Bayou Wars XX – 2012 — with photos

By Mike Crane

I went to New Orleans for Bayou Wars XX the weekend of June 8-10. Man, did it rain! The rain began at Baton Rouge and continued off and on until we left Kenner in a torrential downpour. Actually, I am not complaining (much) because Texarkana has been experiencing drought for the last couple of years and it was good to know that rain is still possible somewhere.

The theme for 2012 was “Gaming ‘Til the End of Time!” referring to the Mayan prediction of the end of the world this year. And, with this theme in mind, everyone seemed really to enjoy the games.

This is the site of Bayou Wars XX at Kenner, La.

Although I confess to being a confirmed soloist, I enjoyed attending Bayou Wars because I met interesting people, learned about different games, and bought merchandise from some great vendors. The following photos will feature all three. Even though I did not attend the tournaments held in the other room — D&D, FoW, FoG, DBM, etc. — I think you will get the general idea about the variety of games and the enthusiasm of the players.

Clay Cooper opens BW XX with a CC:N game using miniatures.







Which side is using loaded dice?







It’s just plane sense.







No doubt about it. She’s one tough lady.







This is one of my favorite hangout spots.







Rudy Nelson is a veteran vendor.







Just another day at the race track — Circus Maximus, that is.







Beam me up, Scotty — this high.







The Marines are landing at Peleliu!







A French fort prepares to receive some unwelcome visitors.







I told you to turn left at Jupiter!







So this is what a camel looks like.







Mark Mod built this ship from scratch. No joke!







THW author Ed Teixeira conducts “Search for the Golden Monkey.”














About mike crane

I am a retired high school teacher living in Texarkana, Arkansas, USA. Although I enjoy wargaming in all periods, my favorite eras are WWII, Colonial, ACW, and Napoleonic. I enjoy making rules that are simple, fast, and fun.
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4 Responses to Bayou Wars XX – 2012 — with photos

  1. Mike Crane says:

    Here is a website describing some Bayou War XX games with photos and captions that are more reasonable and informative.

  2. JAird says:

    That looks like a fun wargame convention – is it just the photo’s or are the games very much the main focus ? And mostly participation games ?

    Whilst the bigger UK conventions sell everything their one day nature does prevent participation games from lasting more than an hour tops, and the really fancy games tend to be demonstration only. Very inspiring, of course, but there’s nothing to compare to throwing the dice yourself !

  3. Mike Crane says:

    Thanks for the comment, Jon. (I wish there were more chatter on the blog.) Once again, although I am a solo gamer, I have been going to BW for the last few years to become familiar with new games and to buy figures, books, and models. (To be honest, my wife and daughter go along to shop in New Orleans.)

    Yes, Bayou Wars is definitely game and participation oriented. There are games provided for every age and interest. Although most games and tournaments go strictly by the written rules, some of the games are modified for convention use, e.g., Clay Cooper used a Hotz mat and beautifully painted miniatures to play the Command and Colors: Napoleonic game. This game was played several times over the weekend using the regular rules with eight participants each time.

    A list of games is prepared stating the time for each game each day, the table ID number, and the number of participants allowed. Some game masters ask that children be accompanied by an adult, which gives fathers a perfect excuse to team up with or against a son or daughter. A sign-up sheet is at the door permitting gamers to sign up for the individual games on a first come, first serve basis. Usually, if a game is filled up, you can play a different game and catch the one you want later.

    And, yes, some games are demonstration games but anyone interested is encouraged to play. Ed Teixeira, the founder of Two Hour Wargames, [ ] usually introduces a couple of his new games each year. This year he played a gladiator game using fantasy figures and the pulp fiction game “Gold Monkey.” As the photo shows, many people (including children) took part in the later game. Although I did not participate, judging by the loud squeals and howls of laughter, it was very popular (and the kids seemed to enjoy it, too).

    Larry Brom, author of the famous “The Sword and the Flame” rules, puts on a game demonstrating his new ideas [ ] each year while the guys from Jackson, Mississippi [ ] also put on a colonial game using Brom’s rules. These are usually big games and allow several players to participlate.

    Yes, Bayou Wars is definitely game and participant oriented and I always go home with new ideas for developing solo games.

  4. Paul Le Long says:

    American conventions certainly seem more game oriented than UK ones. Shame really because I live in the UK! British shows are one day events & tend to focus on the marketplace side of things. Show reports in the UK also tend to be a little snobbish about games – only top class painting & terrain need apply. This is a shame – I like the look of US shows – longer so more time to play & more emphasis on gaming too. And I like the fact that games are more homespun – I use a Hotzmat myself but you would never see one at a British show – it would get ridiculed.

    I’ve said this before – it’s ok to have great figures & terrain etc as an inspiration but I’d be more inspired if I saw more games that I could actually replicate at home.

    That’s what I like about LW too – the emphasis on the game not the product on sale.

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