as Denny said, Trier and the Roman festival is worth a visit. Many of the reenactors know a lot about their favored time and most of them actually do their own stuff, i.e. they make everything with their own hands. You can have very interesting conversations with these folks. Years ago Denny and I attended often at these festivals, mostly at events that were based on Viking/Celtic culture but if you are actually taking part, being able to use these events as 'time-machines', i.e. to completely immerse yourself in the culture and environment then this can be a very satisfying hobby. We were just visitors, but I knew a guy who was really into that hobby. He used to have a small pushcart with all the stuff he needed and when an event was close (usually at weekends), he took a holiday, put on his 'Gewandung' (that's what they call their time-specific clothes) and started a journey afoot some days before the event, going all the way alone, with his pushcart, sleeping and cooking in the woods, and all this in his historic outfit. When he reached the event location he was already entirely immersed in the 'other world'. After the event, he would go back all the way on foot with his little pushcart...Well, that's dedication to the hobby, isn't it?
But this hobbyhorse needs a lot of time, usually craftmanship and often also a lot of money, so we decided that we couldn't have two time consuming hobbies. We therefore stuck to wargaming instead :-)
Trier is certainly an interesting place for people interested in Roman history. If you want to visit the gladiator event in the Amphitheatre, it is recommended to buy the ticket in advance; the festival is quite popular even among visitors from France, Luxembourg and Belgium. I have been to Paris once when I was a student. I've been several times to London, Granada (Spain), and spent some weeks in Ireland.
Bob, thank you for your comment on my photo collection :) Regarding the historical event: The pictures were taken on the annual "Bread & Circuses" event in Trier, Germany's oldest city (dating back to Roman times). Despise being heavily bombed during WWII, Trier is full of historic Roman buildings and excavations and the Amphitheatre is used for gladiator reenactments and several cultural events. "Bread & Circuses" is a recurring event (Germany's largest Roman festival) held in August each year. The motto varies; when we attended the festival in 2007, it was "Constantine's year", thus focussing on Contantine the Great. I just discovered that there is even an English Wikipedia entry about the festival: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brot_und_Spiele
If you send them all to me, I can dole them out as we have started to shift responsibilities a little.
email@example.com will get it to the right spot.
Going forward, if you have individual games, you cand use the e-mail on AREA site to send them
but if you have multiple games one address is fine....we try to make it easier for the sender to not jump through hoops to get us results....
Ah, thank you for your comment and the explanation! I think you are right, I had some email contact with Glenn Petroski about AREA when I wrote the article, so we could be the aforementioned wargame group ;) I will compile all game results since the day I sent the last results. One question - should I send all results to one address or email them to the respective game addresses, sorted by games? Which is more conventient?
Bob, I play FTF almost each weekend (currently Empire of the Sun). I sent many of our games results to AREA until 2006 when, for reasons unknown, I ceased sending them in (mostly due to a lazy opponent who didn't confirm the games - nowadays, he stopped playing and we lost contact). We (the HFC - Homefront Wargame Center, the largest German online resource regarding wargames and consims) even promote AREA on our HFC website and I wrote a short article in German and English which introduces new players to the AREA rating system (http://www.homefrontcenter.de/English/frameset_english.html). I keep an account of all games I and my regular opponent Andreas Ludwig played since then in order to send them to AREA (and, for ASL, ROAR) some day. When I do, you AREA guys will have some work to do when including all these new games since 2006 ;) We also played some FTF multiplayer games, but mostly we play 2-player games.