1223BottosCon detailed report
- 16 Nov, 2010It was great to see so many familiar faces and to hear how the
convention has become a destination event in such a short order of time. I had a
great group of people supporting me and without them BottosCon wouldn't be what
it is. Special thanks go out to Art Brochet, Bruce Hansen, George Kelln, and
Thanks also go out to Dragonflight and Jeff Newel for their financial support.
We had some great door prizes this year. Thanks go out to the following
conpanies and or people for their support:
Board Game Warriors, Imperial Hobbies, Starlit Citadel, DDH Games, GMT Games,
and Bob Eubanks.
Mike Cordiez came out to visit on Sunday and it was really nice to chat with
him. I let him know that quite few of the guys were able to purchase some of his
games from Phil and that they'd all found good homes. Mike was very appreciative
to all the inqueries he had regarding his games collection and for all the help
we offered him to sell his collection. And just so everyone knows, Phil McQueen
is now our guest "history" lecturer for all future Bottoscons. It seems he had a
4 hour ordeal at the border and got passed around to 6 different screeners
before they were satisfied he wasn't a drug smuggler or terrorist. No fines were
levied, and no cavities were explored.
We still have some kinks ot work out in regards to our silent auction/flea
market table and I apologize to everyone for not doing a better job with this.
At the end of the day we still had a sizeable donation for the local share
society and you'll all be pleased to know that your donations will be helping
spread the gift of literacy this holiday season to people less fortunate than
And a general thanks go out to everyone who made the effort to come out and play
some great games. It's for this reason that I run BottosCon. I love playing
board games and I love that I'm able to share my hobby with all of you. So
As usual, Monster Games continue to make a regular appearance at the convention
and this year's Monsters were none other than Line of Battle This Hallowed
Ground II, and OCS Burma.
Tactical WWII games continue to be popular and while the numbers were slightly
down from last year, the ASL West Coast Rumble continues to be a popular event.
Also returning this year was Andrew Nick's popular Up Front, or at it has now
been named, BottosFront, tournament. Andrew went al lout for this event and even
went so far as to make a trophy and medals for his participants. I believe Colin
Woo was the second time champion, and the Private Smith Medal for good
sportsmanship went to Michel Boucher. Was anyone able to get any pictures of
these guys? Unlike previous years I wasn't such a camera nut.
Another new addition to the convention were Kirby and Critty Krilow of Board
Game Warriors. Kirby is mostly a Euro gamer and his table always had at least 4
people at it playing a game at any given time. It was also great to see his wife
Critty joining in on the games and I hope more guys will consider bringing their
wives or girlfriends to the convention next year.
Another returning feature was the Kicking it Old School Saturday night game by
the Red Sash Games crew. This year's featured classic was Seelowe by SPI. I love
how the convention is developing a broadrange appeal for both new and classic
games, wargames, and eurogames as well.
Bottoscon is also fast becoming a place for designers to showcase their upcoming
projects. This year in addition to designs by Stephen Newberg and Dean Essig, we
were also treated to new games by local designers Brian Train, Rick Smith, and
Mark Woloshen. As long as they keep designing games, I'll keep doing my part to
help them showcase their projects.
Between regsistrations and walk ins we had 50 people sign up for this year's
Bottoscon of which 47 actually came to the convention. Of the 47, all but 3 were
full weekend attendees. We've made some new contacts in Oregon thanks to Phil
Mcqueen and his son Logan.
This year's door prize winners were:
Bob Eubanks - Avalanche Press U.S. Navy: Plan Red
Michel Boucher - Decesion Games Operation Kremlin
Phil McQueen - COA Les Batailles de Lutzen
Brian Train - $25.00 gift certificate Imperial Hobbies
Andrew Nick - C3I #23
Charlie Shepperd - a GMT game
Logan McQueen - a GMT game
Devin Gallant - DDH games Last Gamble
Roger Clewley - a DDH game
Duncan Rice - Compass Games Silent War
Art Brochet - $25.00 gift certificate for Board Game Warriors.
Brian Moore - x2 copies of Strategy & Tactics.
Details are still being worked out, but expect to see us back at the Compass
Points Inn on November 4-6, 2011, and yes Stephen, this means we get to see the