24th-26th October 2008 BLAM!
It all started as a mad idea on the Lead Adventure forum. 'Suppose we sort out a venue and invite forum members from around the world to come and play games with us,' said Malamute one day in early January. 'Splendid,' replied everybody and the list of who to invite was drawn up forthwith.
The criteria to be
included was pretty simple, British Lead Adventurers were invited to
submit their ideas for games they would put on and, once the volunteers
had been roped in, everyone suggested who they would like to invite
from afar. Every guest proposed was contacted and approached with the
idea, most agreed to come along.
that we all went off and started beavering away on our games; all, that
is, except Malamute. He had to sort out a venue, arrange transport,
decide on possible restaurants, negotiate prices and keep everybody
updated and in the loop.Much discussion
followed on the ‘secret’ British Lead Adventure Meeting board. We
decided on a name for the event, BLAM, and I managed to design a logo
most people were happy with. Once that was finished I did nothing more,
my game was ready to go. However, I kept up with the different forum
threads where others posted their progress and watched the games come
together with mounting anticipation.Finally the great day
dawned. I got to the Pope’s Grotto hotel a little late on the Friday
because of work and everything was in full swing by the time I arrived.
I met people, chatted and looked at the games until it was time to
break for supper. We all trooped off to Pizza Express and gorged
ourselves on pizza, pasta and engaging conversation.Saturday saw an early
start and I set up my meager game with the help of Mark and Karl as
usual and then we waited for players. Mark and Karl took the
opportunity to play in Rob (JollyBob) and Gavin’s (revford) Lost World
Dinosaur Safari game with Grimm. Grimm was very sporting even after his
party was almost wiped out by charging dinosaurs that Mark’s safari had
managed to side step. Karl’s French shot as many people in the back as
they could but were beaten off by British pluck. Eventually Mark won
with Queen Victoria (Gawd bless ‘er) returning to camp with the biggest
trophy. Grimm was second after having bagged King Kong in the last
seconds of the game. Karl’s Foreign Legion were never seen again.
Grimm, Karl, revford, JollyBob and Mark at the Lost World table.Mark,Grimm and revford being gentlemen....what, no Karl in this shot? Must be gentlemen only then.King Kong attacking Queen Victoria's party.The stampeding dinosaurs.The French Foreign Legion being dastardly and cunning.A view of the Lost World. Baseboards and figures by Lowtardog, jungle and figures by JollyBob and revford
The rest of the day
for me was spent running a couple of games of Alien Invasion. My stand
out player was Tobias, (Green_Knight) who played his Daleks with such
relentless ferocity and murderous enthusiasm that all the others turned
on him in fright. No matter how many of the little tin destroyers were
wiped out he always seemed to have more to fight back with. I’d like to
thank all the people that played and I hoped they enjoyed it as much as
Tobias and his Daleks. Araganor is playing UNIT (and winning).
A perfect Saturday was
rounded off with a fantastic Chinese meal and the closing medal
ceremony where every attendee was presented with their BLAM! 2008
medal. I for one will treasure mine and hope it’s the first of a large
was a time for goodbyes as our European friends headed off to the
airport but we still managed to get some games in. I played a game of Geezers! “Shut it!” run by Karl (Lowtardog) and Paul (Overlord). I took the part of the scummy criminals and Nick (Malamute)
attempted to stop me robbing an office payroll with his Flying Squad.
Needless to say he failed and all my gang got away scott free with all
the money leaving DI Regan reeling around the car park firing his gun
wildly. This one game is going to cost me a fair bit of money in the
near future as I plan to buy the rules and figures so I can stage my
own 70s fun again and again.
Grimm, Green_Knight, Overlord and Lowtardog at the scene of the crime.
arches, tube station, prison and pub by Overlord, Lowtardog painted the
Plastruct buildings and nearly all the figures.
Green-Knight's blag wasn't as successful as mine, the main culprits went down for 15 years a piece.
That was it for me, my BLAM! 2008
experience was truly memorable. Everyone was friendly, enthusiastic and
knowledgeable. I can’t wait for the next one. Maybe next time I’ll be
able to get near the Victorian Science Fiction game and have a proper look or play in Captain Blood’s spectacularly good looking Bloody Border Skirmish.
Captain Blood, hammershield, Vikotnik and Green_Knight play out a Bloody Border Skirmish.
A (very poor quality) close up of the action.
The English prepare to repell a Prussian invasion around the venusian glass house at Kew.The Glasshouse built by Bullshot. Wonderful ornamental garden pieces too.Standing
left to right: Grimm, pal-of-revford and revford; aka the Pratchett
brothers , Overlord, Green Knight, Jolly Bob, Dr. Death, fastolfrus,
Thunderchicken, Vikotnik, Dewbakuk, Driscoles and Lowtardog
left to right: Mrs revford, mrs fastolfrus , fastolfrus jr., a young
Sean Connery straight from the set of Dr. No (hammershield), Bullshott,
the Prince of Darkness himself: Malamute and Aragonor.
Laying prone after taking a 3d6 hit from a caliver: Captain Blood.
Me (Matakishi), Mrs Matakishi, Mark and Karl because we had to leave a
little early in order to get the game stuff home before returning for
the Saturday night meal.The BLAM! medal awarded to all participants.
Dr De'Ath's photos of BLAM! 2008
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