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    Historicon will be held this year in place of Fall In, Nov 10-14. Link to HMGS web site 'HERE'

    I have submitted 8 games, 5 WWI, 2 WW2 and one Sails. When I get confirmation that I can run them I'll post then here with all the usual info.

    Here is the list of games I am running. I could not see any other Wings games in the PEL. If any are added I will post them here.

    Thursday
    T10:190: Pop Goes the Weasel — Theme Thursday, 10:00 AM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War I, Scale: 1/144, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: Two German Drachens went up at dawn to call in artillery and add to the chaos and carnage of Verdun. The French quickly reacted and sent up a flight of airplanes to the observation balloons. Fly Nieuport N16s and 17s vs Halberstadt DIIs, Fokker DIIs and DIIIs.

    T14:191: Tommy on the Run — Theme Thursday, 2:00 PM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War I, Scale: 1/144, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: The German spring offensive made big gains on the ground with the help of dedicated air support. The RAF gathered their best to oppose the Hun in the sky and give the Tommys on the ground some help. Fly Sopwith Camels and Dolphins, SE5as ve Halberstadt CLIIs, Hannover CLIIIs and J Types.

    T18:192: Heading for Home — Theme Thursday, 6:00 PM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War I, Scale: 1/144, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: Early 1916 a pair of German Gotha G.I bombers were returning from a raid. Just as they were to meet up with their escort home they are intercepted. Fly some early war planes you may have never seen before! B

    Friday
    F16:193: Circling Sharks — Theme Friday, 4:00 PM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War II, Scale: 1/200, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: A Pacific pilot's nightmare was to be shot down over the ocean. Today's downed pilot has a glimmer of hope as he sees a PBY heading his way. Unfortunately there are also other smaller aircraft in the sky.

    F20:196: France 1940 - Stop them at the Meuse! — Theme Friday, 8:00 PM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War II, Scale: 1/200, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: The Germans had just taken control of some bridges across the Meuse and were expanding their bridgehead. The French desperately needed to stop the flow of German troops over the river and sent a string of bombers to try to take out the bridges. French escort fighters must do their best to shield the bombers from the Luftwaffe's interceptors.

    Saturday
    S10:194: French Day Bombers — Theme Saturday, 10:00 AM, 2 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War I, Scale: 1/144, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: A flight of Breguet 14s were on a mission well behind the German lines. Their goal was to destroy a key railyard. Not expecting to go unnoticed, a group of fast climbing SSW DIIIs and IVs were scrambled to intercept. How many brave Frenchmen will make it home today?

    S13:195: Aerodrome attack! — Theme Saturday, 1:00 PM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: World War I, Scale: 1/144, Rules: Wings of Glory Description: The German's Jasta 30 planned on attacking the USAS 94th aerodrome while it's planes were off on their own mission. Unfortunate for them another USAS squadron was passing over on the way to the front when they were on their approach. Will the 94th still have an aerodrome to return to?

    S19:197: Where the Lines Meet Saturday, 7:00 PM, 3 hrs, Players: 10, Location: Laurell: LA-8 GM: Peter Landry Period: Napoleonic, Scale: 1:1000th, Rules: Sails of Glory Description: When a squall had blown the Royal Navy's blockading squadron off station a French squadron made a break for the open seas. The British recovered faster than the French had hoped and spotted them near the coast on their run to the ocean. Will the French make their break or be sent back to the protection of their port?
    Last edited by Teaticket; 09-15-2021 at 07:06.

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    Wish I could join you there, Peter, but I won't have enough vacation time by then
    Cold Wars, though!
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Have a room, renewed my HMGS memership and waiting to register. Good to see you will be there. See you in person soon but ZOOM tomorrow.

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    I'm not feeling good about it as Covid is running rampant again, but if they run Historicon 2021, here is my schedule. I'll fill in event #s when the event list is released. I'll also add any other Wings games run by others I find.

    Thursday 10 am 3 hours
    Event # T10:190: Pop Goes the Weasel
    Two German Drachens went up at dawn to call in artillery and add to the chaos and carnage of Verdun. The French quickly reacted and sent up a flight of airplanes to defend the observation balloons.
    Fly Nieuport N16s and 17s vs Halberstadt DIIs, Fokker DIIs and DIIIs.

    Thursday 2 pm 3 hours
    Event # T14:191: Tommy on the Run
    The German spring offensive made big gains on the ground with the help of dedicated air support. The RAF gathered their best to oppose the Hun in the sky and give the Tommys on the ground some help.
    Fly Sopwith Camels and Dolphins, SE5as ve Halberstadt CLIIs, Hannover CLIIIs and J Types.

    Thursday 6 pm 3 hours
    Event # T18:192: Heading for Home
    Early 1916 a pair of German Gotha G.I bombers were returning from a raid. Just as they were to meet up with their escort home, they are intercepted and the fun begins

    Fly some early war planes you may have never seen before!

    Friday 4 pm 3 hours
    Event # F16:193: Circling Sharks
    A Pacific pilot's nightmare was to be shot down over the ocean. Today's downed pilot has a glimmer of hope as he sees a PBY heading his way. Unfortunately there are also other smaller aircraft in the sky.
    Will this be a lucky day for this pilot?

    Friday 8 pm 3 hours
    Event # F20:196: France 1940 – Stop them at the Meuse!
    The Germans had just taken control of some bridges across the Meuse and were expanding their bridgehead. The French desperately needed to stop the flow of German troops over the river and sent a string of bombers to try to take out the bridges. French escort fighters must do their best to shield the bombers from the Luftwaffe's interceptors.

    Saturday 10 am 2 hours
    Event # S10:194: French Day Bombers
    A flight of Breguet 14s were on a mission well behind the German lines. Their goal was to destroy a key railyard. Not expecting to go unnoticed, a group of fast climbing SSW DIIIs and IVs were scrambled to intercept. How many brave Frenchmen will make it home today?

    Saturday 1pm 3 hours
    Event # S13:195: Aerodrome Attack!
    The German's Jasta 30 planned on attacking the USAS 94th aerodrome while it's planes were off on their own mission. Unfortunate for them another USAS squadron was passing over on the way to the front when they were on their approach. Will the 94th still have an aerodrome to return to?

    Saturday 7pm 3 hours
    Event # S19:197: Where the Lines Meet Sails of Glory
    When a squall had blown the Royal Navy's blockading squadron off station a French squadron made a break for the open seas. The British recovered faster then the French had hoped and spotted them near the coast on their run to the ocean. Will the French make their break or be sent back to the protection of their port?
    Last edited by Teaticket; 10-07-2021 at 08:48.

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    Planning to be there with both my kids. Looking forward to some gaming with with them both after a long 2 years!

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    Post #1 now has the PEL listings for the games I am running.

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    A note on Cold Wars: they are staying in Ocean City MD, so not for me. Too much driving by myself.
    OTOH, Historicon in July is probably a go!
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    For those of you attending or thinking about attending Historicon, news just out from HMGS, Historicon attendees will have to wear a mask.

    "HMGS, Inc.'s Board discusses COVID-19 status, and how it affects us, at every Board meeting. We look at what the latest mandates and guidelines are, what the facility is requiring, and what other organizations are doing.

    This past Sunday was our latest monthly meeting, and the Board reconfirmed that we will follow the mandates and guidelines propagated by Federal, State, and Local authorities and the facilities that we use.

    The current CDC guideline is:

    To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission." (my emphasis)

    Montgomery County - where Valley Forge is located - and the rest of Pennsylvania is a "High Transmission" area.

    Therefore, the Board approved a mask requirement for all Historicon 2021 attendees while in HMGS-controlled areas; i.e., this does not include the resort's public areas like the hotel lobbies, casino, etc. Anyone not wearing a mask correctly will be asked to put one on. Anyone failing to comply with such a request will be subject to ejection for the remainder of the convention.
    We decided that we did not want to, at this time, require a proof of vaccination/negative-test from attendees, to perform temperature checks, or require a personal waiver ... but this may change.

    We will require real contact information from every attendee - if you're not willing to provide your email address and phone number you will not be allowed to participate in the convention.

    THESE POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. The situation will be closely monitored over the next seven weeks and the Board will communicate any changes.

    We realize that for some of you this is a deal-breaker, and that because of the mask requirement you will not attend. Given the situation, we can not hope to please everyone, and we hope to see you again in better times.

    With the demographics of our membership and attendees we will continue to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health and well-being. Thank you for your understanding.
    Sincerely, on behalf of the HMGS Board of Directors,

    John Hollier
    President, HMGS Inc.
    president@hmgs.org

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    There is collective meltdown on one or two US-based wargaming forums about this, apparently the infringement of some people's "freedoms" and the "diminished" experience is far too much for some to bear

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    There is collective meltdown on one or two US-based wargaming forums about this, apparently the infringement of some people's "freedoms" and the "diminished" experience is far too much for some to bear
    We are a society of the privileged. Covid would be solved if we could just make a mask we could wear and still be able to drink beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    We are a society of the privileged. Covid would be solved if we could just make a mask we could wear and still be able to drink beer.
    I just returned from a vacation in Europe (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary) and I can safely state that they all take this virus situation far more seriously than the US. Whether Prague, Vienna or Budapest. I saw compliance with the local mask rules. I was even asked to present my vaccination card at a number of businesses. Perhaps it was due to the fact I was visiting areas with a dependency on tourism, but I felt as safe as could be, given the circumstances. Some local guides indicated tourism was 15 to 30% of "normal" levels and it was a great time to visit. Got tested before I flew there and before I flew back.

    Trying to figure out how to get on with life in our new reality - without taking unnecessary risks. it can be done!
    “Fly fast - take chances!”

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    Registration for Historicon is now open.

    As far as I know you can only preregister for 1 game a day. I will have plenty of planes and no aerodrome member will be turned away from any game even if they say the game is full.

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    Historicon Kicks off this Thursdaty. Hope to see a few Aerodrome members there. I know BobP and Mikejr74 will be there. I'll be pulling in Wednesday early evening staying on site. Can't wait!

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    Really hope it goes well for you all - I know many having been champing at the bit to get some convention-style face-to-face gaming in.

    Have fun, guys!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Hope you all have a great time.
    Despite having the week off, I decided to be responsible, and stay home to do more house purging
    We will want pics.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    I'll take as many as I can...remember to during the games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    I'll take as many as I can...remember to during the games.
    We need a press agent to add to staff
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Heading out tomorrow. See everyone then.

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    Heading out in an hour for my ~7 hour trip to Valley Forge. Really looking forward to this.

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    Have a good one chaps.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Drive safe - fly dangerously!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Took an extra hour and a half to get here. A couple of accidents and road work...the usual stuff. Now to get a good sleep in before the barrage of games!

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    Best wishes for Historicon 2021, have safe journeys and good games.

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    good luck Peter.

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    Just be sure to post lots of AARs, Teaticket.

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    Is Siggi attending Historicon?

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    Saw a post about Historicon from Little Wars TV on You Tube:
    HERE

    You can see Teaticket in action at 3:09


    Mike from our weekly online Thursday Night Gaming can be seen there as well.
    Last edited by Stumptonian; 11-11-2021 at 23:08.

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    Well, at least from my POV I think Historicon was a resounding success. I had 7 sold out Wings games! 71 out of 70 seats filled. I was happy to get to meet some online friends for the first time and get to see a lot of gamers that regularly come to my games. We had a lot of fun. Some great and not so great flying and hilarious banter crossed the table over and over. Tonight I will start to post the AARs...

    Thanks to all the aerodrome members who showed up to support me and participate in the games. Without you it would be only a fraction of the event it turned out to be.

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    Good to hear the takeup was so good post Covid Peter.
    Any photos?
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Looking forward to the AARs, Teaticket!

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    AARs are going up tonight and tomorrow. I'll put links here for them all.

    I tried to get as many photos as I could while not disrupting the game. Didn't get as many as I'd like to but did what I could.

    Game #1, Pop Goes the Weasel 'HERE'

    Game #2 Tommy on the Run 'HERE'

    Game #3 Heading for Home 'HERE'

    Game #4 Circling Sharks 'HERE'

    Game #5 France 1940: Stop Them at the Meuse 'HERE'

    Game #6 French Day Bombers 'HERE'

    Game #7 Aerodrome Raid 'HERE'

    Game #8 Where the Lines Meet 'HERE'
    Last edited by Teaticket; 11-18-2021 at 15:41.

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    Thursday night after 3 games of Wings we also played a game of Red Dragon Inn. Mike brough all his set and 5 of us had at it. Robert Durst got in his first game as well as Andy Nunez. Somehow I was the survivor as the Litch, with 2 fingers remaining. It was a hoot as usual with RDR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    AARs are going up tonight and tomorrow. I'll put links here for them all.

    I tried to get as many photos as I could while not disrupting the game. Didn't get as many as I'd like to but did what I could.

    Game #1, Pop Goes the Weasel 'HERE'

    Game #2 Tommy on the Run 'HERE'

    Game #3 Heading for Home 'HERE'

    Game #4 Circling Sharks 'HERE'
    thnx for the AARs, enjoyed them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Saw a post about Historicon from Little Wars TV on You Tube:
    HERE

    You can see Teaticket in action at 3:09


    Mike from our weekly online Thursday Night Gaming can be seen there as well.
    Whoohoo! We made it on the video. We may be the last but we're on it. The game they show is the first one I ran on Thursday morning. Thanks for posting Pete.

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    Ok, all 8 games AARs have now been posted! The last, #8 is a SOG game and is at the Anchorage. Post #32 above has links to all the games including the SOG game.

    Again I want to thank all the aerodrome members and non-members that participated making the games so much fun. I hope everyone that could not attend enjoys the AARs.

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    Well done with all of these AARs, Peter.
    I can't imagine how you find time to get photos and remember what was going on, as well as herd cats at the table!

    I can't comment on the Sails site as I am not signed up, but it was interesting to see the ships more close up than we do on Thursday Night Gaming.

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