2014 After Action Report

AAR

AT THE ARDEN PARK HOTEL
MARCH 28, 29 & 30, 2014

TWENTY YEARS and still HOT!

After a particularly long and cold winter, everyone was in the mood to have some fun. This resulted in higher numbers in attendance on the Friday night and Sunday morning, with more Weekend passes sold than last year as well. Even Saturday’s late season snow storm didn’t keep people away, some even had themselves pulled out of the ditch and continued on to the convention.

Higher numbers of attendees also had a record number of games to choose from. There were 76 games in total, plus 5 DBA tournaments and 5 tables for bring and battles of Warhammer and Warhammer 40K in the basement meeting rooms. Friday night had 13 games and Sunday had 7, which was a first for the traditionally quiet Sunday time slot. It was good to see some growth in those previously under-utilized time slots.

Period
LandNaval/FleetAirTotal
Ancient4 N/A4
Medieval4 N/A4
Pike & Shot1 N/A1
18th Cent./Tricorne era2 N/A2
Napoleonic/War of 1812112N/A13
American Civil War 1N/A1
Other 19th cent.2 N/A2
WW11247
Inter-War/Pulp2  2
WW2142218
Post WW22 13
Science Fiction5319
Fantasy/VSF/Steam Punk64 10

I did not count some games that were scheduled but had to cancel. I also did not count the DBA or Warhammer and Warhammer 40K events. Some games like the VSF fleet game Leviathan features flying ships, so even though it’s ‘in the air’ I counted it as a naval game, and X-Wing even though it’s in space, is still fighter combat. The hugely popular King of the Monsters game I put in fantasy, even though some might categorize it as SF. I was pleased with the distribution of periods and there were lots of air and naval games in the mix too. The return of Napoleonics into fashion is pleasantly interesting, but WW2 is still the leader in popularity. All the ‘main’ periods also featured a mix of big battles and skirmishes. The alternative periods (VSF, steam punk, Zombies etc.) were still strong too. The only real surprise was the low number of ACW games. All of this adds up to a 50% increase in participation games over 2013.

The Bring & Buy also did record business to reflect the higher attendance. During the 7 ½ hours of operation the hard-working Bring & Buy team did an astounding $18,000 in sales, raising $1800 for the two cadet corps and the scout troop that committee members work with.

Pictures are of course appearing on the internet. I posted my pictures, along with some more personal comments and observations, to my blog: http://www.rabbitsinmybasement.blogspot.ca/2014/03/still-hot-after-20-years-hotlead-2014.html
More pictures are on the Hotlead Facebook page.
Andy P. has put up a few slideshows too:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/28981624@N02/sets/72157643110001575/show/
And also: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28981624@N02/sets/72157642929575753/show/
The ballroom has already been booked for next year, 27 to 29 March 2015. So mark your calendars and we’ll see you then!

James