I started gaming in 1976 when I found my friend John recreating Jutland on his bedroom floor with Lego bricks.
I enjoyed mostly miniatures games, but mixed in with Risk
, and Diplomacy
. I was a member of Harlow wargames club at Burnt Mill.
Going to university in 1982, I started my long term relationship with SFB
and WRG ancients, as well as Call of Cthulhu
, and played my only game of Gulf Strike
all the way through. This is when I started reading wargames rules just for fun
But this stood me in good stead as after a second degree, I got a job designing and running simulations in the civil service in 1987, and was introduced to Space Hulk
and GW. I joined the Guildford club that used to meet at The Star. Happy days; a WRG 7th, then De Bellis Multitudinis
game a week for years; my 15mm Carthaginians reigned occasionally triumphant. My friend Dave kept Civ and then Advanced Civilization
games going, and introduced me to a slew of others, including Britannia
In 1991 I was domesticated and moved to London, with a partner who not only enjoyed games, but painted as well! I still have Space Marine
Epic Evil Sunz and Blood Bowl (Second Edition)
Orcs painted by Jo. But around this time was seduced by the dark side of Magic: The Gathering
, and still have all my cards dating back to late 1994. I stopped collecting after a few years, and haven't actually played for a decade. As my work took me to London I played the superb Netrunner
, and as my partnership with Jo amicably dissolved, I moved back to SH, and picked up Formula Dé
, and played a couple of years of championship, even managing a group at work.
Now I split my time between London, Beds and Lincs and haven't yet found time to organise regular attendance at a group at any of them( apologies to
whose Days of Game are legendary, but have been inconvniently timed recently!) , which means that my extensive (and still slightly growing) games collection lies mostly unused, save for the occasional stab at Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42
, Memoir '44
or Twilight Struggle
straight after work. In Beds I have played Commands & Colors: Ancients
a lot, and have a sub DoG with
where we played Hold the Line
(disappointing) and Claustrophobia
(fantastic). I am just about to lay out Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic
for a first play, and in Lincs am torn between HeroClix
and Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
to set up on the coffee table!
More recently, I have
This is an image produced by a hugely gifted friend which will feature on the cover of my PhD thesis when it is published in the USA and the UK next year...
to thank for re-grognarding me, and introducing me to A Victory Denied
, Warriors of God
and Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939