Yes, that’s right. There are only 14 more days until FaTDoG.
If you have not yet purchased your ticket, please do as soon as possible as we will soon be printing out the name badges and you must be registered to get a badge. You can purchase your ticket at FaTDoGcon.com by clicking the BUY TICKET button in the left margin of the home page of the website.
Here is your FaTDoG checklist.
1. Bring your printed ticket. You can’t get in without your ticket!
2. Bring games you want to play! We do not yet have a game library that allows you to borrow games. That’ll be something we will consider in the future. So please don’t forget to bring games you want to play.
3. Bring money so you can participate in the great items we have in our game raffle (both historical boardgames and euro games). Also for the first time at FaTDoG we have some game vendors this year. Again both historical boardgames and euro games will be sold at big discounts.
4. Bring games, books and miniatures that you want to sell in the fleamarket. Once again we will be doing the fleamarket as before where you lay out your items with a price attached to the various games. You can leave a contact phone number so that you can play games without staying right by the fleamarket. And if someone is interested in your game games, he will call you and you can negotiate the deal.
5. Bring friends! The more the merrier.
6. It’s not too late to sign up for game events. Just check our website under the appropriate menu category off games you like to play and see what events are scheduled. It is not necessary to sign up as there is plenty of open gaming.
7. Just relax and have fun. That’s what FaTDoG is all about. Each year we tried to improve FaTDoG so it is the type of game convention you want. Some of the highlights this year include:
Designers Corner – we will have game designers showing their upcoming designs and you can playtest them.
Euro game row – that’s right, special place for gamers who enjoy euro games in the main hall.
Fatal Choices book signing – Author Seth Owen will be signing his new book, fatal choices about the World War I naval battles of Cornel and the Falklands. He will be selling his book at a discounted be happy to autograph for you.
Art show by David Miller – David Miller is a fantastic graphic artist and he will bring some of his artwork to display. He says that he is willing to sell anything for the right price! To make him an offer.
The FaTDoG raffle – this year we will not be spending a lot of time announcing the winners. We will simply post the winners and you can pick up your games anytime after the raffle. This makes more time for gaming!
The FaTDoG fleamarket
The FaTDoG Commissary – vendors selling games,
Circus Maximus – David Miller’s popular then her style chariot racing in miniature! If you want to participate don’t forget to sign up for this.
So have a great Thanksgiving. We are all looking forward to seeing you at FaTDoG!
by Seth Owen
Foreword by Larry Bond
We are delighted to welcome Seth Owen, Author of Fatal Choices to FaTDoG. Seth and I go way back as gamers to our college days at Northeastern University. He is a fantastic writer and journalist and we are happy to have him come to sign his book and do a demo miniatures game of one of the battles.
This autumn marks the centennial of The Great War. Among the most dramatic sagas in a dramatic season was that of the German East Asia Squadron under Rear Adm. Maximillian Graf von Spee. Stranded by the sudden outbreak of war on the other side of the world, Spee’s squadron evaded enemy forces for months, dispatched the raider Emden to harass British trade in the Indian Ocean and then handed the Royal Navy its first defeat in battle in 99 years off the shore of Chile near Cape Coronel. That devastating defeat sent two British armored cruisers to the depths with their entire crews at trifling cost to Spee’s squadron.
The stunning defeat provoked the British into sending two of their new battlecruisers thousands of miles from the European theater to search for and destroy Spee’s squadron. Spee and the British squadron met at The Falklands just five weeks after Coronel. This time it was Spee’s squadron which was annihilated.
For a hundred years historians and naval officers have debated Spee’s choices and those of his opponents and speculated about what might have been. Fatal Choices looks at the course of the actual campaign and considers how it might have played out differently. But more than that, Fatal Choices applies the discipline of authentic naval wargames to evaluate those what-ifs under realistic constraints. And it provides the reader with the tools to see for himself how the battles may have played out.
By special arrangement with noted author and wargame designer Larry Bond, Fatal Choices contains an extract of Bond’s superbly authentic and comprehensive Fear God & Dreadnought naval wargaming rules providing the reader with all the rules, ship forms and tables needed to refight the historical battles and several credible what-ifs. See For Yourself scenarios examine historical battles such as Coronel and the Cocos Islands, as well as possible alternative fights such as Spee running into the Australian battlecruiser HMAS Australia or the old battleship HMS Canopus. Other scenarios examine what might have happened if the modern armored cruiser HMS Defense had joined the British squadron in time for Coronel or if Spee had a ventured to attack the British ships while they were coaling in Stanley Harbor instead of attempting to flee.
Fatal Choices also includes another entire set of rules, an extract of Minden Game’s NavTac fast-play naval wargaming rules for those readers who are new to naval wargaming or pressed for time.