May 27, 2019

Weekly Chronicle 2019 #21 (MuseOn Con Recap)

First off, let's start with our normal Weekly Chronicle before moving onto a recap of this past weekend's MuseOn Con.

Painting wise, I was actually shocked that I completed 2 models before heading off to the Con, both were for Batman Miniature Game and they were 'Katana' and 'Diablo', which both of them saw table time at the Con.

Now we can move onto MuseOn Con.  MuseOn Con is a smaller Con ran by the company MuseOn Minis and it is held in Des Moines, IA.  There was not much advertising for the Con except for on there own Facebook pages, and Podcasts, so I had a feeling and it would not be too large, which I had expected and heard from friends who attended, it is more of an intimate feeling.

Originally our plan was to play in BMG Friday night, Guild Ball on Saturday, followed by BMG Duos on Sunday.  Just before we left I asked my son if he wanted to change it a bit and instead of Guild Ball on Saturday, we play the 350 BMG Batmatch event and then just relax on Friday night after driving all day, so we elected to that instead.

Friday 5/24/2019
Friday was mainly our travel day and we arrived around 2:00 PM local time and made pretty decent time (about 7 hours with stops).  We carried our bags straight up to our room, then headed back down to check out the venue.  This year the event moved to the west side of Des Moines and was held at a really nice Mariott that had a McDonald's right in the parking lot which was going to make breakfast easy an cheap.  When we arrived downstairs we headed towards the signs for MuseOn Con and arrived by the ballrooms.  Even though this was a smaller con, they still had some pretty decent gaming space.

We checked into registration and then proceeded to check out the gaming hall, once we looked around, it was time to do some shopping so we can carry everything back upstairs.  MuseOn Minis makes the official US based gaming tokens for Guild Ball, so I had to pick up the 4 new Captains tokens that were just released to update my sets.  Once I grabbed those tokens it was time to look at some of the BMG models (MuseOn Minis is now a retailer for BMG, plus they make their own tokens for the game), we knew we needed some more Ammo tokens, with all my shooting, the 10 we had was just not enough, we each added another pack of Ammo tokens.  Then I saw Deployment Zone sticks for BMG that they make, so we had to have 2 sets of those (and they sure did come in handy).  Now we looked at some of the models they had, and grabbed some that we wanted, Archie & Bikers, more Organized Crime, some Brave and the Bold and John Constantine.  As we were checking out, Nigel from MoM said that they now printed out mats for BMG also on neoprene material, I thought awesome so we added another gaming mat (they were only $30, no carrying bag).

Inside the gaming hall were 2 other vendors, a local gaming store (which stocked a variety of models) and Tectonic Craft Studios, makers of wooden gaming trays and terrain.  We browsed the local store and found some more BMG models we wanted....then found more....and finally got more on Sunday before we left (we found 20% off coupons in our swag bags.

Next to registration desk was a gift prize table (actually a few tables) with a mix of BMG, WMH and X-Wing items, some items were older and some not.  Each time you played in an event you would earn dollars that can be spent at the store.  I think between both days my son and I had around $40 so we spent most of it on older BMG models (with most of them still playable in Standard format).

Once we were down shopping we carried everything back to the room and relaxed till dinner.  I notice hat there was a Raising Cane's restaurant not far away and boy did I miss it.  Our closest one is in Chicago, but I used to have it all the time back in Arizona, so we headed out to Raising Cane's for dinner.

After dinner we spent most of our time in our room and getting ready for Saturday's BMG tournament, we were quizzing each other to make sure I ca remember the Traits on all my cards.

Saturday 5/25/2019
Registration for the event did not start till 10:00 AM with first game at 11:00 AM, so we actually got to sleep in a bit, plus have some breakfast at McDonald's.  We then headed to the gaming hall and prepped our stuff for the tournament.  At check-in, I asked if it was alright I played my son in the first game (just to shake off all the butterflies and so I do not screw up on rules).  It was a pretty close game and I was able to get a Minor victory.  Game 2 I got to see what all the fuse was about with the new 'Archie' model from Joker's he is a PITA.... this was a closer game than the first I again pulled out a Minor victory.  I was sitting 2-0 and was told that if I win Game 3 I'll be playing on the top table for the final round, if I lost, the event would be over unless people wanted to play a Game 4.  Well I lost Game 3 to a 'Bane' League of Assassins moral victory was killing 'Bane'.  Even though I lost, the rest of the players wanted to play a Game 4.... it was close to 7:00 PM and I was ready for a beer, my son and I packed our bags and headed to Applebee's for a Big Brewsky.  We were able to get back in time to watch the awards ceremony and the guy I lost to ended up taking 3rd Place.

Sunday 5/26/2019
Sunday was the Dynamic Duos BMG Team Tournament.  Check-in was suppose to start at 8:00 AM with first game at 9:00 AM.  Well they were off to a late start and it was not till around 9:45 AM when Game 1 actually started.  I went into the event thinking people were going to be playing smaller Crews (200 Rep per player) but our first game we were matched up against 14 models to our 7.  We kept it real close through Turn 2 (down 17-15) but after Round 4 we lost 55-30.  It was around 12:00 PM, Game 2 was not going to end till around 2:30 PM, so I decided we were going to drop out after Game 1 (since we lost) and head home.  If we would have won the game, I think I would have stayed for a second game, but a third would not be a possible.

I did learn a lot more (rules wise) this weekend for BMG and it was a good time.  I kind of wish we could have gotten in  a second game on Sunday (but travel days are rough).  We drove all the way out there to only play 4 games, but it was still fun to see what MuseOn Con was all about, plus I always like to ave some down time at these Cons......will we go next year....maybe....I need to cut down on traveling next year (we had an event every month this year so far) so we shall see.  If we are still heavily playing BMG and Guild Ball next year, this one may make the list.

I did not take many pictures this weekend, but here they are.

 Some of our swag bag items and purchases before we bought more.

 Outside main gaming hall.

 A view of main gaming hall.

 Two-Face led Organized Crime.

 Saturday Game 1.

 Waiting for Saturday awards.

 Our Dynamic Duos list.


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