Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 NHMGS Game Day at the Museum of Flight Recap

Sorry I haven't been posting more, work and home internet issues have been limiting my time and ability to get new posts up. However, I was able to sneak this one in.

Last Saturday (November 2) NHMGS had its annual Game Day at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. This year we were in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery (there was a scheduling conflict with our usual spot under the Blackbird). The Space Gallery is across the street from the main museum area and houses the full-size Space Shuttle flight trainer.
Here is a view of the gaming area with the Shuttle trainer in the background
We set up our information table and five gaming tables near the trainer and around 25 NHMGS members and guest show up for the games. I spent the morning at the information table, but to a little time to grab some photos of the games.
The gaming area from a different angle.
Setting up the information table.
The morning session had a Wings of War WWI game, our home-brew Golden Age Air Racing game, an X-Wing Fighters game, a Check Your 6 Jets Korean War game and some DBA games with winged Polish Hussars.
Early war Wings of War game with a burning Eindecker.
Air racers begin their race (these are 1/144 scale planes from Shapeways).
Imperial forces in the X-Wing Fighter game.
F-84s and Meteors defend the B-29s from MiG-15s over Korea.
DBA with the winged Hussars.
In the afternoon there was more Wings of War, an Axis and Allies War at Sea game, a Galactic Knights space battle, more DBA (and some Hordes of Things), and Kevin and I ran the “Hunting the Beast” Fleet Air Arm attack on the Tirpitz game (the same one we ran at Enfilade earlier this year). I got the most photos of the Tirpitz game, but I did get a few others.
Axis and Allies War at Sea game.
A small Galactic Knights game.
Some interesting troops for a Hordes of Things game.
The Fleet Air Arm strike force moves to attack the German battleship.
A wider view of the attack.
A Martlet and Corsair strafe Tirpitz.
The bombers attack, but only come away with one major hit.
We had fewer people walk by the games and stop to talk, 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. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we expect to be back next year.

This event also gets us primed for another game day at the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett. More on that soon.


  1. Great stuff there as always Dave. What rules were used for the air racing game?

  2. Thanks for this post, Dave. I was wondering when I'd see some pics and AARs. Looks good - even though not under the SR-71. Best, Dean

  3. Nice recap Dave.
    David the Air Race rules are based on the Formula De car race game.


  4. David,

    I came up with the air racing rules many years ago, but they've been improved over the years. I will send you a copy.


  5. Love your flak markers in Hunting the Beast!