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afilter24 Oct 2016 6:23 p.m. PST

Here is my report on What-Khan 2016 that occurred this past weekend in Rockford, IL

There was a lot of great gaming to go around. I was personally involved in Naval Thunder (Battle of Cape Spartivento and Guadalcanal), Black Powder Anglo-Zulu War (Isandlwana) and Wings of Glory WWII (Pearl Harbor), but there was plenty of other quality gaming to see.



BuckeyeBob24 Oct 2016 6:59 p.m. PST

Enjoyed the pics……
what was the purpose of the plexiglass pieces on the hex map for the age of sail game?

Striker24 Oct 2016 7:44 p.m. PST

I had fun there, first time I was able to attend. Played All Quiet on the Martian Front and Stargrunt II. Bought a lot of modern Israelis, Syrians, and Arab Militia, and the must have Star Wars pizza cutter (with light saber sound) and salt/pepper shakers for the kid. Got some cool Godzilla prints to hang up.

WarWizard25 Oct 2016 3:05 a.m. PST

Great Zulu game.

Yellow Admiral25 Oct 2016 6:41 a.m. PST

Any idea how many attended?

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TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2016 7:14 a.m. PST

I came and ran my air game on Saturday. There were many lovely games (including the aforementioned All Quiet on the Martian Front game which was really lovely).

Attendance seemed just a little bit lighter than previous years to me, but there were multiple soccer events running and the construction, so it was hard to even get into the building with parking the way it was, so I wouldn't be surprised if casual players were down this year as a result.

Regardless, the show was well organized, the events looked really good and I was able to pick up a few nice things from vendors.

I'm looking forward to next year in the new venue with the old name restored.

rmaker25 Oct 2016 8:07 a.m. PST

The triumphant return of the B-Movie Game was also a highlight.

HobbyGuy25 Oct 2016 8:09 a.m. PST

Yes, this little Con is growing into a great convention and is getting to where I like it better than Little Wars (the main problem at Little Wars, even at the new venue, is the intolerable noise levels). Next year they dump the ridiculous 'What-Khan' name (sigh) and return to it's original name 'Roc-Con' or was it 'Rock-Con'… (as it's near Rockford IL).

Though they do need to take Rockford off the website as your GPS will lead you to another sports center 25mins away on the same road (it's actually in Loves Park IL, a suburb).

The other curious thing is on the game schedule booklet, just put the freaking date and time of the event, not Slot1, Slot2 etc.. and place a tiny 'Slot key' several pages in on their booklet. Asking the desk how you tell what the Slot times are if you miss this very tiny piece of text, gets you the rolling of eyes for which you must simply roll back. Now Little wars does their books great, I'll say that.

Great convention though, love it overall.

afilter25 Oct 2016 11:41 a.m. PST

The Age of Sail game was not mine. My assumption is it was there to cover seams in the play mat/table.

As for attendance it seemed about the same as last year to me and I was there all three days, not sure on the official numbers. This convention definitely took a hit when it stopped being Rock-Con and few years ago due to legal issues. I was hoping we would see a bump with the merge of NAVCON this year.

I do agree that having times in the booklet would have been helpful or even a list for each time slot. In the end it worked.

All in all still a great event despite the venue issues that were beyond the organizers control.

Looking forward to next year and the name change back to Rock-Con.

21eRegt25 Oct 2016 11:53 a.m. PST

I was there all three days as well and want to do a shout out to the staff and minions. Very helpful and never seemed to get to that cranky/tired point. I'd been gone for a few years but will be back. This is my blog report:


afilter25 Oct 2016 12:58 p.m. PST


It was good to see you again, glad you enjoyed NT despite being handled roughly.

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