We have our annual local "Gaming Convention" coming up at the end of February . . . and I've committed to running a game for it.
First you need to know that there probably won't be very many attendees . . . and most will be playing Role-Playing or Collectable Card games . . . although I think one other fellow will be running a role-playing game with miniatures.
Because we do not have a knowledgeable base of miniature players in the area, I've decided to run a very simple system -- Fistful of Lead -- which is available in .pdf format for only $6 from WargameDownloads.com.
(note -- I've also just realized that these rules were written by "Emperor vs Elector" member contributor "Baron VonJ" who writes the "Baron's Blog".)
Why did I pick "Fistful of Lead"? Because, as Eric Hotz (of Larry Leadhead, Whitewash City, Roman Seas, Hotz Maps, etc. fame) wrote about them:
This game allows for fast and easy play, and players can play using more than one miniature without being burdened. May very well be the ideal convention game.The mechanics of the rules are simple and easy to learn . . . and I suspect that I'll have some youngsters who want to play and these rules will work for them.
Is it the perfect set of "old west" rules? No, for an extended campaign I'd prefer something like Gutshot: but for a "one-off" game or just an occasional evening's game, "Fistful of Lead" is excellent (and the price is pretty good too).
I've built a bunch of the "Whitewash City" old west buildings and a friend had a couple of cowboy moulds and cast up a bunch of figures for the game. I've got them primed and mounted on pennies . . . and on Sunday, Murdock and Pete are dropping by to help do a mass painting.
So, I'll have rules, figures and buildings . . . all I need now is a scenario. The rules include several good ones, but I've got an idea or two of my own.
Oh, yes . . . what is "Grizzlyville?" It is the name that I came up with for the town where the scenarios will take place.
(more to come in a few days)