Monday, August 19, 2013

GenCon Part 2

GenCon was great fun. 40,000 gamers all in one place; every imaginable costume and game all thrown in together. I will be back next year.

I played in a Sail Power game. Three teams, British, Dutch and Pirates. The British and the Dutch were at war and the Pirates were lurking around, looking for easy prey. As one of the Dutch player, I tried to bribe my way into the British port to conduct trade; and barely escaped with my life! A British ship arrived, I made for the open sea. The fort at the port put a fire shot into my ship and set it on fire. Of the twelve players, I finished 11th.
Still a fun game with great terrain and models. The rules handle sailing very well for a land lubber like me.

The Pirate fort

two dutch ships vs one British

The Spanish island with my ship headed to it, away from the British port

A Gypsy musician plays near Event registration

My son, Brady, and I played in a game of Freeblades. It's a fantasy skirmish game. A lot of fun; highly recommend this one.
We were members of the Bandit team, trying to steal loot from the wagon.

This piano sits outside one of the entrances to the Convention Center. On Thursday and Friday I sat here and listened to random people stop and play.

Lunch saturday from from this food truck. Good stuff!

Brady standing by a YuGiOh character
We played a demo game of Leviathons. This is a fun, fast moving system. At $100 for 8 miniatures, the rules, and maps, its a little more than I am willing to pay.

One last shot of one of the Bolt Action tables.

This is the way to play Space Hulk

Doesn't every wargame convention have a Cthulu balloon scupture?


  1. Thanks, Mike. Looks like fun! Nice to hear that your son and you were in this event together.

  2. Great looking pics. Sail power looks very interesting...

    Though now of course, I want a balloon Cthulhu for my gaming room.

  3. Sounds and looks like a great time!


  4. Always envious of the events you guys have in the US. The Sail Power game looks brilliant and would have been great fun to play.

  5. As a member of the Ohio Men of the Red Chest, I would like to thank you for playing in our Sailpower game.

  6. Glad to know you had a good time and thank you for writing about it.

  7. Glad you had fun playing Sailpower! For anyone who is interested, more details about the game can be found at

    -Captain Ed (Sailpower Gamemaster)

  8. Looks like a great event! Thanks for sharing these pictures with us!