So the "Best Four Days in Gaming" returned to it's normal August timeframe in Indianapolis this year (sorry that it has taken me three weeks to get off my lazy butt and write it up). Still not quite up to where it was in the "before times" though. Vax and mask requirements (which honestly feel to me like the old "Duck and Cover" drills of the 1960s - more security theatre than real protection. I really miss seeing peoples faces when talking to them.
It was a decent drive over to Indy Wednesday morning, and I got in to the convention center just after lunch. Luckily the line for vax check was very small at that time - took me less than 10 minutes. I saw it later that evening when it was moving fast but still taking over an hour (or even two). So it definitely pays to be early.
I find it a little frustrating that GMs have to wait until after 3 pm on Wednesday to pick up their badges / packets - when people who aren't doing any work at all for the convention can walk up and get them anytime (or even have them mailed to them ahead of time). We finally got out arm bands that allow us into the gaming hall early to set up, and then the long haul (4 loads in my little cart) back and forth from the parking garage, then setting up the mats for Kings of War, Armada and Vanguard.I had six tables for vanguard (with the frames around them), 6 for Kings of War, and 3 for Armada). Plus I had to pull all the tin sheets from the cases and put all the minis on their movement trays for Kings of War (and FINALLY took the time to mark the leaderpoint on ALL the units, since I was handling every one anyway (I had picked up some white paint pens and keep finding more uses for them!)
In addition to my games, Blake was running his big game up front, and there were also people running FireFight, Hellboy and Star Saga in the Mantic area.
I had 3 sessions of Kings of War, 4 sessions of Armada and 3 sessions of Vanguard, for a total of 49 games and 82 participants (including the How You Use It! tournament). Unfortunately I also failed (again) to get many pictures of the events.
|Learn to Play: Vanguard|
|Learn to Play: Kings of War|
|Quick, let me see your faces before the Mask police arrive. Jeff Franz, Blake Shrode, X, X, David Collins, Dan White, X|
|Scott Johnson v Blake Shrode, Round 2|
|Alan Wigness v Jonathan Neessen, Round 2|
|Dan White v Jeff Franz, Round 2|
|Jonathan Neessen v Dan White, Round 3|
Mantic provided the prize support, and the Ohio War Kings provided the trophies!
|3rd Place - Scott Johnson|
|2nd Place - Jonathon Neessen|
|1st Place - Jeff Franz|
Gencon How You Use It 2022
|1||Jeff Franz||Basileans, Nightstalkers, Forces of Nature||Jonathon Neessen, Dan White, Blake Shrode||55||1st|
|2||Jonathon Neessen||Abyssal Dwarfs, Empire of Dust, Undead||Jeff Franz, Alan Wigness, Dan White||42||2nd|
|3||Scott Johnson||Ratkin, Elves, Halflings||David Collins, Blake Shrode, Alan Wigness||36||3rd|
|4||Blake Shrode||Orcs, Forces of The Abyss, Goblins||Alan Wigness, Scott Johnson, Jeff Franz||33|
|5||Dan White||Ogres, Northern Alliance, Order of the Green Lady||Mike Carter (Ringer), Jeff Franz, Jonathon Neessen||32|
|6||Alan Wigness||Salamanders, Trident Realm, Riftforged Orcs||Blake Shrode, Jonathon Neessen, Scott Johnson||24|
|7||David Collins (W)||Dwarfs||Scott Johnson||15|
|8||Mike Carter (Ringer) (W)||Kingdoms of Men||Dan White||5|
Because it is all fun and games . . .