It has be over 20 years since i have played a Board War Game (BWG), and during that time, the games I had were lost or left in house moves, computers and game machines took over my life and the humble BWG was forgotten.
It is only in the past year that my interest and fascination with these games has grown again, to the point I have now purchased a few, and been given quite a few in pdf files.
So once again, I am starting out again, back to basics with Napoleon at Waterloo, but I still have the same old problem as what i had 20 years ago....no human opponents.
In the town I live in, I have looked and searched for clubs, only to find one, and they are a miniature war games club, and do not involve themselves with BWG. Surely there must some people out there in my home town of Hastings that wants to play these games?
The lack of such people has not deterred me, if anything, it has made me more determined to such an extent that I may well advertise in the local free advertiser and in local libraries to see if I can drum up some interest, be it seasoned gamers or newcomers.
If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or experiences in this area, please let me know, as one issue I have with this is if I were to find a few people interested - where do we meet?
My house? not too sure if my wife would be happy having strangers sitting at the dining table.
Hire a small hall or function room? this starts to incur costs which could be enough to drive people away, especially in these troubled times.

Suggestions???????????????????????

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Comment by Roger Morley on July 20, 2010 at 2:36am
Vassal is my other option, which I must seriously look at.
Comment by Roger Morley on July 20, 2010 at 1:50am
I guess my hunch about them was right...lol....glad I never went in there now.
Definitely the library seems a good bet as does putting a free ad in in the local free advertiser, plus I will try that telephone number. If all of this fails then I will just have to concede defeat and look forward to solo gaming :)
Comment by Roger Morley on July 19, 2010 at 5:34pm
NOTE TO MYSELF....DON'T LOOK LIKE A NERDY BOFFIN TYPE WITH BUM- FLUFF ON MY FACE
Comment by Roger Morley on July 19, 2010 at 5:33pm
That is a shame. I can possible see how new people to wargaming could feel intimidated by even the simplest of games and might make them give it second thoughts.
I have seen miniature wargames taking place in shops called Games workshop, and although I wanted to look in and see what was going on, i felt intimidated by the nerdy/boffin type of people and felt they may try and over-awe me with stats and figures and great knowledge of miniature wargaming. But, I am sure they were really nice people that would have more than encouraged my passing interest, but just goes to show looks can be everything too!
Comment by Roger Morley on July 19, 2010 at 5:05pm
Indeed, and i think the library would be an ideal public place. I shall have to have a chat with the library to see if they would let me do that, and if interest grew, stage events.
Comment by Roger Morley on July 19, 2010 at 4:24pm
That may be quite a novel way of gaining some interest....or at least a bit of curiosity
Comment by Roger Morley on July 19, 2010 at 2:27pm
I hear what you are saying Grumpy. Vassal does not interest me because it needs real time players, as you said. PBEM does sound incredibly tedious, especially if you have to wait hours for the opponent to make a move.
But, i will make the effort to find local players, and if that fails, then at least I know I have as much as I could.
I will just have to go back to playing computer war games and playing solo board wargames.
I must admit, i used to have to play solo years ago, and to some degree, it was just as interesting as having an opponent - in some ways better, because i did not have to wait for the opponent to take their turn...ha ha ha
Comment by Roger Morley on July 19, 2010 at 1:51am
Thanks Grumpy, there is a number in that list for Hastings, just hope it is still active
Comment by Roger Morley on July 18, 2010 at 3:18am
Stephen,
thanks for that, I will check it out
Comment by Stephen G on July 17, 2010 at 8:30pm
Try a search on BoardgameGeek. I found a Eorogames club that way and half a ozen ex wargmamers amongst theor ranks...

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