First of all, my apologies for a lack of post this Wednesday. I'm sure you have noticed a downward trend in the number of posts I'm managing to put out there at the moment, from 3 posts a week to now just about 1! It's not that my enthusiasm is diminished in any way, just my opportunity... Real life has a way of interfering and the new job role is a bit all consuming at the mo. By the same token please don't think my lack of comment on your own blogs is a personal slight. I normally manage to catch up with my faves during call outs and night shifts but have little time to leave even small comments, rest assured I am continuing to read and be inspired by your individual journeys through our awesome hobby.
Does this mean I'm not getting any hobby time at all? Not at all, thank goodness!! I'm actually gaming as much as I can, shifts permitting. I try to get at least one board gaming session a week, sometimes two. I'm still cracking on with my Stuffed Fables commission, albeit a little slowly. I'm also currently designing and building a miniatures based board game which I hope to show you guys really soon.
Anyway, this weekend I managed to crack a little time in the schedule to make my now annual pilgrimage to Salute. Sadly I was lacking one of my favourite nerds (Nerd 4 Life), but still this year was my favorite in some time, this was for two reasons and it might fly in the face of popular opinion. The first was I only spent about £70. This is a lot less than I normally spend and I did have a reasonable budget of about £250 but, and here's the real reason I loved this year - I played a lot more games! Yes there we have it! I played some actual games rather than go on a big shopping spree. This wasn't because there wasn't the usual array of shiny stuff pulling my attention (Mierce Miniatures, I'm looking at you!), although there were a lot less traders, or so it seemed. But instead there were a lot more demo and participation games and that to me made the day really special. On that subject I played Darklands and boy oh boy is that a nice game, really gorgeous minis and a great mechanic, with loads of dice rolling...
Second reason, I bought me a dragon! Oh yeah I bloody well did. That total git and all round really lovely guy Dave Stone sculpts literally the nicest dragons and every year I just about manage to walk away without a dragon and a ton of regret. Not this time, this time I broke, this time I walked away with this bad boy...
I very nearly broke again and got the new Wyvern, that he's sculpted, which is absolutely stonking, I kid you not, it is beautiful. But I had to go Oriental Dragon, well I think you know why...
Anyway here are some of the games I saw, not even a third of what was there, as always I've no recollection of who made them.
|ACW - look at that Ironclad!!|
|nope, no idea but what a board!|
|Jess plays "Swiss Family Robinson" we tried to storm the beach with our pirate crews!|
|Band of Brothers, this was just a beautiful board|
|Fallout! the game, not bad but I wasn't sold on the game|
|Darklands, beautiful board and minis|
|more Darklands, I played the massive Brute, wiping the floor with the werewovles|
|Jess mourns the splatting of her halfling wrestler|
All in all a good day, my only regret was not spending more time with Dave and Jez and getting in a game or two of Death Match! but when I managed to get over to them they were busy. I hope they had as good a day as I did!
hope you enjoy