Historic Fort Steilacoom was the scene of the first annual "Fix Bayonets" game day, held on Saturday, 18 September:
Pictured above is Quarters 2, where all the gaming took place, while below is the historical marker by the house's doorway:
Damond, Lawrence and Bruce, all members of our regional NHMGS (Northwest Historical Gaming Society), conceived and hosted this debut event.
The game day was divided into two periods, with 4-6 games played during each session. Despite the intimate venue, the games represented several eras and genres.
Below, Dean and Adrian set up Ichi no Tani, a raid and rearguard action fought during Japan's Genpei War (1180-1185 A.D.):
A quick snapshot of Wes's American War of Independence (AWI) game:
Wes monitors the action as the British players advances their forces against "those damned rebels:"
Kevin's Spanish Civil War game:
Republic and National players pondering their next move:
Not every game was straight-laced historical either. Below, a boatload of Eurpean troops are attacked by natives as they slog through the swamps of Venus, in this steampunk pulp game:
A lot of players were drawn into the "Venusian Quagmire:"
Thirty gamers attended the event and raised $300 in donations for the Historical Fort Steilacoom Society. The feedback by the attendees was predominantly positive. There's even some clamoring to make this a twice-a-year event. If so, I certainly plan on attending!