My TotalCon 37 wrap up – 5 games of Feudal Patrol in 4 days! Lots of pics too!

This was a fun convention. I promised that I’d share some photos and some descriptions of the 5 games that I ran here at TotalCon 37. The five games were all Feudal PatrolTM  games using my Civilizations Collide supplement. Check out the photos to see what it was all about – and if you played you might just recognize yourself! There are a LOT of photos – hell I ran 5 games!

It’s not easy to both run a game and take pictures. Let me add a caveat – it’s not easy to do both and do justice to the game and to the players’ needs. I was fortunate this time that a lot of the players had experience with Feudal PatrolTM  and were very helpful to the new players. It’s been a week since the end of TotalCon 37 – so without further ado, let me get into the games that I ran.

Raid to Satisfy Huitzilopochtli

This game took place on Thursday the 24th at 1 PM. It pits the Aztecs against the Tlaxcalans before the Spanish Conquest. I have run this game many times – and it has won awards at both HUZZAH! and Fall In in 2022. I had not run it at TotalCon, so I thought it appropriate to do so.

I had 8 players for the game.

Happy gamers ready for battle. The Aztec players are on the right, the Tlaxcalan players are on the left.

The Aztecs assault in the middle faltered due to accurate bow shots of the Tlaxcalans. On the Aztec left, a force of Arrow Knights and Jaguar Warriors took the long way around hoping to flank the defenders. On the Aztec right, a veteran/novice force moved up – reinforces by the elite Shorn Ones – and also took some casualties before making it to the very gates of the Temple and the Tlaxcalan leader Xayacamach.

At this point, the Tlaxcalan leader Xayacamach sortied with his signaler, put himself at personal risk, and engaged the Aztecs. His actions reversed the Aztec elites’ attack. The Tlaxcalans also held off the Aztec veterans who were on their left flank and threatening a food resource. back on the Aztec left, the long march of the Arrow Knights and the Jaguar Warriors reached a critical juncture with a threat to the Tlaxcalan corn supply and the rear of their bowmen. With the middle assault no longer a threat, the Tlaxcalan bows redeployed to face the new threat. Loosing a deadly barrage, they killed the Aztec Warband Leader and scattered the remaining attackers.

The final score was 95-41 in favor of the defending Tlaxcalans.

La Noche Triste – Bloodbath on the Tacuba Causeway

I had 7 players for this game which took place on Friday the 24th in the morning.

The game set up.

The Tlaxcalans on the mainland managed to drive the Shorn Ones away from the causeway entrance. Meanwhile, the Spanish took a long time to get the bridge installed – and by that time the war canoes were hitting them with missile fire from two sides. The rear guard lost a couple of cavalrymen, but managed to perform their role well against a surge of Jaguar Warriors.

The war canoes made an effort to harry the Conquistadores.

After Turn 4 the bridge is automatically installed and the Spanish get a “Burst of Exuberance” move as they try to make it to the mainland! This was an important objective as getting as few as 1 figure to the mainland would negate a 100 VP for the Aztecs.

On the last card of the last turn, the Spanish had one chance to get at least one figure to the mainland – Cortes’ Catholic priest. The priest had 11″ to sprint – and made 14″! (Good thing he had no armor to weigh him down!).

That effectively took away 100 free points for the Aztecs and won the game for the Conquistadores at the last possible moment. The final score was 71-22. Had the Spanish failed, the score would have been 122-71.

The Battle of Lake Texcoco

On Saturday the 25th, I ran two massive games of the Battle of Lake Texcoco, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.

Morning Game

The morning game was all mayhem – lots of boarding, canoe ramming, and cannon fire. I had seven players.

Game set up from the Aztec side.
Game set up from the Spanish side.
Close up of El Dolar and the dashboard for this brigantine.

El Dolar ran aground and was swarmed by Aztec boarders. The other vessels continued towards their goal of shelling the Aztec capital (at the end of the mat where the Aztec players were).

El Gregorio, El Marcos, and El Perro de Guerra moved up to the city (well El Gregorio slammed into it at full speed but got lucky on damage). Cannon fire from El Marcos and El Gregorio rocked Tenochtitlan for 50 points apiece.

Fire at the city from El Gregorio!
At the end of the game.

The battle was cinematic to be sure. In the end, the Spanish won 383-269 – with their successful artillery fire gaining the win.

Afternoon Game

I then reset and ran this game again with 8 players – unfortunately with fewer photos.

I brief the gamers for game two (photo by Peter Bostwick).
At the start of the second game.

In this game, there was a lot less boarding by the Aztecs and a lot more ramming of war canoes – sinking a lot of them. As a result, it was a bigger Spanish victory – 391-145. The brigantines El Conquistador, El Perro de Guerra, and El Marcos all hit Tenochtitlan with solid shot for 150 VP.

At the game’s end.

Arofan Gregory took a very nice photograph of El Marcos (thank you sir) and put it on Facebook – and I’ll share it below:

Arofan Gregory’s photo of El Marcos.

The Battle of Centla

This was a very full game – 12 players on Sunday!

The battlefield set up.

The Maya were fighting a delaying action – they needed to keep the Spanish from reaching the city or incapacitate half of them. The Spanish needed to incapacitate half of the Maya or reach the city. The Maya can randomly get reinforcements from the dead pile – making it harder for the Spanish to reach that 50% Maya killed level. The Spanish get no reinforcements.

Meanwhile, Tabscoob’s (the Maya chieftain) leadership held his forces together – but taking on the Spanish directly in melee did not go their way.

In the end the Maya were unlucky with reinforcements and the Spanish were effective in their onslaught – resulting in a historical repeat – a Conquistador win.

I really want to thank all the players and especially Leif Magnuson, Brad Gosselin, and Chris Comeau who went above and beyond. I also want thank the whole staff – its a big convention and takes a lot of work. I want to highlight the work of Steven Parenteau and all his staff. Lastly, a big thanks to the incredibly helpful Bryan Clauss who headed up the miniatures section and who assisted in getting me the right table sizes.

Leif, myself, and Brad

Painting Contest

Finally, like last year, there was a painting contest. This year, I entered my Conquistador cavalry in the unit category – and won! Yay!

That’s it for TotalCon 37!

Going forward, I’ll be bringing “The Battle of Lake Texcoco” and “The Battle of Centla” to HMGS Cold Wars next week, plus “The Surprise Raid on the Spanish Outpost”. At the end of March, at HAVOC, I’ll be bringing “The Battle of Lake Texcoco” and “The Battle of Centla” as well as two “Wars of Ozz” games. I need to submit my games for HUZZAH! in May – and I’ll be doing that shortly.

I hope that you enjoyed this post – it’s been hectic with preparing for these conventions all so closely spaced together – but in the end I was very happy with how TotalCon 37 went – and I hope to repeat this at the other two planned gaming conventions.

Author: Mark A. Morin

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27 thoughts on “My TotalCon 37 wrap up – 5 games of Feudal Patrol in 4 days! Lots of pics too!”

  1. The games looked excellent as always Mark, and lots of smiling faces while playing, which is always a good sign. Congratulations on the painting award as well deserved recognition in my book. Hope all the prep work for the other conventions goes well.

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    1. I usually try to take a pic before the games start just in case Dave – and all in all the games went very well. I was happy to see that many (indeed most) players were those who were drawn back to play after having been in a previous game of mine. Thanks on the painting contest – always gratifying as well. As for the prep work for the other conventions – that’s in full swing and I should have – or will try – to get in two more posts about that – one for the bases I got from you and one on a zilk-riding Winkie cavalry regiment – both of which I think you’ll like.

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    1. I was happy that I got to get my palm trees onto two games John, and glad you noticed ad liked them. My Maya figures did made their first convention appearance – though they did get in a couple of playtests before that. My only terrain regret was that I was not able to get the 7 jungle bases that I got from Dave Stone into the game – not because of Dave – but as a result your UK postal system having had so many problems. I will be using those where you saw the printed card stock on the Centla game mat. They arrived the afternoon prior to my departure, and I wanted to make them right – and you’ll see them in short order. Plus I’ll be bringing them to Cold Wars this week! Much appreciated John!

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    1. So let me get this straight – both you AND my wife find me dorkish in the helmet? ๐Ÿ˜‚ At least you want one! I need to be careful because the helmet is steel and if it were to fall onto the tabletop…massive destruction would ensue. Plus as a GM it limits hearing in a noisy convention room – but it’s not like I’m going to add pantaloons and a puffy shirt so my dorkiness potential is hopefully limited. Anyways, it was a fun weekend, and I head off to Pennsylvania for Cold Wars this week where I’ll only run 3 games but get to play in a couple of others too.

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  2. Looks like a blast and cool to see people getting together on the other side of this pandemic! Congrats on winning the painting competition too! I love the last pic with you in the Conquistador helm and “Brian” looks like he could easily pass as the late “Gary Gygax”! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. I think you meant Brad! Thanks though Faust – I had a blast without the pain of the masks and it was fun to see my conquistador cavalry win. As for the helm, my wife and IRO are of similar mindset…

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  3. Totalcon is a pretty good convention name, I must say! The games looked great and I’m really glad that they were well attended too. Of course, who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun, if we’re being honest. As Brian said above, I’m glad the helmet made an appearance too. It would be rude if it didn’t! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. The Conquistadors look superb so the win was well deserved. Ha I g now run a couple of large games at events I have an inkling of the effort it takes and the fact you ran not just 5 but that 4 were totally different setups blows me away. Some may say you are a glutton for punishment ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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    1. Thank you. As to my penchant for self abuse/running so many games, I agree – but what’s been really rewarding is having seen how many repeat players that I am getting – so I must be doing something right? Last year at HUZZAH I did 6 different ones (and that was too much). I am doing 3 at Cold Wars, 5 at HAVOC, and 4 at HUZZAH this year. All different at each con.

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