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Father-Son Wargaming Weekend 2020" over at the Hobby Games Recce blog. We ran a full slate of games, including a historical Panzer Kids scenario, orcs against Rohirrim using Dragon Rampant rules, and "The Game which Will Live in Infamy" with Wings of Glory rules suitable for kids and newcomers.
Jan. 27, 2020 – We had a great time running Panzer Kids games at the Northern Virginia Gamers (NOVAG) and Potomac Wargamers’ annual game day at the Centreville, VA, library this past Sunday. Club members set up nine miniature wargames with some great terrain and painted figures; eight of them ran with tables of enthusiastic players. My son came along to help set up and play in my usual Panzer Kids orientation game free-for-all, a British and German tank assault on a burning Tunisian village. Two dads and their sons joined us for a few hours of maneuvering through the desert and taking shots at enemy tanks (after a very quick rules orientation). While most of the German Panzer IIIs moved into town, the lone Tiger tank rumbled around the far end with a clear field of fire right down the main street. British tanks split up, some engaging the Tiger and others moving into town. The skirmish was close, but we had cheers all around when – on the final turn – the British managed to score the last two hits to take out the Tiger! After the game the kids had a chance to go home with some wargaming loot. NOVAG club member Tom Garnett donated painted German WWII units in the 15mm scale, including a host of tanks; the young Panzer Kids participants divided the spoils and went home with a nice force to play with along with the dice, stat cards, and basic rulebooks I gave out.
|Time to command some|
Russians against the Turks.
Since ours was among the first few games to finish up that afternoon, my son – who’d done a recce of other games before the event – wandered off to join David Berczel’s Battle of Kozluda game with some great terrain and beautiful painted 54mm miniautures. The game pit Ottoman Turks against Catherine the Great’s Russians. He played for almost an hour before the game broke up. Later that night he asked me to look up some information on the battle itself as well as the Russo-Turkish war of that period, a positive sign that these kinds of wargames can inspire curiosity and learning in kids.
Many thanks to NOVAG’s Tim Tilson for arranging the annual event and spreading the word to bring both club members and some newcomers to the game tables.