History

Field Marshal Gaming Convention
A BRIEF HISTORY

180x180 colour fmgcon 2014 iconThe Field Marshal Gaming Convention is an annual fan run tabletop gaming convention held during September in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada since 2011. The convention was created originally by Field Marshal Games (a local and online board game and accessories company specializing in Axis and Allies and similar war themed games) to fill a gap in tabletop gaming events in the area East of Toronto and to have a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for people to come and enjoy gaming with friends, family and meet new gamers.In 2013 the convention was turned over to be run by a dedicated, elected convention committee with all proceeds going to fund the next years event.  Committee members are elected each year following the event and work year round to keep the event going.While the event remains small with fewer than 100 guests attending each year it has grown in popularity.  The convention committee hopes to keep the event a relaxed and comfortable size rather than the mega-conventions that dominate the gaming convention circuit.

Contents

1. Venue
2. Programming
2.1 Tabletop Gaming
2.2 Competetive Gaming
2.3 Live Outdoor Events
2.4 Bring and Buy
2.5 Vendors
2.6 Door Prizes
2.7 Play and Win Games
2.8 Charitable Donation
3. Event History
4. Founders
5. Committee
6. Volunteers
7. Sponsors
8. Media
9. Artwork and Posters

Status Active
Genre Tabletop Gaming
Date(s) September 6-7
Venue RCAF 420Wing Hall
Location Oshawa, Ontario
Country Canada
Inaugurated March 19-20, 2011
Attendance Less than 100
Founded by Field Marshal Games
I Will Never Grow Up Gaming
Organized by FMGCon Committee

Website
http://www.fmgcon.com

Venue

The convention has been held at the #420 (City of Oshawa) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force building at 1000 Stevenson Road North in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada since its inception.  This venue is a relatively small (occupancy of 120 guests) banquet hall with a relaxed atmosphere and a great historic ambiance as one of the original, and still standing, buildings from the era of the Commonwealth Air Training Programme (CATP) that was launched in World War Two.

Programming

Tabletop Gaming

Featuring board, card and dice games along with Tabletop Miniatures gaming.  Includes regular open (free) play and a number of competitive or signup game events.  The convention is also host to a number of groups who reserve tables to play a variety of games (most notably Axis and Allies 1940 Global and Axis and Allies Miniatures).

Competetive Gaming

Guests are welcome to submit applications to run tournaments or other competitive based tabletop game events at the convention.

Starting in 2013 the event is host to “Midnight Munchkin Madness” (a nod to Felicia Day and “The Guild” web series) where those who enter to play this card based game have a chance to win prizes throughout the game. This event has continued yearly since.

Live Outdoor Events

Several years have featured live events put on by the Ontario Regiment Military  Museum (Live tank demonstrations, tank rides) and the RCAF 420Wing and Cadets (Battle of Britain ceremony).  These events are scheduled throughout the year and the convention has been fortunate enough to be located in the same facilities for guests to step out for a bit and enjoy them.

Bring and Buy

FMGCon introduced its first Bring and Buy event in 2014. This provides guests the opportunity to convert unwanted games into cash, and then go and buy someone else’s unwanted games or spend their newfound cash with vendors and sponsors. For a small fee, FMGCon will advertise and handle all sales of merchandise at the bring and buy table while guests enjoy their weekend of gaming events hassle free. Gamers and Dealers may also donate items to the registration desk for sale by FMGCon to support the event.

Vendors

FMGCon introduced its first official Vendor in 2014. Crossed Swords from Toronto set up near the Bring and Buy table just inside the convention facilities to sell games and gaming products to the guests.

Door Prizes

Door prizes and raffles are held throughout the weekend.

Play and Win Games

FMGCon introduced Play and Win Games in 2014. Guests may choose a game from the Play and Win Games selection provided by sponsors. For each game they play from this selection they may enter their names into a draw to win that game at the conclusion of the event. Each person who teaches a guest to play the game, even if they don’t play in the game, also gets to enter to win the game.

Charitable Donation

FMGCon decided it was time to give back to the community in 2014.  As a result the Wounded Warriors Canada project was chosen as a worthy cause.

With the help of its guests, FMGCon2014 raised $202.50 for Wounded Warriors.

Event History

Dates Location Attendance Special Events Guests
March 19-20
2011
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
30 +
  • Silent Auction
  • Axis and Allies Tournament
  • Door Prizes
 n/a
April 21-22
2012
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
40 +
  • Live M4 Sherman Tank Demo
  • Door Prizes
 n/a
September 13-14
2013
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
45 +
  • Midnight Munchkin Madness
  • Battle of Britain Ceremony
  • Live Tank Demos
  • Tank Rides
  • Door Prizes
 n/a
September 6-7
2014
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
60 +
  • Midnight Munchkin Madness
  • Play and Win Games
  • Silent Auction
  • Bring and Buy
  • Vendor – Crossed Swords
  • Charitable Donation
  • Cheat for Charity Tokens
  • Door Prizes
 n/a
September 12-13
2015
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
112
  • Midnight Munchkin Madness
  • Play and Win Games
  • Bring and Buy
  • Live Tank Demonstration
  • 16+ Scheduled Participation Demonstration Games
  • Vendors – Worlds Collide + Battle of France 1940
  • Charitable Donation – Wounded Warriors
  • Cheat for Charity Tokens
  • Door Prizes
n/a
August 27-28
2016
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
100+/-
  • Midnight Munchkin Madness
  • Play and Win Games
  • Triple Play Tournament
  • Scheduled Participation Demonstration Games
  • Charitable Donation – Wounded Warriors
  • Cheat for Charity Tokens
  • Door Prizes
  • Prototype Demos
n/a
September 23-24
2017
RCAF 420Wing
Oshawa, Ontario
TBD
  • Midnight Munchkin Madness
  • Play and Win Games
  • Triple Play Tournament
  • Bring and Buy
  • Scheduled Participation Demonstration Games
  • Charitable Donation – Wounded Warriors
  • Cheat for Charity Tokens
  • Door Prizes
  • Prototype Demos
  • Young Grasshopper Invitational G1940 Tourney
n/a

Founders

The convention was founded in 2011 by Jeremy Blowers and Aaron Farr of Field Marshal Games, a small online tabletop gaming company specializing in Axis and Allies accessories and war/strategy-themed board games sales and support.

In 2012 James Campbell and Ken Bertrand of I Will Never Grow Up Gaming (an online tabletop gaming news, information and sales company) were brought in to assist with the organization and support of the convention.

As of 2013 the convention has been operated by a dedicated Convention Committee of elected officials and a group of loyal volunteers who help out immensely during the weekend of the convention.

Committee

2017
CoChairperson : James Hillman
CoChairperson : Ken Bertrand
Secretary/Treasurer : James Campbell
PR/Social Media : James Campbell
Industry Relations : Open
Event Organizer : Brad Ford
Volunteer Organizer : James Hillman
Axis and Allies Event Coordinator : Tristan Hart

2016
CoChairperson : James Hillman
CoChairperson : Ken Bertrand
Secretary/Treasurer : James Campbell
PR/Social Media :  James Campbell
Industry Relations : Open
Event Organizer : Brad Ford
Volunteer Organizer : James Hillman

2015
Chairperson : Jeremy Blowers
Vice Chairperson : Ken Bertrand
Secretary/Treasurer : James Campbell
PR/Social Media : Ken Bertrand + James Campbell
Industry Relations : Ken Bertrand
Event Organizer : Brad Ford
Event Organizer : Jerrett Wichman
Volunteer Organizer : James Hillman
Art and Graphic Design (Non-Committee) : Makerlight Studios

2014
Chairperson : Jeremy Blowers
Secretary/Treasurer/PR/Webmaster : James Campbell
Industry Relations/Event Organizer : Ken Bertrand
Art Director and Graphic Design : Luke Krajcarski
Event and Volunteer Organizer : James Hillman
Event and Volunteer Organizer : Jerrett Wichman

Event Day Volunteers

2015
Jay Price
Fraser Phillips

2014
Brad Ford
Jay Price

Sponsors

2011

Contributing Sponsors : Field Marshal Games
Promotional Sponsors : Makerlight Studios, AxisAndAllies.org

2012

Contributing Sponsors : Fantasy Flight Games, Steve Jackson Games, Rio Grande Games, Field Marshal Games
Promotional Sponsors : AxisAndAllies.org, Makerlight Studios

2013

Contributing Sponsors : Rio Grande Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Steve Jackson Games, Warlord Games, Field Marshal Games, I Will Never Grow Up Gaming
Promotional Sponsors : Makerlight Studios, AxisAndAllies.org, Worlds Collide

2014

Contributing Sponsors :  Alderac Entertainment Group, Arcane Wonders, Plaid Hat Games, Game Salute, Stonemaier Games, CoolMiniOrNot, Victory Point Games, Field Marshal Games, I Will Never Grow Up Gaming
Promotional Sponsors : AxisAndAllies.org, Makerlight Studios, Strategy Games, Skyfox Games, 401Games, Daily Hobbies, Worlds Collide, Quality Inn Oshawa
Charitable Donation : Wounded Warriors Canada

2015

Contributing Sponsors : Field Marshal Games, I Will Never Grow Up Gaming, Academy Games, Ares Games, Alderac Entertainment Group, Stonemaier Games, Victory Point Games, Tasty Minstrel Games, Calliope Games
Promotional Sponsors : AxisAndAllies.org, Skyfox Games, 401 Games, Worlds Collide, Silver Snail Comics
Charitable Donation : Wounded Warriors Canada

2016

Contributing Sponsors : Field Marshal Games, I Will Never Grow Up Gaming, Stonemaier Games
Promotional Sponsors : 
Charitable Donation : Wounded Warriors Canada

Media

Known instances of the Field Marshal Gaming Convention mentioned in the media;

MiaHerrera.com – October 2015 – Mia Herrera – link
Durham College Chronicle – September 2014 – Amy Bridges – link
Durham Region News.com – September 5, 2014 – “10 things to do in Durham this weekend” – link
Rebel Saga – July 3, 2014 – “Get your game on” – Chelsea Willis – link
Rebel Saga – July 3, 2014 – “Gaming for Wounded Warriors” – Chelsea Willis – link
Durham Region News – Festivals and Fairs – August, 2014 – “4th Annual FMGCon” – link
RandomHouse/National Post Arts – September 23, 2013 – “Tiny Tanks Hauling Ass : A weekend of Strategy Gaming” – David Berry – link
Dicetruction – April 23, 2012 – David Hayes – link

VIDEO

Cliffside Bunker – September 22, 2015 – Battle of France 1940 Vendor Interview – Video Link
Cliffside Bunker – September 12, 2015 – AAG40 Table – Video Link
Durham College Chronicle – September 2014 – Amy Bridges – Video Link

Artwork and Posters

Through the years the Field Marshal Gaming Convention has had numerous “themes” with accompanying artwork and beautiful convention posters.  These posters and accompanying art packages used online and in advertising were created by Luke Krajcarski of Makerlight Studios.

The Field Marshal Gaming Convention introduced its logo in 2014 in a move towards a stable and recognizable image. As of 2015, the Field Marshal Gaming Convention has moved its poster artwork in a less “fancy” and more Gaming-Cenetric art direction that can be reused each year and further solidifies the convention’s easily recognizable image. While the 2011-2014 themed posters were widely popular and artfully created, requiring a new theme and direction each year would prove to be difficult to maintain in the long run.

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Below you will find the various posters used over the years (2011-2015);

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