As usual we’ll have a great range of participation and demonstration games and traders. If you were a trader or put on a game at the show in the last couple of years, expect to hear from us in the next week.
If not, and you’re interested in running a participation or hands-on demo game, the application form is here. For trade stand applications, please drop us an email.
As for the past three years, we will be awarding the Steve Frisby Memorial Trophy for the best game in the show, as voted for by our members. (OK, to be fair, ‘voted for’ translates to the chairman running round the show at 2:30 and canvassing the opinions of any members who haven’t passed out from exhaustion, but you get the idea!). Our criteria tend to be that the winner is a game we think Steve would have enjoyed, and that we as a club wish we’d have come up with!
Past winners have been:
2015 – Huntingdon Wargames Club – Catch The Pigeon
2016 – Forest Of Dean Gamers – Martian Practice
2017 – Lenton Gamers – Oppy Wood
In addition, last year we introduced the Nick Hawkins Memorial Trophy. This is a little bit different, in that it is entirely 3D printed with the exception of the plaque: the base and stand are printed in a wood effect filament, and the plane itself is one of Nick’s own 3D design files of a Hawker Hotspur. We’ve chosen to award it to the game we consider the best build, be it the best scenery or the cleverest bit of engineering, in memory of some of Nick’s fantastic looking tables.
We’re very pleased to announce that historian, best-selling author and wargamer Dr. Harry Sidebottom will be returning to the show again this year, with, no doubt, copies of his latest novel, “The Last Hour” in hand. He has been writing historical fiction set in his favourite period, the Crisis of the 3rd Century, since 2006 with the Warrior of Rome series, as well as a well-received book on Ancient Warfare. He’s also a very entertaining after-dinner speaker (as those of us who attended the club Christmas dinner a couple of years ago can attest), and is a keen wargamer, so see if you can entice him to have a go at one of the games on offer!
Due to a lack of take-up, we regret to announce that the Gaslands, SAGA and Magic tournaments will not now be going ahead. Those who have already entered will be issued refunds via Paypal shortly. Our thanks and apologies to Andy from Ainsty Castings and Mike Hutchison, author of Gaslands, for their help in organising the events thus far.
The X-Wing tournament, sponsored by local game store The Rift, however, continues as planned – there are still spaces available, too!
Slots are available for the tabletop sale now: see the sidebar for details.
We’ve revamped things for this year slightly. First off, there are now five, rather than four, one hour slots, starting at 10am rather than 10:30am. If you’re booked in for the 10am slot you’ll be able to get in a little bit ahead of time to set up. Secondly, we’ve changed the prices slightly – the average cost of a table is still the same, but they now range from £7 down to £3 as you get later in the day. As before, this doesn’t include admission.
We would ask, as a courtesy to other traders (and we’re aware our store won’t let us restrict this in software) potential traders could restrict themselves to a maximum of three slots initially.
We are beyond delighted to announce that this year, we have invited Mike Hutchinson, author of the hit post-apocalyptic driving/combat game Gaslands, to come and run a tournament at the show.
If you haven’t come across the game yet, we strongly recommend it – it’s a massive hit at our club, and winner of the UK Games Expo award for Best Miniatures Rules (both judges’ award and public vote).
If you’re interested, you can sign up via the link above or on the right: entry is £10 including show admission, and we will be using the Gaslands Organised Play rules that Mike has drafted.