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Historicon 2019 Live Blog – Part Two!

Historicon 2019 Live Blog – Part Two!

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Make sure to come and join us this week for a look at Historicon 2019 over in America! Justin and Gerry are going to be joined by Jim (@oriskany) over in the US as they get stuck into this awesome convention.

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We're very much looking forward to heading to Historicon for the first time and really delving into this convention which has been a mainstay of the tabletop gaming world for a while now.

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Theme (Jungle Warfare) - Convention Maps - Painting Contest - Historicon Guests - Additional Attendee Information

The theme for this year is Jungle warfare so we're looking forward to seeing what their tables are like plus there is much more to dive into as well. We've already had Gerry marking off things on the map that he's very excited to go and see!

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Welcome To Day 3 At Historicon

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Were back again for the third day of coverage here at Historicon 2019. Get you comments in for what you’d like to see.

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Clash Of Spears Ancient Battles At Historicon

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Gerry gets a chance to stop off and check out Clash Of Spears.

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Could You Escape The Death Star?

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Could You Escape The Death Star?
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Brazen Chariots Philippines 1941

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With so many time periods at the show Jim stops off to have a look at Brazen Chariots and what was happening in the Philippines during 1941.

Wild West Adventures To Be Had7 Comments
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Have A Look At The Tournament For The Warrior Rule Set

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Have A Look At The Tournament For The Warrior Rule Set
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Jim Play's Ultracombat Normandy

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Jim breaks off for a quick Game of Ultracombat Normandy.

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Impudent Mortal Show Off Their Battletech Command Station

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Jim stops off with the Impudent Mortal team to check out what they brought to the show.

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Osprey - Fighting Sail

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Let’s get a look at some naval combat with Osprey & Fighting Sail.

Epic Black Powder Battles12 Comments
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Check Out This Fantastic Pegasus Bridge Table Here At Historicon

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Check Out This Fantastic Pegasus Bridge Table Here At Historicon
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Rapid Fire 1943 - Eastern Front Battles

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Jim checks in with the war on the eastern front, will the Soviets win the day again?

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Take A Jungle Road Trip - Force-on-Force 20mm Modern

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Take A Jungle Road Trip - Force-on-Force 20mm Modern
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Things from the Basement

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Gerry stops off at Things from the Basement to have a look at their latest creations in HDF.

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Saipan - Bolt Action - Chain of Command

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Jim takes a moment to have a look at a really cool Saipan table using a mix of Bolt Action & Chain of Command for their rules.

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Thats All For Day 3 Folks

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That’s us closing out our coverage for day three, be sure to join us again tomorrow for the last day of historicon.

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Bonus post: game on, those who are about to die salute you!

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It’s the end of day three and it’s time for a game, my pick for the evening is a gladiatorial battle.

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Bonus post: we who are about to die part 2

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Game over man. This was an absolute blast, the game keeps you engaged and having fun, we played in teams of three and picked our titans of the arena.

two highlights of the game:

1. A rather ridiculous die roll.

2. The addition of some fake blood as players died.

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Bonus Post - Anglo-Dutch Age of Sail in 1:1200

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Tiller and Whipstaff is a rule set by Rod Langton for 1:1200 Naval Combat in the Age of Sail.  I sat down briefly with some folks were were setting up for an Anglo-Dutch high seas throw-down!

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Bonus Post - Little Wars TV Runs Gettysburg in Altar of Freedom

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… by that I mean all of Gettysburg.  All of Gettysburg.  In the pic below you can clearly see the “Federal Fishhook” position.  Gettysburg town is at the top.  Culp’s Hill is to the upper right.  Cemetery Ridge extends down past the Wheat Field, Peach Orchard, and Devil’s Den to Little Round Top and Big Round Top.  In all there are 160,000 men on this table.

Bonus Post - Little Wars TV Runs Gettysburg in Altar of Freedom
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Historicon Day 4 - Last Day Of The Show

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It’s the final day here at Historicon, come and join us as we cover the final events and we may even have a sneaky round breakdown from the Firelock Games crew.

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Le Petite Armee - Leipzig - Game in Progress

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Jim has a look at the Le Petite Armee game where their battling over Leipzig.

Hold The Fort To The Last Man8 Comments
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Wild West Fun With Have Gun Will Travel

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Time for some rootin tootin shootin fun with Have Gun Will Travel.

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Crucible of War - Freeman's Farm - Saratoga - AWI

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Jim get a look at the battle of Saratoga.

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Oriskany Plays at the Table Freeman's Farm

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Oriskany Plays at the Table Freeman's Farm

I was absurdly fortunate to squeeze my way into a game of Crucible of War on Saturday night.  This is a game designed and presented by Marvin and Jamie Veeder, and our scenario was “Burgoyne’s Gamble,” recreating the central action at the pivotal First Battle of Freeman’s Farm in the American Revolution, 17 September, 1777.

People who follow my work know I have a keen interest in this battle, a whole article series on this campaign was presented on OnTableTop back in 2017 (240th Anniversary).  But these guys are not only avid game players, designers, and presenters, but also re-enactors that live very close to these actual battlefields.  It was so much fun not only to play the game (thanks again for squeezing me in at the last minute), but also just talk with fellow history buffs with an intense love for this particular period, campaign, and battle.

Wouldn’t you know it, I wound up with Major-General Benedict Arnold, coming in on the American left, starting with Ebenezer Learned’s Brigade.  More Massachusetts and eventually New York regiments came in, along with additional British units and even Tory Canadians on my extreme left.  Other players had to leave, so soon I found myself commanding the whole American left.  I was able to take control, reorganize the wing, restore order, and eventually start a united push-back on the American left, even as the right more or less crumbled under assault from von Reidesel’s rear flank attack.

The system was great.  It rewards players “organically” for employing real life linear tactics, namely in the form of additional morale resilience.  Commanders in their realistic place also allow for a morale bonus, but there are no “god-hero” rules or anything like that.  The order assignment, declaration, and turn sequences were also great – and there were even hidden movement and “dummy counters” laid down in the dense New York forest, where no one really knows where the enemy is until contact is made (and THEN minis are placed on the table).

In summary, massive thanks to Marvin and Jamie for including me in their game (complete with order phases being announced by actual cavalry bugle calls).  Huge fun, at one point I was laughing so hard I had literal tears on my cheeks.  It’s a fast and furious black powder game, perfectly suited for the “guerrilla linear” tactics of the American Revolution (especially the New York 77 campaign).  Not sure it would fully translate into “full” open-field Napoleonic, but definitely perfect for the smaller, sharper actions of the Peninsular Campaign.

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Take To The Skies With Aerodrome 2.0

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Jim pulls on some flying goggles to take to the skies with Aerodrome 2.0.

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Test Of Honour Battles Happening At Historicon

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If you’ve ever wanted to be a Samurai fighting for the honour of your clan then this might be the game for you.

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Clash Of Spears - Participation Game

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Gerry catches up with Clash of Spears again as they have moved on to their large participation game.

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Good Bye From Historicon 2019

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That’s it for this year everyone, thanks for watching, and special thanks to Jim (oriskany) John (silverfox) & his buddy drew for all their help at the show.

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Bonus Post: Blood & Valor - Round Breakdown

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We get a chance to find out just how Firelock Games new Blood & Valor game plays.

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Bonus Post - Battle of Cowpens

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This battle took place on January 17, 1781, near the end of the American Revolution.  It is also the battle “featured” in the climax of the movie The Patriot, although of course these wargamers came much, much closer to the reality of the event.

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Bonus Post - Fist Full of Kilos

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And now for something completely different … a Cold War submarine warfare game called “Fist Full of Kilos,” where a Soviet force of “Kilo” class attack submarines was serving as spearhead for a landing force somewhere in the Baltic.  The Swedish Navy was all  that stood in their way.  I like how the Soviet surface fleet (not on the table yet) was mounted raised platforms so the subs would still be “beneath” them.

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Bonus Post - Aerodrome 2.0 Over the Med

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Bonus Post - Battle of Magnesia - 6mm Ancients

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Early in the con we came across a game of “To the Strongest” – representing the Battle of Magnesia.  This was fought in 190 BC between the Romans and the Seleucids in what is today western Turkey.  The Romans found success with a pre-imperial, pre-Marius Reform “citizen” army.  The problem with this model army was that it was not sustainable in the strategic sense, especially as Roman territory continued to expand.

Bonus Post - Battle of Magnesia - 6mm Ancients

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osbad
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Heyyyyyyy! Happy Saturday!

oriskany
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Thanks for checking us out! We’re but humble, lost circus performers … trying to fill in for the Weekender.

@avernos apologizes for the lack of Burrows & Badgers.

templar007
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It’s the Weekender Hobby Live Blog!

(see what I did there 😉)

I plan to hobby my butt off today and stay glued to this Blog to view/watch the articles roll in.

(oh, and I’m slow smoking ribs today as well). Serious hobby projects work up an appetite)

oriskany
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Those ribs sound good! :p

turbocooler
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Wish you guys had more coverage on the WWI game from Firelock as well as where they are now with Oak and Iron. I know you had a post and video for day 1, but that seemed to gloss over things.

oriskany
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We got you covered on the Blood & Valor (Firelock WW1). One of the later videos in Blog part 2 is a whole turn sequence play through.

elysium64
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I would like a video/more coverage of Black Sun as tempted by the KS

kbog
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This is seconded – Tour of Darkness on the tabletop is just to good to miss, backing already but a review may make me spend more (ha ha ha, as if I had the funds)

oriskany
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We were kinda sticking to historical tables? I photographed the Black Sun table and put up a post on it because my friend @cbrenner was playing it. Hopefully he can provide some insight into how the game played?

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The game played well. Basics were easy to pick up. Even though it is I go U go you roll a d6 to see who is able to activate. Ranged combat can be deadly. Definitely want to use cover. Wish I had an opportunity for close combat but ran out of time. The US M79’s were effective if you bunched up. Fun game even with 7 or 8 just learning.

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Awesome @cbrenner – thanks for the AAR! 🙂

torros
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@avernos @oriskany There is s 6mm modern game started an hour ago on table HR 73 that looks interesting

oriskany
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We did look for it, @torros – did not see it. We had some cancellations and they moved some tables around. That schedule and map they provided became obsolete VERY quickly.

torros
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No worries . I only noticed it because they posted on Facebook. The game might have been over by the time I posted

oriskany
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Was this the one with the oil rig? It was the only modern game I saw we didn’t get to BESIDES the Team Yankee tournament.

amachan
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I would like to see more medieval, dark age, Roman, ancients kind of stuff if that’s possible.

oriskany
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I do have some photo galleries of “To The Strongest” I can put up in a Bonus Post. 😀

Meanwhile, did you see us talk about the Romans vs. Irish tables (two posts, actually), @avernos with Clash of Spears (twice) and Justin with “We Who are About to Die?”

We didn’t want this to turn into a all WW2-fest, we really tried to hit every genre that was represented, IF the table looked good.

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Warhammer ancients was also featured.

amachan
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I was just wondering if there was more. Thanks for covering what you could.

oriskany
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No worries. We put up some 6mm “To the Strongest” Romans at the very end of Part 2. 🙂

alfonsothetraitor
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I really need to goto Historicon one of these years.

oriskany
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Apparently this was the first year at a new venue. The old one wasn’t very good, everyone seemed happy with this one.

yavasa
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Digging through tons of material makes me a happy man today 🙂

oriskany
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Got an operational-level wargame called “Poland Defiant” – the whole 1939 campaign on one table. (Revolution Games)

oriskany
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Thanks for all the positive feedback on the coverage, everyone! We really tried to get a little of everything …

Now … There were a COUPLE tables we legit missed and I wish we could have gotten.

There was a 54mm tank battle … yes, 54mm TANKS … Okay, like four tanks, but still … but by the time we reached them they were taking the table down.

The “Eat Hitler” table would have been great just for a laugh – Hitler invents a time machine in his bunker to try to re-do World War II … screws it up, goes back much too far in time, winds up in the Cretaceous. Now you play as dinosaurs and the objective is to chase down and eat Hitler, Eva Braun, Blondi the Dog, and various other Nazi cronies. Again, we reached him as he was taking down the table.

There was one really nice “Very British Civil War” table somewhere in Scotland judging from the flags … but we just never reached it.

There was an “American Presidential Race 2020” that we DID reach (American political and social satire skirmish game mixed with a zombies because why not), but the guy setting it up was running late, friendly but super stressed, and politely declined the interview because he was beyond short on time. Also, there were a few jokes on the table that just MIGHT have caused a little friction … I found them hilarious but others might not have.

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Great coverage guys. Fantastic getting to meet and talk with @dignity, @oriskany and @avernos. Nice to see and hear about games and gamers at my reasonably local convention. I hope you all get a chance to come back.

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I would certainly love to come back next year @cbrenner .

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