Monday, March 1, 2010

March News

Time for another monthly newsletter. I am going to try and have these ready as close to the first of the month and post a public version here on the blog now as well. Please feel free to send any info in to add to club news.


MechaniCon 2010 News

We are almost filled up with event space for this year's event! All event details will be on the website very soon (a good bit is up already) and ticket sales will go live this month. When that is announced I will have time to do a sign up sheet for staffing events, registration, etc.

Things are looking fantastic so far, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve for some special stuff.

The website has been getting lots of updates, so check it out frequently.


Planetary Empires Campaign

We will extend round two through March I think. Having to cancel Wednesday Nights and a couple Saturdays at TGK spoiled most of our chances so we can just keep round two going until folks get a chance to get their games in. A few people mentioned that they have friends who would like to come out and new folks are more than welcome to come check things out at the workshop nights or at The Games Keep.


The Games Keep Open Gaming

We had to cancel the past couple meetings due to snow and this Saturday I am tied up at the kids' school events. Open gaming is scheduled for the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays. If you can make it out there please do so! I will be dropping off another table or two this week so he will have more available. We will be hosting a section on our Forums for coordinating tabletop gaming at TGK when the Forums are made public. For now the dates are listed below.


National Tournament News

Wizard World has added events to GW's Circuit. There will be 4 more events close to us this year and the convention dates (not the tournament dates) are below.

Philly - June 11-13
Boston - October 1-3
New York - October 7-10
New Jersey - October 15-18

Main site is :


Adventurer's Guild Newsletter

If you have not signed up to get this please do so! Rich is stepping it up big time and is doing very professional newsletters.

theadventurersguild.mail @ is the contact info.


Games Day 2010

The GW website was updated with a "Club Table Application" for GD Baltimore. The app shows that a club can have up to two staff and one 4'x8' table and need to submit a proposal to be accepted.

Info can be found at:


Next Club Meetings and Local Events

I probably won't get the blog calendar updated in a couple days (working on MechaniCon stuff) so here is the current schedule:

3/6 - open gaming at The Games Keep
3/10 - league gaming at the workshop
3/11-14 - Cold Wars -
3/14 - 40K tournament at Between Books -
3/20 - open gaming at The Games Keep
3/20 - Gladiator style 40k event at Showcase -
3/24 - league gaming at the workshop
3-26-28 - AdeptiCon -


That's it for now,

Friday, December 4, 2009

40K Campaign Muster!

We had our muster for a Planetary Empires campaign on Wednesday. Rules packs will be emailed to registered players and the schedule on our side widget will list dates for gaming sessions. Stay tuned for coverage of our first run through with the new map campaign system from GW.

We are still trying to get everything worked out with our website for The MechaniCon 2009 to add all the rest of the photo and video coverage. We have so much great stuff to show off but there needs to be good organization for such a high quantity of images so please be patient!

MechaniCon 2010 is already starting to get events booked. If you are interested in organizing an event as a GM, vendor tables, sponsorship, or helping in any other way the please drop us a line at: gaminggarage at gmail dot com

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August Updates

The big projects happening now are table and scenery construction for two conventions.

Battlefront Miniatures will be getting 50 new 4' x 8' tables for their Nationals in October. These will match the other 50+ that I built over the past two years. We will provide the tables with finished edges and they will finish the gaming surface to match their terrain. Below is a pic from last year's tournament at Historicon 2008.

The next set are for The MechaniCon 2009, the convention our club is hosting. We will be building all new tables for the Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament as well as proper scenery for the 5th edition rules.

There will be pictures of the construction process coming in the next update.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

News and Review

There has been so much going on in the past couple months, that the club blog has had to wait. Here are some much needed updates about the happenings around here.

Weekly Gaming
We have been able to keep our club members busy with gaming sessions. Lots of Munchkin, Zombies!, Starfarers of Catan, Carcasonne, and Flux on Board and Card Game nights. Also for the 40k gamers some smaller games as well as Ardboys practice.

The MechaniCon 2009
This has been the focus for most of our attention since April. We will be running a three day convention in November, with a Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament as the main event. By reaching out to the local community we have been able to put together a great team to organize and run the event. Tickets are now on sale for some events, other events are getting finalized, and our Sponsors are really helping out. Check out the website for full details and watch for updates!

More club coverage will be coming soon. We have many photos of gaming nights, member's armies as well as reports to post.

Friday, April 3, 2009

US GT's Canceled

I heard that Games Workshop's GT are now canceled. This is very disappointing to me. This is the second time that they have canceled the events well into the year (also in 2007 I believe it was).

In the early days the Grand Tournament was truly an event you must attend if you were crazy about the hobby. Just a chance to drool over the other fantastic models that clearly were far above the norm was reason enough to attend. Along with a great level of painting and modeling, was a real effort to make these events something special. There were guests of honor, special bitz ordering, and sometimes even a raffle to get a kit months before release. After a few years things started to go downhill, partly because of the added capacity needed and partly because of the effort put into running it. For example, I won 3rd best painted and the trophies for the 225 person tournament were laminated certificates! Not to mention the Lord of the Rings trophies were completely forgotten.

Now we get to this point, where there is a bad economy, everyone needs to do cutbacks, and the level of Independent Tournaments exceeds what we have seen in the past. I could care less what the reasoning behind it is, all I know is that it is time for me to get the folks I know together and start running our own in the North East. I've built the tables for other manufacturer's tournaments, and easily can handle the logistical planning. I know folks who can handle the web design, player networking, artists, and just about any other aspect we need covered.

I hope this prompts you to jump into organizing your own events as well. It has been a great run, but now with the likes of Adepticon and other high end venues, the times are changing. Get out and be a part of that change!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Plans for Baltimore Games Day

For Games Day, the club will be doing a 40k Apocalypse display. What I'd like to bring is the new 6' x 12' table, existing and new scenery pieces on it and Apocalypse Datasheets or Formations on display.

So far for the display we have:

Space Marine Battle Company
Ancients Formation
Deathknell Formation
Linebreaker Squadrons

Emperor's Hammer Formation

Lightning Fighter

Green Tide

Daemon Swarm
Plague of Zombies
Chaos Termi Formation

Heirodule Formation

Undying Legion
Shroudweaver War Cell
Doomsday Monolith Formation

Basically we set up the table similar to a game in play, do up some nice color cards describing the models and point costs, and chat with folks about getting your collections to this stage. There are no points totals to work with or anything like that, just displaying stuff from the Apocalypse books and the terrain.

Monday, March 2, 2009

We had a busy month in February. There was a 40k tournament at Showcase Comics, Granite Run. It was well run, with a big space for large gatherings. There were many very nicely done armies, and the players were great as well. I think everyone will agree that this is a must do when they are available.

We had a demo ran at the club to go along with the release of Munchkin Quest 2. It adds 5-6 player expansion and loads of new cards, including traps which are a cool addition.

Games Workshop's Games Day is only 2 months away and there has been work on Golden Demon entries. Hopefully we will get some pictures up soon of club member's work.

Some Blood Bowl gaming has been going on recently, and the practice should help for those folks heading to the Four Diamonds Cup 2009. The link for their site is in the Gaming Links section. Both the tabletop version and FUMBBL have been thrown in the mix and a possible new Dungeonbowl table is in the works.

We hope to get more updates up soon, including lots of photos of great miniatures.