Sunday, May 26, 2024

Enfilade 2024 - New Location - Old Friends (And Some New)

Well, just got back from another Enfilade convention. This is my 18th year attending our big annual convention (big for us, anyway). All of the previous ones I went to were held down in Olympia (Washington), and this year was the first time held at a new location. It's now located near the Port of Tacoma at the La Quinta Inn - and actually a closer/faster commute for me. The main hall is about half the size of the one at the old place, but the convention staff worked hard to make it all work out. We had about 350 attendees - some coming from Idaho and California, as well as the loyal crew from British Columbia. There was about 110 games spread over the weekend. I hosted my RJW TMWWBK game in both Friday periods. On Saturday morning, I played in Bruce Meyer's (owner/operator of Company B Miniatures) "Thriller in Tukwila" game - a "what if" scenario of Japanese paratroopers assaulting Boeing Field. Fun game using his homebrew rules. I sat out Saturday afternoon's session, but got into an AK-47 in Africa game that night. It was four of us players in a cutthroat game trying to take over a town. Another fun game and one that I would play again without hesitation. This Sunday morning had me in Kevin Smyth's (A Gamer's Tale blog) "The Wooden Hand of Captain Danjou" game. All in all another great Enfilade and one that was well attended and received - quite an achievement as the new location was only worked out in the last 6 months or so. We will likely be working out new contracts with the hotel for future conventions. The staff really appreciated our stay there and want us back. They were pleasantly surprised at how well-organized we were. Here are some pictures from some of the games over the weekend - including my two RJW games. I should also mention my two game went off very well with the first having a Russian victory and the second one a Japanese victory - an indication that it's a balanced game, maybe?

A couple shots of the RJW game using TMWWBK. The first game had several of our Canadian friends in the game - and most were familiar with the rules as they said they play it often back home.

Both RJW games went for 6 turns. The victory conditions for the IJA was to have a least two units within the first line of trenches and/or one unit within the top trench area. The first game had about four IJA units in the first line and none at the top line. However, as the defending Russians ended the last turn, they were able to destroy all but one of the IJA units. The second game had a sole IJA unit reach the top and survive the game.

The Wooden Hand of Captain Danjou by Kevin Smyth

A miniature representation of the actual wooden hand - the box was made by one of our local games for Kevin. He actually contacted the museum in Corsica where the original is kept to get some specifications of the box. The rep at the museum was very impressed and happy to hear that the legacy of Captain Danjou is being kept alive and honored.

Thriller in Tukwila by Bruce Meyer of Comany B

The AK-47 game - my faction got into the town, but another faction held more of objectives.

A Battletech game run by my buddy's son. He ran it in two periods with great success. Kudos to him.

A nice F&IW game - this year's convention theme was "New World" - so there were quite a few F&IW  games.

Whale Wars - not sure of the rules, but it looked pretty cool - although I don't condone the hunting of whales or other sea mammals.

Gnome Wars.

Not sure of the rules or scenario, but it was a very nice looking game. I think the fortified village in the background was the objective.

Pegasus Bridge game using Chain of Command. I helped playtest this game a few months ago. It was Best of Period on Saturday night.
A Bolt Action Battle of Mahiwa game run by my buddy - the one who's son ran the Battletech game.

Not sure of the rules or scenario, but there were several great looking games with ships. I'm pretty sure it was something to do with the New World theme.

Of course, there were still a few Napoleonic games - can't be a real historical gaming convention without them.

Another nice game with large scale ships.
The German side of the Pegasus Bridge game.

Another shot of the Pegasus Bridge game.

The Battle of Mahiwa game - it had such lovely terrain and figures.

A F&IW game using 40mm Sash and Saber figures. Really impressive. It won Best of Theme for the Saturday night period.

Battle of the Causeway - it won Best of Show. All the terrain and figures were 3D printed by the game master.

The Battle of Mahiwa game using Bolt Action.

Battle of the Causeway - a very impressive game.
Well, time to recuperate from the long weekend - once rested up, plan to start working on getting a Tribal game in using a Heian/Gempei war scenario. Until next time, thanks for visiting and wishing you all the best.


  1. Oh, so many awesome looking games!
    Thank you very much for a photos.
    Warm regards

    1. Thanks, Michal! There were a lot more nice games, but the pictures didn't come out (or do them justice). Warmest regards, Dean

  2. Great looking games at what looks like a smashing show.

    1. Thank you very much, Richard. As this is the main "big" convention I attend, it was great. Nice being able to recognize over half of the attendees by name. Like a big family reunion. I've never been to the much larger ones like Historicon - I'd probably be overwhelmed at those. Kindest regards, Dean

  3. Some great looking games on show 👍

    1. Thanks, Matt. Yes, a positive showing for the new venue, both in attendance and variety of games. Kindest regards, Dean

  4. Some fabulous looking games Dean. Its great to meet up old and new pals at this kind of show. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    1. Thanks a lot, Ray. Yes, a great way to spend the weekend with old (and new) friends - gaming and socializing. Looking forward to next year. Warmest regards, Dean

  5. So many amazing games! Thanks for sharing!