GMT West aka The Weekend at the Warehouse is a twice yearly gaming event that takes place at the GMT Games warehouse in Hanford, California. GMT basically let a bunch of rabid gamers take over their warehouse for 4 days, and what a great job the GMT staff do in accommodating us.
The cool thing is 80-100+ gamers take over the warehouse, stare in awe at stacks of impressive games, and then we get to play all sorts of games, not just games published by GMT Games themselves. There are usually a number of game designers in attendance. You get to talk with these game designers, and play their new game designs. Many gamers have aspirations to design a game themselves. It is always enlightening to talk with an actual game designer who have turned that desire into an actual game.
Let us not forget Mike Lam who runs a Down In Flames area, and has been doing so for donkey’s years.
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Games were already in full swing when I arrived in the early afternoon.
This was before the errata was revised.
Eric, Karl, and Greg with another game of T&T
T&T was a popular game. Sandy (left) came all the way from London.
Yup, there is such a thing as too many cards
It was good to see Pyramid Lake so full.
A good multiplayer game to wind down with.
Otherwise known as Samurai Swords
Jerry has some very creative game ideas.
Oerjan came all the way from Sweden. He run a playtest corner for COIN games
On Thursday night we wound down with a horrible game of Cards Against Humanity. I had to pick this winning answer.
On Thursday night some horrible people wound down with Cards Against Humanity
Battle of Flerus from the Musket and Pike system
Pick a card
The white cards alone filled one table
Every time I looked Terry was playing Twilight Struggle, he was also using the Turn Zero expansion
The weekend was in full swing on Friday. The squeaky ceiling vent was oiled, but the nearby welders added their symphony of noises to replace
More T&T, I think this was the single most played game
Terry and yet another game of Twilight Struggle
18Ireland with Steve, Mike, and Morgan
Eric, Matt, and Larry playing Unconditional Surrender
Yet another game of T&T, this time it includes Brett and Steve
1914 Race to the Sea
The new Mark Herman game was a popular game
Greg showing 7YW: Frederick’s Gamble to Mark Simonitch
Kurt and Mike playing Nightfighter
Greg demoing his game 7YW: Frederick’s Gamble
Fellow Brit’s Jon and Sandy were newcomers to Nappy Wars. They had a fun time playing the game three times on Saturday
Roger Miller playtesting a new Rinella game
Hands in the Sea
Brett showing Terry and Mark his baseball game
Sandy and Jon learning Nappy Wars
Sword of Rome
Greg and his game 7YW: Frederick’s Gamble
Kurt showing his game Fields of Despair, to Roger
The main day of the Weekend started with doughnuts, was punctuated with copious pizza, and ended with a great game of Battlestar Galactica. So say we all!.
Mark teaching Twilight Struggle
7YW Frederick’s Gamble: Dave and Eric being shown the game by the designer Greg Ticer
A full game of multiplayer Epic Command and Colors Ancients
It was good to see Karl and Ken play Thirty Years War
A few games of Churchill were observed
Saturday night was capped with a 6 player game of Battlestar Galactica. The cylons won. No one suspected that Ken was the second cylon
Matt, and Kurt with Pax Rennaissance
It was good to see Command & Colors Napoleonics being played, why didn’t I think to bring the Epic version?
Another COIN game being played, Falling Sky
Roger Miller showing off Pacific Fury
Combat Commander Pacific hitting the table
Black Orchestra: Allen was sent to jail and Leggat got him out.
By Sunday people are beginning to travel home. After the noise and commotion of Saturday, peace descends on the warehouse.
Karl getting Clank!-y
Once again Mike Lam ran the Down in Flames area
Gene, Chris, Eric, Doug, Dave, and Jerry discuss the new design from Jerry
Ken and John with Operation Dynamo from France ’40
Bruce, designer of COIN series Gandhi, with Allen, and Oerjan
Many thanks to the GMT staff for hosting another successful weekend. It was good to see a bunch of regulars, and to meet a bunch of new people.
25th April 2017
Link to all the photos in a Flickr Album