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carojon19 Nov 2017 5:16 a.m. PST

Yesterday was a very pleasant day spent in the company of good friends visiting the 38th Warfare hosted by the Wargames Association of Reading.


If you would like to read my thoughts on the day together with pictures of the games that caught my eye then just follow the link to JJ's


Jonathan (JJ)

Shedman19 Nov 2017 6:50 a.m. PST

I enjoyed my day at the show yesterday. A good range of traders, a chance to meet friends from around the country and interesting games to look at and play.

I spent most of the day playing in a 1848 Hungarian Uprising game with 10mm figures using Bloody Big Battles

The 28mm Gettysburg game was very impressive – definitely the best looking game there.

I liked the fact that the game was located next to a 10mm Gettysburg game covering the entire 3 days of the battle.

It gave the feeling of being able to zoom in and out on the battle and showed the benefits of both scales

Huscarle19 Nov 2017 1:10 p.m. PST

I only spent a couple of hours at the show, but I still spent about £200.00 GBP Had to leave early to go & watch the rugby. Looks like there was plenty to see grin

CptKremmen19 Nov 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

Lovely write up. Glad you enjoyed the show.

I am sorry parking is not perfect at Rivermead, it is sadly out of our control.

Andy Watkins

holien19 Nov 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

Would have loved to seen the BBB Gettysburg game but real life has been a bit challenging so I could not make it.

Lovely photos and one of my favourite UK shows…

Hagman Inactive Member19 Nov 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

The most impressive aspect of Warfare was the literally hundreds of gamers involved in the main gaming hall and the squash courts. You always get the impression that you're intruding on a Club Meeting. Very few "proper" demonstration games – the Gettysburg game was hugely impressive but it was one of very few. Good range of traders but all a bit shoehorned in. In my personal view, it's outgrown the venue but I doubt there's anywhere more suitable.

ubercommando Inactive Member19 Nov 2017 3:43 p.m. PST

I was along on Sunday with my eldest son and we enjoyed it once again. We got to play 4 games, which seemed like a reasonable amount given the time. A big thanks to all the groups who put on the games we played: Maidenhead Reaper's WW2 tank game, Games Workshop for Warhammer, the group whose name I forgot but they did a fun animal hunt game (bagged me a couple of Smurfs…oh yeah!) and my son's favourite game of the day; Beyond the Gates of Antares hosted by the Boscombe Down group. All friendly people and a bonus point for Boscombe for having a sign up sheet for the next game.

Nick "Sgt Rock – Deceased"

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2017 10:04 p.m. PST

Thanks for AAR

CptKremmen20 Nov 2017 3:03 a.m. PST


You are right we do not have any known options for a larger venue. Have to say the traders are happy enough with the space they get, some venues are even tighter packed. I could space the traders our more but of course that would reduce the number of traders as we just don't have any more space available.

You are quite right about the number of gamers actually playing games, and the bring and buy of course, we try to keep the show a friendly club show. We could make more money by just making it a massive trade show but that just isn't what we are about.

Sadly I have to agree that there were not as many demonstration games as usual, we had several cancellations, one at very short notice, very dissapointing but sometimes real life gets in the way of our gaming :(


ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2017 5:48 a.m. PST

I love Warfare. It's the only show I go to regularly. Yes, the parking can be a pain, but c'est la vie. This was the third year running that we've run a participation game at Warfare and I should like to thank and compliment the organisers for how responsive and attentive they are at making sure we GMs are looked after and able to lay on our games.

Some were saying the show was a bit quieter this year. I wouldn't know – our corner was manic, I ran the Montebello 1859 game three times on the trot in five hours solid without a break, didn't eat all day, met some good guys, talked myself hoarse, had a great time. :-)


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Royal Marine20 Nov 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

Yeah, agree with ChrisBBB2 on that, but couldn't make it again this year, work seems to get in the away of BBB participation: link

ubercommando Inactive Member20 Nov 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

I think participation games are the way to go and there were a good variety this time.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 4:48 a.m. PST

@Royal Marine: I didn't know you were a pirate!

Royal Marine22 Nov 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

Arrrrrr, you'd be right Mr BBB2, I be no pirate.

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