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Date Report Was Written
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Piquet at Historicon99 Reports
|July 27, 1998||
Historicon 98' Report and Thank You by Bob Jones
Piquet had the most successful convention yet. All of the games came off very well and a huge number of people were exposed to the game for the first time. All games were full and most had several observers and kibitzers.
More in another note-but I encourage the gamemasters to write up their impressions. Most of all-Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! to Pat McGuire for coordinating and each of the game honchos-particularly Eric who painted a ton of troops and drove a few hundred miles, Patrick who did his first gamemastering just fine, Ken for his life and humor, Jim for being such a good friend and supporter, and Bill Perks who, in addition to being a great gamemaster, is the best possible dinner companion! Brent got a lot of folks to see the potential of the POA system and we talked about a lot of new ideas on the flight back.
Second Annual Piquet Historicon Cocktail Party by Bob Jones
The second annual Piquet Cocktail party was a resounding success. Last year we had about 20 gamers come by to chat, but this year over 60 gamers stopped by for an hour or so for food, drink, and chatter. Duke Siefried was there. So was Jim Getz, Jim Perky, and Al Martin. Many of the new attendees were recent converts to Piquet, and I got to talk extensively with Tom Downs, Joe Fish and Gary the K. at their table. What a great gaming group! Greg Skelly from my neck of the woods was there, along with Brent Oman and Ed Meyers. Many of the attendees were new to the game and a few were either stunned or bemused by a rules publisher giving them something for free! Bob Pavlik was so touched he broke down in tears (or was that the Chinese mustard on the egg rolls?)
We had a little round robin introduction of everyone present and it really was interesting to hear everyone's story and background. Ed's story took about as long as the rest of the room combined, but now you guys know why Piquet was designed to move along so quickly, otherwise with Ed in a game we'd never finish! :-)
The highlight was, of course, the Official Piquet Song that Pat McGuire wrote and performed. Ah, the Pavarotti of Piquet was in rare form! Brent imitated a music stand very well and kept the lyrics and music in front of Pat at all times! The singing sounded like a cross between the Yale Glee club after a week long spree and a herd of cattle right before they stampede! They were loud! Pat described the singing contest quite well in his note-I will only add that the one side singing followed by the other singing format was the only time any Piqueteers have ever done move-counter-move, and may have contributed to their just awful performance! Jim Mauro, Fred Avner, and Ken Baggaley were particularly noticeable in their energy and volume level. The Zealots won (or so Pat the barmaid averred) but the Acolytes vowed Revanche!
A huge success and a guarantee that we will have a 3rd annual next year,
Thanks, Bob Jones
Historicon 98' Thank You by Brent Oman
I just want to take a moment to thank all of you "Piqueteers" who made this a memorable Historicon. I don't believe I've ever been in a room full of singing wargamers before. I had the best seat in the house (holding Pat McGuire's Piquet song lyrics) up front watching two groups of grown (?) men belting out the Piquet song. From my perspective, NEITHER side can carry a tune!
What makes Historicon special? For me it is the people and friendships formed. I look forward to seeing this band of crazies every convention (Jim Getz, Pat McGuire, Bill Purks, Jeff Valent, Jim Mauro, Trip "What about the cavalry?" Alford, Eric "Big Battalion" Burgess, Patrick "Dense Hoplites" Velas, Herb Gundt......) - THIS is the real reason I enjoy the convention. Oh yeah, and I did happen to buy some toys!
This seemed to be a 20th century theme convention for me. I put on a POA game - the Americans looked plenty nervous (sick?) until their airpower and artillery made an appearance. They effectively sealed off the German retreat, corking the bottle. Big impetus swings in this one - I'll never forget the Germans scattering like cockroaches when a light is turned on after the American barrage markers were placed. They didn't care where they went as long as it was away from the markers!
I picked up some more W.W.II 15mm armor, US infantry etc., along with the
I also made the plunge into 20mm WW1, buying IT Figures Austrians and Russians, along with Britannia Germans. Beautiful little figures.
Some snippets of observations at the convention:
Thank you all!!! Brent Oman
Historicon - POA Game by Mitch Osborne
At long last I had the opportunity to actually participate in a Piquet game at Historicon. It was Brent Oman's POA game - perfect because 20th Century wargaming is my primary interest.
I have long thought that Piquet's basic ideas are sound. Introducing a larger element of chaos onto the tabletop is an idea long overdue. But not having played the game, I reserved judgment on the execution. No longer. I was immensely pleased with how POA plays. The flow of the game was closer to the campaign histories and war memoirs that I have been reading of late than anything I have yet played. I have not come away from a game more excited by the rules system since the original edition of Command Decision was published in the 1980s. There really haven't been any rules since then that seemed worth taking my time and effort to learn until now. Immediately after Brent's game,I rushed down to the dealer's area and plonked down my money and picked up POA.
I have never seen a game whose basics are so easy to learn. It is a game that I can seriously think of teaching to my young children. They will not be put off by reams of detailed rules and labyrinthine charts. They enjoy cards and dice.There is potential here. Piquet is at heart a simple game, but it is certainly not simple-minded. A savvy player would have cut us rank amateurs at Historicon apart - thank goodness they didn't show (or at least laid low). I look forward to mastering the subtleties.
I plan to enlist as many of my fellow gamers to the system as I can. And I plan to learn the rules as thoroughly as possible. I expect there are those on the list who will regret this. I am a contraire (heretic?) by nature, and articulately opinionated about 20th century warfare. I expect to ask many questions, pick many nits, and put forward many suggestions. But my comments will be geared toward tailoring the rules to better reflect history. As far as proposals to move to a more move-countermove approach - they won't be coming from me. The liberation from that most artificial of conventions is the most gratifying aspect of Piquet. I will resist any move to dilute it.
Remember, you have been warned,
The Official Song ©by Patrick McGuire
As promised, here are the lyrics to the official song sung at the Piquet cocktail party during Historicon. We divided the room into two groups, the acolytes and zealots, and had each sing the final stanza. I then got our bartender, a frail woman named Pat who seemed both frightened and excited, to judge the singing. When the singing was done she whispered to me "Oh they both sounded really nice." This would never do. "What if I put a gun to your head?" I asked. Without skipping a beat, she pointed to the right. "That group." She had pointed to the zealots, and thus,her life was spared. However, I warned her to leave town immediately because some of the acolytes looked none too happy.
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