Just got back from the GMT West Weekend held in Hanford, CA (April 24 - 27). This is my second GMT Weekend and this time was as good as the last time (Spring 2007). I have to say that the GMT experience is the best convention experience I have had. I really like the informal atmosphere and the fact that everyone there is a wargamer. More than wargames get played during a GMT Weekend, but everyone attending is a wargamer.

I played the new version of Blackbeard, Manoeuvre and Kaiser's Pirates, to name a few. Manoeuvre was being played a lot over the weekend and everyone seemed to have good things to say about the game. I got a chance to play most of the armies over the weekend and I'd say the most one-sided affair was a match up between the Ottomen's and the Americans. The Ottomen's have all the advantages and the Americans are nothing more than a "speed bump".

Lots of other games being played over the weekend. Combat Commander, of course. Twilight Struggle, Here I Stand, Pax Romana, Napoleonic Wars. The Russian Campaign, Various Great Battles of History, World at War: Eisenbach Gap and Corps Commander Totensonntag. As always, Mike Lam was there running a non-stop Down in Flames table keeping on-going stats and handing out t-shirts to newly minted aces.

I had a really good time and certainly plan to attend the next GMT Weekend in the fall. I'm not waiting year again this time!

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Comment by John Kranz on April 28, 2008 at 9:17am
Sounds like another great event for GMT Games. Kimbo -- if you haven't already, I hope you can check out our upcoming event, CSW Expo, as well! Here's the direct link to the GMT Games Weekend topic as well.

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