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Back From Fall-In!

November 2, 2010
Primaeval Designs

Mik and I are back from Fall-In! I had some concerns that, after having been to Historicons and Cold Wars, the smaller Fall-In! might not be worth the time and cost to get up to. We drove almost 600 miles to get there. Despite being somewhat smaller, it was definitely worth it, though. I can’t go to more than one a year, and that one would tend to be Historicon, but Fall-In! was fun.

I went content in my hobbiness and not really looking for anything new, just hoping to pick up some bargains. Yet I started two new periods! Actually, I have been on the verge of “big game hunting” for prehistoric mammals or dinosaurs since Historicon 2009 when I picked up the Tooth and Claw rules. My nine year old son is a big prehistoric animal fan– much more so than the WW2 games I’ve subjected him to. Plus Mik bought some Primaeval Designs Neanderthals and other figures. So, what the heck, I bought two packs of Neanderthal hunters and two woolly mammoths. Only on the drive home did I realize I now had just about everything I needed for Tusk!

My son has also been reading a lot about Romans. Plus, he and his older sister have been painting a bit for me. So I was already thinking about getting some plastic Romans for him to paint. However, in the flea market, I picked up something like 150 Wargames Factory ancient Germans and 40 or so Warlord Games Romans. I have no clue what I’m going to do with that many figures. Ah well. He will not run out of things to paint anytime soon, and hopefully it will be great practice for him.

One of the coolest things I saw at the con was the use of flickering LEDs for fire markers. They would be tucked away inside a rather traditional puff of cotton smoke, and really looked good. I ordered 12 from Amazon, determined to make my own. Only later did I realize how cool they would look as fire markers in a 25mm Tusk game!

I now have my Neanderthals glued and based, and my Woolly Mammoths assembled, waiting for time with the kids to get painting on them. Prehistoric big game hunting and ancient Romans will largely be “with kids” painting. This will allow me to continue to focus on 15mm WW2, while also giving me incentive to spend more time painting with the kids. At their current rate of $2.00/hr, it’s cheaper than having Sri Lankan children paint!

Historicon AAR

August 8, 2007


Okay, I finally got around to typing up my experiences from this year’s Historicon. Summary: I had a firkin’ blast.

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NecromundaCon 2006

August 24, 2006

The official results [3Mb PDF] of NecromundaCon ’06 have been posted.

Necromundacon 2006

August 20, 2006

Yesterday was Necromundacon 2006! For a buddy’s birthday, we got together four guys (three of which still play regularly) from our Necromunda league 10+ years ago, along with two others, and played sixteen games of Necromunda over about thirteen hours yesterday.

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The Best Looking Games at Historicon

July 24, 2006

Here are pictures of what I thought were some the best looking games at Historicon. There were a lot of really impressive games, but these really stuck out for me.

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Eat Hitler!

July 24, 2006

Eat Hitler: The Nazi Taste Treat! was Howard Whitehouse’s fun little game. Hitler and his insiders have built a time machine in ’45. They’re going back to ’33 to do it all over again, but right this time. Only the time machine malfunctions, and sends the Nazis back to the Mesozoic Era! The dinosaurs instinctively know that these Nazis must be eaten! Players got points based on the seniority of the Nazi they ate, from goon to Hitler and in between.

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Chain Reaction

July 24, 2006

On Saturday, I also played in a intro Chain Reaction game. I’ve got the rules and could tell that there was some value in them, but frankly they are so poorly written that learning from the book is too much trouble to deal with. Bob, the guy running this event, seemed to have pretty much the same idea, and was running two simultaneous teaching games. I totally forgot to take pictures of the game, but I ran a squad of inter-war US Marines against some Central American militia. I guess I got so into learning the rules, and really having a blast playing them, that I didn’t even think to snap pictures. I did take one of his groovy dice tower. Anybody have one of these for sale?

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AK-47 with Peter Pig

July 24, 2006

First thing Saturday morning, I made for an AK-47 game with Martin and his wife from Peter Pig. I’ve got a ton of figures from Peter Pig and really like them. I never really got into the AK-47 rules. I got them and read them years ago, and pretty much dropped them, although I thought the political flow chart system was genius, and have used the rules for bringing on troops in other games. Anyway, I didn’t want to pass up a chance to learn from the master, so to speak, and I thoroughly enjoyed the game and anticipate running it locally.

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