The Gauntlet is Thrown!

April 23, 2013

KitS HUzzah 2013 CupsOn Saturday May 4th at 2:00 PM in Portland, Maine daring pilots will throw the gauntlet down in a contest of wills vying for dominance. The winner will be awarded the coveted Huzzah 2013 Knights in the Sky Cup, with smaller cups will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners. Take the challenge!

This exciting tournament uses the popular fast play Aerodrome 1.1 aerial combat system, which is very easy to learn! Pilots of all ages and experience levels are welcome. A dogfight scenario is scheduled Friday evening to help you get your wings ready!

This event is one of many events being held at Maine’s premier historical miniatures convention Huzzah! Pre-Registration ends on April 26 and then it will be first come first serve! Please register today! Below is a link to Huzzah for registration:

www.huzzahcon.com

Join us for this exciting series of miniatures events!


Huzzah: KitS Results and Great Fun Had!

May 16, 2012
Huzzah 2012: Winners of the Knights in the Sky Tournament.

Huzzah 2012: Winners of the Knights in the Sky Tournament. 3rd Place: Bill Zona, 2nd Place: Shawn Tester, and Ace of Aces: Eric Hatch

Ten pilots took to the Huzzah skies this year for a chance at the coveted Huzzah KitS Cup. It was an engaging contest with a lot of fun cross table talk between the players. The fray was thick at times and the pilots were hungry for victory.

Twice the Central Powers drove the allies off the board entirely clearing the sky of Allied planes. There were several memorable critical hits, including flaming planes and forced glides. Jerry and I had a great time running the tournament and watching the furballs.

Jerry running his end of the table at the Knights in the Sky Tournament.

Jerry running his end of the table at the Knights in the Sky Tournament.

After a grueling series of missions, Eric Hatch once again dominated the skies. He took the Knights in the Sky Huzzah Aerodrome cup for the 3rd year in a row and made ace with 5 kills! It was a very close contest with Shawn Tester and Bill Zona coming in close behind. The scores were extremely closely matched for third place with Pete English and Chris getting barely edged out by a single point.

I have already heard that there is planning to wrest the title away from Eric next year. He has a number of successful tactics that the players were talking about.  I suspect that folks will really be gunning for him next time!

The amazing boxer game terrain.

The amazing boxer game terrain.

This year there were a number of great games at the convention. The showcase game was a beautifully crafted Boxer Rebellion scenario. The group, led by Andy Niven, who constructed it all before parceling it out for painting, did an amazing job on the terrain. The buildings even included two hidden built-in dice towers with the results tumbling into an adjacent courtyard. There were a lot of great looking and well run games in all periods, along with many excellent GMs. I know I had a blast!

English Bowmen failing to hold the right flank against the French advance.

English Bowmen failing to hold the right flank against the French advance.

Huzzah had a great raffle, as always, with lots of terrain, games, and rules being won! I had a lot of fun playing a Pike and Musket game despite the fact that my English Archers could not hurt the enemy and our center crumbled like a house of cards.

I think it is fair to say that most folks had a great time! I hope that next year, if you have not come to the convention, you will!

There is more information at www.huzzahcon.com


Take the challenge!

April 25, 2012

The Huzzah 2012 tournament prizes.

On Saturday May 5th at 7:30 PM in Portland, Maine daring pilots will throw the gauntlet down in a contest of wills vying for dominance. The winner will be awarded the coveted Huzzah 2012 Knights in the Sky Cup. This year smaller cups will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners. Take the challenge!

This exciting tournament uses the popular fast play Aerodrome 1.1 aerial combat system, which is very easy to learn! Pilots of all ages and experience levels are welcome. A dogfight scenario is scheduled Friday evening to help you get your wings ready!

This event is one of many events being held at Maine’s premier historical miniatures convention Huzzah! Pre-Registration ends on April 28 and then it will be first come first serve! Please register today! Below is a link to Huzzah for registration:

www.huzzahcon.com

Join us for this exciting series of miniatures events!


3rd Annual Knights in the Sky Tournament Coming Soon!

March 19, 2012

Already, it is once again it is nearly time for Huzzah! This year there are a number of aerial events scheduled for the convention. For specific information about this exciting miniatures convention please point your browser to: www.huzzahcon.com

This year there will be two Aerodrome 1.1 events. Friday Night Dogfights is an open game with players often joining as they arrive for the convention. Missions start about every hour or so. On Saturday night the players will compete for the coveted Knights in the Sky Huzzah Cup! Step right up and see if you have what it takes to gain the trophy.

Here are the event descriptions for Huzzah 2012:

Friday Evening From 7p – 11p
Friday Night Dogfight!
Aerodrome 1.1  (1/144 scale World War One Aerial Combat)
Up to 16 Players
Presented by Andre Kruppa

This aerodrome 1.1 game consists of a series of dogfights featuring several late war aircraft with players matching wits for control of the skies. This is an opportunity to hone those Aerodrome skills prior to the Tournament on Saturday Evening or just have fun battling for the skies. Folks may join each mission as they arrive. This is an elegant fast play system featuring wooden panels to program moves. No prior rules knowledge is required.  (Under age 15 only with playing adult.)

Satuday Evening from 7:30p – 11:30p
Aerodrome 1.1 – Knights in the Sky Tournament
Aerodrome 1.1 (1/144 scale World War One Aerial Combat – Tournament Event!)
Up to 16 Players
Presented by Andre Kruppa and Jerry Corey

This Knights in the Sky Tournament consists of a series of dogfights featuring late war fighters in a vicious dogfight with players matching wits for control of the skies. A prize will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The highest scoring player will be awarded the coveted Huzzah Aerodrome Cup. Scoring is based upon Rick Schirtzinger’s well received system. To qualify a player must fly at least 3 missions. Play will be limited to an even number of players. This is an elegant fast play system featuring wooden panels to program moves. No prior rules knowledge is required. Please visit http://www.KnightsInTheSky.com for more information and to view past results. (Under age 15 only with playing adult.)


Huzzah KitS Tournament Winner & Huzzah a Blast!

May 25, 2011
Friday Night Dogfights at Huzzah!

Friday Night Dogfights at Huzzah!

The second annual Knights in the Sky Tournament was held at Huzzah, in Portland, Maine, on Saturday May 22nd. A group of 8 pilots competed for the cup. There was some nice repartee across the table and the players seemed to really enjoy themselves!

Ed Receives His Knights in the Sky Huzzah 3rd Place Award

Ed Receives His Knights in the Sky Huzzah 3rd Place Award

Scoring was rather tight with victory going once again to the player that managed 3 kills in the 3 mission tournament. Eric Hatch emerged from the tumultuous contest as the victor with Ed Mueller close on his heels and Earl Richards closing up behind him. Eric will have to work hard to hold onto the title of Ace of Aces next year. The scuttlebutt is that several folks are anxious to unseat him next year!

Earl Receives His Knights in the Sky Huzzah 2nd Place Award

Earl Receives His Knights in the Sky Huzzah 2nd Place Award

The game saw a few critical hits become a headache for the pilots, as is often the case. Forced glides and at one point a fire gave some pilots trouble. At least one pilot managed a landing in no man’s land only to be captured.

Eric Receives His Knights in the Sky Huzzah Ace of Aces Cup

Eric Receives His Knights in the Sky Huzzah Ace of Aces Cup

The Friday Night Dogfight WWI game went very well and folks kept joining us as they arrived. Jerry and I had a great time running it and were up to 12 players by the third mission. The players were boisterous and enthused and it was a great crowd. We hope to make that a regular part of the Friday night events!

Stan Kubiak was kind enough to come up to Maine and run his WWII Aerodrome 2.0 events. He ran a Dogfights game and as well as his well received Pacific Attack game. Folks seemed to have a good time and the Pacific Attack game was a LOT of fun and! The mechanics work well and it is a nice enjoyable fast play system.

Aerodrome 2 Pacific Action

Aerodrome 2 Pacific Action

The convention went very well and the players had a great time! Dean and the crew put in a LOT of effort and we had some absolutely great games in a variety of periods. Kudos to all of the GMs who really worked hard to make Huzzah an outstanding convention.

Aerodrome 2 Pacific Action Furball

Aerodrome 2 Pacific Action Furball

One of the key events this year was Viking Dawn, a club participation game, where the clubs provided players and painted up bands of Vikings and Dragon Ships or bands of Saxon defenders. There were some well painted miniatures being placed on Chris Penny’s well crafted terrain.

With raffles aplenty and a lot of well run and fun games Huzzah was a blast! I hope that some of you reading this will make the trip up to Maine next Spring to play!


Game Mastering Aerodrome and Aerial Combat Games – Presentation at Huzzah!

May 12, 2011

Sat 7pm-7:30pm in the Foyer

Stan Kubiak, owner and publisher of Aerodrome® Aerial Combat Games, will conduct a ‘table talk’ for current and prospective Aerodrome® 2.0 Gamemasters and players between Saturday gaming sessions at Huzzah 2011. Stan will spend some time discussing the background and mechanics of Aerodrome® 2.0 (the new WW2 aerial combat ruleset); however, the main emphasis will be to share his long experience in conducting his games at conventions, including

  • How to attract players to games
  • The best ways to make the game fun for the players
  • How to create interesting scenarios
  • Flexibility and improvisation
  • Record keeping and awards

 and, on the dark side

  • Dealing with potential cheaters.

Win the Huzzah KitS Cup!

April 25, 2011

Huzzah 2011 KitS CupOn Saturday May 14th at 7:30 PM in Portland, Maine daring pilots will throw the gauntlet down in a contest of wills vying for dominance. The winner will be awarded the coveted Huzzah 2011 Knights in the Sky Cup. Take the challenge!

This exciting tournament uses the popular fast play Aerodrome 1.1 aerial combat system which is very easy to learn! Pilots of all ages and experience levels are welcome. A dogfight scenario is scheduled Friday evening to help you get your wings ready!

This event is one of many events, including several WWII Aerodrome 2.0 events, being held at Maine’s premier historical miniatures convention Huzzah! Pre-Registration ends on May 1st and then it will be first come first serve! Please register today! Below is a link to Huzzah for registration:

www.huzzahcon.com

Join us for this exciting series of miniatures events!