My usual convention companion Bob and I drove about seven and a half hours up to Fredericksburg. This shaves about two and a half hours off our old drive time up to Lancaster, which frankly feels like a lot more when you're driving it than it sounds when I write it on my blog. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, which was nice again this year. It was about what you'd expect, but done well. Coffee was ready all day, cookies were laid out in the evening, breakfast was decent and different each day. The Host will always have a sentimental place in my heart, but I'd much, much rather actually stay at the Hamption Inn!! That may change the first con with bad rains-- we'll see how I feel about walking to the convention center then! But this year, the weather was clear and very hot. Thursday morning saw me grab a spot in a 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion game of the the Battle of Bushy Run. From the PEL:
T-425 The Battle of Bushy Run 1763
Other; 9 AM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Cliff Brunken; Scale: 28 mm; Rules: This Very Ground; No. of Players: 6.
Come experience the 250th Anniversary of this pivotal battle that ended the Indian rebellion to open the way for western expansion. Come join Col. Henry Bouquet, the 42nd and 77th Highlanders with the 60th Royal Americans as they march to the relief of Fort Pitt and are ambushed by a combination of North American Indian tribes. After fighting until sunset the survivors build a make shift redoubt and continue the fight in the morning. Hand to hand, man to man and bayonet vs. the hatchet. Scenario designed by Gregory Padilla. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
T-237 Battle of Mockern October 16, 1813
Napoleonic; 6 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Peter Anderson; Scale: 28mm; Rules: Field of Battle, 2nd edition by Piquet; No. of Players: 6.
On the opening day of the Battle of Leipzig, Blucher’s attack from the North prevents Marmont’s Corps from aiding Napoleon’s main attack in the South. Teens age 14 and above welcome with a playing adult.