I got there about 11, having failed to turn into the main car park and heading accidentally round to the back of the Sports Centre...I did overhear lots of muttering about the parking being a bit of a nightmare and there was a tannoy announcement about several cars that were blocking off about 50 others, so actually my random parking might have worked in my favour!
The hall seemed fairly busy and seemed to stay that way all the time I was there. There were the usual array of traders and a pretty busy Bring and Buy: this seemed (as usual) to be predominantly selling Warhammer stuff and I struggled to spot any bargains.
I was collared by someone from the Crawley Games Club and roped into playing their Stretcher Party game which was great fun. Each player controls a pair of stretcher bearers hurrying back across No-Mans-Land with an injured soldier...first one to the Aid Station wins. Of course there are lots of opportunities to block the other players with barbed wire or to have them shot by snipers or a crazed German pilot stuck in the middle of the table. The game looked like it was about to be won by a child sitting next to me who made it to within a hairsbreadth of the Aid Station...so naturally when my turn came up and I was able to inflict a couple of wounds on another player there was only one obvious target and he fell at the steps of the Hospital! It seemed the right thing to do, even if it did win me the 'Most Evil Player' award....especially as I then had the opportunity to kill off another player in the next turn! As I was now in front, but carrying a number of wounds, I knew I was pretty much doomed and sure enough the child's father was able to exact a family-revenge by taking me out. To the child's credit he didn't cry when I killed him off (I may have shed a quiet tear when it happened to me!)
|The excellent WW1 game|
Here are the obligatory selection of photos...as usual apologies to the clubs who put them on and whose details I have generally forgotten...
|The main hall|
|Crush the Kaiser's Achtung Gringo game|
|Waterloo game...lots of teddy Bears died to make this terrain!|
|Star Trek game|
|Not sure what this was but it looked a bit disturbing!|
|Peter Pig PBI game|
|excellent looking Very French Civil War game using Triumph and Tragedy |
rules (which reminded me I haven't played these for ages!)
|love the Pissoir in the town square|
|South London Warlords Stingray game|
|Prison Break - Los Banos - Deal Wargames|
|not sure what this was...sorry|
|Very tiny Great War Spearhead Game|
|Fantastic looking Heart of Darkness by Shepway Wargamers|
|Peter Pig's excellent Hammerin' Iron ACW game|
So a good haul and a pleasant day out. I bumped into someone from the Guildford club as well as Ray, and spotted Tamsin although she was engrossed in an Agincourt game. Now to ruin my eyesight trying to identify tiny, tiny boats....