The last of our three games at Little Wars this year was Loubino. This was a bit different game. We ran it Saturday night and were informed late that there was some sort of mixup with the time tickets were issued for. Apologies for anyone who missed out, we were informed about 6PM that for some reason tickets were handed out for 4PM, no idea what happened there.
In any case, we had a full table from walk-ups and it was a unique session. We had a group of players who included several who either dabbled in or are ‘known’ game designers. The scenario quickly became more of a discussion between the players with the battlefield as context.
What was most delightful was that the game host became largely unnecessary, after the initial setup the avid players worked through the charts and situations almost exclusively on their own, asking only for the occasional confirmation of what they presumed.
Well, Tod Kershner of Age of Reason fame ran Gudin’s French division on the northern flank and expressed that he quite a good time. Pat LeBeau, who did some work on John Hill’s Across a Deadly Field and has been reworking it for use with the American Revolution also joined the gang mid-game. There were a handful of others including some very active design dabblers from Tod’s circles. It was quite a good time.