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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 11:59 a.m. PST

I'm scouting areas of Florida for a possible retirement relocation and was wondering how the wargaming scene is in both places. I like St. Augustine for the historical and cultural aspects plus it seems less hurricane prone than other areas. The downside seems to be cooler weather December through March.

Tampa is closer to where my daughter wants to live and go to college. It is a much bigger town with more things to do and would likely have more Wargamers in the area and it's warmer.

What do you think?

JimDuncanUK28 Dec 2022 12:16 p.m. PST

There must be clusters of gamers in Central Florida as they have a twice annual show in Orlando. One of them is called Hurricon, I'm not sure about the other.


NCC171728 Dec 2022 12:33 p.m. PST

You could try asking on the HMGS-South facebook page:

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 12:46 p.m. PST


Has Recon and Hurricon listed as well as others

Suncoast Skirmishers also used to be a strong gaming group in Tampa area

jefritrout28 Dec 2022 2:16 p.m. PST

There is a group of gamers in Jacksonville which is relatively near to St. Augustine. They are the group that wrote out the Blood and Steel colonial rules for the Firelock Blood & rules sets.

Microbiggie28 Dec 2022 2:20 p.m. PST

I know from experience that Orlando has few actual historical mini gamers despite 2 conventions. Tampa St Pete is much better.

dante196928 Dec 2022 7:02 p.m. PST

I'm in Orlando. Don't do much historical gaming, but that's because I work too much.

cloudcaptain28 Dec 2022 7:19 p.m. PST

Heck DAF…I'd drive down from NW Georgia for an occasional 54mm game :)

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 10:20 p.m. PST

Your best bet is closer to Jacksonville. The Jacksonville garrison is located there. link

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 9:06 a.m. PST

If you do make it down to Tampa let me know. Small group of us out in the suburbs do get together. And by all means you will want to check out Recon (27-30 Apr) and Hurricon (21-24 Sept) in the Orlando area.

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 11:12 p.m. PST

Der Alte Fritz, there are clusters of groups all up and down the entire state of Florida. Many of which have members who are in or participate in our 2 awesome annual conventions as Marc had stated. My group is in South Florida about 2.5 hours from Tampa & Orlando. Come on down…
Cheers, JB

Admiral Rich08 Jan 2023 7:17 a.m. PST


You owe it to yourself to make a trip to Orlando for RECON and/or HURRICON and talk to all the gamers that gather at these excellent conventions. There are pockets of gamers along the entire I-4 and I-95 corridors, many of them engaged in historical miniatures gaming.

As to where you decide to relocate, ask any 10 gamers in the area and you will get a dozen or more opinions…

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