Saturday, April 21, 2018

DBA and Hail Caesar - AAR April 19 2018

This week, the club had its weekly gaming night at World's Best Comics.  There were a couple of Ancients games being played. 

First was a DBA game between Dave and Stephen.  (details to follow)

Second was a Hail Caesar game between Stephen and Chuck (playing Gauls) and Dave and James (playing Marian Romans).

Gauls taunting their Roman foes

The Hail Caesar game had 400 point armies on both sides. 

Hot action!  Gallic Infantry, ferocious charge against Roman line!

The Marian Roman army list consisted of:
3x units of Legionaires
3x units of Veteran Legionaires (Caesar's 10th?)
3x units of "Spanish" style light Legionaires
2x units of Germanic medium cavalry
1x unit of Numidian light cavalry
2x units of Roman skirmishers (small units, with javelin)
3x division commanders (1 was commander in chief)

The Gallic army list consisted of:
1x unit of Gaesatae (naked fanatics)
1x unit of General's bodyguard (cool, professional soldiers)
7x units of Warband (large units, with javelin and sword)
2x units of medium cavalry
1x unit of light cavalry
2x units of skirmishers (small units, with sling)
3x division commanders (1 was commander in chief)

Gaesatae (from behind) Ready to throw themselves on the Romans!
The game progressed pretty well, with three divisions on each side (roughly four units per division, not counting the skirmishers).  The Roman's (albeit in a pretty good position) finally lost the battle when the second of their divisions breaking. 
Gaul line meets Roman line (Gallic division commander riding in a chariot)
 Some interesting effects of the game system's command and control system - the Gallic cavalry, on the right flank, did not want to activate the first two turns of the game, which almost left the right flank of the army open to a unit of German cavalry, supported by the mounted Numidians.

Gauls approaching the Roman testudo formations!

The Roman legionaire units all began the game in testudo formation, and that combined with their training, meant they could execute a move every turn, regardless of their command and control dice results.

Gallic second line advances (ignore the Persian styling on the C-in-C chariot)

The game was a learning one for most of us, and we got a few things wrong as we work through the rules, but we planned to try it again in a few weeks, the basic rules being pretty enjoyable, and offering up some interesting tactical solutions (like unit support in combat, interesting flank move possibilities, and lots of great army lists and unit types).

Maybe this'll happen next time, Romans

Friday, March 16, 2018

Williamsburg Muster 2018 was a Huge Success!

A great convention, with almost 200 gamers, as well as lots of staff (who also played games) and great vendors presenting all sorts of wares for sale.

Check out the Facebook site for updates and tons and tons of pictures and game AARs.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 2017 ODMS dates

Upcoming ODMS dates...

October 12 - 15mm Romans v. Sassanians, Stephen at WBC

October 14 - ODMS Picnic, in Huntington Park, picnic shelter near Fort Fun

October 26 - 15mm Medievals, Chuck at WBC

November 3-5 - Fall In! HMGS show, Lancaster PA

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Guns of August 2017 - a great success

The ODMS summer convention was hosted by the Virginia War Museum this year, and they did a great job of accommodating us.  In fact, ODMS member Chris Garcia, also the Education Director of the Museum, did a fabulous job of coordinating the whole thing.

In the end, we had dozens of great games, and they looked great set among the military displays and galleries of the museum.  We had a few brave vendors who attended the show (including some of our best supporters, such as Dragon's Hoard, the Phalanx Consortium, and Silver Eagle Wargame Supplies).

We don't have final numbers yet, but there were hundreds of attendees over the three days at the Museum, but they were spread out so it did not look busy at any one time.

Some excellent games were hosted, and played, and I personally got to sit in on Stephen P.'s English Civil War game, using Warlord's Pike & Shotte rules.  Here are some pictures of the many great games.

Lots of gamers, all ages, participated - including walk in Museum visitors.
Lots of fantastic terrain among the museum galleries.
Fantastic ECW action - Where, O Where has Prince Rupert Gone??
Napoleonic Action

So, after several different venues for our conventions over the past year (starting out with the Ramada last Guns of August, then the Williamsburg Muster was held over Memorial Day weekend at the Doubletree, and now this year Guns of August was held in the Hotel) we are returning to a traditional time and place for Williamsburg Muster 2018.  Watch this blog, and our facebook groups, for information on that convention.  It's not too early to start planning your games!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Event List - July through November

Historicon just occurred (July 13-16), and it was (at least for now) the last one in Fredericksburg.  I was able to attend for one night only, and saw some great games, including watching ODMS member Mike Bates play Kings of War against Ralph Krebs.  A very interesting game, and they had a pretty good time.

There was a most excellent selection of games being hosted, and the tables and terrain were great, but the convention hall was not as comfortable as the convention spaces up at the Lancaster Host.  Now, I know that there are a lot of valid complaints about the facilities at up in Lancaster, but other than spots of bad lighting, the gaming space and the dealers hall are very nice.  The hotel rooms, on the other hand . . .

But, that is behind us.  Moving ahead we have some great events that ODMS members will be attending, no doubt.

Guns of August - August 25, 26, 27 - to be held at the Virginia War Museum.  ODMS is proud to be putting on many games and events at our summer convention, this year hosted at the War Museum.  This will be a great event, and will feature (we hope) a lot of community attendance.  Great news for gamers - no attendance fee other than the very reasonable fee for entry into the Museum. And GMs get a discount.  Please write to me if you are interested in running a game, or being a vendor.

Southern Front - October 6-8 - to be held at the Holiday Inn North-Midtown, in Raleigh NC.  This is (and has been for a long time) a great little regional convention, that ODMS modeled their two shows (Guns of August, and Williamsburg Muster) after.  We eventually acquired a flavor of our own, but that does not detract from the experience at Southern Front, which has it's own (in my opinion, excellent) flavor.  Big enough for a great variety of games and vendors, small enough that you can have a great conversation with just about anyone there.

Fall In! - November 3-5 - to be held at the Lancaster Host Resort, in Lancaster PA.  This is the fall event put on by HMGS, now many years old, and still a great convention.  Not as crowded as Historicon, but still an extremely wide variety of games, tournaments, flea marketeers, and vendors.  A great show.

And on the long event horizon . . .

Watch for news about the 2018 Williamsburg Muster, and the 2018 Cold Wars.  Big ODMS events planned for both.  Equally, look for some smaller ODMS events (large weekend game days, maybe starting in September/October).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

ODMS restart

With the passing away, a few years ago, of Carl Sciscio, the club stopped meeting and gaming on a regular basis. Gaming was pretty regular and constant at Carl's house, in his game room/garage.

Now, the club has started meeting again, and I have to say, it has been a great reboot.  The club started up in the 1980s, informally, at Campaign Headquarters in Newport News (a now closed, but once great, gaming store).  It formalized sometime (more or less) around 1990.  In 1992 the store was sold and became Gamer's Guild.  A few years later it merged with World's Best Comics. Through that whole period, and up until maybe the early 2000s (maybe 2004) the club met every week, with a large attendance (several dozen on some nights) at World'sBest Comics. Then the group started meeting at Carl's place, and attendance remained strong, but not the peak level. At Carl's place, however, there was gaming maybe four nights a week.  Carl grew sick in 2014, and after his passing away, gaming sort of stopped, except special events and at conventions.

Around 2008 the club decided to host a local convention - the Williamsburg Muster. That grew to two conventions, and despite some hiccups, are still going strong.  But now, local gaming has returned.

ODMS crosses the Alps
In the interim, there was always the local Wings of War group, organized by former ODMS president John Snelling, and also the Battletech and X-Wing groups led by member Jack Hollingsworth. But not general gaming.

On June 22, we met at World's Best Comics again, for a great game of Wings of War, and followed up by a game of "The Rules With No Name".  All told, about ten gamers and a handful of spectators.

Deadly action in Stephen's Cowtown

My band of cold-hearted cowboy killers

On June 29, we met again, for "1754:Conquest", "Frostgrave", "Bolt Action" and "Hatfields and McCoys".  A great turn out, close to 20 gamers.

John, Justin, Dave - 1754 action
John D learning Frostgrave
Bolt Action pictures by John H

More to come, much more. July 6 will see ancients in 15mm (DBA, including armies for beginners) and maybe a session of Neil Thonas' introductory rules for medievals. Other games anticipated.

The week of July 13 will probably be light, as many members are attending the last Historicon in Fredericksburg, but the following week should be great with more games, and people showing off the games and miniatures they get at the convention.

Lots of planning for the near future - Ancients(28mm and 15mm), Napoleonics, Fantasy, SciFi, Car Wars, board games and more. Come check us out. You'll find something to like.

We are looking for a weekend venue also (Saturday and or Sunday) for larger more serious gaming - maybe a community center or a meeting room. If you have any ideas leave a comment or post an email to  Probably a monthly event on the weekends.

Looking for articles about gaming, history, fiction etc for the new ODMS website.  Rules, campaigns, army lists - whatever you like.  New website will be posted here.

Check out the ODMS Facebook group.

Also, be sure to attend Guns of August (August 25,26,27) at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News. Lots of gaming, and the only cost is entrance to the Museum ($8, with several discount categories).

Virginia War Museum

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Williamsburg Muster 2017 - Game Registration is Live!!

Held on Memorial Day Weekend this year (first time)
New, bigger, nicer hotel

Hoping for more gamers and more games!

Theme - Hollywood goes to War!