sunnuntai 27. heinäkuuta 2014

Ropecon 2014 - Mission Completed

Ropecon is one of the largest gaming conventions in  Nordics. It covers role playing, live role playing, board gaming, card gaming and of course miniature gaming. This year part of War Head stand was FonF demo, which I did with my fellow gaming club friend. This was now third year in a row when we have been demonstrating Ambush Alleys Force on Force game in Ropecon. This year we had Vietnam theme and the game was using some of the Ambush Valley Vietnam book's special rules to give some period flavor. The scenario was about SEAL team capturing a political leader from riverside village. After the capture SEAL's were waiting in the village for Swift Boat pickup from the pier. To secure extraction, two fire teams of US Marines were covering the pier. At the same time the jungle was crawling VC and later on NVA troops, and they were approaching fast, so things were about to go wrong in some stage of the mission. I did the scenario myself and it worked well, it was difficult enough for the US troops, but still doable with good tactics, so it gave a good game. Quick six turn game, with proper amount of pressure for both players.

During Saturday and Sunday we did some ten demo games, which meant that almost all we could do, was stand by the table and run the games on a row. So some twenty to thirty people were introduced to the game, not bad. Off course we promoted our gaming club too, so it was for the game and for the club equally. But after two days of standing and talking, my legs are wasted and my throat hurts. And still Ropecon is THE event of gaming, so it's nice to be there doing something fun.

Here's some pictures of the table and some shots of games on the go.
The table featured village by the Mekong river in Rung Sat special zone.
Still in peaceful lull.
The game featured also PCF 9, which was to pick up SEAL's and POI.
Intense game on the way, notice the helmet on NVA player.
A girl with interesting pet tried also the game.
More gaming.
The table was real eye candy, with the village, US firebase, the temple, rice paddies and the pier and off course the strip of river. Here's some action shots amidst the fight.
The Marines have set up ad hoc firebase by the village.
Sappers sneaking in...
Marine fire team in the village with some local civilians.
VC crossing a hill.
VC and NVA troopers have joined forces.
NVA squad bursting out of the jungle.
Navy SEAL securing POI.
Gunship joins the fight giving well needed support for the brother on the ground.
Hard and at the same time really fine weekend is behind. Games, meeting friends, buying some miniatures and having few beers after demo games, what can miniature games ask for more! I'm wasted but happy!

More nice pictures of our demo from Mika's blog.

Let's see what we device for the next year... see you at Ropecon 2015!

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