Once again, if you are missed this convention, you are missing the best three days of SF gaming. Fun games, great people, and mellow.
This year we were blessed by unseasonably good weather so the drive up was quick and painless. What did take me by surprise was the hotel was under reconstruction. The hotel sits along the banks of the mighty Susquehanna river, and apparently the huge snowstorm that hit the east coast in October of 2011 resulted in the first floor of the hotel being flooded. All of the rooms on the first floor were closed for remodeling - the place was gutted. Our room on the second floor was fine though, and the restaurant had been restored, so other than the somewhat spooky walk through the first floor hallway to get to the lobby, everything was copacetic.
So let's jump to what it's all about, the games! This year was an experiment: non-GZG games were permitted with convention director approval. This was an excellent addition which not only provides greater variety, but will hopefully attract more folks to the con. My first game was a non-GZG game; a neat 4 player game using Ambush Alley rules with touches taken from Tomorrow's War. It was called Battle for Lancaster by Stuart Murray. (All these pics should enlarge by clicking)
Basically veteran troopers starting at the closest edge in the above picture needed to retrieve trapped folks by the flipped bus (by the very rectangular modern building. Insurgents (GZG Crusties) worked to prevent the veterans. Two players played the troopers and two were the insurgents. Ambush Alley was fast enough that we could play the scenario twice in a single game slot, giving everyone a chance to play both sides.
Daddy's Little Men). In the above pic, Clambo is skirting up the left side. That pile of kill tokens on the right? Yeah, that's my squad save the one unscathed trooper and the two wounded guys to the left of the yellow car. Did I mention Ambush Alley is bloody?
Here are some quick picks of games going on during Battle for Lancaster:
So ended Friday night. Saturday games in part 2.