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23 Nov 2011 8:56 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 1:20 p.m. PST

What was your favorite Gaming Comvention, and Why?

Toy Soldier Green09 May 2011 1:26 p.m. PST


Closest to my home here in the midwest, good crowd and mix of games. Good locale, close to resteraunts, hotel and local game shop.

Omemin09 May 2011 1:41 p.m. PST

Historicon. It's amazing, and a blast.

Locally, Huzzah! Great people and a lot of good gaming.

Jay Arnold09 May 2011 1:42 p.m. PST

Ditto Recruits.

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 1:43 p.m. PST

here is the
HMGS-Midsouth Nashcon 2011
May 27, 28,29

Franklin-Cool Springs Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

700 Cool Springs Boulevard, Franklin TN

Dervel Fezian09 May 2011 1:46 p.m. PST

great location for the event with an excellent mix of miniatures and board games.

Downtown Columbus has great restaurants and bars all in walking distance of the convention center.

The HMGS-GL guys (Steve and his crew) take really good care of us miniatures GMs making it one of the easiest and most rewarding events for being a GM.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 1:52 p.m. PST

Recruits, runs twice a year, great regional con, wide variety of game genre's and vendors. Plus you can't beat the admission price, $5.00 USD for the weekend.

Little Wars. Wide variety of games, lots of vendors. Near my daughter's so I get to drop off the wife on the way.


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 2:10 p.m. PST

RECRUITS and it 9 hours from my home

Cold Steel09 May 2011 2:50 p.m. PST

Historicon. The only real down side is it is a 12 hour drive.

Jimmy da Purple09 May 2011 2:54 p.m. PST

Cold Wars-Big enough, but not too big

ming3109 May 2011 2:54 p.m. PST

Historicon …See people I only get to see there , do not have to drive ---drink drink drink ---- My wallet hurts for monthes afterwards but what happens in the dealer room is hidden in my basement .

Don Manser09 May 2011 2:59 p.m. PST

It was Fall-In before it moved out of Gettysburg.
Now it would have to be Historicon.

Favorite one day would be Barrage.


Larry Gettysburg Soldiers09 May 2011 3:15 p.m. PST

#1… Advance The Colors (ATC), the HMGS-Great Lakes folks are the most accommodating hosts we have encountered anywhere!

#2… I agree with DM, Fall-In at Gettysburg; historical miniatures and the battlefield, can't get any better combo than that.


Scorpio09 May 2011 3:47 p.m. PST

Gencon. Go big or go home.

SultanSevy09 May 2011 4:04 p.m. PST

Historicon and Cold Wars for miniatures; Origins for board gaming (with a milder dose of minis).

Regrebnelle09 May 2011 4:31 p.m. PST

For sheer size, variety, and historical game system overload: Historicon.

For hanging out and getting some great games and conversation: Cold Wars

TodCreasey Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 4:31 p.m. PST

Cangames as it the local con and Cold Wars as it is a great Spring break (although 3 weeks later would be best)!

lkmjbc309 May 2011 4:49 p.m. PST

It was Fall-In at Gettysburg…. Now it is Nashcon!

Joe Collins

Jamesonsafari09 May 2011 5:05 p.m. PST

Hotlead. great venue. Great selection of games. Charming and fun convention staff. Totally hot gal on the registration desk.

But I am biased. Here's what we got up to this year:

Dynaman878909 May 2011 5:27 p.m. PST

Historicon/Fall In/Cold Wars. Those are the three I go to and other then size there really is not that much difference between the three.

Agent 1309 May 2011 5:52 p.m. PST

Cold Wars-Big enough, but not too big.

I agree. I keep coming back to CW in Lancaster. All the dealer perks of Historicon, smaller is friendlier, and lots of variety. Perfect time of year. My favorite con.

Brent2751109 May 2011 6:22 p.m. PST

Southern Front, great games and great people. One of the best conventions out there.


dilettante Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 9:06 p.m. PST

Spring Forward for me,though Southern Front comes second:^))

(Both are run by the same people);^)

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 3:18 a.m. PST

Uh, Dilettante – you mean Spring Fever, I think…

Southern Front

pphalen10 May 2011 5:24 a.m. PST

Since you used "was" I will say that I was a big fan of the Atlanticon conventions that were held on the east coast in the late 80s and early 90s. It was a big enough con to have a good dealer presence and gaming variety, but still had a "local" con feel to it. They also intersected with Origins a couple of times, when Origins was a travelling con…

After I realized that I played mostly minis there (besides the occasional Cosmic Encounters tournament), I started going to Historicon…

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 5:40 a.m. PST

Little Wars in Chicago.

Old Slow Trot10 May 2011 7:07 a.m. PST


Mapleleaf10 May 2011 7:43 a.m. PST

Another vote for Hotlead

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 7:55 a.m. PST

LOL, all great adverts, lads and lasses, but the question was not "What IS…" but "What WAS…"
Specifically what SINGLE convention event sticks in your mind as the best experience you have had to date?
The one that made you eager for all the rest that came after.
Tip o' the hat to pphalen and others who noted the "happy memory" vclause in the question.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 8:38 a.m. PST

Little Wars in Chicago.

it is the first sign of Spring.

RKE Steve10 May 2011 9:36 a.m. PST

Little Wars of course! :-)

pphalen10 May 2011 11:23 a.m. PST

The Single best Con for me was Origins 2000, when I was part of the Pinnacle Demo crew, complete with a Manufacturer badge (unfortunately, I didn't have the associated SWAG to trade with other manufacturers, though).

Second best was Cold Wars ?? when I finally met the legendary Down Hawthorne!

Dervel Fezian10 May 2011 2:30 p.m. PST

As mentioned above… Origins (2010).. then it will likely be 2011 because so far I have more fun each time I go :)

KSmyth10 May 2011 8:46 p.m. PST

Enfilade, in Olympia, WA of course. I've been to all twenty and enjoyed each one immensely.

Second favorite is Salute in Burnaby, B.C.


Pizzagrenadier11 May 2011 7:42 a.m. PST

Of the Big Three HMGS East, I have always liked Cold Wars (Gettysburg) best. It might just be the time of year I like so much, but I also like the laid back atmosphere of the smaller convention.

Omemin12 May 2011 11:15 a.m. PST

Huzzah! last year was probably the best in some time. Great people and fun all over the joint.

Jamesonsafari13 May 2011 8:09 a.m. PST

OK, Hotlead 08. We were settled into the Arden park venue and it was the first reasonably hiccup free con in about 10 years. I got to play, drink beer and not have a raging headache.

Gaming wise '08 was pretty good, too bad I lost my $50K/year job. (I don't miss the job, just the pay and the 4 weeks vacation to go to conventions!)


Origins 86&89! Any Orccon, Gamex, or Gateway. The local Millennium cons, and the one I met Gary Gygax at in 98. It was in Houston, and Steve Jackson was introducing his Lego Pirates Game.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2011 10:07 a.m. PST

Where were you all last Recruits?!?!?

Sorry, just teasing; last attendance seemed a bit sparse, but may have just been me. Still, number one for me.

I love GenCon's show, but I'll be attending more Origins in the future. However, if I make it to retirement, they'll both be part of a small Grand Summer Tour, to include Historicon, and a visit to many shops in between.

I assumed Spring Offensive instead of Fever…

Frankly, there are so many good, little, local shows that wax and wane from lack of exposure, that I hope this poll occurs just to keep me aware of those I'd miss otherwise.


TOY MAKER29 Nov 2011 7:06 a.m. PST

HUZZAH! is tops, and not just because I'm a member! HUZZAH! is setting the new tone, and setting the bar higher year after year. Make a plan to visit Maine in May 2012 or 2013!

Keep posted for this year's feature game: Boxer Rebellion!

Bowman29 Nov 2011 11:38 a.m. PST

First, there are no bad conventions. If you can't enjoy yourself with your peers and tons of toys………………

I love (in no particular order) Adepticon, Origins, Hotlead, Fall-In, Little Wars, and Cold Wars. But my favorite is still Historicon. Bigger is still better, for me. I don't see having more people and crowding as a bad thing. Adding extra hours to my drive from Canada could be a deal breaker though. I may have to man up!

ViscountEric29 Nov 2011 12:06 p.m. PST

Lehicon IV, Fall 1990, Allentown, PA

And Bowman, I've been to conventions so bad I would have had more fun if I had stayed at home and performed a self-appendectomy. Needless to say, most of those conventions never had a sequel.

firstvarty197929 Nov 2011 1:51 p.m. PST

Historicon now, but I still miss the NOVAG conventions that were held from the late '80s until the early 2000s.

deleted22222222230 Nov 2011 11:23 a.m. PST

LittleWars…great looking games, great events, nice vendor participation, Wounded Warrior Auction. Favorite part is that all is in the same room, so you can easily visit the vendor area, find the games you want, and see all the games being run

Blue Devil 8830 Nov 2011 3:45 p.m. PST

Williamsburg Muster and Guns of August but then again I help run them.


lindrp01 Dec 2011 4:39 a.m. PST

Historicon, Origins and ATC for me.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2011 1:08 p.m. PST

HAVOC, run by the BattleGroup Boston crowd. Always had a fun time there, and it's what got me back into miniatures gaming.


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