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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!

 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

The GCN Mascot

Dan Carroll

So we are on to our final article on changes coming to the GCN. The GCN Mascot!!

As part of wanting to increase the GCN's identity and visibility we are looking at creating a 'Mascot' in much the same way as The White Dwarf for Games Workshop or Blaine for Mantic Games. We feel having such a character would create an immediately recognisable (over time as it builds of course) visual on all GCN promotional materials, such as banners and T-shirts worn by GCN officials. 

We are currently in the process of getting some concept artwork drawn up for a character which will be presented to the Membership to decide on. However we are keen to see what our Members can come up with themselves. So if you are an artist or sculptor and want to knock up an idea for us, we are looking for something along the following lines:

  • Male or Female
  • Rugged hero type for features
  • Needs to be stylised and whatever equipment or armour needs to be something that can easily be modified to fit any genre or period.

With this we are also looking forward. That is having such a Mascot could allow us to produce models of it for our Members to exclusively get hold off (for which we have already had offers to produce from several of our affiliates), perhaps even running painting competitions on this model.

The Listing of Friendly Local Gaming Stores

Dan Carroll

So for the penultimate article on changes both happening and proposed today we are looking at adding a listing of Local Gaming Stores to the website.

As part of encouraging communications between Member Clubs, Retailers and individuals we are looking at offering an advertising page in much the same vein as our Member Clubs but for Friendly Local Gaming Stores. This would result in stores getting a page similar to the one below:

 There are many Independent stores that have supported our Member Clubs and we are seeking to give something back as well as help build new relationships.

So if you run a FLGS or if your Member club has had some fantastic support from one get in touch so we can get this set up.

The New style AGM!

Dan Carroll

Every year the GCN holds an Annual General Meeting in October/November/December time. This meeting is held to get our Member Clubs input for decisions that affect the entire Membership such as Constitutional amendments, decisions effecting subs, changes to the structure of GCN Membership and the Election of GCN Officials. This year the meeting will be held on Saturday October 29th.

Every Member club is encouraged to send along at least one of their committee to put forward their views and also cast their clubs vote. Due to the location of each club and the difficulty in finding somewhere that is easily accessible to everyone we also supply a 'postal vote' system run through the website so Member clubs that are unable to have someone attend can still cast their vote and have their say.

Traditionally the AGM has been held in Nottingham as it is a central UK location and up until last year it had been held at Warhammer World.

The GCNs' aim is to help build a community of tabletop gamers and build relationships between our Members, companies and hobbyists. To help achieve that aim we are seeking to turn the AGM into a GCN Members only event showing off our Member clubs to each other with the support of our affiliates.

Starting this year the AGM will be held in association with one of our affiliates at their HQ, this year being at Mantic Headquarters! Not only have Mantic allowed us the use of the Headquarters for the AGM but they have also said they will be able to put on some exclusive activities for our Members!

It gets better though as Mantic and Warlord have not only had a great relationship with ourselves but also have built a relationship with each other, with this in mind Warlord Games will also be in attendance with some fantastic displays and/or demos for our Members to take part in. 

However while it is great that our affiliates are keen to be involved we want the focus to be on our Members. To this end we want our Member Clubs to come along and show off some of the amazing games and hobby that they engage in. So far we have 3 clubs who have confirmed they will be attending and putting on demonstration games, however we want to see more of our Members take this opportunity. So if your club is a Member of the Network and you want to come and take part please get your club contact to fill in the form below:

So the plan for the day is that this will be a full day event with any Member of a GCN Member able to attend for free!!!! While the games our Members are showing off will be playable from the doors opening we will hold the actual AGM portion first thing and make sure everyone gets more time to meet their fellow members and engage in the hobby. 

To help celebrate our members and those who attend we will be running competitions on the day as well. These are designed not just for individuals attending the day but also the clubs as well and to celebrate them.


UPDATE: Details of Council positions up for election this year are here

The GCN Regions and Volunteers

Dan Carroll

Throughout it's history the GCN has had many volunteers helping out with many things such as running GCN stands at shows and supporting local clubs in various ways. 

Over time there have been many views of what our Volunteers should be doing and how to go about it. What we have done here is take all of that, take the core elements from them all and compared that to feedback we have been receiving to get a clear picture of what our Volunteers can be doing. 

The GCN has a core purpose of providing assistance to its member clubs in the following five ways:

  • To provide assistance in the running of local gaming events
  • To facilitate Club activities
  • To provide assistance in the running of games at both local and national levels
  • To provide communication methods for and between Gaming Clubs and their individual members
  • To facilitate Club Development and growth
  • To promote good communications between Gaming Clubs and Games Originators, Manufacturers and Retailers.To provide assistance in the running of games at both local and national levels

It is with these objectives in mind that the roles of Representatives and Coordinators will now be in place with their own specific aims and expectations. 

How this will work is we have split the Territories over which our Member Clubs exist into 7 Regions:

  • Northern England

Covering Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Shropshire, Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear

  • The Midlands

Covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Warwickshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

  • Southern England

Covering Avon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall, Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex,  Essex, Greater London, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire

  • Scotland

  • Wales

  • Northern Ireland

  • European Union

Each Region will have one Coordinator whose role will cover the running of the region, that is ensuring Representatives are in place, which areas they will be responsible for and acting as a central point of contact between the local level of representatives and the council to ensure any and all feedback is passed onto the correct person.

The Representatives will have an area to cover, agreed on between them and their Coordinator based on available transport location etc, within which will be several Member Clubs. The Reps will then act as the main point of contact between the Clubs and the Network. 

This is not to say that a Rep or Coordinator will be left to their own devices and given no support. We have systems in place already using social media and a 'GCN Officials' forum to act as repositories of information and places to ask for help and advice. 

One big change we will be implementing with this is a way for the Volunteers to let the Council and therefore the wider Network know just what it is they and the Member Clubs in their areas are doing. Currently we have Volunteers going out there and doing fantastic work with many different clubs and at many different shows and we wanted to create a system that allows them to easily and clearly let us know. This will also mean we can easily pull together features on Member Clubs or on the Reps themselves for use on the site and in the new Newsletter. Plus with the new AGM we have another change coming in to allow us to recognise those Volunteers who are really pushing themselves, the Network and its Members out there (see tomorrows article for more info on this)

To see the full description of each role and the support available simply click the button below

We are always looking for motivated people to volunteer with us and help us meet our aims. If you feel you are one of those people please fill in the form below or contact me at

As part of this change we will also be changing our use of Facebook. At present we have 15 different Regional Facebook groups, this will be reduced to 7 in line with the new Regions detailed above. The reasons for this are to allow any advertising of Club events our Members let us know about to reach a wide audience but also to be targeted geographically to help the impact of this advertising. These groups will be administrated by the Reps and Coordinator from the relevant Region and are a place for not just your events to be shared but also your hobby in general as well as for getting GCN information and news out to you.