Saturday, November 3, 2012

2012 Museum of Flight Game Day Recap

Another NHMGS Game Day at the Museum of Flight is over. This year we had our information table and five gaming tables set up under the museum's Blackbird and around 30 NHMGS members and guest showing up for the games. As the museum opened I was at the information table and a man and his son came up to me saying they had come to the museum specifically to learn more about the group and games. We talked for a little while and I directed them over Wings of War table for some WWI action. There were also several other museum visitors that joined in the action throughout the day.
Overview of the gaming/display area before the museum opened
A view from the other side of the Blackbird later in the day
Here is a view of the information table. We had the usual figures, rule books, and reference material to show the different aspects of the hobby. A couple people mentioned that we should have had the NHMGS banner attached to the table to show who we are. So, there is something to think about for next year.
Rules and references
The French 100 Years War army drew a lot of attention
The morning session had a Wings of War WWI game, our home-brew Golden Age Air Racing game, an Axis & Allies Navy game, a Check Your 6 Jets Korean War game and some DBA games with winged Polish Hussars (although none of my photos of them turned out).
Wing of War getting set up
Target for today
The Astoria crew also brought along a scratch-built German Mannesmann giant triplane (it did not get into the game)
Air racing ready to go
Racing through the first lap. It was a tough race with only 3 planes, out of 8, finished the race
The Axis & Allies naval game with lots of carriers
A Check Your 6 night battle over Korea
DBA and DBR games
In the afternoon we had a Wings of War WWII game, a WWII platoon-level game using the Fire and Maneuver rules (the game was run by the rules designer), a Pike and Shot game with the Black Powder rules, a Check Your 6 Jets game with a Top Gun scenario (sorry, but no photos of this one), and more DBA/DBR.
Some Stukas with Me-109 escorts make their way over the English countryside
This Stuka found itself in a bad situation
Fire and Maneuver game set up
Some German units move to engage
Allied force, including a Sherman tank, move up
Pike and Shot - the battlefield is set
And the forces engage!
I didn't get a chance to play in any games this year, but it was still fun to see the other gamers and talk with the museum visitors. The game day is always a good opportunity to show off the hobby to the general public and the museum is a really great forum for it. We always get questions from people that have never heard of the hobby. This year there were even a few comments from younger kids about this being "sort of like Real-Time computer games." Everyone seemed to have a good time and we even set a date for next year with our museum contact. So, be sure to mark down Saturday, November 2, 2013 on your calendar as the next game day.
Kevin says "See you next year."


  1. Looks like it was a great day out! Some great models and games on display, and under the shadow of the Blackbird, nice :)

    Mark B.

  2. Wow, looks like a great event. The German Bomber on dislpay that Tony brought down from Bellingham is for the NW to use in was a "Prize" won from Clipper1801 from the forums. He made that remarkable model and offered them as prizes associated with essays. So, I penned one about how such a thing would be a great addition to the PNW fleet and would be shared...Here was its first debute...sorry I could be there to see it...but I am going to try to save the day for next year!