There's something about tabletop war-gaming that gets into the blood. From the teenage years of scraping together the pennies for models, to the University spare room conversion (and scraping together the pennies for models!) through to being part of the ever-expanding community of 30 and over wargamers, there's some things you never get away from. I'm a long-in-the-tooth wargamer, and have spotted something that the UK is missing out on.
The Hobby Haven
One of the challenges of rolling dice with your friends here in the UK is space - there's plenty of friendly gaming stores you can go to and get a game in. You can set-up a board in your house or garage for a game or two. But few of us have the room to have a dedicated gaming space that allows you to leave your table and models out for an extended period.
The Hobby Haven is setting out to solve that problem. Hobbists will be able to hire the venue for a weekend or week, and it'll provide them everything they need for the ideal gaming experience. No opening hours, no restrictions on food and drink. Tables already set-up. Scenery on site. Bring your models, and let battle commence!
The vision for the venue itself is simple - gaming tables and racks of scenery from a variety of eras and game systems, from historical to science fiction. We have the venue, we have some funding, but anything achieved from this campaign will allow more and better scenery and facilities.
Once you're tired of rolling dice, crash out in the lounge area and recount the highs and lows of the day. Just make the most of being around your friends, in an environment that isn't restricted by time or retail conditions.
Accommodation is provided in the venue in our 4 bed bunk-room, so gamers can make the most of their "geek retreat". Much better to crawl into bed after a chaotic day, and be there raring to go when morning comes.
Thanks for reading, see you on the battlefield.