A visit to the Weekend, 2016


The Weekend is Otto Schmidt’s concept about a nearly self sustaining, low impact miniatures convention with almost zero staff (beyond Otto it seems), an emphasis on amiability and sociability, and no politics.  Otto has been running the Weekend as sole alpha male for quite a while now and I’ve been making a point about attending the last couple of years.  The site is the Continental Inn, which is directly across the street from the Lancaster Host.  This is a nice, family owned hotel.. maybe not the most modern hotel in town, but then again few buildings on that Route 30 strip have been built earlier than the last ten years.  One night was under 100 bucks with the convention rate– I defy any Lancaster hotel to charge less than 100 dollars a night these days.

The Mighty Susquehannnnnnaaaa!!!

So Garrett and I showed up much later on Saturday than intended, mostly through our own idiocy. It happens.  My schedule indicated two games I wanted to play in– Pete Frechtling’s Leonardo Plus game, and a big Steampunk game in the evening.  We were to suffer two disappointments along those lines– Pete’s game was already started, and the evening steampunk game started four hours early.

However, Pete was just finishing up when we arrived and we got to see his great setup.

Yep, that’s a spectacle and a half. I like Leonardo Plus.

Sadly, the real lesson is to show up early for this thing, or show up the night before. The Weekend runs Friday and Saturday, and Sunday is just for having breakfast, jabbering and leaving. Much like any miniatures convention. I hope the boardgaming element of the Weekend grows somewhat, the venue is plenty spacious and can handle more people– it’s not big enough for WBC or a HMGS convention, and that’s just fine. I like small conventions like the Weekend and Guns of August.

Some Mustangs and Messerschmidt being run on Saturday

A fun Steam punk “Saurian Safari” style game Saturday night

Fortunately, Eric Turner was there to run a game pitting Italian Colonialists versus the Dervish late in the 19th century. I was surprised to see Garrett wanted to play and he jumped in as one of my Italian co-captains. We tried to play an aggressive game but the game came up a little short as we didn’t achieve victory conditions in time. So it goes, we enjoyed playing the game, and it illustrates it really doesn’t matter WHAT you play as long as you are with the right people.

(that’s not me disparaging the subject matter, it was a lot of fun)

I actually Periscoped this one for a while, not that we had that many viewers, but that’s the kind of thing I want to do more of.

Anyway, yeah, we lost, but we had a great time trash talking with our friends.

As traditionally ends every Weekend, there was MST3K (Military Science Theater 3000). The film was some Soviet era science fiction thing dubbed and redubbed by various countries over the years. Journey to the Prehistoric Planet, I think.

This was an easy film to make fun of, and nod off to. 🙂

So that was our weekend. We had a great time, and on the way back we found a cool little Open House event at the York Airport.

https://goo.gl/photos/gQ1jtJJXgxxqpVu88 <– a little video Google made automatically from phone pictures. Nice!

More Photographs HERE <– the rest of my FLICKR set on the Weekend

Phil Gardocki’s blog post on the Weekend

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