15 May 2016
Assault on the Strip: A CoC Game at Huzzah
Yesterday I drove up to Portland, Maine for the annual convention put on by the Maine Historical Wargamers Association. This is the second year I have attended, unfortunately personal obligations prevented me from staying the whole weekend, so Saturday was it for me. It looked like the convention was well attended with several games in the 4 time slots from Friday evening through Sunday morning. Terrain was generally of good quality and it was obvious that some of the game-masters had put significant effort into putting on their games. I had a look through the roster and it looked like most games had a full complement of players. I believe there were about 10 vendors there and the booths looked well stocked. I was tempted to buy a mouse pad gaming mat (I am not sure I really need more mats) but was able to control myself. I was happy to see Richard from Adventure Terrain there, it is the first time I had met him. He had a well funded Kickstarter about 3 years but was unfortunately unable to deliver the product because it was so heavily over-subscribed and as a one man team, he just could not do what was promised. He did return the backer's money with what I suspect was significant personal sacrifice. We had a long interesting chat about this and it was nice to see that he clearly is back on his feet. He really has an innovative terrain product with nesting bases and magnetic tree and rock inserts. I was very happy to finally obtain these and made a substantial purchase.
There was one major disappointment though, I was really looking forward to a demo game of Sharpe Practice 2 and unfortunately this ended up being cancelled on short notice. This was being put on by one of the TooFatLardies resellers in the US and unfortunately their shipment of rulebooks and accessories did not arrive. This was quite unfortunate but I understand perfectly a commercial venture's reluctance to set up a game with no product to sell. They did put on a beautifully terrrained CoC game which appeared to be well attended. I have to say I was really pissed about this as I have yet to play Sharpe Practice and I was hoping to get a demo in as I am planning to introduce the game to some gamers in Montreal next month.
I did however get in a CoC game set in Pacific Theatre in 1944. It was a lot of fun and the games-master Ken Eckhardt, a gamer from New Hampshire, did a great job of refereeing. I think maybe this is the first refereed game I have played and the element of not knowing what the other side's objectives are was quite a bit of fun. The game was taken from the Battle of Peleliu, specifically on day 2 involving the attack on the airfield. There were 6 players, 3 aside. Two of us were seasoned CoC players and the other 4 were novices. The seasoned players were split, I ended up on the USMC side. The USMC had the type F organization with 3 Fire teams with one BAR and 2 riflemen per team. Three squads in the platoon with a corpsman in the Platoon HQ with two SL's. We had 6 supports so took an off table mortar and a bazooka team. I am not sure what the Japanese organization was, I know they took a MMG as a support but I am not sure what else. I took a few photos and will describe the game with their aid.