The Vicksburg Convention Center will be the hub of activity this weekend when table players descend on the city for the Vicksburg Headquarters first table games convention.
The event opens at 8 a.m. on Friday and continues until 2 p.m. on Sunday, with historical games and miniatures.
Although the convention mentions the siege of Vicksburg in its title, Jack Greene with Quarterdeck International, one of the convention’s sponsors, said the siege will not be the only battle reenacted at the convention.
“There will be everything from ancient to modern and futuristic (combat) warfare and everything in between,” he said. “We take advantage of the fact that Vicksburg is a magnet for Civil War and in our advertisements we have noted that the battlefield (Vicksburg National Military Park) will be open, but not only that, there is a lot outside. from the park which is part of the Vicksburg countryside.
Greene said 30 tables will be set up at the convention center for players, who will participate in two types of playstyles: miniatures and paper / cardboard.
With miniatures, he said, participants use toy soldiers, chariots, knights, Roman centurions and other figures.
“They set up a pitch and they have special rules,” Greene said. He said the miniature game dates back to English author HG Wells, who wrote a rulebook on the activity.
In paper / cardboard games, he said, players use game pawns and small pieces of cardboard or paper that represent planes, ships, and troops and a map that represents the terrain.
Greene said on Saturday that he will set up a giant play area displaying the Ottoman Empire from 1914 to 1918, during World War I.
During the board games he said: “You play the part of Napoleon, or you play the part of the Kaiser or (Gen. Douglas) McArthur, something along those lines.”
Admission to the convention is $ 55 for the weekend, $ 36 for 11-16 year olds and children under 10 are free. Food and beverages will be on site and dealer booths will be at the convention.