Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GASLIGHT at Historicon 2002: Ten Years Ago This Month

I thought with Historicon 2012 behind us now, it might be fun to travel back in time to the early days of GASLIGHT as it was ten years ago at Historicon 2002. The rules had just been published in 2000, and were already starting to generate a small group of fans.
Buck Surdu running a Northwest Frontier GASLIGHT game featuring British fighting Pathans backed by Russian technology.

Some of Buck's early scratchbuilt vehicles were featured in the game.

In 2002 I was running ACW themed GASLIGHT games.

Union steam limbers haul the artillery forward.

Union steam-pack jump troopers face off against Confederte balloon troopers.

Another shot of one of my ACW GASLIGHT games.

That year I also ran a GASLIGHT game called the G.E.N.I.U.S. competiton.  I can't remember what the acronym stood for any more, .. something, something New Inventions and Unusual Science, maybe. Anyway, the game was a fight to the death between vehilces that the players built themselves and brought to the game.   The field featured a number of booby traps as well.

We also gave an award for the best model as voted by the players.

Two of the entries engage in a close combat, as a spiked exploding ball booby trap can be seen in the foreground.

This was the vehicle that was the last one standing, and the winner of the battle portion of the competition.


  1. I remember the G.E.N.I.U.S. competition! Good fun!

  2. Oh dear...that cylindrical cardboard-and-duct tape rocket thing looks dreadfully familiar, but I have little memory of actually playing in the game. Perhaps it rolled a 20 and blew up early or something?

  3. Fun looking game!

    I have that walker in the last pic, too. I used it for my 15mm Space Nazis.