As with the recaps from previous years, I’m doing two Enfilade posts; one on the general convention and other people's games (including ones I played in) and a second covering the games I ran. This post will cover the general convention stuff and games I played in. For more pictures and descriptions from Enfilade, be sure to check Kevin's blog, Dean's blog. and David's blog. There are some other blogs out there too and I will try to post links as soon as I see them get some Enfilade entries up.
The first gaming period started at 2:00 on Friday afternoon. This used to be a pretty sparsely populated period. But as more people decide to show up early, there are more games. I was looking for something fairly light to start the convention and jumped into a game of Silent Death (easy space fighters). I took four small attrition fighters and was knocked out pretty early by the heavier fighters. But it gave me a chance to unload my stuff in my room and wander around the other games too.
|Agincourt using the Hail Caesar rules|
|Austria vs. France in pre-Dreadnought action|
|Viking Run being set up|
|Guy Bowers' (from Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy magazine) Wrath of Heaven game|
|Wings of War floatplanes try to Sink the Emden|
|Battle of Dennewitz using Shako rules|
|Wildcats fight off Zeros and Bettys|
|Setting up for Circus Maximus|
|French ships get ready to battle it out with...|
|The Gangs of New York|
|Golden Age Air Racing|
|Massacre at Fort William Henry (from Last of the Mohicans)|
|Rapid Fire in the desert|
|WWII Pacific scenarios (I never did find out what the tiger was for)|
|Row Well and Live galley combat|
|Stargate SG-1 game|
I was pretty busy running my own games on Saturday morning and afternoon (see my next post for more about those), but I managed to get a few photos of those games (mainly as they were being set up).
|Setting up for Assault on Crete (using Bolt Action rules)|
|Battle of Hanau|
|Bjork's Drift (VSF on Mars)|
|France 1940 in 6mm|
|Wings of War Bombers|
|1940 French bombers attacked by Me-109s using CY6!|
|An American Civil War action|
|Battle of Peleliu|
|A close view of Peleliu|
|Desperado game with a train|
I played in Mark and Joe Waddington's Vietnam game on Saturday evening, which was visually stunning and a lot of fun to play. I was on the Vietnamese side and we were trying to find the crew of a downed chopper (which included a high-ranking officer), while trying to delay the American rescue effort. Although we didn't really know that was the mission at the start of the game. My squads were able to delay the Americans for long enough to allow the other Vietnamese time to capture the downed crew and march them off the table, but I did lose most of my troops in the effort.
|American main force arrives|
|American airmobile troops land in a village|
|The downed chopper the played an important part in the game|
|The Americans prepare to advance on my position|
|And they spot my dug-in troops a little earlier than I was hoping|
|Over on the other side of the board, the airmobile troops advanced out of the village into the Rice Paddies|
|My second squad attacks (ineffectively) the American flank|
|More American troops arrive|
|The Americans reach the downed chopper, but a little too late|
|NVA forces block the Americans, allowing other forces to get the captured general off the board|
|The Sword and Flame on Mars|
|Time traveling Nazis with dinosaurs|
|a smaller portion of Trafalgar|
Sunday morning was the annual member's meeting. It was well attended this year (another surprise for me, since most gamers find it difficult to drag themselves out of bed at 8:30 on Sunday morning). With all the extra people, I was wondering if there was going to be a lot of complaints about the convention. But, for the most part, everyone was complementary of how things went. There were some comments about communications issues (NHMGS did have some website problems this year) and some other minor items, but overall everyone seemed pretty happy with things. The NHMGS President and Treasurer did say that in addition to helping support other region conventions, they are looking to help support some regional game days in Seattle, Portland, and other locations. NHMGS isn't really looking to run the game days, but is looking for local people to organize things and NHMGS will be willing to provide some seed money. It is nice to see that we are getting back into a position to support the hobby in areas outside of Puget Sound. With the meeting over, it was time for some more games.
|Sails of Glory demo game|
|American forces for the Battle of Cryslers Farm|
|British forces for Battle of Cryslers Farm|
|Battle of Hastenbeck|
|Sea Harriers pursue Skyhawks and Daggers over San Carlos|
|Galley Quest (think Jaaon and the Argonauts)|
|Martian War machines from War of the Worlds|
|WWI North Sea Rumble|
|Siege of Castle Mire (using Tactica Siege rules)|
|A Spanish Civil War action|
Finally, here is a list of the games that won "Best of" for the different gaming periods.
Friday afternoon-Viking Run by Lloyd Bowler and David Mebust. The only game with spectators. The runner up for best of show overall
Friday Evening-Massacre at Fort William Henry by Darryl Nichols. If you've seen Last of the Mohicans, you've seen this game. Darryl also won the best game that reflected our "At the Movies" theme.
Saturday morning-Assault on Crete 1941 by Mark Sieber
Saturday Afternoon-Liberia 1920 by Bruce Smith
Saturday Evening-Vietnam 1968 by Mark and Joe Waddington
Sunday Morning-Galley Quest: Jason and the Argonauts by Tom Condon
The overall Best of Show winner was Vietnam 1968 by Mark and Joe Waddington.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks again to everyone that helped out with the convention and put on games.