In the chaos that is my life, I have a few absolutes. One, unfortunately, is that I'm NOT going to Historicon this year. That being said, I just realized the Preliminary Event Listing (PEL) is out, and it is chock full of awesomeness. Makes me consider hitting the lottery or knocking off a few banks to eleviate my problems.
The PEL can be found here.
Here's the "Viscount Approved" events, with some commentary in italics.
T-119 Ambush at Gross-Barmen (German South-West Africa, 1904)
Colonial; 7 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Roy Jones; Scale: 25mm; Rules: Sword and the Flame (Modified); No. of Players: 6.
German sailors from a Naval Landing Party march througha narrow defile. The Hereros wait in ambush, hidden in the boulder-strewn hills above. They realize that the Sanitation Carriage contains more than just medical supplies (maybe even cartridges!) The Herero plan: shoot the oxen, shoot the sailors, take the Carriage! From the new scenario book “The HereroWar”. More at www.hererowars.com.
I just mentioned last week that the Herero War book is finally out. Here's a chance to play in one of the games
T-244 A Very British Battle
Inter-War; 7 PM; Length: 3 hrs; Hosted by: Robert Kerstetter; Scale:25mm; Rules: A Very British Civil War; No. of Players: 8.
The struggle for the very British town of Plushbottom takes place between the World Wars. Choose to back the monarchy support the black shirts, join the workers party, or do battle for the Anglican Church. Either way it will be fun.
T-385 Trench Wars: Britain 1938-A Very British Civil War Comes To Downton Abbey Theme
Inter-war; 7 PM; Length: 2 hrs; Hosted by: Frank Luberti Jr.; Scale: 28 mm; Rules: Trench Wars (modified); No. of Players: 8.
The Earl of Grantham fights for King and Country against Socialist militia commanded by his Irish revolutionary son in law. Novices, children with adults, rules lawyers and GMs looking for revenge welcome. Units named after Great Figures in HMGS history. Fans of Downton Abbey welcome. Kid Friendly Game.
Seriously, we have two games that are essentially both Very British Civil War running at the same time? Gah!
F-232 The Great Safari Race by the Lower Potomac Incontinental Irregulars (Dismounted)
Colonial; 8 AM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Dave Timer; Scale: 28mm;Rules: Club Home Rules; No. of Players: 5.
Five Safaris of ardent explorers are racing into unknown parts of Africa in search of glory and riches beyond measure. Each party will attempt to conquer the unyielding environment and plunge into the heart of darkest Africa. The first Safari to return to the Start/Finish muddy village of M’Gumbaville with their treasure WINS. Each Bwana must outfit his safari in the village of Mgumbaville. You may onlytake a combination of porters, guards and companions that numbers 20. All safaris start and end in M’Gumbaville, unless ended by the death of the Bwana. Over 13 please.
F-208 Assault into Grozny, Chechnya, January 7, 1995
Modern; 9 AM Length: 4 hrs Hosted by: Mike Byrne Scale: 28mm Rules: Force on Force No of Players: 7.
After the Russian’s Army coup de main failed at the beginning of the year, the Russian Army is conducting a planned assault to retake Grozny from the Chechen National Guard and irregular forces. Elements of the 129th Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment GMRR) are attacking to take positions as the Russian Armydrives to capture the Presidential palace. A mixture of Chechen irregular forces are defending against the 129th GMRR assault. Can the Chechens withstand the firepower of the Russian assault and bloody the Russian Army’s forces some more? Players under 14 years old if accompanied by an adult.
I've developed an interest in non-Middle Eastern modern action, so Chechnya is right up my alley
F-117 Battle of Latema Nek, WW1 East Africa, March 11, 1916 Theme
WWI; 10 AM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Tim Couper; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Piquet: Field of Battle 2 (with WW1 East Africa extensions); No. of Players: 5.
Allied troops under Gen Tighe advance into Tanganyika through the Latema & Reata hills. In spite of an ineffective reconnaissance of the steep jungled terrain, troops from India, East Africa and Rhodesia were ordered to take the Nek. Take command of a battalion or Feldkompanie! Gamers must be over 16, and be comfortable with the battle highs and lows characteristic of Piquet!
Game looks interesting, but the warning flags come up with "be comfortable with the battle highs and lows characteristic of Piquet" screams, "Leave us alone, noobs!"
F-356 “A Disastrous, But Successful Fight” - Battle of Quingua, 23 April 1899
Colonial; 11 AM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Bob Giglio; Scale: 25mm;Rules: Soldier’s Companion, unpublished 2nd edition rules; No. of Players: 4.
The 1899-1902 Philippine War (or Insurrection) was an armed conflict between United States and Filipino revolutionaries. This often overlooked war (and for wargaming!) was during the age of Imperialism and Gunboat Diplomacy when America was “spreading her wings”. This early battle showed how determined the Philippine Army was to contest every inch of their thick near impenetrable jungle country. Gamers age 15 or older only.
THIS is the first event that makes me wish I go to Historicon. Four players is a bit small.
F-387 Gnome Wars: The Castle in Teutoburg Forest
Gnomes; 2 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Steven Stanton; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Gnome Wars from Brigade Games; No. of Players: 10.
Description: On the retreat after losing their brewery in a fierce battle, Lon’s Lunkheads race to meet up with the rest of their clan at Elmore’s Castle. The Highlanders, Swiss, and Sikhs hope to catch and defeat Lon in order to crush his monopoly of the gnome beer market. Players with a painted “Gnomes atWar” unit from Brigade Games do not need pre-register. Rules will be taught. No one under age 14 without a playing adult. Father-son teams encouraged.
The traditional Gnome Wars game at Historicon, using the MBA Castle table. One minor nitpick, Jim. "Father-son"? The Stout Gnomes should know some of the finest teams to appear at the table have been Father-Daughter! And I'm not counting my kids, who are still in training!
F-297 Bubba’s Revenge
Modern Horror; 4 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Michael Moran; Scale: 25mm; Rules: Mein Zombie; No. of Players: 6.
Bubba just wanted to have a pig roast with a couple friends. Who knew it would end with each everyone becoming a zombie. Then a group of invaders came in stole his weapons, slaughtered his guests and left
Bubba for destroyed. Rules Taught Beginners welcome.
Mein Zombie looked fun at Cold Wars, this looks even better.
F-116 Klein-Barmen: Rosenberg’s Desperate Charge (German South-West Africa, 1904)
Colonial; 7 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Roy Jones; Scale: 25mm; Rules: Sword and the Flame (Modified); No. of Players: 6.
Concealed Herero riflemen, firing from boulder fighting positions, have stymied the German attack at Klein-Barmen. In a desperate move, Leutnant von Rosenberg is ordered to take his 5th Feldkompagnie, dash across unprotected open ground, and take the Herero position by storm! From the new scenario book “The Herero War”. More at: www.hererowars.com.
There's actually three different Herero Wars scenarios being run at the con.
F-397 Palestine 1917: Australian Light Horse at Beersheba [WW1] Theme
WWI; 7 PM; Length: 3 hrs; Hosted by: Pete Panzeri; Scale: 28mm; Rules: BLACK JACK RULES! (WW1); No. of Players: 20.
Brits and Anzacs attack the Ottomans at Beersheba in Palestine. Can they penetrate the Town’s defenses? And will “Lawrence’s Arabians” sweep in to help? Short-but-intense slugfest game of Random Events, Cheers! Music, Hats, Prizes! Awards NON-STOP FUN & MAYHEM! Email email@example.com for free PDF of Scenario & BLACK JACK RULES! Experienced kids (9 & up) who can reach the center of a 6’ table are OK with a participating adult
I have the feeling this is another one that will make me wish I was there. All I have to say is, I want pictures!
F-388 Gnome Wars: The Incident at Elmore’s Castle
Gnomes; 7 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Jim Stanton; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Gnome Wars from Brigade Games; No. of Players: 10.
The Allied forces have launched an all out assault on the German positions at Elmore’s Castle. The Germans, having been caught by surprise, are spread thin but are standing firm praying that the expected relief column is nearby. Players with a painted unit from Brigade Games do not need pre-register. Rules will be taught. No one under age 14 without a playing adult. Father-son teams encouraged
More classic Gnome Wars at the castle!
S-389 “War of the Wicked Witch’s Castle” Theme
Other; 9 AM; Length: 2 hrs; Hosted by: Pete Panzeri; Scale: 28mm; Rules: WICKED WITCH RULES! Classic Horror Fiction; No. of Players: 12.
“Classic Horror Fiction.” Emerald City Guards, Munchkin Grenadiers and assorted Land of Oz Witch-Hunters all go after the Wicked Witch of the East in her Castle. Can her Castle Guards, Flying Monkeys and other Horror Minions stop them? Short-but-intense game of Random Events, Cheers! Music, Hats, Prizes! Awards NON-STOP FUN & MAYHEM! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for free PDF of WICKED WITCH RULES! Kids 7 & up who can reach the table are OK each with a participating adult.
And the third item that makes me go, GAH! I want pictures just to update my Wizard of Oz posts!
S-236 Teddy Bear Roman Civil War
Ancients; 10 AM; Length: 2 hrs; Hosted by: James Reynolds; Scale: 25mm; Rules: Teddy Bear Picnic; No. of Players: 8.
Only one bear can be the emperor and rule the whole picnic. Join the forces of Yogius Caesar or Poohpey, and make history. Kids’ game.
Bears always make a great game, and a slightly calmer alternative to the Oz game that started an hour earlier.
S-310 Tank Battles for Wee Warriors
WWII; 10 AM; Length: 2 hrs; Hosted by: Brian Whitaker; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Home Rules; No. of Players: 8.
Tank Battles for Wee Warriors. Designed for the young and young at heart. Beginners expected. Whiney 40-year-olds must be accompanied by a responsible 6-year-old.
Even more kids stuff, all crammed in the exact same time slot. What the hay!
S-331 THEM!! Again?
SciFi; 10 AM Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Karl Shanoltz; Scale: 15mm; Rules: Home Rules; No. of Players: 8.
Based on the 1954 version of THEM! 6 months have passed since the last encounter with the giant ants in Los Angeles. Now, outside San Diego, there have been reports of holes in the ground. You and your fellow commanders have been dispatched to investigate. Come and find out what’s in the caves. Players 12 and under must have a participating adult.
Fun classic sci-fi, yet again, a fairly kid-friendly game that's competing with Flying Monkeys, Teddy Bears, and Tanks!
S-444 Battle of the Toy Box Theme
Fantasy; 12 PM; Length: 2 hrs; Hosted by: Sammy Surdu; Scale: 28mm;
Rules: Milk and Cookies Rules; No. of Players: 6.
The lights are off and the people have gone to bed. It’s time for the epic battle royale between the toy soldiers and the teddybears. Who will control the toy box by dawn? The HAWKS will be hosting one table of shorter games for Kids all day . Come help us introduce your kid to the fun of miniature gaming! Older gamers welcome with a participating kid.
And it continues with this one (again, pictures please!).
S-286 The Great Bear Resurgent: Russian Invasion of Ukraine 2014
Modern; 1 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Jake Strangeway; Scale: 6mm; Rules: Command Decision Test of Battle; No. of Players: 6.
Ukraine has begun a descent into civil war. Pro-west forces clash with those who wish to join with Russia, and the violence escalates. When a coup overthrows the Ukrainian government, Putin decides it is time to move again. Mobilizing forces based in Germany, NATO troops roll eastward even as Russian troops roll westward. The two groups will meet in Western Ukraine for the first battle of what could be the Third World War…
A "grown-up" game that I hoping someone would put together...
S-390 Title: GNOME WARS - A Bunch of Hot Air!!
Gnomes; 2 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Brian Robinett; Scale: 28mm;
Rules: Gnome Wars from Brigade Games; No. of Players: 10. The Kaiser and the Jägermeisters are preparing to deploy yet another not-so-secret weapon in an effort to bring the war to a rapid conclusion. Can the Allies stop the Hun’s evil plans in time? Parent/Child teams encouraged. Bring your own 320 pt Brigade Games unit and there is no need to sign up. Prizes!!!
Another Gnome game, although I don't know what Brian has up his sleeve.
S-400 Gnome Wars: …just not the slowest!
Gnomes; 7 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Steven Stanton; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Gnome Wars from Brigade Games; No. of Players: 10.
A Middle Eastern Village, bombs dropping between the minarets, and a few hundred of your closest undead friends coming for a late-night feeding. To get away, you don’t have to be the fastest….. Anyone bringing five (5) painted Gnomes at War figures from Brigade Games does not have to preregister. No one under 14 without a playing parent/guardian.
Znombies and the MBA Middle East board. I'm sold! My guys would be hiding in the kitchen of the Fallafal House.