Monthly Archives: May 2012

Cangames 2012 Day 3

Speed Rally Day!  I thought I would try my game out on the last day, as I was unsure how many players I would get.  I ended up with three, a little disappointing considering how much work I put into it.  In my humble opinion, the track looked great and I did get a lot of interest in it, just not that many players.  I will run it again next year, but I will go for Saturday morning and try it out in the kid’s gaming area.  I think the subject matter might fit better as not everyone has a four-year old boy who made them watch Cars hundreds of times over the last few years.

Pre-race meeting

The trucks


President of the Elvis RV club standing beside the Jumbo-tron Screen

The fans in the podium and the dice-box garage

View from the cheap seats.

Rubbing is racing, son!

Leak-Less spins out in Turn 3, Al Oft films it all.

Aerial view of Turn 1, with the Jumbo-tron

Bumper Save crosses the finish line first!

The board was created from foam-core and whole lot of 4 lane printouts from the Speed Rally site.  I created the guard rail, stands and jumbo-tron using coloured foam-core.  The signage was all created from a variety of Cars fan sites and printed on to sticker paper.  Overall the track looked great, I’m kicking myself though, for not getting a few overview shots of the whole thing.

All in all, Cangames 2012 was great and I’m already planning a game from next year’s event: Apocalypse Averted.  I can already hear the zombies moaning in the distance!

Cangames 2012 Day 2

In previous years, I would have signed up for a game in the morning, and then spent the whole time dreaming about the marketplace.  But no more!  No matter how enticing the games might be at 10 am, I forgo them all and rush in with the initial charge and as always it pays off.  I need to update those figure totals, they’re way off now.

Overview of the Hall.  The Marketplace in the background, still beckons me…

There were several very eye-catching games that Saturday morning here are some shots:

Operation Varsity:  On Feb 25, 1945 the First Canadian Parachute Battalion was dropped beyond the Rhine River, five miles into Germany. Defended by elite German paratroopers, the DZ proved to be an extremely hazardous place. The area was caught in a triple crossfire from the West, North, & from a copse of trees in the middle of the DZ. Added to this was a jump in broad daylight. WWII skirmish using the Face of Battle rules (write-up borrowed from the Cangames Schedule).

A C-47 in trouble.

A Horsa glider on the ground. I won’t say landed, as I think that was a relative term with those things.

A nasty surprise for aircraft and troops alike.


Escape of the Sopwith: a World War I trench raid using last man standing rules.

British going over the top

Lewis gunner team

That afternoon…

Wanting to experience a western game I went with the Spaghetti Western, a homegrown game using characters from all the great westerns and using the basic plot of Once Upon a Time in the West.  The game mechanics were simple–each character has one action representing about a second in game time–and the board looked nice.  However, as with 99% of all large games (6+ players, in my opinion) there was a fair amount of time waiting for everyone to take their turn.  Playing as Angel Eyes at the far end of the table, it took some time to get into any action, I had allied myself with two friends so it took some time to get close enough to kill someone else…

The Harmonica claimed the first kill and many others after that.  The Ugly Tuco Ramirez was able to snag the “prize” and speed off the table.  Therein lay some of the difficulty with the game: overpowered characters.  Both these players had at least two cards in the deck and could (and did) move very quickly and cock, fire and reload very fast with very high numbers of dice to boot, whilst others could barely move or roll a single die on a target.  It became a bit frustrating being shot by somebody who could easily hit you and reload before you could even get a chance to move.  Perhaps giving the weaker characters more chances to act would counter the main character’s high shoot skills…

Angel Eye’s starting view of the ranch.

The Colonel and Angel Eyes take up position at the gate. Gun battle to ensue.

Harmonica with the first of many kills that day…


The Colonel’s first (and only) kill

The iconic shot of the three gunmen approaching the ranch. Cue the music…









Still one more day to go!

Cangames 2012 Day 1!

I just completed my first day of Cangames 2012!  I’ve been looking forward to this since Cangames 2011, it even started this blog–see New Year’s resolutions.  Unfortunately I was thrown into work at the last minute and missed my first game of the action at Chrysler’s Farm in the War of 1812, but I got a picture or two.

The game I missed. Darn it, there were lots of brightly coloured soldiers to play with!

The highlight so far was Bernard’s Empire Strikes Back game Fire and Ice–ironically, a Storm of Swords scenario was played beside us.  As Rogue 2 in Rogue Squadron I attempted to hold off the AT-ATs as long as I could, which as it turns out wasn’t very long.  I was able to fire my cable hook and get one pass around the lead AT-AT (the venerable Blizzard 1), and despite my attempt to play a flurry of cards to bring down the behemoth, I was brought down in the end.  Here is a glimpse of the action:

Imperial Walkers on the North Ridge!

I’m sure this shot is straight from the movie

Rogue 2 attempting to draw fire from Rogue 3.

The first successful tow cable deployment, by Rogue 2 (me!)

Cable Out!

My fate…

Rogue 3 takes down the first AT-AT, followed by a suitable victory roll.

Part of the rear echelon action against the marauding and semi-accurate walkers.

More Cangames Chaos and Carnage To Follow!


I always thought wordles were kind of neat, but I had no idea what they were called or how to create one.  A great teacher just told me what it was called.  I figured out how to create one all by myself.  Two Australian kids told me how to post it on my blog via Youtube.   I think any time I learn how to do something new I’m going to get some Australian kids to show me how–their accents are awesome, tee-hee-hee.

We are now in May and what have I done?  Nothing.  We got a new computer recently: a new computer, from this century, from this decade!  I have huge creative power at my figure tips.  Lots of processing power, and ram!  And what have I done with it?  Well, I finished Plants vs. Zombies, Farm Frenzy and I’m working through Vampires Vs. Zombies. Does that count?

Reality is, we’ve hit a few minor speed bumps in life at our house.  I’m taking a course.  Time is precious.  Summer is coming.  I promise I’ll do more then!  Maybe just after I finish this next game…