Wargame Bootcamp at SDHIST San Diego - 9th-11th November 2018
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The Wargame Bootcamp will be once again be attending the San Diego Historical Gaming Convention (aka SDHIST) that takes place from ​​November 9th-11th 2018. For more details of SDHIST refer to the SDHIST Website and SDHIST Facebook group.

The Wargame Bootcamp will be teaching a variety of great wargames to both grognards, returning wargamers, and to newcomers to wargames. All are welcome.

We bring the games, we teach you the games, and you have a fun and informative time. It's that simple.



How long will it take ?

How much time do you have? If you have some spare time between other games come and check us out. We are flexible, we don't have a rigid time slot for specific games.

Can I bring a friend ?

Certainly, please do so. We prefer to teach the games to as many as possible, and we'll play them if we need to.

Do I need to bring any games ?
Nope, if you have a game request; post it below. We'll let you know if we can bring it and teach it.

Wargames ? They are all 2 player games with hexes and stuff.

Yup, there are many games like that, but we also have fun and fast multiplayer games, co-operative games and many other more choices.

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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.31 Overall Rank:8] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
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It seems only fair that we would be teaching one of the best games evar at SDHIST. Especially so as the designers Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews will be in attendance!
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2. Board Game: Iron Curtain [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1992]
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The con has the theme of the Cold War, and this game is like a mini version of Twilight Struggle and is playable in 20 minutes. A great lunchtime game.
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3. Board Game: Imperial Struggle [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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The latest creation by the dynamic duo of Ananda and Jason, Imperial Struggle is very much its own game. The mechanics are sound and the gameplay is full bodied. Check it out and play the game with the designers.
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4. Board Game: SpaceCorp [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:895]
Board Game: SpaceCorp
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Another guest of honor is game designer John H. Butterfield. He will have demoing his latest game SpaceCorp and others.
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5. Board Game: Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3234] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
Board Game: Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61
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Fancy a 2-player game that you can finish is half an hour?

Designer Mark Herman will be running a tournament with his new Gettysburg game that will be published in C3i magazine.
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6. Board Game: Europe in Turmoil: Prelude to the Great War [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:4097]
Board Game: Europe in Turmoil: Prelude to the Great War
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A card driven game on the 20-ish years before WW1. Can the Authoritarians or the Liberals control Europe and avoid the stop the Great War from starting or will they form alliances to win the certain conflict?

The mechanics are similar to 1989: Dawn of Freedom, which was derived from Twilight Struggle.

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7. Board Game: Skies Above the Reich [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:2508] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
Board Game: Skies Above the Reich
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Once again we will be running a participation demo of the game. Join us for a mission or more. Vroom.

Many thanks to Mark Aasted for donating copies of the game to the Wargame Bootcamp. We are giving these copies away as participation prizes.

Board Game: Skies Above the Reich
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8. Board Game: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:2735]
Board Game: Hearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975
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I will be happy to demo the 2nd edition of this game, it was quite popular at the con last year.
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9. Board Game: Commands & Colors Tricorne: The American Revolution [Average Rating:8.41 Overall Rank:3512] [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked]
Board Game: Commands & Colors Tricorne: The American Revolution
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I ran demos of this at Pacificon with Richard Borg, we had a great time. I think this is becoming my favorite C&C game (but still like the others of course).

If you want a demo C&C Napoleonic's or Ancients please let us know so we can bring them.
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10. Board Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of the Nam [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
Board Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of the Nam
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We have the Lock 'n Load Tactical: Core Rules v5.0 if you want to try them out, along with the new X-Maps
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11. Board Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Day of Heroes [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:3219] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Board Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Day of Heroes
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We also have Day of Heroes the second edition also with 5.0 rules.
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12. Board Game: Nations at War: Desert Heat [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:8500]
Board Game: Nations at War: Desert Heat
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We also have Nations at War: Desert Heat a company level game set in North Africa in WWII.

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13. GeekList: SD Histcon 2018
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If you want to request a game or see what others are planning to play in open gaming, then check out Dave Siskin's geeklist: SD Histcon 2018
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14. Board Game: The Big Push: Trench Warfare on the Western Front in World War One [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
Board Game: The Big Push: Trench Warfare on the Western Front in World War One
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As the weekend falls on Veterans Day / Remembrance Sunday on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice we will be featuring games on WW1

The Big Push: Trench Warfare on the Western Front in World War One is a grand strategic cardgame on the Western Front 1915-1919.
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15. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:5236]
Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight
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If you think that WW1 is just static fighting over trenches the check out games on 1914 or 1918. Maneuver was key and the fighting was tough.

1914 Glory's End cover the first months of WW1 in the West. No Zones of Control means that flanks can be turned and mistakes can be made.
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16. Board Game: Red Poppies Campaigns: The Battles for Ypres [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:6416]
Board Game: Red Poppies Campaigns: The Battles for Ypres
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A fast playing grand-tactical system that covers the Battles of Ypres in 1914,1915 & 1917.
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17. Board Game: Wings for the Baron (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:3782]
Board Game: Wings for the Baron (Second Edition)
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An interesting cross-over economic/ historical game. Design and build German fighter aircraft in WW1. The fortunes of war may cause Aces to promote your designs or rampant inflation will destroy the economy. You must weather the storms and bank as much money as you can before the war ends.
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18. Board Game: Albuera 1811: A Lines of Battle Game [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Board Game: Albuera 1811: A Lines of Battle Game
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Played this at GMT Weekend at the Warehouse in October 2018. I really enjoy this system, kind of a Napoleon's Triumph but lighter rule system.

I will have this available to demo if anyone requests it.
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19. Board Game: Pub Battles: Monmouth [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Board Game: Pub Battles: Monmouth
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Want to try out the Pub Battles system? Pub Battles: Monmouth is an excellent introduction to the series in a small footprint and a few units on each side.
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20. Board Game: Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3234] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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A great way to introduce Historical wargames to nom-Wargamers is to play games that have a strong historical theme, yet are more approachable than deep and involved games.

We have a variety of quick to learn, quick playing, historically themed games that are great introductions. These are also great filler or lunchtime games.
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21. Board Game: Night Drop 2: Pegasus Bridge [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:10077] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
Board Game: Night Drop 2: Pegasus Bridge
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A fast game on the Paras dropping into Normandy on D-Day. Can the Jerries form an early counterattack to retake Pegasus Bridge, thus threatening the allies eastern flank?
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22. Board Game: Tannenberg: East Prussia, August 1914 [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
Board Game: Tannenberg: East Prussia, August 1914
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Part of the Decision Games (I) Fire & Movement combat system of Folio games. This game covers the combat with the Russian Second Army versus the German Eighth Army. This game uses artillery units instead of generic support markers. Rules such as divisional integrity add period flavor.
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23. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:359]
Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
Tim P.
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Still a favorite of mine. This was the first asymmetrical game that worked for me. The game play is tense, but there are many options for both sides. The designer will be attending SDHIST again.
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24. Board Game: Patriots & Redcoats [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:7517]
Board Game: Patriots & Redcoats
Tim P.
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A multiplayer team 'Resistance' style hidden identity game, a great candidate for an evening wind-down game.
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25. Board Game: 1066, Tears To Many Mothers [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:3033] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
Board Game: 1066, Tears To Many Mothers
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A two-player card game focuses on the runup and the Battle of Hastings. It has many facets of modern LCG card mechanics.
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