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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 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 Club Listing Expansion

Dan Carroll

As mentioned in yesterdays article we are looking at how we can expand the Club Listings we have here on our website. The GCN is committed to providing the opportunity for individuals and Member Clubs to participate in the tabletop gaming hobby. 

At the moment our club finder lists all of our member clubs wherever they may be located, including being displayed on a map. They also get space to show themselves off, having their opening times, games played, pictures and more. Below are some examples:

In addition to the above listings member clubs can get their events such as tournaments advertised on our events calendar. 

The proposal to expand on this is to add a listing of non member clubs as well. This would entail a very basic description as shown below:

The listings on the Club Finder page would become:

Non member clubs will not be able to advertise their events like a member club can. Also whenever we share details of clubs with affiliates, such as with Warlord recently and their player map, this will only be GCN Member Clubs. The club listings we put in our publication such as the brochures and new Newsletter will only feature Member Clubs. 

As mentioned before with the GCNs purpose of providing opportunities for individuals and member clubs to participate in the hobby having a fully comprehensive listing enables this. This would also take us closer to being a centre point of tabletop gaming knowledge and increased traffic to the site means more people seeing the pages of our members.

A note will be placed at the top of the Club Finder page stating that the GCN Member Clubs hold themselves to a set standard including holding themselves to our Child Protection Policy and we readily recommended people attend them, however non member clubs are not held to the same standards as a GCN Member Club.

As this idea is a fundamental change to how the GCN has run though it is something that needs to be decided upon by the membership of the Network, therefore it will be voted upon at this years AGM.

EU Gamemat Review

Jez Fairclough

Just recently i had the pleasure of dealing with EU Game Mats and getting them on board with the GCN with a very generous discount and free shipping offer.

Off the back of this i had asked them if they would mind sending me a mat as a sample so i can write a quick review so that others can get a better idea of the quality. They loved the idea and after waiting 4-5 days I had received the item.

Being the big kid that I am, I leapt into action and got to opening the box as quick as i could until i was presented with a really smart black carry bag. I wasted no time at all and got the mat out and i must say i was real impressed with the final product.

The only bit of negativity i can say about this product is that it is a nightmare to roll up and get into the carry case, but that’s it.

The GCN offer that they have provided makes these mats even more accessible and affordable and is a well recommended purchase to transform your gaming surface, whether at home or at the club.

They do different themes from space, to rocky ground, to city set ups with detailed roads.

Mega thumbs up to Eu Game Mat.

Chris Brown

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