Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Running my first convention game

My local miniatures club is going to run a miniatures game at Little Wars, a wargames convention that takes place April 8-10 outside Chicago. This is our first time doing anything like this, so we played it safe and decided to host a game designed to introduce players to Song of Blades & Heroes, our current favorite for fantasy skirmish battles.

Since SBH is quite easy to learn and encourages RPG-style warbands, we chose to list our game in the "family friendly" convention category, which means we'll likely have some parent/child teams at our table. This is 100% great — the hobby needs ways to fire the imagination of younger players, and SBH is definitely an excellent introductory game.

I found out last week that our event filled up during the pre-registration period. Again, this is a good thing — we can count on a full table. We're already brainstorming ways to accommodate walk-ups...maybe we'll grab some space on an adjacent table and squeeze in another couple players? SBH requires a comparatively tiny play area...you can play on a 2 by 2-foot square if necessary, though the author suggests 3 by 3 for 28mm gaming.

Anyway, wish me luck as I attempt to give back to the hobby that I enjoy so much!


ChicagoWiz said...

Awesome! I can't make it to LW this year, having done GaryCon just a couple of weeks ago (@thePrincessWife would be displeased! LOL) but I hope it's a great con for you guys. Hope you do a write up afterwards.

Bosky said...

Little Wars named after HG Wells' Little Wars (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Wars-H-G-Wells/dp/0972251154)? Neato.