Pimpcron: Shorehammer Convention Recap!

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Pimpcron recounts the spectacle and madness that was Shorehammer.

Boy oh boy! Your Pimpcron has a blast last weekend! I left with some awesome memories from hanging out with my friends from last year, and making many more this year. Hmmmmmm, but an article only saying all of the nice stuff that happened just doesn’t feel right to The People’s Pimpcron. So I guess I will throw in some fictional stuff to keep it interesting.

For instance, we had a Arnold choking competition.

Same Laid-Back Vibe

I am a dirty, filthy, casual gamer; there I said it. I don’t care for the ultra-competitive scene and that whole atmosphere just turns me off immediately. Plus, there are plenty of hardcore tournaments around, so I chose to do something different when I founded this convention last year. I wanted a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a casual setting but still allowing people to be competitive. Not knowing exactly how to attract that type of people, I just designed the convention to be something that I’d like to attend. Come to find out, I have eclectic taste. Our first year we had Gorilla Jello Wrestling, a series of puppet shows depicting the Battle of the Bulge, and a live Mule Auction. Not mention that all of our door prizes were just expired canned goods, and when we ran out, we just gave away firm handshakes.

After a lot of feedback from last year, I decided to change things up and Shorehammer consisted of a 3-round AoS Tournament Friday, followed by Pub Trivia that night. Saturday was the big day with our main event the 3-round Highlander followed by the first-ever tournament for my game Brutality! After that was a panel focusing on RPG missions and narrative by the creator of the Sci-fi RPG Solar Echoes. Then I had my 8th Edition Open Discussion where we all aired our grievances. It was almost unanimous that even though 8th edition isn’t perfect, and we miss some parts of 7th, 8th overall is better. Then I finished out my panel reading my meanest comments from my articles. It was quite fun and we all had a laugh at my expense. Just like family dinners.

The last day included the Painting Competitions, 40k Nutcrusher Tournament, Speed Painting and then my ridiculous awards show. Of course there was free games, and free play boards all weekend plus other stuff I won’t drone on and on about. I’m proud to say that Mule-related injuries were down 3-fold this year.

New Friends and Old Friends!

Everybody seemed to have fun again this year and pretty much everybody had a smile on their face all weekend. I had the pleasure of meeting several members of The Basement Wargamers from Pennsylvania who is a pretty chill group of people. I enjoyed hanging with them and will be seeing them again in two months for a tournament they are hosting. I also got to see my friends from last year like the Tabor Warhammer League, North Korean Officer’s Academy, Outer Banks Wargaming Group, and many more which was awesome! We drew people from the seven nearby states and doubled our attendance from last year. I feel like we’ve captured lightning in a bottle and will do everything I can to ensure we keep this same, friendly atmosphere every year in the future. I was thrilled that no fewer than five people told me that we were their very first tournament because we seemed so approachable. That is an honor, for sure; I was so happy I gave them all canned goods left over from last year. I’m out of those now, I swear.

The rest are missing their lids anyway.

One of the coolest parts of starting this convention is the networking and friends I’ve met. The region I live in is nearly a wargaming void. The small group of wargamers huddle together for warmth and most of us drive at least 30 minutes to meet. We have roughly 12 people in all, and that is for the surrounding 100 miles or so. So before starting this I always felt like playing, hanging out and making friends with people from faraway places was a daydream. But now I keep up with tons of people I’ve met on facebook and enjoy their company.

Boldy Going Forward

We are getting input from all of our attendees how we can improve Shorehammer and next year will be bigger, faster and stronger. Also, I think I’m bringing back the Mule Auction, it felt kinda empty without it. Check out our wonderful sponsors and send them money!

Gamemat.eu is always a pleasure to work with I’ve bought so many mats and pre-painted terrain from them I should buy stock in the company. Lol. I can’t say enough good about them.

. Terrains4games.com have been awesome and friendly. Hand –made terrain, resin, and MDF buildings which I have also bought for my convention. They have great prices and lots of sales. A Christmas sale going on right now.

Fear This Kustoms makes great gaming supplies, but my favorite is the Point & Turn Counter.

. The Grand Hotel was our location and very easy to work with. This hotel has everything. They do frown on Gorilla Jello wrestling in their ballrooms though. Gotta keep it low key.

Thank you all for coming! This has become one of my favorite holidays each year.

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  • Pimpcron

    That was the best convention I’ve ever been to! [jeez, I’m still logged in, delete! delete!]

    • SiberianVI

      Lion ‘El Johnson was here!

      • Pimpcron

        Lol. If you ever have attended MAGfest, they have a running joke/tradition where they all make the Colossus noise from the old Xmen game, kind of a roar. One person will start it and then everybody is doing it. I think Lion El Johnson may be our Colossus roar. 😀

  • Apocryphus

    A dirty, filthy, casual gaming convention/tournament sounds just awesome. The most I can get together for that most heinous of casual gaming is….1 other person…

    • Pimpcron

      You are also in a wargaming void? Not near any cities? I am 2 hours+ from the nearest city. We’ve been able to slowly scrounge up these dozen players in our group over the last ten years.

      • Apocryphus

        Lol Not quite, more of a casual gaming void. I live very close to a game store, but it’s hardcore or gtfo. I like to relax when gaming, not go home stressed or discouraged.

        • Pimpcron

          Ew. That would discourage me too. That sucks man.

  • benn grimm

    Congrats and kudos on making it a success, sounds like it was a fun event, with some pretty diverse and interesting segments.

    • Pimpcron

      Thanks brotha! You should have seen our ridiculous awards ceremony, my son and I dressed in suits and I wore a Pimp hat to give away trophies. My brother set up a friggin sweet light and sound system. It was over the top in a silly way. When anybody wins a trophy, they have entrance music play as they come up. When the register, we ask two song options to play if they win anything.

      • benn grimm

        That sounds all kinds of awesome, really nice to hear someone putting so much of themselves into something, quite inspiring actually, bet your son (and the rest of the fam) was very proud 🙂

        • Pimpcron

          Thanks Benn! Believe it or not, I don’t care to be in the spotlight. I was quite nervous about it, but I felt that it really added to the casual, fun atmosphere, so I did it! I’m happy to have the opportunity to go out of my comfort zone.

  • Wish I could’ve made it out, money got tight sadly

    • Pimpcron

      There’s always next year Oracle!

  • CannonBall

    Woop! Awesome to see the club I’m apart of mentioned. We sincerely enjoyed your convention, Pimpcron. It will be our yearly club pilgrimage.

    • Pimpcron

      Thanks “CannonBall”!.I’m proud to say I know the inside joke of how you earned that name this past weekend! 😀

    • Newtype_Zero

      We had a real blast, didn’t we?

  • Scott Staten

    Didn’t realize there is a con in OC I’ll have to try and make it next year

  • euansmith

    “Choking Arnold”? That’s a euphemism, right?

    It is nice to hear that things went well and your preparation and hard work was rewarded.

    • Pimpcron

      Thanks Euan! It was A L-O-T of work, but I enjoy it. The highlight of my year, every year.

      • euansmith

        How did the Brutality go? Were you able to take notes or anything? I’m guessing you must have been pretty busy.

        • Pimpcron

          It went great! We had some new people who never played before try it, and I was very pleased to see them playing again the next day. Though I was sad that they didn’t tell me because I’d like to watch the game. I caught them when they were picking up. Then another guy saw them playing and they showed him how to play. They all liked it and I was thrilled!

          • euansmith

            Grass Roots War Games Rules 😉 Maybe Brutality could become the next D&D? 😀

          • Pimpcron

            With any luck, brother! We are starting a campaign with several players this week in my local store, and I’m EXCITED! It seems to be catching on.