Thank you

So that’s another show done. We’d like to say a big thank you to our headline sponsors Gripping Beast; tournament sponsors Gripping Beast (again), The RiftShire Post MintBanter Behind the Throne and Mantic Games; Wayne and Wargames Illustrated; Karen, Alison, David and Grant at the Cresset; and to all our traders and game organisers. Additionally, we as a club would like to thank all our volunteers for helping shift stuff at the beginning and end of the day, but most of all you, a big thank you to you. the wargamers, for coming along and helping make it a great day. Many more attendees than last year – a rough count suggests that we had getting on for 400 not counting our traders and game organisers. Thank you all, and we’ll see you on September 3rd next year!

Still to come:

  • Tournament results
  • More on where Harald has got to!
  • Photos and more

Harald Hardrada free figure

As you will be aware if you made it to the show, Harald… didn’t. The box(es) of miniatures made it onto a UPS truck in Northampton and Friday, and there the story ends. As soon as UPS can figure out what happened to him (and perhaps have their manager call me from a number I can actually call back), we will let you know how you can get hold of your free figure. As of now, they appear to have less information than they did on Friday.

Once again, our apologies for this. Both we and Gripping Beast are extremely disappointed in UPS, and will be making every effort to figure out what happened and extract compensation.

Show Timings

Here are the important times for the show.

  • 7:00
    • Load in for traders starts
  • 8:00
    • Load in for games starts
  •  9:00
    • Doors open for tournament players (upstairs, Fitzwilliam and Milton Suites). If you are accompanying a tournament player but not playing yourself, there will be seats upstairs in the Gallery Suite where you can hang out until the main show floor opens
  • 9:30
    • X-Wing tournament starts
    • Game of Thrones tournament starts
    • Magic the Gathering tournament starts
  • 9:45
    • SAGA Melée starts
  • 10:00
    • Doors open for main show
    • Dreadball Regional starts
  • 3:00
  • 4:00
    • Main hall closes: please clear to allow traders and games to load out
  • 5:00
    • Last tournament finishes. There will be seats upstairs in the Gallery for those waiting for players.

The Steve Frisby Memorial Trophy

IMG_5723Steve was a founding member of our club, who passed away at the beginning of 2015 after a battle with cancer. The club have inherited a number of his tournament trophies from a very successful career playing DBR and Warhammer, and we have chosen to repurpose these in Steve’s memory as an award at Hereward Wargames Show.

The trophy is awarded annually to the best game in the show, as decided by the club’s committee and members: our criteria tend to be that the winner is a gIMG_4728ame we think Steve would have enjoyed, and that we as a club wish we’d have come up with!

Last year’s winners were the Huntingdon club, for their delightfully wacky “Catch the Pigeon” game.

Hereward Highlights

We’re actually really excited about the range of things we have for you at this year’s show: it’s been fun, if hard work, drawing it all together, but here are some things to look out for.

Games. We’re delighted to have both of the award-winning games from The Other Partizan last month, the Too Fat Lardies‘ colonial game of Sharp Practice 2 and (at very short notice) the Harrogate club’s stunning Retreat From Moscow game using the same ruleset. Even if you don’t like historical, check out the latter’s use of one of the Cigar Box mats to great effect. On top of that, James Morris and Simon Miller are back from last year with another huge To The Strongest ancients game, as are the two Andy’s from our club with another colonial game using Osprey’s Men Who Would Be Kings. For the fantasy and sci-fi fans, the Milton Keynes club have a big Warhammer 9th age game, and the folks from the 30kchannel have brought a demo table. If you brought your pointy hat, last year’s winners of the Steve Frisby Memorial Trophy, the guys from Huntingdon, have a wizards duel, or you can go broomstick racing on the Discworld with the Grantham gamers.

If you want to try out new stuff, John Austin and his team of demonstrators have a literal smorgasbord of small skirmish games for you to try. In addition, local board game group Posh Games, tournament sponsor The Rift and our new pop-up café The Den have various board games on show to pique your interest.

As for traders: we’re got everything from the big guns (Warlord, Foundry and Mantic) to a wide range of smaller figure and game manufacturers, some of whom have demo games for your pleasure as well – look out for Richard on headline sponsor Gripping Beast‘s SAGA table, as well as Crooked Dice‘s 7TV mountain fastness.

We’ve only barely scratched the surface here: come and have a look!

Ticketing issues

As some of you may have noticed, we’ve had a couple of teething problems with our new payment and ticketing solution.

  • On occasions, trying to pay for a tournament entry or advance ticket gives an error from Paypal: in this case we have a record of your attempted payment in our database, and we’ll have that list at reception on the day, where you can pay cash (and obviously we’ll honour the price you would have paid). Expect an email from us later today confirming this if you fall into this category.
    • This issue has, to the best of our knowledge, now been fixed, and all affected customers contacted.
  • If your email is hosted by outlook.com or hotmail.com, it appears that they are rejecting some of our mail from hereward-wargames.co.uk, so you may not have received confirmation emails or ticket links. We’ve raised this with Microsoft support and taken some steps we believe will fix this. In the meantime, we’ll send you your ticket PDF via another account later today.
  • Some of the tournament tickets have printed without a barcode. We have now fixed this, and if you re-download it now from the link in your confirmation email it will have one. We’ll still honour the mis-formatted ones, but having the barcode makes it easier for us checking you in at registration.

Please accept our apologies for these issues: we appreciate they are as frustrating for you as they are for us. They’re an unfortunate consquence of us ironing out the kinks to what’s actually a much better ticketing system. We are continually striving to make Hereward a better show year on year, and these issues are already in our list of things to improve (and test thoroughly) for next year.

Mike Whitaker (Chair, Peterborough Wargames Club)

Getting to and around the Cresset

So you’re clutching your freshly printed advance ticket in hand (see what I did there?) and wondering how to get to the show.

First off, let me direct you to the Directions page, which should answer most of your questions. There will be ample signage, as well. But, to reiterate what that page says, if you end up in the car-park opposite Sainsbury’s, a) you’re at the wrong end of the Cresset complex, b) car-parking is not free after two hours, and c) the door under the ‘Cresset’ sign is shut on Sundays. Walk or drive down the right hand side of that building and you should find signs to the show, as well as ample free parking.

Within the Cresset, all our traders and games are on the ground floor, which is all on one, step-free level (barring the low steps up to the stage which holds the tabletop sale tables). The tournaments are upstairs in the Fitzwilliam Suite, reachable by stairs opposite our registration desk. If you or someone you’re with needs elevator access to the tournament area, please ask at registration, and we’ll get the duty manager to come and help you – there is a lift, but it’s a bit easy to get lost and you’ll need his passcard!

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Tabletop Sale

Some of you have probably seen this on our site and gone ‘what’?

As per last year, we have elected not to run a bring-and-buy sale, but instead provide table space for people to book for an hour to sell their unwanted stuff. It’s an idea we borrowed from the good folks at Hammerhead (among other places), and in general shows seem to have found that it reduces admin overhead (and also theft).

We have four tables in each one hour slot, starting on the half hour at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30. You’ll find the tables at the far left as you enter, up on the low stage. Bring your cash (there’s an ATM outside the Cresset by the BP garage), and snap up some bargains from the folks who have already booked a slot. If you want to book, we still have two tables left in the 1:30-2:30 slot at the time of posting.