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RichardD August 26th, 2006 02:32 AM

Aha - two messages getting garbled, there.

I'm prepared to travel in the UK for HS events - but not too far fom Brum (Manchester/Northampton's probably my limit, north & south).

And once per year, I make a "pilgrimmage" to *the* premier games event in the world - forget our American cousins going on about Gencon, the annual Spiel fair in Essen, Germany gets about three times' the visitors. If you've ever been to a motor show, then take away the cars but swap them for boardgames, you get some idea of what it's like. Exhibitors big (MB/Hasbro, for example) and small (plenty of one-man-band games publishers out there), crammed into 5 or 6 exhibition halls. One hall is given over to second-hand traders, with booths crammed floor to ceiling with second-hand boardgames (just one such trader will have more stock than the average UK games shop).

The event is a misture of companies demoing and selling new games as well as retailers selling at a discount (one great little game could be bought for 7 Euros last year - a fiver. It turned up in the UK specialist shops for 20 each!). Lots of opportunities to play the new releases. generally I come home with 40 or so new games, big and small. Some are German editions of stuff that might get into the UK games shops (usually for half the price); some are by publishers you'd never hear from even if you lived your life in Leisure Games, Finchley. But mostly I go to catch up with some good freinds from around the world, man the Warfrog stand for the Saturday, and to play a lot of games.

Yes, it's a long way - we do an overnight ferry trip these days - one year we had a nightmare with ferry cancellations, and I drove from Brum to Harwich, Harwich to Dover, Calais to Essen - the triip took 20 hours and I was the only driver :(

Actually, when you break the journey with a ferry trip, there's only about a three-hour drive for me in the UK, and a three-hour drive on the continent. I do that sort pf mileage for wok reasonably often.

One year my car sank, though.

robaula August 26th, 2006 03:37 AM

Thanks for clarifying that, Richard. The Essen event sounds like a gamers dream... Make sure you bring some pix back with you!

On a side note, can you explain the following (rather intriguing) bit you said?

Originally Posted by RichardD
One year my car sank, though.


Jandars_Hope August 26th, 2006 06:22 AM

OMG! Ur Car sank! Did you lose alot of games?

RichardD August 26th, 2006 01:51 PM

We were coming back from Harwich through Essex - it was about 5 years ago, and there was TORRENTIAL rain. The A12 was closed due to the quantity of water, so we tried the A120.

There was a bit of a puddle in a dip.

It wasn't a puddle. A river had burst it's banks nearby.

Even taking it slowly, water got into the engine and we got stuck. Luckily it was - then - just below door level, so I got out and pushed the car out of the water and up the hill on the other side (you can do that sort of thing with the old Mini - though I got wet doing it). Yes, I was worried about the games, and a few cardboard boxes got damp, but no disasters.

Then, dutifully I put out the warning triangle so that others would know that the water was too dep to drive throuh. It didn't stop them trying. 7 cars we pushed out of the water before the Police closed the road - one car was driven by a policeman (he got stuck), one was an Espace (wrecked engine - they're known for it), and only a Land Rover made it through unscathed. At the end, the water was up to my waist and moving too fast to wade through safelly, so the last car in needed rescuing by another Land Rover.

OK, to say the car sank was a *bit* of an exagerration. But that was the FIRST year in about 5 attempts that we'd not had a ferry (out or back) cancel on us, so there was *bound* to be something that went wrong.

Since I swapped to a new MINI, we've had no problems at all (and have a LOT more space in the car for games). And last year I scored all the Wave 2 figures from a friend who'd brought them over from the States for me. I've made no such arrangement this year, as HouseMouseGames have been keeping me well-supplied.

robaula August 26th, 2006 03:57 PM

Woo... Interesting story! I have been in a tricky situation with water and my car too - my family went to Holy Island (near Scotland) and our car was very nearly swept off of the causeway to the island by the V-E-R-Y fast tide - it was a case of the tide coming in quicker than you could run, near enough. :o

For anyone that is interested, I have just added some more bits to my custom scenery thread (should be a link in my signature) I am wondering if anyone would like some bits like the ones I have pictured? I was considering making them for other people (and charging, of course, so I can buy some more official stuff) if there was any interest in them.

Jandars_Hope August 27th, 2006 07:41 AM

Sounds like an adventure RD!

Jandars_Hope August 27th, 2006 12:47 PM

I tried spreading the Heroscape word around on another forum but it didn't seem to attract any attention! Only one person posted back to me and he hadn't got round to giving it a go!!! Woe is me!

robaula August 27th, 2006 02:36 PM

Where were you posting, JH?

Jandars_Hope August 28th, 2006 07:27 AM

forums on sfx.co.uk

robaula August 28th, 2006 12:52 PM

I'll have a look - not been there before

Jandars_Hope August 28th, 2006 05:33 PM

It's mainly about Movies/Tv and Books - that sort of thing, but i posted it in general discussion threads! I'll have a look now to see how it's progressed!

Added: Just checked my thread and it's not great! No one is interested...maybe the wrong site to have put it on?!?!
Hopefully Hasbro has better luck that i did!

Added:pt2: Although it has had 37 people looking at the thread, which i guess i kind of good, at least people know a bit about the game now!

RichardD August 29th, 2006 01:05 PM

You need to get the info out to a receptive audience - that's games players, games clubs and games events. I'm sure SFX geeks include a higher than average proportion of gamers, but attack the problem at source - look for the gamers at local clubs (board and wargames, I'd suggest), rather than hoping to run into a few by chanc

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