We couldn't be more pleased with the initial sign-up activity, with more than 150 participants already registered for CSW Expo 2015 -- smashing all previous records. Just a quick tip for those who may be unfamiliar with our Game Sign-ups page. Please take note of the three tabs at the bottom of the page, where you can navigate between Monster and Open-gaming titles, along with our featured gaming events (most sponsored by publishers/designers, such as hosted playtest sessions, drop-in gaming activities, tournament play, etc.).
THE PREMIER GAMING EVENT OF THE YEAR
Our special guest of honor is game designer, Mark Herman.
Thanks to your support, we have shattered our previous high record for number of registrations received in the month of January. Our previous high was 90, and we have officially recorded our 100th attendee registration with Richard H. Berg committing to join us alongside our special guest of honor, Mark Herman. And we still have several days of sign-ups left to take advantage of the FREE Expo shirt offer before it expires after January 31!
Look for a special gaming event that will involve both Mark Herman and Richard H. Berg and a challenge involving the Great Battles of History to take place! We have some definite fun in store in celebration of our 15th Anniversary Event! More details coming soon!
I'm pleased to announce we have completed our first major update of the expo site to list all Attendees registered to date, including Game Sign-ups. Please visit our Attendee and Game Sign-ups page for more information.
We will also shortly be sending out an email blast to remind everyone that our special FREE expo shirt offer expires end of this month for those who have not yet submitted their registration form. We already have 75 registrations, and at our current clip, we will be exceeding our past high sign-up mark from all previous years. This is also shaping up to be our biggest gaming event ever in terms of featured gaming sessions (playtests, tournaments, designer-hosted sessions).
Alan Emrich just chimed in with a quick update on the BIG ETO playtest session scheduled for CSW Expo 2015. You can read the original news posting here.
This is shaping up to be quite incredible. The past several weeks have been very intense moving this ball forward and preparing for the big CSW Expo playtest. You will never have a shorter line-of-communication to the team bringing you a fascinating new wargame than you will have here, with the designer, developer, and publisher all standing with you before the game itself in motion! :D
You'll have fun for sure hanging out with a great old corps-level "panzer pusher" (ETO is an evolved, state-of-the-art evolution of the intrepid Battle for Moscow game system), all grown up with systems for HQs, air, naval, economics, and lots of great maps to campaign over (the total map size is about the same as War in Europe). We'll be taking sign-ups later on and more formally organizing the participants, but "drive by" generals wanting to try their hand are also welcome!
Congratulations to Christopher Clark. He demonstrated superior initiative by being the first to officially register for CSW Expo 2015! As is customary, Christopher will be receiving a special door prize during our Monday night Welcome Reception.
This is Christopher's first Expo event ... so we are pleased to celebrate having a newcomer joining the fold. He will be joining us from Coralville, Iowa, and we appreciate him making the trip out to experience this special gaming experience. His primary gaming preference is LA BATAILLE game system, followed by OCS Series and Battles from the Age of Reason series. He also has an interest in Musket & Pike (GMT), Great Battles of History, and Great Battles of the ACW.
He beat out Jim Hambacher by 14 minutes.
Chuck Soukop rounded out the field as our third to register.
As a reminder to all, please do get your registration in asap -- especially by end of this month so you can take advantage of our FREE Expo shirt offer for all those who attend the entire event. The more folks we get booked earlier, the better chance for those seeking to garner interest for a particular game to be played.
Victory Point Games recently announced a massive playtest venue (befitting MonsterGame.CON) of Frank Chadwick's ETO series. Here is an excerpt with more details:
Work has picked up again on Frank Chadwick’s ETO in preparation for a massive playtest at this year’s ConsimWorld Expo in June. The designer has turned in all fifty-six (yes, 56!) maps which mate up to form a play area of roughly 10’ x 8.5’. Tim Allen will be doing the art for these and we hope to have some nice samples of his work to show at CSW Expo 2015. Pictured above are Frank Chadwick, left, with developer Lance McMillan, over the "Northern Fire" playtest maps.
Also turned in is the entire ETO order of battle: land, air, and naval units (plus supporting markers). You can still see this game’s roots in Battle for Moscow and Frank Chadwick’s Campaigns in Russia, but with the latest refinements to the systems being developed by veteran Lance McMillan, an elegant land/air/sea game is emerging as a great “panzer pusher” that grognards will be able to pick up very quickly, and the smaller games will lend themselves to veteran wargames who want to introduce new players to the hobby. There are a lot of counters to make, and that relaxing assignment will go to publisher Alan Emrich.
Our goal is to have one heck of a playtest jam at CSW Expo 2015 where grognards and freely join in, shake out the game, and give their feedback directly to Frank, Lance, and Alan who will be attending and running this event. The proposed game series will be released as individual campaigns, but we want to make sure that everything will mate properly together when it’s all assembled, and that’s where this super-playtest week at CSW Expo will help.
We are pleased to announce that online registration for CSW Expo is now available! The first who completes their registration will earn a special door prize. We're looking forward to this, our 15th Anniversary event, featuring special guest, Mark Herman. We have some very special events in store that we will be announcing soon that will be sure to make this our greatest CSW Expo ever!
SPECIAL BONUS OFFER! Those who register for the Full Event and submit payment no later than January 31, 2015 will receive their Expo shirt for FREE.
We are already hard at work for CSW Expo 2015, scheduled for June 20-27, 2015. Online registration begins January 2015. We are pleased to announce that Mark Herman will be our Guest of Honor.
We hope everyone enjoyed CSW Expo 2014! We've updated the site with our dates for 2015, and we will be providing more information and after-action reports from this year soon. Thanks to all for their support and attendance!
We are excited to be kicking off our big event tomorrow! Here is the official floor plan (subject to change) for CSW Expo 2014. Additional open-gaming and daily tournament tables are located in the Ballroom Foyer area (not pictured). We look forward to a very exciting event...see you all soon!