It’s been a while since I have blogged about going to U-Con, although if you heard last Saturday’s episode you’ll know that I talked about it quite a bit. But for those of you who didn’t, U-Con is a gaming convention that occurs in Michigan once-a-year that focuses mostly on games; whether they be board games, card games, miniatures, or role-playing. The convention itself has a pretty good following and goes from Friday to Sunday with games going on the entire time. But for me, I go for one thing and that is to assist The Fellowship get through Moria.
You see, I go to play Game Workshop’s Lord of the Rings Battle Strategy Game, hosted by a friend of mine that we met through the show, Curtis aka Talbot of Landroval. He runs three different sessions of the game that starts at the Gates of Moria and finishes up at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. The dungeon is segmented into 5 different sections:
- The Gates of Moria
- A hallway leading to Balin’s Tomb
- Balin’s Tomb
- A series of bridges leading to the Bridge of Khazad-dûm
- Bridge of Khazad-dûm
Throughout the experience you face different enemies such as orcs, wargs, a cave troll, and even the Balrog. Players (we had a limit of 6) control different members of The Fellowship and in each segment try to accomplish different tasks. For example, at the Gates of Moria the tasks are to:
- Rescue Frodo from The Watcher in the Water
- Have the Fellowship go through the Gates of Moria
- Defend against the Watcher, his tentacles, and an advancing pack of wargs
- Extra points are awarded if you are able to get Bill the Pony off the board before The Fellowship escapes into Moria
It really is a lot of fun, and next year I’ll make sure to post ahead of time if I (or we) will be there so that if others wish to come they may do so.
Once again I’d like to thank Curtis for a great time and some good memories. He put a lot of effort into the game including creating custom scenery and painting the miniatures. It is always an amazing display and I can’t wait until next year (or even possibly this year’s Wintercon) to play again!