Overall, The Lad and I got to play 6 different games of different genres with a range of people. The range, scope and scale of the games on offer was beyond that which I have seen anywhere. I understand Historicon might be bigger but this was sufficiently overwhelming for choice!
|The boys in the Vendors' Hall|
The venue was very good. A little tired perhaps, it was nevertheless clean, well presented, nicely staffed, had great food and drink options (got to love a Con where you can wander around with adult beverages in hand) and the many different rooms felt intimate rather than getting lost in a big metal roofed sheep shed (i.e. CanCon). I thought the Host did very well.
Naturally, money was spent. Lots of it. Even without the dollar conversion factored in (which I didn't naturally). I've now discovered something more expensive than going to a Con: going to a Con and financing two gamers' worth of shiny! But well worth it of course. Loot details to follow.
But best of all, I got to meet a range of people who I have blogged, emailed and corresponded with from Australia for years but never met personally. In particular:
Byron Collins from Collin's Epic Wargaming - maker of such fine games like Spearpoint 1943 and the upcoming Polyversal. http://www.collinsepicwargames.com
Greg Smith, war-game designer and author of The Hunters (see here) and the upcoming US equivalent game Silent Victory. I helped Greg with some research on the latter and an upcoming supplement for playing German and Italian submarines in the Med. Great to meet you person at last Greg!
Sadly, my planned RV with Steve from Sound Officer's Call didn't happen because he has a family illness - I hope it all works out well buddy.
We got to meet and chat with the WWPD boys (http://www.wwpd.net) and join the audience for their show recording. That was quite a bit of fun and Reilly did well in the prize distributions too - thanks guys!
|A job well done!|
|Miles and Reilly about the smash some Imperial Tie Fighters!|
I'll post some more pics soon with eye candy from the tables, our games and of course The loot!
|A well satisfied gamer on the 7 hr drive home!|