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Membership Renewals Notice

Jez Fairclough

In a change from previous years membership subscription and Public Liability Insurance will be dealt with and paid for separately.

This is due to a change in financial regulations that no longer allows the GCN to act as a collector and holder of monies for the Insurance Company. An explanatory letter from Access Insurance has been attached to this notice.

The two items will be dealt with as follows…

Membership Subscription

This will remain at £20 for the year 2017/2018. Clubs should go through the renewal process via the membership section. The only difference will be that the GCN cannot currently accept payment by PAYPAL. Payment can be by Bank Transfer or Cheque (details will be give when you renew).

PLI Insurance

For clubs already insured through the GCN, Access Insurance has been passed your contact details (as given on the club listing) and will contact you directly. Should these details have changed please notify myself at president@thegcn.net Discount applies only to GCN member Clubs and the full quote has been set at £78.76 for the year 2017/2018.

For clubs not already insured through the GCN but who would like to join the insurance scheme, please contact John.Fitzpatrick@accessinsurance.co.uk and he will bring you into the scheme.

In Conclusion

It is my belief that these changes will make for a smoother administrative process. Instead of waiting for Access to email documents to the GCN which are then emailed to the club, the Insurers will be sending them directly and receiving payment in the same way. Also the GCN will not have the burden of administrative costs and more importantly time lost. 

Should you experience any difficulties or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself at president@thegcn.net

David Wise

GCN President

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GENERAL ANOUNCEMENT

Jez Fairclough

On Friday last, the Council accepted the resignation of the Vice-President, Dan Carroll.

The responsibility for membership issues will pass to the Secretary.

The responsibility for finance will pass to the President.

The GCN has been under pressure for some months due to the Council being effectively at half-strength and reliant on volunteers who have to balance the work they do for the GCN with the needs of family and work. Illness has also taken its toll.

We are now re-organising the administration, so that necessary tasks will be the responsibility of teams rather than individuals as this has caused problems with communication and quick action.

Please bear with us as we are currently going through the official correspondence of the Vice-President to catch up with enquiries and new memberships.

The GCN has many ambitions for the future, but these will remain aspirations without enough capable members standing on the Council. Currently of the eight positions on the Council, only four are filled. A Council member’s remit does require tact, patience and work, whether on administration, through social media or attending/organising events. We are especially eager to find a Treasurer able to handle both the GCN and GCN Limited accounts and a Regional Organiser with the experience and charisma to drive forward national and local GCN representation and activity.

If you want to get involved please contact myself the President at president@thegcn.net or the Media Manager at media@thegcn.net

For membership issues please contact the Secretary at secretary@thegcn.net

This is your GCN, please support the network.

Regards

David Wise

GCN President

Newsletter Sign Up

Jez Fairclough

The GCN is looking to put a newsletter out filled with reviews, information and varous other things from its member clubs.

If your interested in getting a copy of the Newsletter each time its published, just fill in the form and you'll be added to the list.

 

Council Elections

Dan Carroll

This year at our AGM we have the elections coming up for the following positions:

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Regional Development Officer

Below are the expectations of each role:

RDO

Nominations

Any member of a GCN member club may put themselves forward for consideration if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • They must be a member of an existing GCN Club
  • They must secure the backing of 4 existing GCN Member Clubs
  • They must complete a short manifesto (no more than one A4 page)

For details on the roles and responsibilities see the amended Constitution on the amendments to the GCN Constitution article. 

Nominations are to be submitted to the Vice President Dan Carroll using the form below no later than Wednesday 28th September. Unless notified otherwise an incumbent is assumed to be standing for their current position.

Notice of eligible nominees and their individual manifestos will be published here on this website on the 29th September along with details on how to vote

Heroes of the Aftermath Gaming Club

Jez Fairclough

Like many reading this I was sucked into the world of Kickstarter and would spend hours pouring through all the new shiny that newly formed and some established companies wanted to tempt us with. My other half often calls me tight, well Spud you like is fine dining in my eyes! why spend £20 odd on a spud in some hipster diner! anyway, this was a good thing, especially with Kickstarter, however, my eyes made contact with Heroes of Normandie by Devil Pig Games and my wallet creaked open.

 Devil Pig Games are a relatively new company based in France but their games to date in my eyes are astonishing. Heroes and Shadows over Normandie  for me have everything a tabletop war-game needs. Easy to learn, fantastic components, Scenario, campaign and a points based system for competitive tournament play. Having found this game it instantly made me think of some of the old PC classics like Company of Heroes and Close Combat, I decided that was it, all in I went. The game received a lot of backers ( Including some of the lads at Aftermath once that I given the hard sell talk ) and unlocked loads of stretch goals, now all I had to do was wait for delivery day, or as I called it, D Day ;)

 It came!

 Now to move on a bit Devil Pig Games have had a series of other Kickstarters and yes, I’ve backed them all. I am a hardcore fan of not only the games but the company. The Team at Devil Pig are some of the friendliest I have spoken too and nothing is ever too much bother. The company have just extended their latest Kickstarter Kharnage so don't miss out! You can also get Heroes of Normandie for PC and IOS, brilliant game.

 As some of you know I organise Diceni, we decided for the shows game this year to put on Heroes of Normandie. The game went down really well and those involved including myself decided we wanted to demo the game at other shows, conventions and local shops so we started planning.

The fanbase soon grew at Aftermath and we soon had ten of our members owning Heroes of Normandie, what are we going to do with all this stuff ??!! The largest Game of Heroes of Normandie to date is the answer, so we did.

 During the game I decided to capture the moment with some snaps and at the end write a small battle report for the club Facebook page, it was safe to say it was popular reaching over 12 thousand people, but that was not all, this happened!

 http://www.devil-pig-games.com/en/une-partie-dheroes-of-normandie-gigantesque/

 Devil Pig Games had seen what we had done and transferred the article onto their website.

Now since that article we have become the official UK Devil Pig Games club and Demo Team.

So what’s next? well we have now just started a Heroes of Normandie  league and are planning another large all day game, pssst, its gonna be BIG!

 The demo team have been busy and we will be attending Hereward war-games show in Peterbourgh, Colours in Reading and will even be holding a Aftermath Gaming Club Table including a Heroes of Normandie table on the University Of East Anglia’s freshers day.

We will be looking at a tournament next year as well as many  other  shows including Salute. I plan to nip over to France and visit the Devil Pig Team, I owe them a pint you see, what for? well that rather lovely logo at the top of the page that they designed for us.

So the love of a game, some devoted fans and some hard work has really paid off and the best thing of all is it’s great fun doing it.

 Pick yourself a copy up, have a game, join the Facebook group and the Devil Pig Games

Forum and hopefully we will see you at one of the shows or next years club tournament.

Right, I’m off to have a cup of tea :)

Lee Lowe