My photos from OwlCon 2019, held at Rice University the weekend of February 22-24.
On Friday night Brent and I ran a giant eight-player game of Osprey's Ronin. We were able to manage the chaos by arranging it to be four two-player games all sharing the same large table full of terrain. Everyone had a great time and Brent and I plan to run a Madame Butterfly themed game of Ronin, for six players, at Texas BROADSIDE! 2019.
Saturday morning John ran a large game of Blood & Plunder. I participated with a 100 point English land force, lost my commander to gun fire early, then fell behind over the center-board objective and couldn't make a Strike Test because I'd lost my commander.
Saturday afternoon and evening saw me playing Daniel's Brigadier General Commands, fighting the Battle for Arnhem. I'd managed to have the entirety of British 1AB table-ready in time for the con and ran the Air Landing Brigade.
Sunday morning Rob ran Cruel Seas, which I'd picked up from Table Top Generals at the con. I really liked the rules and plan to run a game of it at Texas BROADSIDE! 2019. If possible with a 1:350 waterline model of the USS TEXAS on the board too.
Sunday afternoon I played in Rob's Check Your Six! Jet Age game, flying in two battles taken from the Hollywood engagements featured in Top Gun and the Zeros vs F14s scene from Final Countdown.
Great con and great fun. Enjoy the photos.
November 2018 saw us recognize the end of the so-called "War to End All Wars." World War I ended 100 years ago, and as we do every November, we memorialized this with a Wings of Glory slugfest. Held at our new haunt, the aptly named Tea & Victory, we took over the largest table and transported ourselves back to late October/early November 2018.
Leading the Allies in the initial onslaught was none other than the intrepid aviator, Snoopy (no, seriously...Steve Kastensmidt provided a model of Snoopy on a doghouse which flew very similar to a Sopwith Camel). The Jasta of fighters on the German side was a mixed-bag of hastily thrown together pilots striving to protect a bomber on a critical mission. At one point, we had 13 players each controlling a single aircraft jinking about the skies striving to down their opponents. About mid-way thru, we had a mock demonstration of the Navy's Blue Angels when six aircraft where in such close proximity that it took both umpires a few minutes to sort out the maneuvers, all somehow accomplished without a collision! By the end of the evening, around 2200, four aircraft on each side had been shot out of the sky, but with the fighters tangling with one another the bomber made it thru to it's target unscathed.
During the game, we paused to remember the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of soldiers who sacrificed themselves for their nations. A toast was proposed, glasses were raised, comments made...but in the end, the fighting resumed.
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