|Erik (right) teaches MERCS to a new enthusiast.|
We had a successful event this weekend for our second Demo Day. Attendance was a little lighter for this Demo Day, in terms of both players and game-hosts, but there were enough of both to give a good vibe throughout the day. I certainly met my goals, which were to:
- Meet new players and game-hosts, and help them do the same.
- See what MERCS was all about.
- Finally try out Dust Warfare.
- Check out other folks' painted models.
- Shop ;-)
We had three folks, including Erik, one of our game-hosts, drive all the way up from Richmond to participate. They were a great group, and they made up our "core" throughout the day. Erik introduced MERCS to around a half-dozen people, including me, so he certainly met his objective. He and I threw down for a fast and furious learning game of Dust Warfare, and that was an absolute blast. As I expected the game is clean, streamlined, believable, well-paced, and very cinematic. I'm a fan.
Erik and I were both surprised when my first action of the game totally destroyed his walker all the way across the table. I was wondering if the game was too fast and perhaps would suffer from a snowball effect, but the game evened out overall, and Erik was able to make a comeback and win the game. The game ended in a showdown where my lone soldier was desperately running from 3 German combat zombies and was taken down while trying to gun them down with his submachine gun. Classic.
I didn't take enough photos of the event, but here are some shots of Erik's excellent MERCS minis.
|That T-shirt is painted freehand!|
And here is a "shot" (ha, ha) of an Imperial Navy Arquebusier, sniping from an ideal perch on the ruins of an old cathedral. Our Freebooter's Fate game-host, Brian, scrambled to prepare this great terrain piece just in time for the event.
And here are two very thematic game-boards for Hell Dorado.
Our Dystopian Wars game-host, Aaron, and I wrapped up the day and recapped the event over drinks at a nearby bar. A very cool day! Aaron is already planning a similar 2-day(!) event for November 17th and 18th, down at the Game Vault store in Fredericksburg, Virginia.