Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Frostgrave - Genie in the bottle scenario





UK Games Expo 2018...

This is the sixth time I've been to the UK games expo. It really is one of the highlights of my year. The first time I went by myself. This time I went with a large group of Sheffield boardgamers. A group of us stayed together in a large house 10 minutes drive away from the NEC. Visiting the games show during the day times, and returning to the house to play games in the evenings.
 
Every year the Expo has expanded, last year it seemed a bit crazy, but this year they opened up a lot more space, and it felt just right. They took up 2 large halls in the NEC plus they had more space in two of the hotels near by.

Here are just a few photos of some of this years best bits for me...
 
 
Looking down on Hall 1 from Hall 2
 
The boardgames mansion!

Gaslands at the mansion...

Previews of the miniatures for Martin Wallace's new game WILDLANDS from OSPREY GAMES

Martin Wallace giving a demo of Wildlands

Playing through a scenario from the JOAN OF ARC game I backed on kickstarter

Some lovely miniatures from the Burrows and Badgers skirmish game...

No idea what this was... looks crazy!

Playing through a demo of WILDLANDS... can't wait to get this when it comes out in October!

Lords of Xidit at the mansion

The guys from GASLANDS demoing their game

Playing a demo of Stefan Feld's MERLIN game



Playing ETHNOS in the open gaming area...
I came home with copies of ETHNOS, STEAMROLLERS, ZANY PENGUINS, JACKYL & HIGH.... plus a signed copy of the fighting fantasy book "Deathtrap Dungeon" by Ian Livingstone...and some Reaper miniatures for Frostgrave. I met Martin Wallace and got him to sign a bunch of my rulebooks of his games... played loads of games, met some really nice people and had an all-round  fantastic time.

The mansion is already booked again for next year.

Gaslands - with explosion markers!







I made some explosion markers out of flickering battery operated tealights and teddybear stuffing.... they looked great on the table in our latest game of GASLANDS... I had a prison team this time, Kes tried out his new bus, and Lizzy won again....

Hammerhead 2018...

This is the second time I've attended the HAMMERHEAD wargames show at Newark Showground. It is a fun day out, there is loads to see and do, and every game there is a participation game, so you can have a go at all kinds of interesting games, from small skirmishes to giant sea battles! I didn't take many photos whilst I was there, but there is an excellent video that the guys from Wargames Illustrated did to give you an idea of what was going on - check it out on their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WargamesIllustrated/videos/1729592130468842/
(you can see me playing Frostgrave with a nice chap from the Chesterfield Open Gaming Society at around 5mins40secs if you don't blink!)
 
I had a great game of Frostgrave on a fantastic dungeon table made from "Hirst Arts" molds... absolutely excellent. The Chesterfield guys play Frostgrave regularly on Mondays... not a good day for me unfortunately or I'd be over there all the time....
 
C.O.G.S. fantastic Frostgrave table

C.O.G.S. table for Kobolds and Coblestones...

The C.O.G.S. dungeon - absolutely superb!

The warband I chose to enter the dungeon with...




Some interesting constructs - excellent idea!

Some beautifully painted 100 years war 15mm figures from Donnington Miniatures

Afternoon walk up the Porter Valley...




 
An afternoon walk up the Porter Valley in Sheffield... stopping by to visit the working Shepherd Wheel... and spotting some interesting fungus!

Frostgrave - Ulterior Motives

The Ulterior Motives expansion for Frostgrave introduces some new fun ideas to the game, both players draw a card from a deck of secret objectives at the start of the game, it gives a bit of extra narrative, and gives each player an additional way of gaining experience points. In order to use this expansion you need a few extra bits of scenery. Each card names 3 things to placed somewhere on the table for each player. One will be significant for the secret objective, and the other two will be red herrings. The things needed are: Arcane Disc, Gateway, Pit, Runic stone, Sarcophagus, Statue, Trapdoor and Zombie.... so I made sure I had two of each!
 
 





East Coast - Bank Holiday...






 
Our family had a mini holiday at the beginning of May, we had 3 lovely days staying on a farm in North Yorkshire... these are a few photographs I took from Robin Hoods Bay, and Bempton cliffs...