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emckinney15 Apr 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

Two people have asked me to teach Attack Vector: Tactical at the GMT Weekend at the Warehouse, April 26-29, 2018. It's in Hanford, California, near Fresno. AV:T will be Saturday the 28th!

The teaching session will be at 9 or 10 a.m., followed by real games at 1 p.m.

If the convention is full, but there are enough people coming to play AV:T, we have alternative venues.

Not sure if the convention is "sold out" or not, but you need to call or e-mail to pre-register. They don't charge until you show up, though. I believe that the attendance limit is a fire code issue. I have an unconfirmed suspicion that some folks who reserve a slot don't show, so you might be able to get in as a walk-in.

The GMT warehouse mini-cons feature a huge variety of wargames, some Euro- or Euro-ish games, tons of fun, and usually several games that haven't been published yet. Those may be in playtesting, development, or just waiting for their place in the printing queue. One will be "Treadheads," which aims to be the Birds of Prey of tank games!


Ethan McKinney

dddd9916 Apr 2018 2:28 p.m. PST

Ethan, wish I could attend. I live on the east coast. = (

Since you are qualified to teach this game, what do I need to play? I see deluxe edition, regular edition, and pdf "bundle". Is pdf bundle all that is needed or does one need to invest in one of the other sets? Reason I ask is 15$ is cheaper entry barrier. It is a little confusing from their website. Thanks.

emckinney16 Apr 2018 7:36 p.m. PST

First off, I have a request to livestream the sessions. We'll try to make that happen.

First, download the tutorial kit from the Ad Astra Games web site. Build the components, print the play aids, and actually PLAY THROUGH the tutorial games. The best way to ruin the game is to just read through them instead of taking the actions how do in play.

Second, Deluxe essentially just adds a full-colir rulebook. Color makes many parts of the rules easier to understand because if the way that the play aids use color. Again, the tutorial will help you understand this.

Third, playing through the tutorial will let you decide whether it not to spend $15 USD + shipping for all of the plastic components. For me, the decision isn't even close--if you want to play live, you need all of the bits that make everything work so well.

Finally, we may attempt to get folks hooked up to play remotely. That'll work better if you have the map, bits, etc. Essentially, we'd have a webcam showing the map, possibly another on some if the tracking sheets, and we'd have one copy of each ship control sheets at the main game and each remote player would have at least a copy of their own. Best if each remote player has the full map set up, then we read off he and altitude for each ship (not that many ships, so not overwhelming). Anyway, it's a possibility. Probably getting overenthusiastic and overly optimistic. ;)

dddd9917 Apr 2018 8:03 p.m. PST

Thanks for the good response. I am downloading the tutorial now and will go thru it as you suggest. Also, if you get the livestream up definitely let me know and I will surely watch if I am not at work. Since you're on the west coast I think I will have a head start getting home from work. = )

One suggestion I would make is that if you livestream or not, you should record the whole session to post on youtube or similar since I think it would help people visualize the game better, in case they missed the livestream.

Looking forward to the tutorial and any livestreams, etc. Best wishes.

emckinney19 Apr 2018 7:38 a.m. PST

There's a video or two up on BoardGameGeek. As for this session, AV:T isn't the most photogenic of games, and the games are long. I'm not sure I'm up to the required editing :) You really need to have views of both the various ship control cards and of the map.

We'll do our best, though!

emckinney19 Apr 2018 9:51 a.m. PST

It'll be Saturday, with the teaching session starting in the morning and a game in the afternoon. Not sure how that will work with your Saturday plans. As I mentioned, you may want to try to participate remotely over Skype, Google Duo video, FaceTime, or whatever other video chat will work. It may be challenging, but it would probably be worthwhile.

If you do buy the hardcopy version of the game, you can register it at That gives you access to the player finder, where you can look up other players in your state. Many of those listings will be out of date because people never seem to update them, but you may be able to find some folks near you who are interested in playing, but have never been able to form a group of their iwn. There is also an Opponents Wanted section of the forum, which you can check for existing listings, and you might have some luck with a posting.

Wolfhag23 Apr 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

Thanks for the Treadheads plug.

I'll download the kit and see you there on Friday afternoon.


emckinney24 Apr 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

dddd99, do you think you'll be able to watch a livestream or join via video chat? If I don't get a response, I'll probably just record what I can and leave it at that.

emckinney27 Apr 2018 6:25 p.m. PST

We'll be on Google Hangouts video.

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