I thought that the Derby show this year was the best it’s been for some time. It had loads of interesting games to look at as well as a huge and varied selection of traders. I know a fair amount about gaming, but still managed to stumble on some new (to me) and really cool companies and products to expand my gaming horizons with. I’ll be looking at a couple of them and reviewing samples of their fine wares as soon as I can get them all written up. For the moment I’ll just show you the pile of swag I came back with.
It’s an English convention, so there’s an English Civil War game (or three). There are also other periods such as this particularly pretty battle of Sedgemoor from the Monmouth Rebellion. It developed over two days and the fog (I think that’s what it was) in the background had gone on day 2. One army is deployed behind it and the other is marching into position from the bottom left corner of the picture above, and the top right of the one below. It was nice to see them deploy from march column as it’s something you see so rarely in games.
On a completely different scale of both table and model we had Baccus demoing a 6mm game. ACW I believe. Unfortunately he is conducting the cardinal sin of having rubbish obscuring an otherwise nice display.
Good grief! This post is going to be vast. Still loads more games to go. This was an enormous Celts vs Roman game of Hail Caesar by the Warlord Games chaps.
Lest you think that SF was completely abandoned, here is a futuristic scrap. These chaps made all the models themselves in 3D and then had them 3D printed. Sounds like it’s a bit pricy at the moment, but it’s the coming thing. Give it a decade…
Enough of the 6mm stuff. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (though you can’t deny the grand sweep of battle it allows). There were more games there, and even ones I took decent photos of, but I think you get the idea. Loads of stuff going on. Actually, before I finish, there was one last game that particularly caught my eye as innovative:
I think this was the Society of Ancients being entertainingly crazy again (they do it so well). The game centred on a Carthaginian elephant, and the Roman velites that were attacking it circled round it. Looked fun, and reminded me of those games where you are all the crew of a WWII bomber and everything revolves around that as you do your mission.
So there you have it: games at Derby World Wargames 2011. There was lots more, and some will turn up with the reviews of their products, but before I go I have to show you one of my personal favourite bits. Ainsty have new pirate ships and they are lovely.