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Thread: Origins 2019 - a 21-game spree at the Ares booth!

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    Origins this year was a busy time at the Ares booth! Between Peter(Teaticket), Jim(rhodie80), and me, we ran 20 games over the 5-day convention...a wee bit more than we are used to running! Our friend Bill(oldguy) from our local Wright Flight group ran one, too, kicking us up to a 21-game extravaganza I had hoped to take more pictures as the weekend progressed, but that simply didn't happen. Luckily, Jim and Peter were snapping cameras quite a bit, and Karl(Jager) was taking pictures and notes on the games he partipated in - no doubt they all will post the fruits of their labors in due course. Below you will find shots from several of the games I ran, along with a couple of pics of Jim's last game on Sunday...

    Here is the Ares booth at a calm before the storm - after our first game...the Aerodrome banner proudly on display!

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    These two shots are of my first game at noon on Wednesday - a RN destroyer (modeled convincingly by our own Clipper1801) dead in the water being attacked by German naval land-based aircraft and defended by RNAS pilots. The cardboard in the second photo is the ship 'card' I made for when planes overlapped the boat...

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    These next pictures are from my Tripods versus Tripods game - the premise was that the humans had captured a couple of tripods and had turned them on the Martians. Four Martian tripods took on two captured tripods and six late-war fighters...

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    As I mentioned elsewhere, the Martians are quite tough when allowed to roam unrestrained by terrain - very pretty models that look very cool on the table. The Martians destroyed their four objectives and gave the humans rather a thumping. The two big Martians (the Cuttlefish and the Scarab) are particularly tough.

    More pics in the next post - I didn't want to overload this one...

    All the best,
    Matt
    Last edited by matt56; 06-17-2019 at 17:48.

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    Here is the Late-war furball on Friday morning - the first photo shows Karl(Jager) taking notes as his camera awaits its next snap. the action featured SE5a aircraft taking on Fokker DVII and Siemens-Schuckert DIIIs

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    The only BSG snappy I took - a close-up of some Cylon/Viper bobbing and weaving...

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    Some Sails action Saturday evening - four British 74s taking on 4 French and Spanish counterparts in Line of Battle. The second pic shows some up close and personal action...lots of damage in a fairly short time...

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    The still sleeping Ares booth at 8:15 on Sunday morning - sleeping in on the last day of the convention...it would soon be time to stretch and rise...

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    These next two are of Jim's(rhodie80) 'Grinding End' battle - SE5a escorts and Handley-Page bombers taking on Jasta Berthold. Thomas(redcoon2), smiling in the face of adversity, has a gorgeous Forum background

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    This final shot is of my final game - two-seaters versus two-seaters (F2Bs against Hannover CLIIs) - a tidy little action that let four experienced players tangle over a HotzMats trench map...lots of smoke and fire and boom cards...a rather low-key way to end the convention

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    All who played in the games seemed to enjoy themselves quite a bit. Our games generated quite a bit of interest in the Ares products, and we happily helped several individuals decide just what planes to purchase... We GMs enjoyed ourselves quite a bit, too - such a great group of lads to work with and so many lovely folks to play in the games - quite a few familiar returning faces, along with plenty of fresh blood. We are already looking forward to next year!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Now your photos have me fired up to getting there next year. Get to see the people I see here in the Drome in person and some of those I have met.

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    a great bunch of games! thanks to matt, jim, pete, and bill and ares for putting them on!

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    Great pictures an short reports.

    Wish I where there for a few games and meeting old friends!

    Thx for your engagement & promoting the game/s.
    Voilą le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Morning Matt.
    First what splendid photos.
    Permission to reproduce the Sails ones on the Anchorage please!
    Second. Any of your crew due for a Medal update?
    We don't seem to have an Origins medal for the Anchorage.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Please do share the Sails pics to the Anchorage, Rob! I will look at the medals-due situation and let you know through PM in the next couple of days who needs what. I am not sure why there is no medal for Origins on the Anchorage...I am sure that can be remedied relatively easily. We shall have to put Eric and Sue onto that. I will contact them and see what can be arranged.

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Thanks Matt, wilco that. I have only done the obvious ones for Origins that I could pick up from the Photos and remarks about who ran what.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Thanks for the review Matt, looks like everyone was having a good time, glad all went well.
    Was that Phil getting a boom card in the destroyer game ? !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Thanks for the review Matt, looks like everyone was having a good time, glad all went well.
    Was that Phil getting a boom card in the destroyer game ? !
    i got 2. bobsalt got a pair as well.

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    I'm not sure if Phil bested his boom rate this year? I am ready to hand out a photo award when the double is handed out.
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    I saw this walking to the convention center from my hotel and just had to stop and take it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    I'm not sure if Phil bested his boom rate this year? I am ready to hand out a photo award when the double is handed out.
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    I saw this walking to the convention center from my hotel and just had to stop and take it!


    luckily i didnt seem to be as much of a boom magnet as last year! where was that sign last year lol

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    THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE POSTED THIS YEAR'S ORIGINS GAMES! BEST COVERAGE EVER! For those of us who cannot be there it is wonderfully, Thanks again!

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    Dave, ever see yourself making it out to Origins? It could be dangerous. 2016 was my 1st and I haven't missed one since.

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    Possible next year, it's my busiest time normally, but I am training my replacement and he is great, so maybe, we will see. I have another trip to the NZ this fall or winter to survive as well, trying to work in a stop or 2 in Australia as well . . .

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    You sound like your schedule is extremely full of long trips. It would be great to meet you one of these years, hopefully at Origins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipper1801 View Post
    Possible next year, it's my busiest time normally, but I am training my replacement and he is great, so maybe, we will see. I have another trip to the NZ this fall or winter to survive as well, trying to work in a stop or 2 in Australia as well . . .

    i truly hope you can one day make it out here for origins!



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