My first thoughts were for a very small gathering of as few as 6-8 wargaming buddies, but initial feelers quickly demonstrated that something a bit bigger would be both possible and preferable. A meeting in March had to be cancelled due to the heavy snowfall, following which 2nd September was scheduled. To cut the story short, the meeting went ahead as planned, and 18 wargamers turned up, to take part in 6 games. In the end, my own game had to be set aside to allow the other 5 to have decent numbers of players, but I didn't find this a problem - in fact, it left me with time to join in with a couple of other games, and time to chat with the other gamers, many of whom I had not had the pleasure of meeting previously.
The good news for me was that just about all those invited turned up, and everyone who took part seemed to have a good time. Best of all was that the atmosphere was just what I had hoped for - relaxed and friendly, with plenty of people chatting about the hobby and having the opportunity to take part in more than one game. Now I've done it once, I've decided to have another meeting next year. There is room to spare at the venue, so I'm hoping to increase numbers of both attendees and games.
My photos weren't that brilliant, as I'm afraid you can see below. For better and more numerous photos check out the reports here and here. My thanks to Steve and Chris for publishing such thorough and useful posts.
|Here the British fighters get stuck in just off the Essex coast.|
|A very nice Honours of War game was put on by Steve and Paul,|
in particular featuring some lovely British units provided by Karl.
|The WW2 game was put on by Jon (on the left). Here Jon, along with my eldest son, |
pretend to be enjoying themselves for the camera.
|Lovely figures, lovely scenery. What's not to like?|
|A big Napoleonic game was put on by Roy and Matthew - Talavera 1809.|
Roy and Chris in the photo.
|The lonely life of the show judge! Stuart makes his decisions.|
|And the winner is... Best Game went to the Talavera demo. Roy and Matthew receive their prizes and the Stuart Asquith trophy. Especial thanks to Steve for making the trophy - a very professional job.|
|Hmm... taking wargaming too seriously is bad for you. Jon looks heavenwards for inspiration, |
whilst Sam stresses over his next move. I played the pair of them in my final game. We called it a draw.