Monday, 21 July 2014
Joy of Six
I promised a review and I have to say I thought the whole weekend was excellent! The armouries were well worth a visit and we probably could have done with another hour - I think we should have given the punt guns a miss. A pity we didn't get a chance to see the machine gun section and Mark looked a little disappointed that they had the swords from lords of the rings but no Gimli axe!
The hotel was good for the price and very handy for the venue and for city centre pubs and restaurants.
The day itself went far too quickly. I spoke with alot of people with whom I was more than happy to spend time with; something that cannot be said for most wargames events.
It was a pity that there were only three traders in attendance. However, if I had to choose one 6mm supplier it would have been H&R and it was great to see alot of the range but a shame he was so busy that we didn't get a full chance to look through everything he brought.
I am definitely up for putting on another game next year. It was nice to receive the compliments and I felt it gave us a good base from which to talk to others in the show. The concept of using a fast play version of a rule set is certainly an idea I would repeat in future; it was impressive that we got a result by the end of the day and I think I might further develop the rules we used to put on big games on Thursday nights. In addition, I would also look to use a game we had already played rather than develop a new from scratch for the show; I did not suffer any burn out approaching this show and over the last few months I was able to add a few extras, which were not neccessary, but enjoyable to prepare. I am looking at Tarawa, Plassey (evil uncle Mir Jaffa would have a great time with the fast play rules) and possibly Fontenoy as my contendors for next year.
The Thursday night prep was vital and I felt the packaging and transporting of the game went very well. It all went smoothly and I have had very few breakages. It was a great combined effort; thank you Mark, Russ and Phil for all the effort you guys put in, I hope you got the same out of it.
So, all in all, the event surpassed my expectations and I am looking forward to next year. Let me know what you think.