Nothing compares to spending a hot, sunny weekend packed together with like-minded people in a sports hall playing wargames! Especially if it is a small, relaxed and fun convention like Battle Cry.
Being the major annual convention for gamers in New Zealand’s biggest city (but surprisingly not its capital) Auckland, it surely offered a lot of program: Tournaments for Field of Glory Ancients and Napoleonic, Flames of War, X-Wing, Epic, 40k and WH Fantasy, Infinity, Kings of War and many more. Boardgames and card games were featured, too, including different Magic the Gathering formats, Munchkin, a Carcassonne tournament and demo games of new New Zealand made board- and wargames.
I did compete in the two day Field of Glory Ancients tournament this year and will give a report on the format and how my games went in two seperate posts. In this one I will give some impressions of the convention and show you some of the beautiful gaming tables and other attractions.
Impressions of Battle Cry 2014
Given that (Heavy Metal) Battle Cry (Hail, Hail, Hail) focuses more on tournament gaming one does not encounter as many participatory gaming tables specifically made for the convention as is the case with the Hamburger Tactica, but there were surely some very well made tables especially in the Flames of War section.
A local club also presented some very imaginative creations made of LEGO:
On day two my wife came along and had some good games of Dungeons & Dragons playing a bird creature called Rark.
Battle Cry 2014 was a full success and offered something for every gamer. In comparison to the last years the offerings get better and better and quite a number of companies have a stand or offer demo games. I hope the convention will steadily improve and attract even more people all united in their love for gaming!