San Diego Historical Games Convention

​November 8, 9 and 10, 2019

San Diego Historical Games Convention Schedule

Boardgames (2018)

FLEA MARKET (Full Time at designated tables)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Bring your stuff and bring your money! 1/2 a table is FREE. Fill out a price sheet to leave behind and identify yourself to buyers.  I'll mark mine with post it notes.

The Wargame Bootcamp
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
GM Tim Porter and Karl Kreder
Stop by the boot camp and learn to play a war game!

Decision Games Demo / Playtest Table / Store Front
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Play with Designers Doc Cummins and Doug Johnson.                                                       

All Bridges Burning (GMT Games P500) Demo
GM Ron Artigues

Friday 7PM
All Bridges Burning recreates the political and military affairs of the Finnish civil war in a new COIN Systemvolume for three players. The Reds seek to stage a working class revolt and then hold on to their gains, while the White Senate forces seek to reassert control. A third, non-violent Social Democratic faction fights for the survival of moderate leftism and political reform. All three factions must keep the national sentiment conciliatory enough for a post-conflict settlement and national independence. In addition, the non-player powers of Germany and Russia offer military assistance to the Senate and the Reds, respectively.

Twilight Struggle Tournament (GMT Games)
GM Harold Buchanan
Friday and Saturday 8:00 AM

Play in a modified Swiss format tournament under the watchful eye of the designers Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews as they tell stories from the history and the games development, Rules: optional cards, US +2 additional IP at start (no Chinese Civil War)  All levels welcome. Bring a game to ensure a spot. Championship Saturday evening or after by agreement.
Find Harold Buchanan anytime to sign up and get an opponent - maybe him!

Table Battles Demo and Tourney (Hollandspiel) Sponsored by Blue Panther Games 

Saturday, Sunday 10:00 AM
GM Chuck Collins
A Swiss format tournament and Blue Panther has promised a rich variety of prizes. All players get $5 off their Blue Panther booth purchase. 2 players selected at random will get a copy of the game. Winner and second place in teh tournament will get a copy of an expansion! Hollandspiel's fast paced battle game covering hundreds of years of war. Simple and easy to learn. Fast, furious and lots of fun.

Lock ’n Load Tactical - Heroes of Normandy
For over 15 years the (LnLT) system has set a new standard in Squad-level gaming. Its innovative gameplay mechanics, unparalleled artwork, historical scope, and accessibility have entertained veteran and new gamers alike.  From the initial D-Day drops, on June 6th, to the fighting in the Norman bocage, and on to Operation Market Garden, arrives at the battle heavy, with 30 scenarios, and over 650 die-cut counters.  Command audacious American and British paratroopers and glider troops in daring missions against stalwart defensive positions and fiendish counterattacks by the German Wehrmacht, SS, and Fallschirmjägers.  

Infantry squads and intrepid individuals, such as skilled Leaders and Heroes, are at the core of the Lock ‘n Load Tactical Series. With them you can fire M1919A4, Vickers, MG34 and MG42 machine guns; take aim at approaching tanks with Bazookas, Piats and Panzerfausts; and find the range with heavy mortars and numerous anti-tank guns, from the American 57mm to the dreaded German 88mm. Vehicles, especially tanks, also clatter onto the battlefield to take on pesky infantry and, of course, each other. M4A1 Shermans, M5A1 Stuarts, Fireflies, and Cromwell's square off against Panzer IIIs and IVs as well as the big cats: Panthers and Tigers.

Jimmy Hansen will be demoing Heroes of Normandy on Friday, November 9 at 2:00 pm.

1914 Offensive a outrance (GMT) - post-publication playtest of the version 3.0 rules
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Play with designer Michael Resch

Invitation only. Those interested should contact Michael via email at mikeresch at live dot com.

Imperial Struggle (GMT Games P500) Demo

Saturday, Sunday

​Play with Designers Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews

Imperial Struggle is a two-player game depicting the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. It begins in 1697, as the two realms wait warily for the King of Spain to name an heir, and ends in 1789, when a new order brought down the Bastille. The game is not merely about war: both France and Britain must build the foundations of colonial wealth, deal with the other nations of Europe, and compete for glory across the span of human endeavor.

Sandstorm: World War 2 in North Africa Sep, 1940 to Dec, 1942 Demo (Publisher Open)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Play with Designer Michael Arrighi
The game is for 2 players using a card driven design, with each side having a unique deck.  Of course, will be happy to teach, show and play a turn or two with anyone interested.

Mr President (GMT Games P500) Demo
Play with Designer Gene Billingsley
Mr. President (GMT P500) is a solitaire game about governing as the President of the United States.  It begins after you've been elected! Demo the game currently on P500

SpaceCorp (GMT Games P500) Demo
Play with Designer John Butterfield
SpaceCorp: 2025-2300 AD (GMT P500) is a fast-playing board game in which one to four players explore and develop outer space over three eras. Each player controls an Earth-based enterprise seeking profit by driving the expansion of humanity into the Solar System and beyond. Demo the game currently on P500!

​Enemy Action: Kharkov (Compass Games) Demo
Friday, Saturday
Play with Designer John Butterfield
The second volume of Enemy Action. The game system heads to Kharkov on the East Front for the Soviet Gallop and Star offensives and the German "Backhand Blow" counterattack in Feb/Mar 1943.. Demo the game currently in Development with Compass Games.

Pendragon (GMT Games) - Best the Designers Tournament
GMs Volko Ruhnke and Morgane Gouyon-Rety
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Play as Britons facing down designer and developer Barbarians! Morgane and Volko to take on all comers. Familiarity with any COIN Series title and at least a glance ahead at Pendragon requested —a famous opportunity to learn Pendragon from the creators. Bring a game to ensure a spot. After-action ballad sung in time for your dinner feast. Any who best the Barbarians for control of Britain receive a COINfest prize and abject designer signatures chronicling the victory!

Ananda Gupta, Jason Matthews and John Butterfield Saturday - A Celebration of Games!
Open gaming - bring your favorite Ananda Gupta, Jason Matthews or John Butterfield game and play.  Ask them all the why questions you can in 9 hours!

Nations At War - Stalin’s Triumph
Stalin’s Triumph depicts platoon level combat on the Eastern Front during World War II.   All of the vehicles, men and weapons of the Soviet and German armies that fought in and around the area of Kursk in the summer of 1943. The game includes Soviet units such as the famed animal killer, the SU-152, and the workhorse of the Soviet Army, the T-34. For Germany, there’s a wide array of hardware such as Tigers and Mk IVs, but also unique vehicles such as the Flamepanzer and the dreaded Elephant. Included in the game are new rules for tank riders, commissars, fighter planes, goliaths and rockets. Battles depict actions around such famed areas as Prochorovka and Ponyri.  

Jimmy Hansen will be demoing Stalin Triumph on Saturday and Sunday,  November 10th and 11th at 2:00 pm

HUBRIS: Twilight of the Hellenistic World (GMT Games on P500) 

Play with Designer Morgane Gouyon-Rety (designer of Pendragon - The Fall of Roman Britain)
The time is 220 BCE, and you, king of a major Hellenistic Kingdom, scion of divine rulers, fully intend to complete the reunion of all of Alexander the Great’s vast realm under your rule, proving that your line is the true heir to the divine Conqueror. Hubris - Twilight of the Hellenistic World is a 1 to 5 player game recreating the rivalries of the great Hellenistic kingdoms between 250 and 170 BCE, which saw the last chances of a reunification of the great Macedonian power of Alexander, and the eventual takeover of hegemony in the Eastern Mediterranean by an upstart foreign power, the Roman Republic.

Dune (AH)
Saturday 10:00 AM
GM O.Shane Balloun                                                                                                                                                           The boardgame is based on the Frank Herbert novels about an arid planet at the heart of the human space empire's political machinations.

Flashpoint South China Sea (GMT Games P500) DEMO
Saturday 10:00 AM
Play with the Lunchtime game Series playtester Ron Artigues and designer Harold Buchanan
Prototype Designed by Harold Buchanan one lucky player will receive a copy of Flashpoint South China Sea when it is published!

Weitzel's Mill, North Carolina, 6 March 1781, Black Powder

Saturday noon 4 hours

Guests Welcome (7 players total)
Andre, Tim and John invite you to another AWI miniature scrum, and again we have chosen to highlight part of the southern campaign. In this engagement, both sides are engaged in the Race to the Dan, with the Patriots trying to stay one step ahead of the British. The Americans have taken position along another of North Carolina's rain-swollen creeks, hoping to buy time for the main body to move into Virginia beyond the range of the British pursuit. Can the mix of militia, riflemen, and Continentals delay the elite crown forces long enough to ensure a clean get-away, or will the British overwhelm the rear guard and go on to restore Virginia to her true loyalty? Novices welcome. 

Saturday 7:00 PM
Celebrate  the 241st Anniversary of the Marine Corp
Celebrate the 33nd Anniversary of the Camp Pendleton Game Club!
Celebrate Ananda Gupta, Jason Matthews and John Butterfield and their Contribution to the Hobby Award!

Game Drawing!   
Saturday 8:00 PM
Chose your games and take a chance - win some great games   
Thanks to our sponsors!

Mega Civilization  -  (Pegasus Spiele Games) GM Jeff Lotton/O.Shane Balloun 
Sunday 9 AM Start, 8AM Setup
Play the modern heir to the Avalon Hill title Advanced Civilization. You will assume one of the available ancient civilizations and guide it through the time period of roughly just after the last Ice Age to the dawn of the new era at the end of the Iron Age — a time span of almost 8,000 years. Each player leads their own civilization as it tries to expand its culture over a map board that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to India.
Conflict is inevitable but this is not really a war game in the traditional sense, it's more about dealing with the setbacks and difficulties encountered by accumulating wealth and acquiring technologies for your civilization to thrive, or not.
We will be playing the short game which has been described as taking "only" 6 to 8 hours to complete. Be prepared for an all day event. The game can accommodate 5 to 18 players but you must plan to be there well before the start time to get a seat.

SpaceCorp Tourney
Sunday 10:00 AM
Play with Designer John Butterfield
A tournament for 8 players playing SpaceCorp: 2025-2300 AD (GMT P500) Play with designer John Butterfield. No experience necessary. Atleast 1 player will receive a copy of the game at random!

Liberty or Death (GMT Games) TEAM PLAY
Sunday 9:00 AM
Play with Designer Harold Buchanan
Join one of 4 teams to play Liberty or Death to the finish!

Play to Win - 1 player selected at random will receive a copy of the game! Also Win one during the game drawing Saturday night!  Any number of players spread across 4 teams on 1 big board!

878 Vikings (Academy Games) Demo
Sunday 12:00 PM
GM Chuck Collins sponsored with prizes from Academy Games!  Win the expansion!
878 Vikings is an area control game in which 2 - 4 players play as the invading Vikings or the English nobles who are trying to withstand the invasion. We have room for at least 8.

C3i Magazine "Gettysburg" Tournament
Saturday 2:00 PM
GM Mark Herman
Play in a modified Swiss format tournament sponsored by C3i Magazine!  Rodger MacGowan will supply magazines and posters as prizes for a portion of participants.  The game will be taught to new players a half hour in advance.

Remembrance Sunday Minute of Silence
Sunday 11:00 AM
We will observe a minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time. It is a sign of respect for, the 20 million people who died in World War I.

Boardgame sign ups will be at the Convention, at the game. To ensure a slot in popular games bring your copy of the game.