Earlier this month I had a wee drive down to Falkirk to the Carronade show. The biggest wargame show I can easily get to, it was an excellent day out on a rather rainy Saturday. Lots of great demo and display games available on the day. I really liked the look of the Dead Man's Hand game the Angus club (I think) were running and the tron/lightcycle game was very entertaining (apart from the kiddie in tears playing the game.)
The hypercritical part of me thinks however that there were no really outlandish games on show, they were all very traditional. Still, nothing wrong with that. There is something wrong, imo, with an (unnamed) club running a participation game (yup, it was listed as participation) where everyone playing is a club member, sitting huddled together round a table, ignoring anyone who came near them.
There's also something wrong with a games company (i.e. not a trader) basically showing no interest in someone who, clearly, wanted to be persuaded into buying something. Seriously, "tell me about the two Rus faction boxes" is about as obvious a buying signal as I could have given. No interest from the guy running the stall (I take it everyone knows what company I'm talking about now?)
Both these happened in my first pass round the four halls and put me a little off the place for a while. Not sure if it was a direct result of those experiences, but I really didn't feel like taking many photos or getting involved many games. Still, met plenty of people I know (even a couple I only know online) and generally had a good time.
Enough of me moaning, lets get to what we're all wanting to see: my LOOT!!!!
Yup, I knew there would be at least one impulse buy. After a random message from a friend a few weeks ago, I was keeping an eye out for a copy at a decent price, which duly presented itself at one of the trader stalls. The board itself is a bit meh (I really wish I'd gone for the kickstarter with the premium board,) but everything else in the box is very impressive. The figures themselves are excellent, dynamic poses and great sculpting quality with little flash. The rulebook is outstanding, a great mix of rules, fluff and atmosphere, images and designer notes. The rules themselves read well, but I need to get a game in before I can really comment. Good stuff. I'm trying to hold off buying any extra teams before we've had at least one game, but it's really tempting (esp the new "bug" team.)
In Her Majesty's Name
I didn't realise that these rules had actually been released, so a welcome surprise. Had a quick read through of the core rules on the drive home, and generally impressed. There are a few fellows at the club interested in playing IHMN, so I'll certainly pick something up for them. I've been looking for an excuse to get a couple Teutonic Knights from Spartan Games, thank you!
Due to the crippling supply issues affecting Android: Netrunner in the UK, I wasn't expecting to find any product at Carronade. This was the only pack on offer from any trader, but it was the only one I was missing. Nice. Still, these card packs are as addictive as crack.
Warhammer Fantasy 3rd Ed
A present from my mate Adam (who is clearly after some fantasy gaming,) this is a real blast from the past! I haven't read this in at least fifteen years, but it does give me something to aim for with those Mantic Undead I have lying around!