Barrage 2014 Was Another Huge Success

"Argh!" Geoff says, "If you did't attend Barrage, you're a scurvy bilge rat!"
“Argh!” Geoff says, “If you did’t attend Barrage, you’re a scurvy bilge rat!”

Barrage 2014 was another major success.  We had a record or near-record number of attendees and 16 tables full of game that ran from 0900 until after 2100.  Again Age of Glory and On Military Matters came and set up dealer tables.  We had to set up additional flea market tables on they fly to handle the demand.  The Flames of War tournament had 18 competitors, 17 of whom were pre-registered.  Once again we had a successful snack bar that provided hot dogs, drinks, pizza, and other food and snacks throughout the day at a reasonable cost.  For additional information about Barrage, you can check out http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Barrage.html.  The breadth of events was quite good, with games spanning the ancient period through modern Afghanistan.  Below are some pictures from the event.

Jeff Wiltrout's soccer game in full swing
Jeff Wiltrout’s soccer game in full swing

Several of the HAWKs enjoyed this interesting soccer game.

Chris Palmer's 100 Years War battle
Chris Palmer's 100 Years War battle
Roxanne Patton's Bataan game
Roxanne Patton's Bataan game
A view of some flea market tables
A view of some flea market tables
Rob Dean's dark ages game
Rob Dean's dark ages game
Battlegroup Kursk
Daniel Erdman's Command Decision game
Beau Geste by Ed Watts
Beau Geste by Ed Watts
Muskets and Tomahawks demonstration games
Muskets and Tomahawks demonstration games
Noah Guibault's Dungeon Hack and a somewhat long view of the gaming area
Noah Guibault's Dungeon Hack and a somewhat long view of the gaming area
Dave Wood's battle of Orthiez (1814)
Dave Wood's battle of Orthiez (1814)
Daniel Erdman's Command Decision game
Battlegroup Kursk
Tim Tilson's Sangshak scenario
Tim Tilson's Sangshak scenario
Eric Schlegle's ACW kids game.  As the number of kids was small, his game ended up with mostly adults.  This picture also shows a bit of a long shot of the gaming area.
Eric Schlegle's ACW kids game. As the number of kids was small, his game ended up with mostly adults. This picture also shows a bit of a long shot of the gaming area.
War Rocket kids game
My War Rocket kids game
Norman Dean's "Encounter at Jebora"
Norman Dean's "Encounter at Jebora"
Two opponents in the Flames of War tournament
Two opponents in the Flames of War tournament
Geoff Graff's Lego pirate barroom brawl
Geoff Graff's Lego pirate barroom brawl

As usual, we have a dedicate table established for games targeted at younger gamers.  Although the number of younger gamers was lower than we would have liked, the kids who participated all had a great time.

A lull in the action at the snack counter
A lull in the action at the snack counter
Mike Byrne's Force on Force game with Chechens vs. Russians
Mike Byrne's Force on Force game with Chechens vs. Russians
Brian Cantwell's ancient naval game
Brian Cantwell's ancient naval game
Kurt Schlegel's battle of Corinth game using A Union So Tested
Kurt Schlegel's battle of Corinth game using A Union So Tested
My G.A.M.E.R. WWII skirmish game
My G.A.M.E.R. WWII skirmish game

My WWII skirmish was a bit of a surprise.  I planned the game for 6 players, and I wasn’t sure if the game would fill with an 1800 start time.  Not only did the game fill, but I had to add troops at the last minute to make room for 10 players.  I think the games as quite successful.  People keep asking me when the rules will be available for purchase.  I have been developing this for myself, and having just finished the three-year slog to get Bear Yourselves Valiantly ready for publication, I’m not sure I’m ready for another rules publishing project.  WWII skirmish is a crowded field, with Force on Force and Bolt Action being the big players with hard cover books and a lot of marketing oomph.  Too Fat Lardies have the UK market sewn up.  I’m just not ready to try to suffer the slings an arrows of biased reviews and TMP sock puppets right now.