The Games We Play

The Games We Play

A repository of reports on the Wednesday night sessions of the club and anything else related to the club or boardgaming in general, which may be of interest to anyone who may be passing by.

Sunday 12 July 2015

HBG at Barrage 2015, Stafford

I'm just adding this with a few quick notes about our visit to Stafford today, hopefully I will get round to posting some info about our weekly sessions on a regular basis as well. Anyway today Mike, Scott & I visited Barage 2015, a small wargames con run by Stafford Wargames. We were billed in the programme as the Big Boardgames Bash and the idea was to demonstrate some boardgames to the wargamers visiting.

I don't think any of us really knew what to expect as the last time we did anything like this was at Warfayre which used to happen at the Cornbow Hall in Halesowen and in those days we just had one game running which was Formule De, I think it was me, Mike and Dave C and was probably in the day before we had the room at the Conservative club.

So we each took along a selection of games, I'm glad I had the wheels on my bag as it weighed a ton, mainly due to the presence of Battlestar Galactic and Eldritch Horror, neither of which were played.

As it turned out I think most of the people passing had either the time or the interest in what we were doing, being much more interested in all the set piece wargames most of which had beautifully created terrain and nicely painted figures. That said we did manage to keep playing of most of the six hour time when the con was open.

Mike stuck to the shorter games and I know that he played Carcassonne and Love Letter, also Infiltration with me and Nottingham with me and some others. Scott I think played some in Mike's games early on before joining me in a 4 player Power Grid game on the UK map, later on he introduced Castles of Mad King Ludwig to 3 others. I started with San Juan, before the Power Grid game which just won by the skin of my teeth, having 3 coal plants when there was no coal left at the end. After that and lunch it was Nottingham and Infiltration which we started before and finished after the Nottingham game.

All in all it was an enjoyable day, although if we repeat it I hope to be a bit more organised, particularly with some kind of notice to identify our table, that said I did print off a few flyers which I distributed around our space and I notice half of them had disappeared by the end of the day.

Following are a few pictures of what went on.

Games in Play

Power Grid

Possibly not good for the environment

Castles of Mad King Ludwig



  1. It was always going to be tricky getting passing none hobby boardgamers to join in with a game they have never heard of. You did well to find even one volunteer. If you were playing for 6 hours I would call it a successful venture.

    I have the metal table number holders from GamesExpo if you ever want them. They are great for holding up notices "Next game starts at 11:30. Would you like to play?" or whatever.

  2. I've got some (non-digital) pictures somewhere of the Formule De game. I can't remember the exact date but I sure we had started at the Conservative Club as Alex is on a couple of them and he didn't come to my house in the early days