AAR- Starship Troopers at Game Hole Con
A few weeks ago, I attended Game Hole Con, a fairly large gaming convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The convention is a mix of gaming activities, but mostly RPGs.
I played in two games- Starship Troopers miniatures game, run by Jim Roots of HMGS Midwest and Artemis, a multiplayer computer game that is a lot like being the bridge crew at their stations on Star Trek. At the vendor area, I picked up some miniatures from Pacesetter Games & Simulations, more on that in a future post.
I was also very happy to run into a couple of the creators of some of my favorite pieces of Dungeons & Dragons- Bruce Heard and Ed Greenwood! Bruce was in charge of Basic D&D when I was getting started with it in the late 80s and early 90s. His work on the Mystara setting shaped my idea of what D&D can be. Ed Greenwood created Forgotten Realms, one of the most popular D&D settings and it's current default. They were both very friendly and glad to hear that their work has meant so much to me.
It is a fun convention and I hope to return in the future. For now, I'll share some details of the Starship Troopers game, because this is a miniatures blog and also that's what I remembered to take photos of. The scenario had my friend Rod and I playing mobile infantry, leaving our base to retrieve a crashed satellite.
Of course, we ran into bugs. Rod and I pressed our forces forward and closed a few bug holes, but we got a little bogged down by the time Jim had put all of his warrior bugs on the table, with some extra backup from hoppers and a tanker. The bugs were running on the table as fast as we could kill them. So much for this being a clean planet!
In the end, Rod and I had lost three of our four grizzly armored suits as well as a handful of troopers. There were some posthumous metals to be awarded and vat grown limbs to attach. We were running out of time for the game and we were not able to retrieve the satellite. I guess fleet will just have to look after their own toys.
Even though we lost the satellite, Rod and I had a great time playing and talking to Jim. He plans to run his Starship Troopers game at Little Wars (where he is in charge of events) and Adepticon. You might run into him at some other local conventions too.
I would also like to point out a couple of tables with excellent terrain that we saw. First, there was a group playing chonopia with these great trees made from expanding foam on a wire frame. They ran a second game on megablocks ships that looked very cool too.
Finally, Terrainaholic was there running an interesting dinosaur game on this city made from foam and decorative statues.