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Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney
with Gavin Van Rossum
Event on 10th - 11th October 2020, Auckland, New Zealand.

Despite all the general horribleness of 2020, 30 stoic wargamers collected at the Onehunga Returned Servicemen’s Association venue to roll dice, talk trash and blow up each other’s toy soldiers. 

I think we had all had our fill of the global pandemic, lockdowns, Covid Levels, misinformation and false alarms and all the fun and frivolity that 2020 had in store for us by that point in the year. It was a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and rivals in person, see how everyone was hanging together and support each other in our various adventures.

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

A few days before the event we had the sudden loss of a good friend, Phil Petry, who is an absolute top bloke and his passing has really left a big hole in our community. His table of terrain and army was supplied and run by good friend Ian Madrid.

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The organisation for the Flamescon event by myself and Greg Lockton was trundling along well until we had too many people signed up and too few tables & terrain supplies to fit out the event. John Lee stepped up to help wrangle the final push with me as dutiful assistant while Greg went fishing. Everything turned out fine thanks to John leaping into the pilot seat and running everything superbly.

Shenanigans:
Top marks for the event prep and list checking activity goes to Damian Reid & Alex McEwen for playing pretty much the same army of FJ Stugs. Hilarious that these 2 fun soaks would run the same cheese.

More Shenanigans:
We were using Battle Plans for the event so once the draw was done everyone kicked off and started their games. Despite a large influx of foreign types the event proceeded smoothly, John put everyone through their paces and the results ticked through in good order. Funnily enough this year it wasnt Bob mis-reporting his score or result that was the stand out disordered act, but McBeth, of all people, who attempted an inelegant slide towards more VPs than he would usually accrue. After various aspersions were cast in the direction of those south of the Bombays, good order was restored.

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By the end of the 5th game the usual VP hogs were in the lead and prizes were handed out. It was great to have had the opportunity to pillage the BF offices a few weeks before and liberate an old department store building used in the Stalingrad books, to offer for the Best Player Table prize.

A huge thanks is given to all the attendees for their grace and sportsmanship, keen wit, tactical nous and general good disposition. Rules queries that got to the TO’s were well rounded and I heard a lot of great discussions that resolved scenarios with both sides gaining from the exchange. A bigger thanks to everyone who could supply terrain and forces for the event. Biggest thanks to the unflappable John Lee for saving my bacon and running his first FoW event, for 30 players!

~Gavin

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney
Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney

Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney
Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney Flamescon 2020 - Keep Calm and Run a Tourney


Last Updated On Monday, November 9, 2020 by Luke at Battlefront