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Borderwars

Richard A. Nance Jr, founding member of the Heart of America Historical Miniature Gaming Society, passed away from a heart attack Monday, September 25th 2017 while driving near Dover, Kansas. Rick was 65.

Rick Nance founded the Heart of America Miniature Gaming Society with Oril Eisle and Scott Hansen in 1989. This year, 2019, marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of HAHMS, one of the first HMGS groups. Rick always made a point that HAHMGS was the ‘Miniature’ Gaming Society, not ‘Miniatures’, to reflect the independence and uniqueness of the Kansas City historical miniature gaming community. He started and ran the Borderwars and Call to Arms conventions for HAHMGS. Along with the members of his Pioneer Panzer gaming group, Rick designed and built some great looking and great playing games. Povkorovka, Tarawa, Little Bohemia and Alesia to name just a few. These games were often featured in hobby magazines. You can see his Zanzibar game in Wargames Illustrated #300 (see below).

He and Scott Hansen also founded the Borderland Game & Hobby store in Kansas City. A center of miniature gaming in the KC area for over 20 years.

Not content to play with other’s rules, he designed his own minitaure rules. S.U.T.I.C: Small Unit Tactical Infantry Combat. Based on the research of Michael Korns, SUTIC is a set of one to one skirmish rules. Originally for WWII, Rick adapted it to other periods including the old west and modern warfare.

Rick’s miniature games were always a top draw at Kansas City and other conventions like Historicon, Little Wars, Origins, even the US Army National Infantry Museum in Fort Benning. One of the highlights of his gaming life, was in 2008, when his Modern Iraq War game was chosen to be displayed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. And then later at the Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn.

San Francisco
www.artbusiness.com/1open/071908.html

Brooklyn
vernissage.tv/2010/04/07/brian-conley-miniature-war-in-iraq-and-now-afghanistan-the-boiler-pierogi

As much a boardgame and rol-player as a miniature gamer, Rick always supported RPGKC shows. RPGKC members will surely remember him from the combined shows RPGKC and HAHMGS put on in the 90s.

And Rick was instumental in convincing the Old Guard of HAHMGS to agree to join forces with RPGKC and other KC area groups to start KC-GameFair, and ultimately Midwest GameFest. Even though this neccessitated the end of HAHMGS’s own Fall show, Rick saw that together we would have a bigger and better convention.

Rick Nance in front of an M-114 like he drove in the army

Rick Nance's game at KC Game Fair at the airport

Rick Nance at show

Rick Nance Borderlan Dealer

Rick Nance with Frank Chadwick

Rick Nance setting up the game at the museum in SF

Rick table

Rick Nance with his Zanzibar setup, Borderwars 2012

Rick Nance Goodbye

Bolt ActionBorderwars, the annual convention of the Heart of America Historical Miniature Gaming Society (HA-HMGS) is just around the corner May 17-19, 2019 at the Four Points By Sheraton Kansas City - Sports Complex, 4011 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City, Missouri 64133 (map).

Special Event

The 1st annual Pioneer Panzer Memorial Bolt Action Tournament

  • Sponsored by HAHMGS
  • Saturday Morning, May 18th
  • Three timed rounds with hard start and stop times.
  • 1250 point 28mm WWII
  • Single generic reinforced platoon only
  • No theme or campaign list.
  • Only Warlord army lists.
  • No special characters.
  • Have two copies of your list.
  • Tournament Director: Michael Thiemann
  • BIG Prizes. More details to come.

Special Guest

HAHMGS is proud to welcome George Nafziger to Borderwars!

Special Guest, George Nafziger! Master of the OOB! Check out his online store (www.nafzigercollection.com) and the Nafziger COOB Collection online. If you've ever researched a battle that had gunpowder in it, you know who he is. If not, he is one of the most prolific and popular authors on military history in the world today. Author and translator of over 200 different titles on military history ranging from the Middle Ages through the Korean War, with a heavy emphasis on the Wars of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and WWII. George has also been a US Navy Captain, director of the Napoleonic Society of America and the Napoleonic Alliance, and he was even an HMGS-East board member, but we won't hold that against him. George is also our first Guest of Honor with his own Wikipedia page!

Keep an eye on www.Hahmgs.org for more details as we get closer to the show. And be sure to spread the word!

Contact convention director Brian Beal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit a game, become an exhibitor, or ask a question.

Event sign-ups are day-of.

We are saddened to report that Duke Seifried (Uncle Duke) passed away on September 29th, 2018. His miniature game extravaganzas, El Cid and The Black Gate, were the stars of the Guild's convention back in November of 2009 when he was our Special Guest.

Duke was an artist, designer, sculptor, painter, dioramist, model builder, product developer, game designer, writer, public speaker, musician, music arranger, entrepreneur, and gamemaster. He was the driving force in several firms in the early pioneering days of gaming: Der Kriegspielers, Custom Cast and Heritage USA. He was the first miniatures manufacturer to create licensed gaming figures from The Lord of the Rings, John Carter of Mars and Star Trek! Later at TSR, he was responsible for getting Dungeons & Dragons into mass market book stores like Waldenbooks and B-Daltons where many gamers of a certain age first discovered it.

But we knew him best as good old Uncle Duke - as he was affectionately known to every wargamer. We were honored and blessed to have had him at many shows in Kansas City over the years, and we look forward to his next regeneration.

Duke Seifried Headshot

Duke Seifried Black Gates

Duke Seifried Event Listing 2009

Duke Seifried Mount Doom at Christmas

Heart of America Historical Miniatures Gaming SocietyBorderwars, the annual convention of the Heart of America Historical Miniature Gaming Society (HA-HMGS) is just around the corner May 18-20, 2018 at the Four Points By Sheraton Kansas City - Sports Complex, 4011 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City, Missouri.

New Location

This is a new location from years past! The Sheraton 4-Points is located in the heart of the KC metro area, just across the road from Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. And they're playing the Yankees that weekend!

Game Submissions

Everyone who puts on a game gets a drink ticket for every 2 hours of play. Tickets can be used at the Boulevard Grill in the hotel for "boulevard pints, domestic bottles, house wine or Coca-Cola products."

Free Food and Drink for Tournament Directors

We're also looking for tournaments... ancient, historical, or even sci-fi. Tournament directors get in free and get free food and drink.

Contact convention director Brian Beal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit a game or ask a question.

Event sign-ups are day-of.

Borderwars 2017Borderwars, the annual convention of the Heart of America Historical Miniature Gaming Society (HA-HMGS) is just around the corner May 5-7, 2017 at the Overland Park Ramada, 7240 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Overland Park, KS.

Featuring

  • Miniatures – Historical and Steampunk
  • Board Games and Card Games
  • Warhammer Ancient Battles Tournament
  • Warmachine and Malifaux Special Events
  • Highlander CCG Tournament
  • New dealers and vendors of all kinds of stuff
  • Bolt Action Tournament!
  • Nuclear War the card game Tournament
  • Snackbar

To run a game or for more info email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Have any questions? Give us a shout here.

 

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