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Warfare 2015 in Reading 25 December 2015

(Merry Christmas to all my readers.)

On a dreary November day I visited Warfare, a two-day show in Reading that's filling the gap left by Colours having moved to Newbury. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

It was held at the Rivermead leisure complex, but they had taken appropriate steps to cater for wargamers – literally, as all the food available inside was of the painfully healthy variety.

This is one of the few large shows still to have a bring and buy, and it was huge and doing good business. I assume the others just don't want the hassle; there's certainly still demand.

About time! I realise wargamers are traditionally male, but that's no reason to pander to the cheesecake fanciers. Yes, Malifaux, I'm looking at you, but not only at you. (The show was offering free admission to women, which struck me as a little creepy as well as futile: it's not exactly the sort of thing one turns up at on impulse, or where a fiver for a ticket is going to make a huge difference to one's decision to enter or not.)

Some lovely offerings from The Dice Bag Lady.

The main hall. Well, one of them – the show was split, with all the traders in one room and all the actual games in another.

Sure, very nice (except for the gratuitous cleavage), but why?

Some splendidly-painted and lit aliens for Dropzone Commander.

The games room. It smelled of athletic failure.

Various pretties for Firestorm Armada; I particularly liked the drifting wreckage. (But I already play Full Thrust and X-Wing; I don't need another space combat game!)

Multiple games of Dropzone Commander.

Tags: wargaming

  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 10:58am on 25 December 2015

    I didn't go this year due to a lack of disposable income but maybe next year.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 11:51am on 25 December 2015

    It did feel like much more a buying show than a playing show, though they did have tournaments here more than demo games. (But then the last show I went to was Hereward Wargames, which deliberately emphasised participation.)

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