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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2021 3:06 p.m. PST

My history of HMGS has gone AWOL. Does anyone remember or know off-hand what years the first Cold Wars convention and the first Historicon were held, and whether there were any "gap years" prior to the recent unpleasantness? I know Fall In was 1997 and no gaps I noticed.

cepammi04 Apr 2021 4:22 a.m. PST

There is a convention archive on the HMGS web site, looks like the first Historicon was in 1984. Not sure about Cold Wars, check out the archive.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 9:19 a.m. PST

Thank you, cepammi. But if by "archive" you mean if you go to the home page of a particular convention, then click on "Home" there--sadly, it only works for Historicon.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 10:43 a.m. PST

Pat Condray took a chance and contracted with the
Holiday Inn located just a mile or so W of the
Woodrow Wilson Bridge on I-95. That was two years after
the foundation meeting in Wally Simon's basement
to establish what has become HMGS.

That first con was organized by Pat and he got the
Potomac Wargamers organized to staff it.

And yes, 1984.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 1:21 p.m. PST

I stumbled into Cold Wars 1987 (although it may have been 1988)

Rudysnelson05 Apr 2021 11:32 a.m. PST

The first two were not called Cold Wars but historic on Mini-cons. I was at the Cold Wars in the dark annex was where they put dealers. Sheridan in Carrollton. I drove all the ay from Alabama to sell.

Rudysnelson09 Apr 2021 10:12 a.m. PST

I hate spell auto correct. Historicon mini-con for the first Cold Wars.

Blutarski11 Jun 2021 6:24 a.m. PST

The irascible but irresistibly entertaining and devoted champion of historical miniature wargaming Pat Condray may have been taken from us too early, but he did leave behind a valuable historical document that recorded the formative years of HMGS and birth of the HMGS East gaming conventions.

"The Unexpurgated History of The HISTORICAL MINIATURES GAMING SOCIETY" Volume 1, Edition 1.1



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