Kublacon 2013

Kublacon 2013

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Show Report

with Dave Taylor

Over the US Memorial Day Weekend (24-26 May) I had the opportunity to attend Kublacon - the Khan of Cons (www.kublacon.com) - for the first time. I was at the event to document the first Flames Of War US West Coast Nationals tournament for the Flames Of War website (www.FlamesOfWar.com) and for an article that will appear in Wargames Illustrated later this year.
When I arrived at the show, I met up with a few gamers I've known for years and asked them "What's Kublacon like? What's the feel of the show". The initial response from almost all of them was "Well... it certainly is a different type of convention." Typically, most shows that I get to attend (and cover for the magazine) are "miniature wargames" conventions, events that are overwhelmingly dominated by miniatures gaming, with a smattering of boards games, and perhaps a couple of card games squirreled away in a corner somewhere. Kublacon, was definitely different.
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
Imagine a gaming convention where perhaps 25% was miniature wargaming, 25% board gaming, 25% card gaming, 25% roleplaying, and 25% LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) and you've got Kublacon. I know my math might not work out exactly, but Kublacon is just that kind of show.
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
One of the most wonderfully amazing things I saw at the event where the "gamer families" - Mom, Dad, two or three kids - all of whom were enthusiastic about some (or all) types of gaming. We might typically see a dozen spouses at a wargaming show who tolerate their partners' obsession with tiny soldiers, but at Kublacon, the majority of attendees were part of this "gamer family" approach, each as obsessed about gaming as the next attendees. It certainly gave the event a very positive, upbeat feel. 
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As a "painter" I was excited by the miniatures painting events hosted by Wayne Rogers. Wayne has, over the past seven or so years, been building up the events and activities to the point where he has a dozen or so guest presenters for various seminars, and a dozen or more companies providing all sorts of support for the painting events. The Painting Competition he puts on is run as an "open" style event. Competitors aren't competing against others, but against themselves as there is no limit on the number of gold, silver, or bronze awards that can be handed out. I was fortunate enough for my best entry to be judged at a silver level. Should I return next year I'll be shooting for gold! 
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 Within the wargaming sphere of things there were many great looking games, and wonderfully painted figures populating the excellent tables (and floors). Games covered all historical periods and gaming genres, from Ancients through to hardcore sci-fi sports games. Below are a handful of the tables I managed to get shots of in between photographing the Flames Of War tourney.
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One of the standouts for me was Wooden Wars, a game played very much in the spirit of H.G. Wells' Little Wars. I had the opportunity to talk with Thomas Foss (creator and designer of the wonderful game and laser-cut "flats") at the show, and he's currently working on an article for us, look for it in a future issue. You can find out more about Wooden Wars at Thomas' blog:  www.skullandcrown.blogspot.com
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Hailed by many as the best miniatures wargame at the show, this excellent Jurassic Park game was crowded all day, from the moment set-up started until it was all packed away. Rick Schult put on a fantastic display of great convention gaming!
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
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Kublacon 2013: Show Report
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
Below you'll see some more of the quality games put on at Kublacon: Gettysburg in 3mm, an attack on a WW2 bombing run, an excellent French & Indian Wars table, and  a game set in the Sudan.
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Kublacon 2013: Show Report
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
Kublacon 2013: Show Report
If you get the chance, you should definitely head to Kublacon next year. I certainly hope to be there.

Cheers,

~ Dave.


Last Updated On Monday, July 29, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront