Events of note

Hi MoDers,

Hope all is well.

Just thought I’d drop a quick post about some rather good fantasy / historical / gaming type of events planned in the UK this year. This is not a concise list, just four that I either attend regularly, have attended in the past, or plan to attend in the near future.

The first up is not too far away, and I may not get there due to work commitments. However Saturday 12th April 2014 see SALUTE 2014 at London Excel. I have been to Salute since about 2004, when my very dear friend Nik Green of ‘Grumpy old tin’ introduced me to the convention that is a huge mix of stalls, participation games, demo / display games, people dress as all sundry characters from Storm Troopers to Cybermen. Salute run organised and staffed by the ‘South London Warlords’ is a heady mixed of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, with a good pinch of historical for an all-rounded atmosphere. There are painting stands and the official painting competition. And I should not forget the bring and buy sale good opportunity of making some dough or picking up a bargain or two. This will be the first Salute that Nik does not attend as he has moved to Austria, but if I can go I should be able to catch up with to other regular attendees and good friends Nick and Marc, this is them at a previous Salute:

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http://www.salute.co.uk/salute/salute-2014/salute-2014-tickets/

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Hot on the heels of Salute comes DICENI on Sunday 4th May at the Forum in Norwich. I have not been to this one yet, so cannot wax lyrical about it, however it seems to have the same reliable mix found at Salute and I’m sure is just fun to attend, I really want to go, Mrs Mug ‘O’ Dice might think its too many conventions to close together and I’m already too much of a Geek already, apparently:

http://www.diceni.co.uk/

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Next up is less a games convention an more of a live action experience involving knights, cavaliers and world war soldiers, there is a good mix of games and competitions and what best is it takes the whole weekend, I am ofcourse writing about the FAYRE TIMES FESTIVAL 2014 held on September 20th – September 21st at The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey. As well as the usual mix of vendors and hobby displays you can watch battle take place and take part in an Archery contest. It is a great family day out so work had better not get in the way this time:

 

http://www.fayretimesfestival.co.uk/

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Finally we are back to the indoor conventions with SELWG 2014 which is held at Crystal Palace on 12th October. I have been to this and although it is not as big as Salute, I feel it is somewhat more cosy, there is still a good amount of traders and demo games, but at the end of the day you will have done the rounds a few times and not have the feeling that you are somehow missing something that can accompany your departure from Salute. The bring and buy is here too as it is the South East London War Gamers who organise it:

http://www.selwg.org/

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There are of course other conventions, events and tournament that I’m sure are equally as much fun. If you can think of any then please feel free to comment.

 

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Projects and Solo Gaming

Well I have been a busy man, and yet again neglected my Blog. Truth is with all the things I have to do in life, there is not always time for the fun stuff, it gets pushed right down the list of priorities and into a fractured list of its own, I’m often left with only ½ and hour in the day to focus on a past time, and that’s usually at a time when I have no drive to do anything other than sit and stare.

This being the case I have a number of projects I have been working on, and have decided to set a few targets to achieve by the end of the year.

There are four painting projects that I’d dearly love to complete, the most recent of these is my Lothern Sky Cutter, this is coming on, but fatigue and general apathy continue to hamper my efforts.

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The other project I’d like to complete are my:

Ostland Halberdiers.

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Bugmans cart.

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Dwarf hammer unit.

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I have been working on a system for solo table top game playing. I want to develop a system that take any bias out of the game play by having even the simplest decisions made by the role of the dice. I have a loose system of rules that I used to play a small game of Warhammer Fantasy yesterday (yes I actually found the time somewhere). It worked out well, but there are some definite areas of improvement to look into, total dice domination may not be the way to go; as one of the units just strolled away from the action and wandered off field.

The game itself a High Elf Vs Empire skirmish was quite fun, despite the lack of companionable chatter and beer you get when you play with another person. The game resulted in a complete slaughter fest with the Empire Captain being the last man standing, full plate armour being the saviour of the day.  

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As I develop this playing system I shall update the blog with other battle reports.