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GrogHeads Central Command Origins Events 2018

What’s coming up in Columbus this summer? ~

GrogHeads Staff, 24 April 2018

Per GAMA, event registration goes live on 2 May.

This year, we’ve got a variety of things for you to check out –

  • Kids!  The Junior General kids’ table is back!  We’ve got 3 games that we’ll be running all weekend, in shorter 1-hour sessions.  And for any kid who plays all 3 games at least once each, and completes 1 extra mission, we’ve got a special Junior General prize.  These games are for kids age 7-14, and they must have an adult come to the table with them.
  • Team / Group events!  Command Post Wargaming is back, and this year, we’ve got an old-school Kriegspiel to go with it!  We also have big team games of Sergeants! and Lock’n Load Tactical, and a play-with-the-designer for Quartermaster General.
  • Tournaments!  We’ve got tournaments for Table Battles, Manouevre, and Nations At War.
  • Origins War College!  GrogHeads will be sponsoring/leading 4 talks at the Origins War College, and we’ve included those in our events below (note that these will be in the OWC rooms, not in our gaming area).
  • Wait…  what’s that?  A Kids event that’s also a Group event?!  Yep!  We’ve got a big multi-board game of Commands & Colors Napoleonics specifically for the kids to play a mega-big game.
  • Oh yeah, and an open gaming table (see details at the bottom of the page)

Which companies are here with us?

  • Tiny Battle Publishing!  New this year, showing off their series In The Trenches
  • Hollandspiele!  Another new one this year, presenting several games: BitsKrieg for the kids, Supply Lines of the American Revolution for the adults, and Table Battles for the tournament-inclined.
  • Lock’n’Load Publishing!  Nations at War (and a tournament), LNLT, and tanks for the kids
  • Enterprise Games!  With their support for our GMT events again this year, we’ve Time of Crisis, Talon, C&C Napoleonics for the kids, and the Maneouvre tournament
  • Griggling Games!  Quartermaster General, and some expansions
  • Lost Battalion Games!  The always-awesome Sergeants! games are back, and look for their award-winning tiles, too

Over 50 events across 4 days, for all your wargaming goodness.

Plus, the Sunday morning raffle, and a bonus this year – an absolutely FREE event on Wednesday night, as we hold a Kriegspiel for anyone who wants to join us, starting at 4pm.  If there’s enough demand (and enough pizza) we might even run it twice!  This is a chance to kick off your gaming weekend in style, with a come-check-it-out-with-nothing-to-lose event from your favorite wargaming miscreants – us!


When you’re looking for our events in the Origins master event grid, they all start with “GrogHeads Presents”.  We did that to make it easier to find when sorting through a giant spreadsheet with over 6000 events, however we stripped it out of the names on our event grid here just to simplify the listings.

Don’t forget that everyone who plays in our events gets a discount with our vendor partners, and gets entered for some great Sunday-morning raffle prizes.  There’s also at least one prize for one of the players at every one of our events.

Note that the kids’ events – as noted above – have a special prize for kids who check out all of the different kids games, and do not have prizes for each individual event.

Click through for the sortable table of events

2018 Convention Calendar

Your local convention…  and plenty of national ones! ~

GrogHeads Staff, 23 January 2018

Obviously, we pimp Origins pretty hard because that’s the one where we have our “official” presence.  But there’s plenty of gaming all over the country (and Europe!) that you can check out if Origins isn’t in your schedule or budget.

If we missed your local one let us know (links / feedback at the bottom) and we’ll try to remember for next year.

Game On!
8-11 Feb, Seattle, WA
An ASL tournament, along with the Hank Award and all sorts of hex-and-counter goodness.

Williamsburg Muster
16-18 Feb, Williamsburg, VA
A new date this year, but the same wargaming fun.  There’s also an additional boardgame area run by TAGS that includes all sorts of non-wargames.  This annual wargaming convention is hosted by the Hampton Roads Wargamers.

Playthrough
17-18 Feb, Raleigh, NC
A newer convention, but growing like crazy.  A mixture of digital and tabletop games, with previous exhibitors including folks like Epic Games.  A big free-to-play area of classic consoles complements another large area of open tabletop gaming.

Origins 2017 – Cthulhu

Our intrepid horror-gamer tackled a long weekend of Cthulhu-themed RPGs.  Did he escape with his sanity? ~

Avery Abernethy, 3 July 2017

H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu and other horror stories were not very popular during his lifetime and he died a pauper. His heirs did not maintain the copyright to his works which made his stories and the world they inhabited common property for anyone who wished to use them. All of Lovecraft’s works can be obtained free in ebook format.
As Lovecraft’s works grew in popularity, many authors either wrote additional stories and books in this world or adapted his work into other series. Noteworthy examples are the Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia, Princess of Wands by John Ringo and The Laundry Files series by Charles Strauss.

Because the work is in the common domain, there are a lot of Cthulhu games, game systems, supplements and books. Two different RPG systems are based on the Cthulhu mythos (Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu). Many other game systems incorporate elements of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu world including Chill, GURPS Horror, and Munchkin Cthulhu to name but a few. For people who like a little horror in their gaming, there are a lot of options out there and Lovecraft’s mythos is probably the most popular influence.

 

Origins – Raffle Winners

Who went home with their prizes from #Origins2017? ~

Brant Guillory, 27 June 2017

Photos by Corrinne Mahaffey

One of our highlights every year is the end-of-Origins raffle.  Everyone who plays in a ticketed event with us gets their names thrown in the cup for a raffle prize, to go along with the table prizes we’re giving out all convention long.  Some of those guys are in there 4 or 5 times, too!  Why?  Simple – we’re rewarding the wargamers who sit down and play a bunch of games with us!

More accurately, the vendors who donate their kind and generous support to our events are rewarding those gamers that are sitting down to game with us.

This year we had prizes for the raffle from Enterprise Games/GMT, DVG, Dust Tactics, Academy Games, Flying Pig Games, LNLP, and more, to go with a bunch of GrogHeads t-shirts.  We would’ve had more to give out from the great folks at LPS, High Flying Dice, Collins Epic, Lost Battalion, and Proving Ground, but our gamers had already snatched up those prizes earlier in the show!

This year we even experimented with live-tweeting the raffle, which went about as well as you’d expect it to, based on a last-minute decision.

So without further ado, our winners, and some scenes from the raffle itself.

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Origins Convention Report – Lock ‘n Load Publishing

Catching up with David & the crew at #Origins2017 ~

Michelle Owczarski, 26 June 2017

We’re still working our way through our Origins 2017 reports, even though we’re over a week past the show!

With a staggering release of 30 new or updated titles, Lock ‘n Load Publishing earns this reporter’s “Most Ambitious” prize for Origins 2017.

Due to shipping issues from the printer, David Heath said he had a limited number of each title air shipped to meet expectations for his booth. Even so, response has been strong with approximately 40% of convention stock sold on the first day.

Brand-new to Lock ‘n Load Publishing is the Lock ‘n Load Tactical Solo set,  a card-based tactical rules AI, called AEO, or Artificial Enemy Opponent, allowing a player to enjoy any of the Lock ‘n Load titles in solitaire mode.

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