For those who don't know, Colonial Battles is in honor of Larry Brom, who published The Sword and The Flame 35 years ago. It is still going strong, with many different rule sets being published today by Sergeants 3. All games are run with variants of The Sword and The Flame, encompassing ancients to science fiction, and many in between. Unfortunately, Larry's health didn't allow him to attend this year, but his daughters, Christie (a.k.a. "Skittles") and Lori ably handled the con.
Saturday started at 3am, when my Mom was taken to the hospital. It turned out to be missing a particular prescription, and so ended well.
At 9am, I played in Mark Fluitt's game "Roman Legionnaires in Germania" using The Sword In Gaul. Roman scum had desecrated our holy tree and taken our Druid captive for "questioning". We Germans were spread out about the table, trying to stop the Romans. Mark was awarded The Gunny Award for Most Striking Terrain, and believe me, it was beautiful, as were the figures. Here are the few pictures I managed to take between rolling dice and moving troops.
Now my afternoon game, "The Post" using With Ol' Gimlet Eye. First let me affirm what gentlemen were in my game. I made the mistake of "assuming" that the game was in usual Larry Brom style of d6's and d20's. It was not: it was all d10's, which wasn't discovered until about 2'1/2 hours into the game. Not a gamer complained, though I received definitely deserved ribbing. Bill Hamilton came through as my hero pointing out that everyone was familiar with Larry's games, and no one caught it until well into the game. I apologized and the game continued with d10's.
Here's a picture of the table before the game started. The beautifully finished Sarissa buildings belong to Chris Swearingen and were the goal of the game. The Sandinistas needed to burn the post.
The original post defenders lived through the game, probably because they were not much of a threat, being only 5, and poorly armed.
In the end, after the Sandanistas were repelled from the village, it was decided that they had no chance to burn the post, and so lost. I really enjoyed running it, even with my gross mistake.
At the same time, Jay Stribling was running his Frogs In Space! game, "In a Galaxy Far Away..." You could see that it wasn't going to be Games Workshop from the beginning!
More goodness. Ron Gross told me he loved the game, but Jay is not ready to release it yet.
Here are Christie (Skittles) and Lori Brom, the convention organizers, with Mark Fluitt, searching through the hundreds of Staddens that Terry Sofian brought. I was not immune myself.
And here is Ron Gros, who ably kept the rear guard of the Romans from adding their weight to the attack to get off the table.
I had a great time, playing and rubbing shoulders with old friends. Unfortunately, I ran out of steam due to my early morning, and was unable to stay for the evening games, and work called on Sunday, so I was unable to return. sigh. The things we do for a buck!
I then found out that I had been awarded the Gunny for Most Congenial Player. Great honor, and I am very appreciative, since the awards are giving by the voting attendees.