Sneaking in through the front door
|So how did I get in?|
|The Games Hub in a quieter moment|
|Shaz’s reaction to the insanity:|
panic, or joining in?
|Zai’s reaction to the insanity:|
keep those sandwiches coming!
|Izzy & Shaz find time to smile|
during a quiet moment
|This dapper gent is Ben,|
the Kiwi gamer
I’d met at Conpulsion 2010 and who’d come along to that Black Lion CoH demo I linked to above. Alan was keen that we play a game at the Games Hub, naturally enough. After some discussion via fB, he decided that what he really wanted to do was have his first go at Combat Commander. I was only too happy to oblige, as readers can readily imagine. But we had some important business to attend to first.
|The gleeful prize-winner|
& the relieved prize-giver
|The Dungeonlords at play in the basement:|
seated clockwise from the rules-
Stephen, Harcus, Aidan & Fraser
Gaming done, Paolo and I were getting a bit hungry. We repaired to Dario’s, an Italian restaurant on Lothian Road of which I have fond memories from the days of yore. The place didn’t disappoint. Fed and watered, Paolo and I returned to the Games Hub, there to hang around idly for a wee while before joining a couple of other gaming denizens in a nearby pub for a quick nightcap. And that, dear readers, was my first day at the Games Hub Edinburgh. You can be sure it won’t be my last.
No, not my last
OK, OK, I was cheating a bit there. This Friday coming- 31st August (that’s the day after tomorrow, which just goes to show how tardy I’ve been getting this piece written), sees Games Hub Edinburgh’s official Grand Opening. I’ll be there, of course. I’m still not sure exactly what I’ll be doing on the day, except for one thing: I won’t be handing out cards hand over fist- I ran out in Bradford and haven’t had time to get a new one printed up. Meanwhile, best wishes to Shaz and his crew on their big day. I’m sure it’ll be a blast!
On to Claymore
back in 2009 about how much the new venue has improved Claymore- Scotland’s biggest wargames convention. Seeing as how the organisation of the event hasn’t fundamentally changed there isn’t really anything to add on that score: this year’s Claymore was the same cornucopia of trade stands, participation games and demo games (why, oh why do these pointless space-filling dinosaurs continue to take up space which could usefully be used to stage games which, by inviting the public to join in, might actually do something to encourage the growth of our hobby?- I just don’t get it). It was also Paolo’s first Claymore, and I don’t think I’d be misrepresenting him if I said he was also perplexed by the peculiarites of the event’s organisation. Still, he did enjoy hunting down bargains and spending his money at the trade stands.
Lashing out with too much cash wasn’t the only thing I didn’t do at Claymore this year: I also didn’t join in any participation games. Why? Mostly, I guess, because I was just a little too frazzled to get myself organised (I’m in phase 1 hypomania just now y’see). Still, I did have a whale of a time catching up with old friends and making some new ones.
I was browsing the Bring and Buy when I spotted my first familiar face of the day: the mighty Baz, formerly manager of GW Glasgow, whom I hadn’t seen in simply ages. It turned out that there was a very good reason for this: he’d just spent the past 10 years managing GW stores in Sweden(!).
|Baz: mighty & jovial!|
Much later in the day I also tracked down the guys from The 6’s2Hit Shop on their trade stand. I’d briefly encountered one of the pair at the Games Hub the day before because 6’s2Hit are the GHE’s trading partner, which means they have their own little corner of the basement all to themselves (I didn’t mention it above because I didn’t see it on Friday). The 6’s2Hit stand was stacked to the gunnels with lots of tempting goodies, but I made my willpower roll, and didn’t buy a single thing (not necessarily something Kenny and Craig would celebrate quite the way I did!).
|Kenny & Craig at The 6’s2Hit Shop|
I met Alessio while he was demoing Shuuro- his chess variant, at UK Games Expo 2010) and Rick Priestly on Bolt Action’s credits mean that this will be a serious entry into its field. I already know I’ll be getting a copy to check it out. Anyway, drooling and resisting the lures of lovely stuff aside, I passed a pleasant wee while with the guy manning the Warlord stand- Dave Lawrence I think he was, chatting about Warlord’s range and plans, and about the hobby in general. I can tell you in all certainty that won’t be the last time I spend at a Warlord Games’ stand and that, sooner or later, time won’t be all I’ll be spending there either.
Away the lads!
G3 participation game. This year, for the 2nd year in a row, the club put together a single participation game and organised demo teams who could take the game on a tour of local conventions: an admirable idea in my opinion. G3’s 2012 convention game was Empire of the Dead, for which the lads had built an awesome city board and painted some lovely miniatures. They’d already won Best in Show at Falkirk District Wargames Club’s Carronade earlier in the year, so hopes were high for Claymore. In the end G3 only won 2nd place (they were beaten by tanks: my loyalties are torn, what can I say?), but the lads put on a good show you can be sure.
|John, David, Andy P, & Barry at the G3|
Empire of the Dead participation table
(John's holding the cup won at Carronade)
- My geeking summer #1: "Oop north"
- Celebrations and felicitations!