September 19th, 2015
Last weekend, September 12-13th, I Will Never Grow Up Gaming co-sponsored the annual Field Marshal Gaming Convention once again and IT.WAS.AWESOME!
I Will Never Grow Up taking some time out to play Stone Age
This is the 5th year that FMGCon has run in Oshawa, Ontario at the historic Building 10 #420Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, and our 3rd year co-sponsoring the event. This venue is cozy, but it has a great atmosphere to it. And the staff of the #420Wing are great! They even provided a BBQ lunch of Sausages and Hamburgers on the Saturday.
Each and every year attendance has grown, the games library has grown, the schedule has grown and our experience in running a tabletop gaming weekend has grown. In the past, attendance has grown an average of about 10% year over year. This year, however, attendance took a huge leap; up almost 30% from the previous year! FMGCon2015 was getting very near to capacity by the time the front desk closed. Wow! Entire families came out for the day (even for the weekend). Even the traditionally slow Sunday was packed.
The scheduled demonstrations were phenominal, covering so many new and older games alike. Robotech RPG Tactics Miniatures, Eclipse, Kings of War, Camelot 101, Operation Huskey, Axis and Allies Miniatures, Sails of Glory, Bolt Action .. and so many more! One unfortunate circumstance (rain, rain and more rain!) led to the cancellation of the live WW2 Tank Demonstration, but that was very much out of everyones hands and really, we were so busy inside that I don’t even know if anyone noticed!
And now I have to mention the staff and volunteers of FMGCon .. what can we say really? We can’t thank the volunteers who help run this weekend enough! Their hard work and dedication throughout the year and even more-so on the weekend of the event shines through and keeps things moving like a well-oiled machine. Sure, there are always going to be problems but they are handled well and with a smile every time. One thing we can definitely say about this weekend is it’s friendly! The staff, volunteers, guests, event hosts .. everyone is friendly and willing to help in any way possible. And yes, even our volunteers and staff get to spend a good portion of their days gaming; we can’t work them too hard .. they’re doing all this without pay after all!
Two vendors graced the floor this year as well. Worlds Collide Comics, Games and Collectibles in Downtown Oshawa brought a large selection of games for guests to browse and purchase at reasonable prices (taxes all included and everything). Sean-Michael Inc brought their new game “Battle of France 1940” to show off as well. On top of that, we had a successful Bring and Buy table and the co-sponsors had some of their wares available as well.
SO.MANY.CONTRIBUTING.SPONSORS! The support from the board game publishers continues to be amazing! This year we received games from AEG, Tasty Minstrel Games, Ares Games, Academy Games, Calliope Games, Victory Point Games and Stonemaier Games, including many Play and Win selections. So many people played the Play and Win Games too.
Once again FMGCon chose to support the Wounded Warriors of Canada and raised just shy of $200 once again. Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families.
After a day of set-up on Friday and two VERY LONG days of gaming (and working .. can’t forget the working .. so much work ..) we were all completely exhausted but content. We had pulled off another great event and got some great feedback from our guests to help us improve even more for next year!
We invite you all to join us again next year for FMGCon2016! More details will come on the convention website (www.fmgcon.com) once the date is set and registrations open back up again.
Here are a few of the photos taken at this years event. If you were there and have any photos you’d like to share, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “FMGCon2015 Photos”!
The Field Marshal Gaming Convention is an annual fan run tabletop gaming convention held during September in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada since 2011. The convention was created originally by Field Marshal Games (a local and online board game and accessories company specializing in Axis and Allies and similar war themed games) to fill a gap in tabletop gaming events in the area East of Toronto and to have a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for people to come and enjoy gaming with friends, family and meet new gamers.In 2013 the convention was turned over to be run by a dedicated, elected convention committee with all proceeds going to fund the next years event. Committee members are elected each year following the event and work year round to keep the event going.While the event remains small with fewer than 100 guests attending each year it has grown in popularity. The convention committee hopes to keep the event a relaxed and comfortable size rather than the mega-conventions that dominate the gaming convention circuit.