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GenCon After Action Report: Win!

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The upright city of St. Piddlin was a hit a GenCon.

We drove up from Atlanta on Tuesday, leaving at 8 in the morning.  Traffic wasn’t really an issue.  The drive was uneventful. We got to Indianapolis that afternoon and just had dinner, resting for the odyssey that would be the next five days.  On Wednesday we unloaded the truck.  Grover came by and was a great help with this. Lunch was at the Ram, a Brewpub downtown.  Wil Wheaton was there having lunch. I did not fanboy him.

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There was quite a lot of work involved in this. We were worn out, so it was time for dinner and home then.  The next day was the opening of the show.  The dealer hall opened at 9 for the people who had paid for early entrance and for the celebrity types.  At ten, the rest of the gaming world descended upon us.  After that calmed down a bit, we met up the guys from 19 and 1, a gaming club in Indy.  We put up 4 gaming tables using MBA 28mm terrain for three and MBA 15mm terrain for one.   IMG_0834This is the 24′ Castle into town battle table.  There is a game of bolt action going on in the background while the guys from DGS are running Freeblade.

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This is the 16′ of middle eastern conflict we set up being used for a zombie game.

There are tons more pics of the terrain and the rest of GenCon on facebook in our albums.  Here is  a link.  While you are there, make sure to like us.  Share us with your network please.

While Kirk and Jim worked the booth, I stayed in the gaming hall, talking about the new Castle Kickstarter and all of the great MBA terrain.  People were really excited about the stuff, and about a million pictures were taken of the castle table. The first day seemed to last forever. Finally six o’clock came, and the dealer hall shut down.

We then headed over to the Rathskeller, a German restaurant in downtown Indy.  Kirk had some of his friends meet us there.  They were the guys he’d served with in Iraq, and their families.  What  a great group of people.  Friendly and outgoing folks, I felt right at home with them.  We had *excellent* food and beer, plenty of conversation, and more than one “no shit, there I was” story was told.

The rest of the Con went by in similar fashion.  We got up early, to the con, worked until six, and then called it a day. On Friday we ran the Open Conflict game on the Middle eastern table.  It was well received to say the least.  The players blew up, ran over and shot each other in quite inventive ways.   The Americans camped in the base while the UN troops left behind the guys whose vehicle got RPG’d and the ISF just got pummeled.  The “BrownLiquid” Contractors were ignored as they whisked the prince out of the conflict area.  The Sunnis and Shias seemed to have the most fun,  ambushing convoys and bus jacking pilgrims.  The big winner of the day was Grover, Bus jacking the pilgrims, killing off ISF forces, and moving his rockets into place.

Saturday came and went in a blur.  Jim did get a chance to talk to an old friend from Iron Wind. IMG_0842

Sunday came and we had a big rush at the booth.  We packed it at 4, and had to wait what seem like forever before they’d let us load the truck.  We headed home then, and after another uneventful drive, GenCon 2013 was in the books.  We had a great time.  You should come next year!

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Gen Con 2013 Day 0

What a great day!  We got up to some great weather. It was about 58 and warmed up to 74 today.  Unloading went smoothly.  The booth setup took a while, and by the time we were done we headed over to the Ram, a brewpub in downtown Indy.  They have embraced GenCon…. Check out this menu!

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We also picked up a copy of the Program.

GenCon Program

GenCon Program

This thing is huge. We set up 4 tables for gaming, a 15mm Flames of War, a 28mm zombie table, a 28mm modern conflict, and a huge 28mm castle and town battle.  Pics of these to follow.  Started letting people know about the castle kickstarter.  Lots of positive feedback on it.  Looking forward to the rest of the Con,


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Miniature Building Authority announces upcoming CASTLE KICKSTARTER

You know the Miniature Building Authority! We deliver the highest quality pre-painted and pre-assembled buildings. Just open up the box, put them on the table and you are gaming in no time. No more projects. We’ve been producing fine miniature gaming terrain pieces since 2002.

Objective: to make available the best, most versatile, modular, highest quality, pre-assembled, and pre-painted castle set available in 28mm. These new pieces will be 100% compatible with our existing line of Castle Walls and accessories.

Timeline: The MBA Castle Kick Starter will run in March of 2014. Delivery is tentatively planned for December 2014.

Products: MBA will introduce several new items to make our castle system the most complete, modular and versatile system available on the market. Products will include a new Keep, Great Hall, Drawbridge, Barbican, Castle Dungeon, and Tavern Cellar. New town buildings, and many other exciting new products. Additionally, there will be great stretch goal freebies, and a specially sculpted line of castle wenches to add to your collection.

Be sure to bookmark this page for further updates.


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Miniature Building Authority Preps 28mm modern conflict for Gen Con

I was lucky enough to be asked to come over and help playtest the ruleset that MBA (Miniature Building Authority) will be running at Gen Con 2013.  There were four other play testers, and what a great time we had.  First, let’s have a look at the table:

Iraq 28mm table, ready for troop deployment

The table ready for Troop Deployment Iraq 28mm table, ready for troop deployment

And here is another shot from a different angle:

A bird's eye view of about half the table.

A bird’s eye view of about half the table.

We were each put in charge of a different force including Americans, UN, IDF, Shia, and Sunni.  After falling in love with the table, we put out our forces.

Calm looking street?  The red bus is full of pilgrims, and the surrounding buildings are full of Shia ambushers.  It's about to go all wrong here.

Calm looking street? The red bus is full of pilgrims, and the surrounding buildings are full of Shia ambushers. It’s about to go all wrong here.

And these:

The Mosque is the destination for the Pilgrims.  The IDF escorts have quite the warm welcome waiting for them.

The Mosque is the destination for the Pilgrims. The IDF escorts have quite the warm welcome waiting for them.

There was a ton of action, fires starting and troops dying.

28mm Humvee lights up a VW microbus, insurgents flee

28mm Humvee lights up a VW microbus, insurgents flee

The Americans and IDF held a base in the contested zone with little resistance.

28mm American compound, complete with porta potties

28mm American compound, complete with porta potties

Whilst the Shia waited on Pilgrims that were to never arrive.

Courtyard around Mosque.  Shia Forces readying for assault on  Americans.

Courtyard around Mosque. Shia Forces readying for assault on Americans.

Things get hot quickly.  The pilgrims bus is Bus jacked, and the Americans attempt a heroic Helo based rescue.  The chopper is forced to land because of small arms fire and so that mission is aborted.

IDF and UN players watching to see what develops as Helicopter is forced to land in roundaboutIDF and UN players watching to see what develops as Helicopter is forced to land in roundabout.

The Sunni bravely ambush the rear of the American armored patrol, and the UN prepare to blow the wall and go after the guys who shot down the Helo.

28mm American armored vehicle takes a rocket launcher attack in the rear from Sunni troops hidden in convenience store.  UN troops at bottom of photo preparing to breech wall and enter Mosque compound.

28mm American armored vehicle takes a rocket launcher attack in the rear from Sunni troops hidden in convenience store. UN troops at bottom of photo preparing to breech wall and enter Mosque compound.

At the end of the game the Sunni player was declared the winner.    *I* think we were all winners.  The game was a ton of fun, the guys were fun opponents and willing to have a good time, MBA  put on a Phenomenal table in 28mm for us to play on and nobody got upset when the bad guys won.  Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this.

As a footnote, I’d like to correctly Identify Michael Johns as both the winner and the Leader of the Shia Militia.