In the past few years, we've attended events held by HMGS but we've only ever gone down for a day and that was mainly to spend lots of money. This year we decided to hit it Friday and Saturday, and as the location was only a little over an hour away we decided to drive back and forth instead of getting a room (more money for shiny stuff). Let me start of by saying that HMGS is run by a great group of people and for what they have at their fingertips, they do a great job of hosting an event. One of the big downfalls to only going one day is you can't preregister for day passes. Which usually results in standing in a line Saturday morning waiting to get in. This year, since we were going for two days, we preregistered which allowed us to preregister for any games we wanted. As we wanted to spend time walking around and looking a list of game systems I settled on one I'd like to play. I thought it was a Brother Against Brother game for ACW using 28mm (It turned out to be something else, but I'll get into that later). Erik had a Battle Star Galactica game he wanted to check out along with the BaB game. So we were registered and waited for the big day.
We got there Friday at around 0930 and was able to walk right in and get our badges. Erik was on the fence of whether he wanted to sit in on the BSG game. Which, luckily, we found out when we got there that it was canceled as the GM couldn't make it last minute. So we decided we would spend the morning walking around checking out games since the Vendor hall didn't open until 1200 and the flea market opened at 2:00. Most games were just setting up, but I was able to get eyes on a few games I've been reading up on and it was pretty cool getting to see the terrain and figures ranging in anything from 6mm historicals to 28mm gnome wars and zombie apocalypse games. I was able to snap a few photos, but didn't go crazy. Below are the three that had my attention the most. Especially Sailpower. We got to talk to the guy who created the game and get a free quick reference guide on how it plays out. Maybe if we play test a game I'll write up a post about it.
|15mm WWII: Fireball Forward|
|15mm ACW: Johny Reb III|
|Tournament/Flea market Hall|
All in all it was a great time as always. We got to check out some new games, meet some new people, along with catching up with some friends, and was able to grab everything I "needed" along with some other stuff. Below are my obligatory swag pictures, but here's a quick run down of my shiny things:
X-wing - Slave 1, Millennium Falcon, Tie Interceptor, A-wing, Mist Hunter
Fow - Italian 47/32, 90/53's, 3-ton trucks, Add to dictionary, and my 105mm Vietnam guns
Bolt Action - Axis book, template and dice, Finnish MMG, Pak 3, Medium mortar, and a box of misc troops
Misc- Scenic express summer tufts, measuring stick, LOTS of 28mm lazer cut fencing, zombie vixens, Blue Moon walkers, and some Heroclix