Despite what I posted yesterday I did manage to pop into Norwich this morning for Diceni. This event is now in its fourth* year - it seems settled into the first weekend in May. The only other time I've made it was in 2014,** but if my own experience of the day is anything to go by, attendance seems to be growing.
** Checking my Loot Post I see several items that haven't been painted two years on...
|The Venue: The Forum, Norwich|
|The Pink Ladies were nothing to do with Diceni - just some loca; colour.|
(Robert Audin would have made a wry comment about that I'm sure!)
* Or do I mean a 'Strategy Games" Show?
** Norwich also has a "Gaming Show" in the same venue earlier in the year. That seems to be devoted to computer games.
|LARPers from the Norwich Fools & Heroes|
|To avoid appearing to be a pervert I didn't take |
photos of the children or women cosplayers, but
they were there.
Some readers might not like to hear this, but I think that this combined approach makes for a better atmosphere. I'm sure there are grumpy old pedants involved in cosplay and boardgames just as in wargaming, but if so they're not so at the fore! Today they was a great, friendly and fun with a high proportion of families and passers-by looking around*.
* The venue being slap-bang in the centre of Norwich and entry being free probably had a lot to do with that.
|The stall of our local hobby shop - it's basically a toy shop, but hopefully|
events like these help justify their decision to stock tabletop hobby and
LARP materials. More strength to their elbows!
* Though as you'll see from my photos there weren't any geeks to be seen!
|This may or may not have been the GreatGeekMeet|
But to the tabletop activities...
Being shy by nature I didn't take many photos or talk to many people, but these might give a taste of what was there. Those expecting the big tables one sees at wargames shows would have been disappointed - though I'm sure the organisers wouldn't turn one down if someone offered to put a big-table game on!
|Warlord demo'ing Bolt Action and Beyond the Gates of Anatres.|
|The Aftermath Gaming Club playing SAGA|
|The New Buckenham Club had brought along Wings of War|
|This interesting-looking game from Fat Chance Games is shortly to |
be subject of a KickStarter
As always, I tried to be modest about the loot, I resisted the blashisments of MMM's pre-owned figures, but I did bring some things home with me.
First the freebie
As I was looking at the TAG stall the guy told me the price of the six-figure and cavalry blister packs. "And the individual figures?" I asked. It turns out that these were freebies that they'd brought along* in theory to give to people in costume** but had decided to hand out anyway.
*I see from their website that normally you get one of these when you spend £39 mail order.
** I'd come along as a fat, bearded, grumpy middle-aged man.
Giving me a freebie had the desired effect and I later went back and bought a pack of their Goons in President Masks - nicely painted up on their gallery page.
There was no special figure for this year's event, but I bought a d10 to mark the occasion.
And other than that there were just a couple of Bones figures that I thought might come in as Frostgrave spellcasters.
I've not painted Bones before, but the Not-Illithid looks like it'll be fun (he'll also come in for interaction with Pulp cultists).