Gather with the Tribes and
THE TRIBES ARE GATHERING TO GET GUTSHOT!
And a whole slew of other games, too! Mosey on down to Little Wars game store this weekend to find out what all the fuss is about.
8 , 2005
"Gathering of Tribes 2005 is a miniatures gaming 'mini-co'" being hosted by Little Wars games store at the Market Place Mall on April 9th, 2005," said store spokesman Chris Pettet.
The mini-con will run from 8 a.m. through 11 p.m., is open to the general public -- there are no admission or sign-up fees. Little Wars is located at 10910 Old Katy Road Suites #103 in the Market Place shopping center. It's on the north side of I-10, just east of Wilcrest near the intersection of I-10 and Beltway 8 (the Sam Houston Tollway).
The mini-con features open gaming covering a variety of genres and game systems. Some games have limited seating/slots available, so pre-registration is encouraged. A sign-up sheet is available at the store.
"I plan to limit the Gutshot game to about 10 people," said Gutshot co-creator Mike Mitchell. "Of course, I'm also known as a soft touch and will usually squeeze someone in if they whine, beg, or buy me a Diet Coke!"
Mitchell will be running the popular "Last Man Standing" game, and as usual, a prize will be awarded to the player who manages to accomplish that goal.
"This time the prize will be a 'limited edition' stainless steel coffee mug," Mitchell said, explaining that this mug is no longer carried in the Gutshot store and that, if it is restocked, it will have a new design. "So, the lucky cowboy or cowgirl who gets this mug is walking away with something really special."
The Gutshot game is open to everyone -- all miniatures and supplies are provided. All you need is enough gumption to get Gutshot.
He's got Jungle Fever
In addition to the usual Wild West action, Gutshot co-creator Mike Murphy will be on hand to deliver a little Wild Eastern Action when he runs one of his popular Charlie Company Vietnam games.
"I've been up to my elbows in tiny rice paddies all week," Murphy said with a weary grin. "I had to leave behind a lot of my terrain when I moved to Houston from Las Vegas a few years ago. So I've spent the past few weeks creating new terrain for this game."
Charlie Company is one of several game systems that Murphy enjoys playing when he wants to kick the trail dust off his work on Gutshot.
As with Gutshot, all miniatures and supplies are provided, so beginners are welcome.
Planning for the Future
"Gathering of Tribes 2005 serves two purposes," Chris explained. "First, to bring together miniature gamers from the Houston, Clear Lake and Kingwood areas for a day of gaming, camaraderie, and fellowship. Second, to begin to build the foundation for a historical gaming convention in Houston in 2006."
Murphy expressed enthusiasm for the idea.
"It's always amazed me that a city the size of Houston -- the fourth-largest city in the United States -- doesn't have a dedicated miniatures gaming convention. We love OwlCon and the other cons in town, but it just seems odd that we don't have one that focuses exclusively on miniatures gaming," Murphy said.
In addition to building the foundation toward a future miniatures convention, this year's mini-con serves a dual purpose.
"In addition, Gathering will help mark the 2nd anniversary of Little Wars, and was one of the ways we wanted to celebrate and say thank you to everyone that has helped us prosper and grow," Chris said.
Both Mike Mitchell and Mike Murphy wish Tony, Chris and Cheri a big "Happy Anniversary" and wish them many, many happy returns!
Gathering of the Tribes 2005 Schedule
Scheduled games will be played in three time slots with a short break between sessions. Each session is limited to four hours, although some games may end before that time. As noted above, some games have limited availability, so you should register for that game and show up on time to ensure that you will get to play.
|9:30pm - 1:30 p.m.|
Hoplon (Ancient Warfare/DBA)
- hosted by Matthew Bailey
|2:00 - 6:00 p.m.|
|American Civil War - hosted by Hulon Cox
Gutshot: Western Gunfighting - hosted by Mike Mitchell of Hawgleg Publishing
Napoleonic Wargaming - hosted by Tom Lytle
Flames of War: World War II - hosted by Little Wars Gaming Club
Warhammer Ancient Battles - hosted by Little Wars Gaming Club
|6:30 pm-10:30 p.m.|
|AK-47: Modern Warlords in Africa - hosted by Mike
Charlie Company: Vietnam 1968 - hosted by Mike Murphy
Battle of Niagra-War of 1812 - hosted by Paul Bishop
World War II Pulp Heroes - hosted by Kurt Looft
For more information, visit www.littlewars.net
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