Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the Savannah Skirmish in Pooler, GA. The Skirmish is an annual wargame-centric event hosted at Savannah Quarters Country Club by Chris Easter. Chris has been hosting this event for last nine years by my count.
Skirmish is a great low-key and casual event. As you can imagine, every year is different in terms of how many attend and what hits the table. This year was different. While the attendance was down this year, on a high attendance year there have been over 30 gamers playing some of the world’s best wargames in a country club overlooking a beautiful golf course. It doesn’t get any better that folks!
Ok, I lied! It does get better… The event is free! The only thing Chris asks is that each attendee buys into the amazing meal the club provides each day (Friday – dinner, Saturday – lunch). The cost is $20 each day and covers everything associated with the meal. Other than that there are no other costs to attend. Area hotels (within 10 minutes) are very inexpensive and plentiful. With simple planning, you can get a cheap room and enjoy an inexpensive weekend of gaming.
Here’s some of what I saw hit the table yesterday.
Commands & Colors Ancients *
Battle of Waterloo 1815 (played 4 times) *
Accursed Civil War
COIN: Liberty or Death
ASLSK 1 (2 scenarios played) *
Bonaparte at Marengo (2 games played)
Triumph and Tragedy
U.S. Civil War
The Empire of the Sun
* Games that I personally played
The gaming space is cozy with lots of space for one map games, but spacious enough for several monster games to played along with lots of smaller games. In years past I have seen games like The Devil’s Cauldron and La Bataille de la Moscowa, both with at least four maps set up and played exhaustively.
If you want to learn more about this event, you’ll need to check out the 2016 discussion thread at Consim World. This is the place to ask questions about the event, policies, etc. At some point in the future, Chris will establish a new thread for 2017.
If you’re in the Southeast region and you love wargaming, this is an event you really need check out! It’s always lots of fun, high speed and low drag. Maybe next year game designer Mark Miklos will be back to run his regular Battles of the American Revolution Series tournament. I hope to see some you at the Skirmish next year.
By all means, if you want to know more about the event, feel free to ask! It’s one of my favorite events to attend.