This was the inaugural event, and one I hope continues for years to come. Overall, it seemed to be a big success for all concerned. There was a good turnout with plenty of great looking games. The event was held at a church in Flint, about an hour away from me. It was easy to get to, and there was plenty of room for all the activities. And it also had a concession stand that ran all day with reasonably priced goodies, from donuts to pizza! Perfect fuel for gamers.
The con was set up on an intriguing model. An organizer explained to us that as a member of the church, he was able to obtain use of the gym at no cost, with the agreement that the church could keep all admission fees and concession profits. The result seemed to make everyone happy. He got to put on a fun event, and the church made some money relatively easily. Win-win.
One other item I thought helped make it a success was the welcoming of all different types of games. Now I am pretty much strictly a historical person, but have no issue with what others may enjoy. In particular, I thought the Star Wars and Star Trek games looked fantastic!
I really only have two minor quibbles with the whole thing, neither of which should detract in any way from the overall achievement. One is that it took place on the same day as the annual model show I like to attend. Oh, well. You can't be everywhere and do everything - and you can't arrange things based on what others are doing. Second, there were no vendors other than a flea market table. This wasn't all bad, as it curbed my spending! However, hopefully vendors pick up on this opportunity in the future. I do need to give a shout out to Rider's Hobby Shop of Flint for handing out coupons and sample copies of Wargames Illustrated.
In the end, a hearty well done to all involved!
With that, some photos. Unfortunately some were blurry and unusable, but this gives a good sampling:
|Russo-Finish with Chain of Command. Tempting to play in. And I couldn't help but wonder if those are Baker Company minis from the Kickstarter from which I have received NOTHING yet.|
|Star Wars. Cool. :)|
|Napoleonic age of sail.|
|Bolt Action - Eastern Front.|
|Slovak cavalry. Slovaks!? I thought I was the only one crazy enough to paint up Slovaks!|
|Meanwhile, back in Flinland...|
|Those dastardly Russians.|
|WW2 naval - with computers. Looks pretty intense.|
|Another shot of the Slovak cavalry. I need to get going on mine.|
|Stargate, I think? Way cool terrain.|
|Star Wars again - the rebels.|
|And the empire.|
|Star Wars in action.|
|Star Trek again.|
|Battle of Fort Erie in 15mm, I believe.|
|Some WWI action.|
|Lake Peipus - this is tempting.|
|Another view of Lake Peipus.|
|Another Bolt Action game, this one in Normandy, I think.|
|Another view of the WWI trenches.|