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Bad Squiddo Games03 Apr 2015 2:20 a.m. PST

Attention participation wargames clubs/groups.

Would you like to reinact the battle of Tewkesbury over 11/12th July, at TEWKESBURY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL? It's the largest medieval reinactment in Europe, which I have been working for since 2008, and am currently working with the directors to bring in a Wargames element (because why not!?) I've managed to wangle several awesome perks if you end up doing this, and well as the fact it'll be amazing. Playing toy soliders while real human sized ones walk around?! So what are the requirements?

-You'll need to provide all the gubbins. The models/boards/terrain and everything else. Tables to rest it all on and chairs will be provided. And all models painted!

- Ideally experience running games at wargames shows/events etc, but not necessary, basically you just need to be nice and engaging with the public at explaining what is happening and what you're doing (Not the sort of demo guys who ignore everyone!)

- Free that weekend!

- Any ruleset or scale is cool. Obviously the most historical and closest to the actual event (as documented!) is the best. There'll be all sorts of history types about…carrying polearms..

If you fit that, let me know and we can chat further! Cheers! (and definitely share among your buddies)

I don't like the PM system on here so if you could reach me though the contact form on my site
I can get back to you as soon as I can (bear in mine I'm rushing around for Salute currently!)

So you and your chums could have an excellent weekend (it's my favourite weekend of the year) and there's even a super stocked beer tent.

more info on the event here

(if you can't do the game but want to come along you SHOULD, great for grown ups and the small ones, awesome if you're into checking out references for your own wargmaming… Graham Turner is there.. of Osprey fame with his historically accurate and awesome paintings…swords and shennigans…AND IT'S FREE)

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Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2015 3:42 a.m. PST

Would love to, eespecially as it is local, but I'm running the Naval Wargames Show that weekend. Maybe next year? Hope it all goes swimmingly :)

FreddBloggs03 Apr 2015 5:24 a.m. PST

Sheesh, makes me want to collect the Armies just to do this!

Perhaps try and get some small participation games using the period for youngsters to play, you know the ones who wish to swing a poleaxe but are told they are not old enough?

Bad Squiddo Games03 Apr 2015 5:51 a.m. PST

I'm open to anything! Obviously it's a bit different to running a game at a trade show as the majority of people won't be wargamers or know much/anything about it. So large scale is more visually appealing, as it historical accuracy, but, anything that just gives some people a little peek into our world (and maybe leave them walking away wanting more) is great.

Definitely the sort of games people can join in with rather than just watch. The reinactors mix it up each year with who wins in their battle so there won't be riots or sweaty brows if the tabletop battle starts going "wrong" :D

I'm on a bit of a "get new recuits into historical gaming" rampage, and most participation/demo games tend to be inside wargames shows, so preaching to the converted. This is a great chance to try get some new blood, especially children who'll be all high on "OMG HISTORY IS COOL".

I was at Bosworth Heritage Centre not long ago and they had a really simple Bosworth wargame you could play with simple and advanced rules (printed so you could take away!) which was a great idea.

FreddBloggs03 Apr 2015 7:45 a.m. PST

Actually the Bosworth one does sound fun.

Bad Squiddo Games03 Apr 2015 10:28 a.m. PST

I took a couple of bad phone pictures!

I could scan the pamphlet if anyone is interested

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2015 12:02 p.m. PST

Please do :)

StaffordGames03 Apr 2015 1:17 p.m. PST

Have a word with the Lance and Longbow Society, thye might be interested.

jameshammyhamilton03 Apr 2015 2:16 p.m. PST

Or the Society of Ancients. They have a nice portable demo of one of the WorR battles with large miniatures using DBA rules but also made up a couple of bases with 2mm figures at 1-1 numbers so that they could explain that while each base only had 3 or 4 models on it the base actually represented several hundred warriors.

Tewkesbury is a great event and a good demonstration game or three would go down really well.

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