Friday, July 29, 2016

Final Notes on Historicon 2016 from the Colonies


Clarence Harrison - I've just finished going through my notes preparing records for my own Glorious Obsession. It is impossible for me to do a write up on every game we ran, but I wanted to highlight some of the action.

First of all, hats off to Captain Murray who had to be the most active officer on the table. He was killed in game one by an errant shot (Event Card) that caused the rout of the Williamite center on the last turn of the game, fought a personal duel on the crest of the Pennyburn Bridge and killed General Maumont in game two, led a charge that recaptured a lost standard in game three, 'rescued' General Maumont's Mistress from the Jacobite camp and led the most decisive win of the week in game five with a victory called after eight turns (out of ten), and got caught up in a retreat and drowned in a bog in game seven. He personally led multiple cavalry charges. His first squadron was ALWAYS the first over the bridge in the assault and were routed or destroyed in every game except one. His second squadron fared slightly better and managed to survive four games, but suffered capture in game two. Bull's cavalry suffered serious casualties as well, but not in the spectacular fashion of Murray's!


Lord Grand Priors's battalion fought well. They were deployed near the bridge and had to withstand multiple cavalry charges almost every game. They managed to capture colors from both of Murray's squadrons in game two.


The Kestrel proved to be an entertaining part of the scenario. The effectiveness of the guns varied depending on the skill of the players with maneuvering in the current, but it did reduce a scratch squadron of Jacobite horse to a bloody smear at near point blank range in one game. We had a boarding action once when Jacobite troops launched a small boat to pursue the ship. Another game featured a waterborne 'sniper' duel when a lone soldier (his partner fell overboard) spent the session picking off crew men. Near the end of the game, the captain became so alarmed at the losses that they turned loose a full broadside at the little boat... by turn ten the launch was sinking, but the sniper managed to paddle to shore!


Besides all of the enthusiastic gamers at our table, I had a lot of fun hanging out 'after hours' with people I had only really conversed with online, including Dan Faulconbridge and Dave Taylor.

So how was the rest of Historicon? Well, I don't really know. I didn't get away from our table often. There was a few grumbles about registration (which I think I avoided as a GM who checked in Wednesday night), but for the most part everyone I talked to seemed to be having a good time. I've seen other negative comments that it was too hot in the main hall (which I never noticed), a funny smell (besides the great smell of hot dogs grilling near by, again I didn't notice) or there weren't as many people (several dealers I spoke with said their sales were up). I guess I was just having too much fun...


It was also great to get to hang out with my partner in crime (photo above the only proof I've seen that we were BOTH at the table - from Thomas Grove). We've only been in the same city twice in the ten years we've been working together so it was good to be able to sit down and share a beer (well. ok lots of beers). I honestly don't know if we'd get anything accomplished that didn't including toy soldiers if we lived on the same continent...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What this site needs are more photos of Mr Hilton!

Clarence Harrison - Yes, I apologize, but I'm the one taking the photos so you get more shots of the Scotsman. It was sort of unavoidable giving the object of this post...

On behalf of myself and the aforementioned Mr. Hilton, thanks to everyone who played in our games. I tried to get photos of each session that included all the gamers, but it's like herding cats! Maybe next time I need to make everyone line up! I also don't seem to have any photos of the pick up game Thursday night when Dan Faulconbridge joined the Jacobite cause. He had to leave a few minutes early (after getting General Maumont killed), but did ask the next day, 'Did we win?' Yes, Dan, you did...

In no particular order...











I don't remember everyone's name (Barry probably does). I will remember your face and hope to see you at an event again. If you come up and introduce yourself and draw a blank look, just kick me in the shin and remind me you played in the Pennyburn Mill game!

Jim Getz, author of many Napoleonic rule sets, and Bill Thornhill of Footsore Miniatures both played in our game and joined us for dinner one evening. Dannie Fogleman from the Fighting Talk forum played in our first game (and also met us for dinner one evening - hmm... there is a theme developing) and spent time visiting between games the rest of the weekend. Alex, Brad, Dan, David, Grant, John, Joseph (who played in two games, once on each side), Kalissa, Kyle, Mark, Pete, Richard (there were at least three players named Richard), Ted, Tod, and William... I am missing at least ten of you! If you see this and I've left you out, please sound off below.

You were all great sports, even when the random events went against! Every session was fun - Barry and I enjoyed the experience immensely.

Thanks again!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Historicon Sunday

Clarence Harrison - Whew! Seven games in four days!

DID THEY NOT SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE
FIRST TWO SQUADRONS THAT CROSSED THE BRIDGE?


RIPARIAN ENTERTAINMENTS


THE GENERALS RESOLVE A GAME TOO CLOSE TO CALL
WITH A SPIRITED GAME OF BLACKJACK

SEVEN GAMES WASN'T ENOUGH!
BARRY AND I FIGHT IT OUT TO SEE
WHO PAYS FOR DINNER!
(I think he cheated)


I am sooooo going to get it when Hilton gets back to a computer. He will be plotting his revenge on the entire flight back to Scotland...

It was fun to get the chance to run Beneath the Lily Banners for so many great wargamers. We'll have more over the next few weeks...

Historicon Saturday

Clarence Harrison - Three days, six games...

CAPTAIN MURRAY AND THE LADS


'YOUR OTHER PORT!'


THE PENNYBURN MILL


'... AND THEN I THROTTLED HIM!'


So far we've had four victories for the Jacobites and two for the Sons of Derry, though I think the later had the most decisive win, causing the game to be called on turn 8 out of 10. Now I'm off to bed as I was out drinking with Scotsmen and Canadians!

One more game tomorrow... err... later today now... oh, dear!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Historicon Friday

Clarence Harrison - Two more great games, but one sequence stood out...

CAPTAIN MURRAY, THE COMMANDER OF SALLIES,
LEADS A RAID ON THE JACOBITE CAMP...

 
... 'RESCUES' THE DOXY...

... AND DELIVERS HER TO THE PASTOR
TO LEARN THE ERROR OF HER WAYS!


YES, NOW WE NEED TO CALL HIM 'SIR BARRY'


Yes, they gave him a medal. Yes, he may be insufferable for a bit. Yes, I think he made that face just to mess with you... I think.

Seriously, congratulations on being inducted into the HMGS Legion of Honor. Barry has produced decades of amazing games under the League of Augsburg title and is deserving of the recognition. His work has inspired many of us.

Of course, pal, I'll be back to making fun of you tomorrow...

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