The demo games are staged to showcase the hobby and attract people who may have not experienced historical wargaming before. Its quite a challenge with the hordes of fantasy and competition gamers at Cancon but we always manage to get a high percentage of 'newbies' to our games - half of them have little gaming experience. Many of them are youngsters who have never played an historical wargame before. Over the two days we had at least half a dozen 12 and under who took a command and rattled some dice one of whom, young Alex, proved a determined British commander, fighting his Mohawks and later the British artillery to great effect throughout.
I commanded the French for the two days and Doug the British, with Andrew as Umpire and John as a British co-commander on Day 1, French on Day 2. There were approximately four guest commanders per side for each game until the 'big bash' last game on the final day. This was a spectacular encounter battle with all the figures on the table for which we commanders stepped back and gave the game over to eight enthusiastic guest British and French generals who fought it out to a draw - perhaps narrowly in favour of the surviving French who held most of what was left of the town.
|Yours Truly capturing the set up with Andrew's terrific scenery of fort and docks for Day Two, Scenario Three [Andrew's photo]|
|The British raid was like kicking over an ant's nest - swarms of angry Indians emerged. [Photo courtesy of Ian]|
|On the right the British pressed home their attack, wiping out the Indian bands sent out to stop them...|
|...but then running into the tough Coureurs de Bois who mowed down the Scottish light infantry|
|Under the direction of their Paramount Chief (figure in blue at top) the victorious Huron having wiped out the Mohawks and forced the Rangers into retreat, they only have to roll up the British flank... what could possibly go wrong?|
|Its Indian versus Indian as the valiant Mohawks attempted to stop the Huron swarm in the woods on the left.|