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HAWKs Friday NASHCON Games Report

Chris Palmer This past weekend the HAWKs (Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers) made a road trip down to the NASHCON gaming convention near Nashville, TN, to host over fifteen games.  We were up early Thursday morning to load a 12-passenger van we had rented full of all our gaming equipment and suitcases, and we arrived at the convention hotel late that night after a 12 hour drive from Maryland.  We were up early again Friday to unpack our van and set up for our midday games. I was slated to run “The Battle of Five Armies” using BYV in the first game slot of the con starting Friday at 2:00. You can read a report of that here.

The Battle of Five Armies

 In the same session Duncan Adam was running his homegrown WWII fast play naval rules, combining aspects of the popular fantasy naval rules Uncharted Seas and the Axis an Allies Naval miniatures game.  He has nicely modified and combined these rules into a fun historical naval game.

Charted Seas WWII naval game

On  a nearby table Buck Surdu was running his under-development G.A.M.E.R WWII skirmish rules, in a scenario called “Commandos Strike at Dawn”. It involved British commandos striking a German coastal installation to steal an encryption device.  The fast and furious rules are totally card driven and have diceless combat resolution.

G.A.M.E.R WWII skirmish game

In the Friday evening session, Greg Priebe ran a Dr Who Miniatures game which saw the Doctor and his companions landing the TARDIS in the middle of a French and Indian War battle where they sought to undo an ancient curse which lingered in the timeless forest of western PA

Dr Who, and his companions, River, Rory and Amy, make their way through a unit of Rangers unopposed, with the help of  the Doctor’s psychic paper

An overview of the Dr Who table

Also in the Friday evening session, Duncan was running a War of 1812 game using Wellington Rules.  The scenario took place a few weeks before the Battle of New Orleans, as Andrew Jackson’s forces attempted to repulse the British vanguard in a fierce night battle.

Duncan Adams does a rules briefing prior to the start of his War of 1812 game.

American forces move towards the British encampment in Duncan’s War of 1812 game.

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GASLIGHT Undersea Extravaganza Game Wins Award at NASHCON

Chris Palmer This past weekend the HAWKs (Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers) made a road trip down to the NASHCON gaming convention near Nashville, TN, to host over a dozen games. The big showcase game on our line-up was a 12 player GASLIGHT Undersea Extravaganza, using figures, vehicles, and beasties from both Buck Surdu’s and my collections.  We arrived at the convention hotel late Thursday night after a 12 hour drive from Maryland, and were up early Friday to unpack our van and set up for our midday games.  The Extravaganza was slated to run during the Saturday night game slot.

Buck and I with our award.

   We set up the game with four factions, a human exploration party, Fishmen, Atlanteans, and a “Bad Guy” human party.  Each team had it’s own list of objectives such as, Loot the Atlantean Temple, Steal secrets from the crashed submarine, destroy the exploration party’s power plant, etc..
  We were pleased to get 10 folks signed up for the game, ranging from young to old.  After Buck gave a rules brief things got underway.  The action was fast and furious, and there was lots of carnage,  and cantankerous vehicles to content with; and of course, laughter, cheers, and groans of frustration when things didn’t go according to plan.   Everyone seemed to have a great time, including Buck and I, and we had many passers-by stop and comment on the uniqueness and coolness of the game.  Most of all, we were pleasantly surprised when the folks from CigarBoxBattle.com awarded us a Superior Game Presentation Award for our time slot.
 Below are some photos of the action.

Buck briefing the rules.

A view of the action early in the game.

A group of divers falls upon some Fishmen who were  in the process of looting the sunken pirate ship.

The Fishmen’s Giant Octopus attacks the Atlanteans Underwater Walker.

An Atlantean Ray Lancer attempts to hit one of the Exploration Party’s Attack Subs with a spar torpedo.

General chaos ensues around the wrecked submarine.  In the lower left of the photo, you can see that the Octopus has managed to topple the Walker and is now scuffling with a unit of Atlanteans.

Units from the Exploration Party carry valuable artifacts away from the Atlantean Temple.

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