I took part by arranging a small demo table to promote historical miniatures wargaming. I made a small table for the Battle of Port Republic, fought during the American Civil War. The rules used were the original Fire & Fury rules and the miniatures were 6mm figures from Baccus. I was quite pleased with the table and although I did only one demo game during the weekend, there was a lot of interest in the spectacle. Here's some pics:
|The table is 100 cm * 120 cm. Small, but in 6mm, it encompasses the same area a large 28mm game would.|
|A union division holds the northern half of the field.|
|Jackson sends the Stonewall Brigade against a force which outnumbers them. Will Ewell arrive in time to reinforce?|
|The detailed resin buildings by total battle miniatures really add to the visuals.|
Apart from miniatures gaming I also got a good dose of wargames which fit in a small box. I started off with Attack Sub, and Avalon Hill oldie, which was a light card game set in the not-so-distant future when the cold war erupts into open naval conflict between USA and the Soviet Union. It was a fun filler game, although not a very deep simulation.
|In Attack Sub, players try and get a better contact to enemy vessels while reducing their contact to his. Then it's torpedo time!|
Next up was Commands & Colors: Napoleonics, my second play of this C&C game. I kind of like what it adds to the series but in the end it's still the same old C&C. I was in a losing position tactically but I managed to win the game with a couple of lucky rolls. Like Memoir '44, it is a game of chance in the end.
My saturday ended with a game of War of 1812, which I keep around to teach new players how to play block games. My opponent was no newbie though and I ended up losing with the british.
|Nothing Gained But Glory|
Musket & Pike didn't disappoint. Once we got the game flowing, the rules were quick to learn and we didn't do that many mistakes with them. Learning how to use the forces available properly is a different matter altogether. I think the game was mostly about both players doing magnificent yet poorly planned cavalry charges and having our cavalry wings scattered in the four winds. This time the swedish lost, but it was partially due to forgetting to use a paralyzing rule on the danish after their general was wiped out in an aforementioned cavalry charge. Still, it was good fun and I'm happy I own two boxes of the series now.
The battle of Warksow took up my sunday and after that it was time to pack up and come back home. A fun weekend and it was nice to meet people who aren't afraid to play wargames (it feels like many boardgamers have an allergy for hexes and counters). Here's a few pictures I took from the games.
|C&C: Ancients tournament in progress.|
|Race for the Galaxy. Guys, that is a multiplayer solitaire game, it's definitely not a wargame!|
|A prototype of.. something.|
|Hannibal is at it again.|
|Some game I've never heard of before.|
|A Game of Thrones|
|Twilight Struggle was popular.|
|Alone in a crowd: Steel Wolves, the solitaire naval wargame|