Posts Tagged ‘Convention’

Historicon 2016

Posted on July 19th, 2016 under . Posted by

I hit Historicon again this year and had a blast. Pics after the jump!Zombie ApocalypseI played a number of games. One of my favorites was a crazy zombie apocalypse in Jerusalem, while aliens, space ships, “rebels” and special forces battled it out to …

A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight: HISTORICON 2016 AAR

Posted on July 19th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

And so the mighty HISTORICON convention, so-called flagship of HMGS, is finally behind us. What transpired during these four days of fun? Well, read on and find out. Continue reading

Gencon! We’re going to Gencon! Full schedule!

Posted on July 15th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

GENCON!!! My event finally have gone live!!! FINALLY!!! Search for “Saggakar” and you will find all of the events. Themy Sunday slot with the special is almost sold out at this time. I have been worried sick (and still do to be honest) about selling o…

Guidebook App for HISTORICON 2016 released

Posted on July 7th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

First of all, sorry this is so late.  I’ve had some serious commitments in my non-hobby world lately, including a son graduating from high school! As I have done for almost every HMGS convention since 2011, I have prepared a … Continue reading

A visit to the Weekend, 2016

Posted on June 23rd, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Just a quick travelogue from the Weekend, a tiny convention run by Otto Schmidt. Continue reading

Origins 2016: After Action Report Part 2

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 under . Posted by

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 2016: After Action Report

Posted on June 20th, 2016 under , . Posted by

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..

The Trip

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


Phalanx 2016

Posted on June 19th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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.

Foot Sergeants

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.

The Renegade Open, Nov. 18th-20th

Posted on June 7th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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

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Nashcon After Action Report Part 2

Posted on June 1st, 2016 under , . Posted by

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…

Lancaster Host: the end of the end, we mean it this time.

Posted on May 30th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Bad news from the Lancaster Host, site of many HMGS and WBC game conventions over the years.  The Lancaster Online just reported a major water main break, causing the ceiling on three floors to break, 2000 residents and crew to … Continue reading

Nashcon After Action Report Part 1

Posted on May 29th, 2016 under . Posted by

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…

Conquistadors in Africa: A Game for The Sword and The Flame

Posted on May 20th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

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 …

Gencon plans are coming together

Posted on May 14th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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…

Legionary Show 2016 – Exeter, Devon, April 30th

Posted on April 27th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

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…

Lexicon 2016 After Action Report

Posted on April 25th, 2016 under . Posted by

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…