The crew at Frontline Gaming once again hosted the Las Vegas Open. For only being in it’s infancy at two years old, the convention has grown a lot. It’s big game that draws the most players is Warhammer 40,000, but the Warmachine/Hordes crowd also grew massively this year. The main hall consisted of vendors, Warhammer 40K, and Warmachine/Hordes. They had a smaller side room for games like Malifaux, Infinity, Dropzone Commander, Warzone:Resurrection, and various others which I thought was really cool. They also had a dedicated paint/hobby room that ran contests and painting seminars.
Being a Press Ganger I helped run a couple tournaments such as the Friday night’s Mangled Metal/Tooth & Claw and Saturday night’s Tiers Tournament. Tyson who was the main Press Ganger running/coordinating the events had a ton of swag and very cool prizes that included custom trophies and a raffle giving away three fully painted Colossals. I personally only participated in a single tournament and spent of the rest of the time playing pickup games, taking pics, being a social butterfly, and checking out other game systems.
My only critique would be that the badge/gaming purchasing was streamlined. A lot of people were confused on having to buy a general con badge and then purchase a badge for their particular gaming system if they wanted to enter in tournaments. If they were there for casual play, I believe the second badge was not needed.
Overall I had a amazing time and I think it is only going to get bigger and better next year. If you weren’t able to make it out or have never been, I highly suggest giving it a go next year and to plan a trip around it. I know a lot of people came several days earlier or stayed several days later to enjoy the shows and food that Vegas is known for. I can’t wait until next year for the friendly reunions as well as meeting new faces!
For a more in-depth breakdown on the tournaments from the Warmachine/Hordes side check out Las Vegas Open 2015 Warmachine/Hordes Recap
For recorded games check out Vegas Vanguards
For more information regarding Tyson’s painting check out Figurepainters.com