Bill’s Adventures volume 1

There’s this wee game I played recently during my adventures – it involved several other players around a board that was scratch-built to look like a Coliseum track that you’d find in the likes of Ben-Hur (the classic, not the remake, although the imagery would be similar). The GM then gave us each 2 models – one chariot, totally immaculate, and another chariot, that was overturned and wrecked. The minis were 6mm in scale but they were beautifully painted. We were each given a stat card for our chariots, as well as a simple quick reference rule sheet.

What happened next was one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had. It was essentially a chariot race game, with the winner (inevitably being this fortunate writer) being the first to complete 2 laps of the circuit.

Winning wasn’t easy – each player in their move could change direction and ram other chariots, just like they did in ancient Rome, and if others were fortunate enough to have passengers with bows and arrows, could also fire at other players who were in the lead, or in my case, have a go at shooting me because I was me.

The system was fairly intuitive and easy to pick up, very similar to Songs of Blades and Heroes, in that you choose to roll either one, two or three d6s to see how many actions you get, a successful roll being a four up. You then took your actions depending on successful rolls, however 3 failures was catastrophic – your chariot was wrecked and there was a chance that a mob of people would run onto the track and attack.  The ease of the dice meant that play was very quick for such a large amount of players – 6 I think at the time.

I’ve deliberately left the name of the game out as it’s quite clever – it’s called Faustus and Furius by a local company called Ganesha Games – I’m sure you can see the parallels with a long-running film franchise yourself as well as Roman references – you don’t need me to fill in the blanks. You’re an adult after all. Aren’t you?

Anyways, the reason I’m talking about this game is that it got me thinking. The rules are fairly straightforward and easy to learn, and the game is great fun, but not everyone has 6mm chariot minis around. Some of the diehard Kickstarters among you may have Devil’s Run sitting about, giving you an ideal opportunity to play another game with your wee car minis. Some of you have X-Wing miniatures Game models, which would lend themselves quite nicely to this system. Hell, some of you have superhero minis just sitting there – why not dust them off and have a wee race among your friends?

As gamers, we’ve all amassed collections of miniatures that fail to see the light of day again once the thrill of that game has gone and we inevitably box them up for newer toys. I’m as guilty as others for buying into so many systems as well as selling stuff, that sometimes all it takes is a fresh system to reinvigorate our enthusiasm to play with those old toys again. I always imagine my wee men having that chat during the lonely nights just like the toys in Toy Story as Andy grows up, thinking that I don’t appreciate them anymore. That’s not true, I whisper to them all as they lie in their foam containers during their long slumbers. All any of us needs is a good excuse to grab the gaming case and get the lads out again (or lasses – really no need for gender bias when it comes to minis), and this game is certainly one of those games to consider.

I’ll be bringing this wee gem down to LGC soon for the punters to give it a go so I strongly urge you all to have a think about the minis that you’ve neglected and try to find new ways of giving them a new lease of life. They’ll thank you for it.

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2017 AGM

2017 AGM details

So firstly I would like to thank all those that attended the AGM on saturday, well in reality, stopped playing their games and listened to me talk for a few minutes. Special thank you to those who asked questions and showed interest. We do the AGM every year in April rime as per rules of our constitution. I will cover things mentioned in short points. Questions will be highlighted and then answered but here we go.

April 2106 to April 2017 for LGC was a success, very successful Bolt Action league and tournament. Also to note we started a Saga league and a Bloodbowl league (us branching out into other game systems) and so far they have been successful. Also the club has got alot busier which is good and shows good promise as more new members join us. We also have began to host a number of other tournaments and events for others which is bringing more interest to LGC and in other games systems for our members so win win.  Financially LGC is sitting very nicely.

Down side of the last year are as follows, Friday nights failing to have enough interest and unfortunately for several members we had to take the decision to stop them even after a few advertised trial fridays that were used to judge if we would continue on or not, unfortunately through to even less interest than normal we stopped them. We had many successful leagues etc however the X-Wing league fell apart badly due to many simply not bothering to play their games, which is a real pity.

This AGM sees changes to the committee. Andy is no longer Vice chairperson, with Roger moving into that role. Bryan then has moved into Roger’s secretary role. Then Alan has announced he will be stepping down and leaving committee (becoming honorary member for completing a term).  At this moment we would like to thank him for stepping in and helping during a busy time in his life with having a baby. We would like to make note of two big factors he did in his time, suggesting, planning and running a very successful charity day for action cancer and kicking off the infinity league. Details on the committee are here (as many asked who were on the committee due to them not knowing) http://www.lisburn-gaming.co.uk/committee-members/

With Alan leaving we are asking for new member(s) to volunteer for the vacant committee position. As we need a full committee to run LGC without forcing people to have to attend everyweek and prevent it becoming a place they see as more of a burden than a place to enjoy their hobby. For anyone interested in becoming a committee member we would like you to contact Colin ASAP so we can get things sorted. What we need is mainly someone who can help open up in morning from 8.30am. There is more info on the following webpage http://www.lisburn-gaming.co.uk/responsibilities-of-a-committee-member/

Honorary members list will not change this year, we are keeping the same people currently on the honrary member list. For details about our honorary member system check this page out http://www.lisburn-gaming.co.uk/honorary-members-faq/ We will be updating the page on the website to list committee members but currently the list is .. ex-committee – Alan, Adam, Steve, Nathan, Bob, Nikki and then the following members – Roger Ball, Gerard, Jonny Elkin, Bill.

Also with our list of committee changing etc, we are again looking at updating our volunteer list. What this is, is if we struggle with number of committee members to open up or close up (mainly open) if we could have contact details of willing people to ask if they are able to come down and help us set up or pack up. So if you are interested please get in touch with us by contacting Colin or posting a reply here http://www.lisburn-gaming.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?tid=6835

So going forth into our new yeat we start with next week. LGC is 7 on 10th April so on 8th April (this coming sat) so to celebrate and to thank all members we are going to have a free day. No charge for playing, however a tuck shop charge will remain.

Future plans for this year are as follows…Bring and buy day, will get a date for end of april or a week in May as all agreed to. Plans for tournaments this year are Bolt Action as per usual and also probably a Saga one or two. Maybe even bloodbowl also. Other campaigns and leagues being Konflikt, Antares, mordheim, necormunda etc we are interested in having these ran, however if anyone is interested in running them or any other campaigns/leagues/events and want LGC to give prizes to winner etc then get in touch and we can make this happen. Already had a volunteer for Konflikt!

Will we do a usual free day in June with fun activities? Any suggestions?

Club plans to buy new mdf scenery, for less breakages and to cover more game systems. Also looking into buying better game sheets for the tables, bring everythign up to better quality.  Also the club will be possibly looking to selling all old GW 40k scenery to its members.

Lastly club website, asked about website any suggestions to improve it and also any offers for others to do blog etc. Again get in touch if you are keen.

Any further info or feedback please dont hesitate get in touch.