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Ragbones28 Jun 2019 8:45 a.m. PST

Reading an old issue (no. 17) of The Heliograph and there's mention of a historical miniatures weekend, called Historicon 84, at the Sheraton in New Carrolton, MD. It was billed as an alternative to Atlanticon at which there "were hardly any historical events at all." Brings back a lot of great memories.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

I remember the Sheraton's bunker as being huge!

jefritrout28 Jun 2019 10:29 a.m. PST

I am only 2.5 miles down the road from that location even as I type. I remember those days, with my sister working the registration desk and playing in lots of games.

Chris Palmer28 Jun 2019 1:31 p.m. PST

There's some photos of the program on my blog: link

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And here's some photos of the con on my blog: link

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Ragbones28 Jun 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

I played in my first SYW game at that show. I think it was run by the gentlemen from White Plains, New York, who used to own Minfigs USA. I played opposite a pretty blonde with curly hair named Ronnie (sp?) who proceeded to wipe up the battlefield with my troops. I had a blast. She was a good egg and a lot of fun to game with.

Ragbones28 Jun 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

Holy smokes, look at at all our young faces! grin

gamershs28 Jun 2019 2:53 p.m. PST

Have been going to Historicon since the 1990s. I am in the Midwest and was putting on a game at a convention (Gencon?) when a bunch of my wargame friends came in and said that a new wargame group was being formed called HMGS.

The game was based off of the old Starguard rules and at the first HMGS convention (at Little Wars) it was listed as future history to get past the history only rule. Strangely enough I have been painting the "new" Starguard figures and plan on putting on games with them next year under the HMGS flag.

Chuckaroobob28 Jun 2019 5:42 p.m. PST

I didnt go until 1985. But i recognize two of the guys in those pics!

Grumble8710628 Jun 2019 7:52 p.m. PST

What kills me is that I lived in Lancaster 1989-1992 and didn't know about Historicon until 1998, by which time I had moved away. Luckily, we usually visited my wife's family in Lancaster in July and I was able to attend many a Historicon after that. Even better, since November 2012 I've been living in Lancaster and able to attend all three HMGS cons each year.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2019 8:52 a.m. PST

I started going a few years later. What year did it move to the Penn Harris con center?

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2019 10:40 a.m. PST

I stumbled on this event whilst wandering around DC visiting ACW sites. It was great. I remember John Hill teaching folks to play "Johnny Reb." Wasn't to get back to participate till the '90's.

dapeters01 Jul 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

Grumble87106, I did slightly better I found out about cold wars 93. But back in 84 I was single living with my folks. In 93 I was married and a graduate student.

Ragbones01 Jul 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

Historygamer, my best guess for when Historicon moved to the Penn Harris Inn is 1986 or 1987.

Ember5201 Jul 2019 4:07 p.m. PST

Wayne and Jim,

I checked my HCon t-shirt with the dates listed and it looks like 1987 was the first year at Penn Harris.

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