A brief overview of my journey to GLAM 2010 with
pictures and an incomplete commentary.
I have used Lead Adventure
Forum names and real names interchangeably depending on my mood and
knowledge; names aren't my strong point. please feel free to add any
corrections and observations in the comment box at the end and I will
endeavour to correct any mistakes and update information in due course.
14th of May 2010 dawned bright and early for me at 04:00 as my alarm
dragged me from my bed after only a couple of hours' sleep so that I
would be ready in time for Nick (Malamute) to pick me up at 05:00. He
arrived bang on time and we headed off towards our rendezvous with
Richard (Captain Blood) who was going to take us to Gatwick for our
flight to Germany and the long-awaited GLAM 2010.
Captain Blood shows a fraction of his vast estates to
Thanks to the good Captain's wife (Mrs. Blood?) we all
arrived safely at Gatwick where Paul (Overlord) and Dylan (Plynkes) met
us according to plan and we were soon whisked into the sky courtesy of
A parting view of Blighty.
The first glimpse of Germany below the clouds.
were met at Hamburg airport by Tobi (Green Knight) and Dirk (NurgleHH)
who had already met Peder (Hammers) from his flight and we were soon
blasting down the autobarn towards Kiel, our home for the coming
Malamute, Grimm and Driscoles in front of Driscoles'
house in Kiel.
We spent a little time exchanging pleasantries
with our hosts at Bjorn's (Driscoles) house and Grimm showed us his new
After this it was back into the cars and off to our
Deep inside the local woods, well off the beaten track,
nestled at the end of a rugged dirt path was a wonderful building that
oozed Germanic charm and character. it was like something from a
Brothers Grimm tale.
Inside there was a roaring wood-burning heater, a
kitchen stocked with cheap, plentiful beer and a large games room.
Everything a visiting gamer could wish for in fact.
Jens of Pardulon (Zafferelli) sets up his game whilst
Tobi, Doomhippie and Vikotnik (amongst others) work similar magic in the
We all played games and chatted until, at around
15:00, Vikotnik's mother arrived with the world's best home-made
Kartoffelsalad and we broke off to stuff ourselves. then it was more
games and chatting until the butcher turned up at 19:00 with the roast
pig. More stuffing of faces and drinking of beer followed.
resumed until around 22:00 when we all staggered out into the deep, dark
woods to make our way home for the night.
The roast pig.
Grimm's .45 Adventure Cuthulhu game.
destined to spend my weekend at the apartment of Volker (here on the
right next to Christian) and his wife in Kiel. I had a great time in
their company and enjoyed a comfortable room, fantastic food and good
conversation. When I finally left them on the Sunday, as well as being
completely full of a huge German breakfast, I was also staggering under
the weight of a copy of Tigris and Euphrates that Volker had given me.
Day two saw us all ferried to a local hotel where our
ever-efficient German hosts and some enterprising Danes were already
setting up the day's games. A full day of gaming and beer drinking was
The Danish VSF game.
The painting table.
Towards evening there was an
award ceremony where everyone received their GLAM 2010 trophy, a hand
inscribed (by Vikotnik) beer stein, what could be more fitting?
After this it was upstairs to the dining room for the
evening meal and more socialising and beer.
Hammers shows us how to drink wine properly.
Day three began early with frantic checking of
websites, the dreaded ash cloud was threatening to close down air travel
over England. To take our mind s off it we were taken to the coast of
the Baltic to play around in a U boat.
The U boat was on display next to the German Naval
Memorial which we also visited, a solemn place indeed but very
interesting. We all trooped up to the top of the tower to brave the wind
and admire the view and looked at the ship models in the historical
Laboe Naval Memorial.
After all that excitement we travelled
further along the coast to enjoy a lunch of freshly cooked fish and
seafood (and Currywurst) by the beach.
At last it was time to head back and we got to spent a
tense couple of hours in Hamburg airport waiting to see if we had a
luckily Tobi and Grimm waited with us and we found
some more beer to help pass the time.
We made it on to the last flight out and touched down
at Gatwick tired but relieved. The end of a wonderful and unforgettable
weekend spent in the good company of our friends from the LAF.
All the games, all the people...