Demo Day #2 is this coming Saturday. I organized Demo Day #1 back in February (2012). The concept is to showcase the smaller-volume miniatures games and give them some time in the sun, expanding the awareness among the miniatures community for these other games. To that end, I intentionally exclude games that already enjoy strong market share and large player bases. Specifically, those exclusions are: Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine / Hordes, and Flames of War.
For Demo Day #1, I recruited game-hosts to demonstrate:
- Dystopian Wars / Uncharted Seas. A combined demo of Spartan Games' land/air/sea fleet and army battles, based in steampunk and fantasy settings, respectively.
- Freebooter's Fate. 28mm skirmish in a light-hearted, fantasy pirate setting.
- Anima Tactics. 28mm skirmish in an anime setting.
- Infinity. 28mm skirmish in a near-future sci-fi setting, where hi-tech squads engage in pitched battles, covert operations, secret missions and black ops.
- Crosstime Crossroads. A homebrew 25mm skirmish game that features squads from any and all genres, racing and/or competing for squad-specific goals.
For Demo Day #2, We're swapping out Infinity for:
- Hell Dorado. 28mm skirmish in a hell-ridden alternate-history Renaissance.
And we're adding:
- MERCS. 28mm skirmish in a sci-fi setting, where dueling megacorporations duke it out.
We almost had a demo for the new game, Dropzone Commander, but the game-host had to drop out. The setting for Dropzone Commander is far-future sci-fi, where the game focuses on insertion missions, mainly featuring 10mm-scale flying dropships, tanks, and walkers.
I'll be serving as an all-around host, networking with folks and filling in as a player, if we have a shortage of players, and/or serving as a game-host, if we have a shortage of game-hosts. I'll probably demo the new Fantasy Flight game, X-Wing, since that game is fast and light-weight.
I'm tweaking the event format for Demo Day #2:
- Morning session, starting at 10:30.
- Early afternoon session, starting at 1:30.
- Late afternoon open gaming.
- Evening: dinner, drinks, and after-action debriefs at a local tavern.
For open gaming, we already expect:
- Muskets & Tomahawks. 28mm skirmish in the days of the French-Indian war.
- Dust Warfare. 28mm platoon-based battles in alternate-history Weird World War II.
I hope to try out Dust Warfare. I have enough of my own miniatures to try out a basic Axis platoon. This game is basically an excuse for me to justify buying and playing with crazed cybernetically-enhanced gorillas. Nothing quite compares to that.