So I was able to attend Historicon this year, from Thursday through Sunday, at its new venue, the Lancaster County Convention Center in downtown Lancaster. The new venue is wonderful! I was lucky enough to get a room at the attached Marriot. The view from the floor I stayed on was a bit different from that of the old Host:
The Games I Ran:
This was the seventh year that Nick and I ran a musical-themed wargame. This time it was a mash-up of Frozen and Anastasia, called "Let It Go, Rasputin." I was too busy to take many pictures from the game but I think it was quite the success.
As in previous years, we both wore iconic costumes during the game. I must say the looks I got from other gamers as I crossed the game room were priceless.
This is essentially what the table set-up was:
A first for our musical games, we had two young ladies playing who were given the roles of Anna and Elsa. As a result, the game was probably not as raucous as in previous years but was still very fun. "Anna" who despite being only 8, was a really excellent player and won the coveted Wazzi award for best actor.
The other game I ran was the Creatures of Croatoan. This was part of a series of Elizabethan fantasy/horror games using the Frostgrave/Ghost Archipelago rules. I had run a game last year about the death of Christopher Marlowe and the search for a lost manuscript of Marlow's Dr. Faustus that could actually open a portal to hell. This year's game was about the search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
There were about half a dozen English warbands
The players could interact with various markers on the board that would give them clues as to the fate of the Lost Colony as well as encounters
Games in Which I Played
I got a chance to play in a number of games.
The first was Last Kids on Earth, based on a YA novel series, in which a small group of kids try to survive a zombie apocalypse. We proved remarkable lucky and successful with all of our survivors making it back to our tree-house fortress with snacks. A fun game.
I also played in one of the iterations of To Catch a King which was put on by Little Wars TV all weekend. I usually avoid Napoleonic games as not quite my cup of tea. However, this game was run by Miles Reidy who's an excellent and funny GM. In this game, the French had successfully invaded England and the British were attempting to get George III onto a ship to reach safety in the colonies.
The last game I played in was Howard Whitehouse's Gentleman's War, a visual feast of old-fashion shiny toy soldiers. Given that I played this on Saturday night, it was a delightful end to the convention that gave a lot of laugh without taxing my exhausted brain too much.
Have Gun Will Travel - they were using a 1950s era board game as the campaign system. It look like a fun game with a great table.
The magnificent Battle of Hoth game put on by the HAWKS