Fall-In! 2007

This year I went to my first HMGS convention, Fall-In! The convention was held in Gettysburg, PA and the theme this year was Westward Ho! American Expansion from 1789-1889.


This was the perfect convention to serve as my first convention. . . the Wild West fit right into the Theme! So, my dad and I came up with a game scenario to host at the convention. Our Game was called Canyon Diablo, and it was based on the historical Arizona town of the same name. This is the game information as listed in the Newsletter and the PEL:

F-119 Canyon Diablo – Theme

19th Century; 1 PM; Length: 3; Hosted by: Christin Sciulli, Steve Boley, and Frank Sciulli; Scale: 25mm; Sponsored by: Highlander Studios; Prize: Canyon Diablo; Rules: THW Six Gun Sound; No. of Players: 6.

The year is 1880 and you have the misfortune of stepping off the stagecoach in the meanest, toughest, most lawless town in all of the wild west, Canyon Diablo; Tougher than Tombstone and Dodge City combined! The first town lawman was sworn in at 4:00 in the afternoon and buried at 8:00 pm! Main street, dubbed hell street, featured 14 saloons, 6 brothels, 4 dance halls and a couple of eateries. Only one resident was recorded to have died of natural causes. . . can you survive long enough to catch the next stage out of town? This semi historical scenario is based on the real Arizona town of the same name. . In the game, each player will take on a faction that will have its own specific set of goals. Rules for this game are Two Hour Wargames Six Gun Sound, modified for d10, and these rules will be taught.Gun check will be enforced. Prizes will be awarded.

Adult supervision if under 15yrs. Game not recommended for kids.

We hosted this scenario twice on Friday in back to back games starting in the afternoon. As you can see from the event listing, we designed the scenario for 6-7 players and 3 walk-ups. The factions were:

Arizona Rangers
Two sets of Gunslingers
Bounty Hunters
Angry Homesteaders
The South Street Gang
The Silver Palace Gang
The Shanghai Jones Cattle Drive

During the first game we had 4 players. . . The man standing in green is my Dad, Frank, and that is me next to him in the Marshall’s badge.



My Dad and I are explaining the rules and whatnot. The young boy present in the picture rolled his die so well he pretty much killed all the other players single-handedly! We will no longer play with anyone under the age of 15. . . young kids just roll too well!

We had 10 people show up to play our second game- a full house!




The Sheriff walked out of his office and was promptly gunned down by a gunslinger hiding in the large livery at the end of town. Don’t worry folks, it was merely a flesh wound and the Sheriff and his deputy ended up surviving all the way until the end of the game! A first for this scenario:


Gotta love the flea market; My dad picked this color piece up for me in between the two games:


As you can see, this guy is no dummy and is high-tailing his way out of Dodge- err Canyon Diablo!

All in all it was a fun game to GM, and I think that our players in both games had a good time as well. Looking forward to hosting some more Wild West games at Fall-In 2008.

And speaking of fun, take a look at our “Fallen Soldiers” from one night of “serious gaming discussions”:

Pretty impressive, huh? Miniature War Gamers don’t mess around!

After that rousing night of discussion, my father hosted a Bibracte campaign on behalf of Phil Viverito, the creator the the Classical Hack ruleset. In 58 BC, at the Battle of Bibracte, Julius Caesar’s armies defeated the Helvetii 16 miles south of the fort.

After the Bibracte game, I came across a very nice Wild West game with some very inspiring buildings:

One of the most enjoyable games we played at Fall-In! was a pick-up Classical Hack scenario with Phil himself! It was Boudica vs. those Nasty Romans; Steve was the General for the Romans, the Forces of Darkness according to Phil, who was the General for the Celts:

Holy Kilts, batman, that’s a lot of figs!

Whoops! Looks like my Dad made a bad roll!

It was a hard fought battle, with much carnage and bloodshed on both sides, and in the end the Romans won by a thin margin. To help ease the pain of defeat, I did what any good gamer would do. . . I went shopping!

As you can see, I have more than enough to keep me busy until Fall-In! 2008 🙂

See you all there!


~ by "Cav Girl" on October 26, 2007.

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