system, so will probably break out the 2p coins for basing. I also purchased some grass tufts for basing purposes as I’ve never been proficent with using loose flocking.
Last month, a lot of people helped me promote Muse on Minis Wargaming Con so I wrote a piece about generosity among wargamers. Well, funny thing happened to me recently, I was approached by Paul Jacob Huck, one of the founders of The Renegade Open, and he asked if I’d be willing to do a shout-out for his convention. I told him I would be happy to help. This shout out is my chance to pay and it forward and your chance to discover an amazing Midwest convention. The Renegade Open Grand Tournament is a weekend of miniature wargaming for Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and Hordes, X-Wing, Star Wars: Armada, Malifaux and Infinity. It is held Nov. 18th – 20th, 2016 at the Fantasy
Part 1 of the series. Here are some pictures of the game after set up (click on a picture to view it full size). Views of the village, the treasures. I built the big palm trees as a new piece. They added variety to my other trees. Very simple build: c…
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Yesterday, I attended my first Nashcon after almost attending last year. It was the first convention in years I attended that was exclusively a miniatures event (for me). I was extremely anxious and curious for although I’ve been to many cons, I believ…
Tomorrow, for the first time since I left Colorado, I will participate in a miniatures event. Nashcon 2016 will be my first time there. I almost attended last year before having to back out due to my car’s explosion… So I am posting a few quick pics …
On Sunday, Gencon registrations open up, so it is time to tease you with what you have coming… I have a few adventures currently in the works. Before I go into the specifics of the adventures, let me tell you about the Pathfinder/5e events. On Thurs…
It’s almost time for the Legionary show once again.April 30th, Exeter Devon. All the info can be found HEREThey have loads of gaming stall, demos and events. Well worth checking out if you can.ToaTS wont be putting on any games this year, but we w…
This past weekend, I travelled back to Lexington Kentucky to attend Lexicon for the second year in a row. Last year, it served as a major plot point for our emerging Battle of Gytha storyline. It would also be the final convention where NeoExodus would…
Sometimes, there is a post that you write and go “I’ll post this tomorrow.” Then tomorrow comes and your mind is off to other things and you forget about actually publishing the post. This is one such post. Here are parts Part 1 and Part 2. Sunday mo…
Queue was long but moved swiftly (unlike comic-con which takes aaaages)
And then we were in! Instantly greeted by a hall full of hobby enthusiasts.
Hawk Wargames had this awesome large sized spaceship on their stand!
The upcoming Halo: Ground Command game from Spartan Games
Mierce Miniatures stand was constantly packed!
Element Games are one of my favourite web retailers and they had a well stocked stand and a host of helpful staff on hand.
This fantastic Warhammer 30k display was put on by the South London Warlords (hosts of the convention)
They also had this wonderful demo table set up.
Salute is also host to the more historical side of the hobby, it doesn’t particularly interest me but the standard of the tables set up was incredible!
Wayland had the biggest stand at the event, practically the size of a small supermarket. Sadly they didn’t have a single paint available when I asked and that is pretty much my experience with Wayland 😛
This was the mini I entered, my Nurse from Thirdman Games. Sadly didn’t place but the standard was fantastic!
Back to the games, some more impressive exhibition boards
With the theme of this year’s Salute being Steampunk, what could be more perfect than a visit to the Infamy stand?
They had this wonderful demo board on show
Painting superstar Angel Giraldez was there as part of the Harder & Steenbeck stand. He did several demos throughout the day. I was lucky enough to get this picture because every time I went near his stand after this it looked like the shot below
Another amazing military board
This was the biggest board on display, hard to take it all in!
An Infinity demo game
Forge World had a busy stand at the event
Figone had a stand selling his and other miniatures (as well as displaying painted pieces) I had a great chat with Jérémie Bonamant Teboul about the upcoming Volume 2 of his Figopedia series (as well as a little whisper about Volume3!)
Hasslefree’s stand was always crammed with people. I would have liked to have a browse but I hate being crowded!
Studio Mcvey had a stand selling off limited Resin versions of the miniatures they’ve done for CMON’s The Others board game. I broke my budget severely here!
The Purgatory stand showed off WIP’s of some of their upcoming releases.
There wasn’t a lot of cosplay but this space marine obviously stood out!
More amazing boards!
I had a go of the demo and it captures the spirit of the video game really well. Has some really interesting mechanics and I’m tempted to get it!
Eavier Metal (one of the leading facebopok groups for miniature painting) Ran a speed painting competition sponsored by Kromlech and Army Painter. The challenge was 25 mins to paint an ork. The competition was entertaining to spectate (sadly I didn’t get a chance to compete as I came by late and wanted to go see the painting competition prize giving after!)
The table with the prize winners on display, some awe inspiring pieces. I didn’t take many photos because better ones will follow from the Salute team. Edit: And here they are! dropbox link
As the event started to wind down I wandered around again and found things I hadn’t noticed, lik this amazing demo game inspired by the Mad Max Fury Road truck chase.
Incredible craftmanship on show
Here is Part 1. Saturday morning I was full of nervous energy. Would players show up? I got some food and unpacked my stuff, banner, books, minis. I soon declared myself happy and satisfied. Now let’s get ready to do it. My first game started mostly on…
For the first time since 2014, I returned to Conglomeration in Louisville KY, I did mention some of my issues with the con but this year my good friend, Derek-R joined the committee and heard my whining about things I would like to see at the con. Having received the assurances I wanted, I offered to fun three premieres for Legacies including a one time special.
I was also looking forward to seeing KY VC Chad and his LT, Randy (though I was more interested in meeting Randy to talk about Saggakar stuff, but nonetheless).
For those who do not know my connections with Louisville date back to 2013 when I left Colorado for KY. I will admit KY does not sound as “sexy” or exciting destination as some other place but dismissing it that way is a bad mistake. Great people, very welcoming. I like Kentucky and it’s people. I still own a small piece of it, actually. About 2 miles from the Ramada that held Conglomeration, actually!
My weekend started earlier than usual when my boss allowed me to leave a little early. Great! Then I was able to cross Nashville in a half-hour, during early rush hour. Excellent, I thought. I’ll be in Louisville in no time.
What a fool! Just as I was think it would be two hours to my destination, that I would get to eat a real sit down dinner, did the traffic slow down. The next twenty miles of I65 took me a full hour.
There would be no dinner.
There would be no social time for me.
I strode into the hall just a few minutes before my first panel started, got to chat with Derek-R about stuff, catching up a little, seeing where things were, getting re-situated if you will, before heading to the panel room.
My Friday night panel was about GMing and offering tricks to new GMs. Unlike other panels I attended, this one was very much in a Q&A format with the attendants (I can’t call them “audience”). It generated a lot of very interesting topics from “How do I break up a campaign into episodes?” to “How can I do investigative adventures without giving them the answer?”. While I do not remember the names of the panel, but together, all four had over seventy years of experience, a lot of it in multiple systems, from LARP to tabletop. It was very dynamic, and I would’ve been very happy to attend and just listen to the panel.
After that, I walked about, did the social thing, chatted with people I recognized, Derek-M, Jake-L, Chuck, and talking to some of the guys who attended the panel and had questions. I walked around the room and discussed with folks about 4e, 5e, Saggakar, Pathfinder. You know what a veteran opinionated old guy like myself has.
As I had a short night before, I turned in around 1am.
Soon it would be Saturday…