Due to my work schedule this year, I was able to attend a small part of Enfilade! this year. After work on Saturday, I drove down to pick up my registration packet, take some preliminary photos and go on a shopping spree for game material I can't live without.
On Sunday, I played "Slugfest at Samar," a World War II naval combat game. During this "fly-by" and "game day" I took 183 raw photos, which will take me several monthsweeks days to process.
In the meantime, I wanted to post this "Tabletop Perspective" of Enfilade 2017, while all of us were still basking in the convention's afterglow--even if it meant using last year's pictures.
I hope everyone who attended enjoyed themselves.
And whether or not you attended Enfilade, or other game conventions, I hope you enjoy this story...
It's a tale about the 13th Penal Legion, or what's left of the unit, told from Lieutenant Kage's point of view. Who after the first story, turns out to be the team's Ax-Crazy "Maggot"--with latent psychic abilities. Oh, and who eventually becomes possessed by a daemon.
But I'm only going to give it a subjective 3-star rating, because there isn't a single character in any of the stories I could identify with. If there was anyone I came close to liking, they either showed their truly depraved colors later in the story, or died a horrible death. More often than not--both.
A friend and I were surprised at how good this movie was. True, this may be because it was "new" to us, but it didn't diminish our enjoyment. Although, like most (all?) movie critics felt at the time of the film's release, I felt the romantic sub-plot between Frank Sinatra and Gina Lollobrigida was an unnecessary drag to the action.
As a gamer, I find this movie fascinating because it could lend itself well for a multi-player wargame, campaign, or even a role-playing game (RPG).
In the middle of the Burmese jungle you have--
--OSS operatives and their Kachin allies
--at least one Chinese warlord and his minions
--a merchant with possible shady connections, and
--his femme fatale girlfriend
I don't have any World War II miniatures, so maybe some other gamer will be inspired to conjure up a campaign based on this 4-star movie.
For the past couple of weeks I've been trolling through the pictures I tool during last year's Enfilade! for inspiration to promote this year's convention.
While I took over 750 pictures, I kept coming back to one Gene Anderson's kid-friendly "Games for Young Warriors."
The led photo lent itself to a humorous "Wish You Were Here (Sharing the Misery and Danger)" post card-style image.
And oddly enough, one of my favorite images of last year's Enfilade is this one of a handful of Foreign Legionnaires making a last stand against the horde of Arabs.
It seems like every game game session I've participated in, at least one player will reference a movie or TV show quote, or character catchphrase.
Since gaming and movie quotes often fit well together in a "peanut butter and jelly" sort of way, the Legionnaire's last stand seemed like a natural for Oliver Hardy's catchphrase rebuke to Stan Laurel.
Laurel and Hardy's heyday was actually before my time. (Really, I'm not THAT old).
However, growing up in the pre-VCR Era, there was no On-Demand, or Netflix. Outside the three networks' prime time viewing slot, the movies and TV shows my siblings, friends and I watched were at least 10 years old. Most were a lot older.
I'm a retired USAF TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member, now working for Washington State Emergency Management. In addition to being an Emergency Operations Specialist at my day/night/weekend job, I'm a Foreign Affairs Specialist, gamer and writer.
I maintain three blogs as an on-line platform. "Stern Rake Studio," my central site, explores a variety of topics on gaming, pop-culture and writing. "Station WTFO" is where I post comments and discussions on the national and international issues that concern us. Finally, "The Redshift Chronicles," is a spin-off of "Stern Rake Studio." This site focuses on sci-fi gaming and is home to my long-form webcomic "Breakout from Bongolaan."