It has been about 12 years or so since I was last a paid-up card-carrying member* of this wargames club. I still keep in touch with what they are doing and even now, remember fondly Friday nights, driving to Tring with Steve, and sometimes Jeffro, troops rattling around in the boot. We’d walk into the old community hall and grab some table space for a game. The usual suspects would be next to the stage playing Shako, or something American Civil War-ish, or later Rapid Fire. There would be some DBM being played, sometimes Hordes of the Things and there was generally an esoteric mix of other games going on.
We’d start by 7-7:30 and a quick game was a good game as we aimed to be finished, packed up and down to the local for two pints and a bag of crisps before the bar rang the bell. A lazy consuming of the beer then into the car to drive back to Winkwell, dodging the drunken brawls that inevitably would erupt across the High Street through Berko.
They were some most enjoyable times, and the period that I probably played most wargames on a regular basis – and they were a great bunch of guys.
Well, they are still a great bunch of guys, just slightly older (crikey, aren’t we all) and they are still meeting regularly every Friday night in Tring. They’ve finally got around to registering a URL for the club (well done Colin) and the club’s webpage can be seen here www.tringwargames.org.uk
*OK, so we didn’t really have cards … but we could have!