Friday, March 24, 2017
Cold Wars: Till next year
Well another Cold Wars is finished. As is usual it was wonderful and a great time was had by all. As mentioned before Cold Wars is my all time favorite convention. Good friends, many vendors colorful and beautiful games.
My favorite part of Cold Wars is meeting up with old friends. I look forward to getting together with George and Ed. Our conversation on gaming and history is exciting and gets me on track for that years projects and goals. In addition it is an opportunity to met with old comrades and friends one does not see often. I was delighted to run into Robert Mulligan (i.e. The Dread Pirate Roberts). Always a delight to see him and a high point of my day. Robert is most tired of hearing this but his talk years ago on "High and Low Life in the Eighteenth century" was one of the three best interpretation programs I have heard. During my time with the National Park Service anytime I prepared a program, walk or presentation his was always in the back of my mind on how to do it right. I also ran into Tom Vogely who I knew far too many years ago. Tom was a member of the 43rd regiment back then, but is now with the 1st New Jersey. Over the years (since high school?) We have run into each other. Again it's one of my highlights to see Tom again. And Tom if you read this drop me a line. I owe you a buddy pass so you can fly up here and we can get together for a chat and a couple games.
The dealers area was outstanding this year. I stocked up on bases from the 4G people who sell bases by the bucket. Prices range from small bucket which us expensive to really big bucket which is dirt cheep. On Military Matters had the Charles S. Grant
I usually do not play in games conventions. Since I do not know many commercial rules I worry I will slowdown a game. I instead browse to get ideas for future games. Peter Levitt put on a breathtaking Napoleonic game which looked outstanding. Sad to say my camera was not working so no pictures. There were also
There are a lot of comments on line about the location of Cold Wars. While I do not wish to debate HMGS policy or convention location I will say this. I like the Host, and have always had a great time there. While the lighting could be better I think there is ample room for games. Food service there is good. I am not looking for five star
So another Cold Wars is gone. But here is looking forward to next year.