Well, last weekend was the epic gaming event known as Prairiecon XL - yes, the fortieth (!) running of western Manitoba's oldest (and greatest) gaming convention. The Conscripts were well-represented there too, with Conscript Greg staging an amazing-looking Adeptus Titanicus game
with an assist from founding Conscript Curt, Conscript Mike wheeling out his incredible "Walls of Terra" for a Horus Heresy 30K game, and yours truly debuting my Gaslands game, times two.
I have to say that my Saturday was not the best planned, as it comprised running a Gaslands game (9am-1pm), a stint on the registration desk (2-4pm), auctioneering in the famous Prairiecon game auction (7-9pm), and ANOTHER Gaslands game (9pm-12:30am). Wow! Although 15-year-old me would've licked Saturday and likely gone to a party afterwards, 40-something-year-old me was thoroughly beat after running 7 1/2 hours of games and volunteering for four more hours.
Murdercycle at top lines up another two-wheeler...
...and wipes him out with his Gatling MG. Good times!
Anyway, the first running of Gaslands at Prairiecon had seven players
brand-new to the game, and I think they all had fun. The last man
standing was Dan from Niagara Falls, Ontario (!), who took home a copy
of the game, three Hot Wheels cars, and some guns and other bits
courtesy of Winnipeg FLGS Maxx Collectibles. Thanks Garth!
Our 9pm session had another seven players, including Conscripts Mike and Greg. Again, all except the two Conscripts were new to the game but everyone picked it up quickly.
Eventual game-winner Kevan confabs with Prairiecon luminary Craig D.
Carnage was the name of this game in both the 9am and 9pm sessions.
Good sport Murray (for I think it was he) nabbed the booby prize (some Pixar "Cars" toys) for first player to have both cars eliminated from play. Attaboy!
Did I mention there was carnage? This is the aftermath of an out-of-control car careering into (and destroying) a pickup truck. Fun!
You can see in the pics that I've added some new terrain - these are 3mm MDF Shipping Containers from Lasercraft Workshop.
They were a snap to assemble, and although they're designed to have opening doors, I ended up gluing them shut. They were designed without a "detente" to keep the doors from swinging backwards and it was just too much of a pain to fix that.
After assembly, I painted the containers in block colours, washed them with Nuln Oil, and did some sponge-chip weathering.
The branding was printed off from the Internet, cut out and applied with white glue. I lightly traced the "character lines" from the container onto the paper with Nuln Oil, just to give the impression that the logos were painted on. I think it worked OK.
Here's a pic with a typical Hot Wheels car, for scale.
The containers come eight to a pack, four large and four smaller ones.
In a pinch they might even do for 15mm games - here's a pic with Battlefront West Germans and a PSC Leopard 1.
The containers were a great hit, but Gaslands went over even better. It's the perfect convention game - visually impressive, easy to pick up, and fast playing. I'll definitely be adding it to the regular Prairiecon rotation!