Tring Wargames Club

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!

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Warning Order

imageI like reading and keeping up with what’s going on in my hobby. I also like to keep up with what some of the clubs and other wargamers around the world are up to. It can be a wonderful source of inspiration and more than once I have picked up new techniques from wargamers in different parts of the world. One such group I like to read their magazine is the Wasatch Front Historical Gaming Society. This group of wargamers is based in Salt Lake City in Utah in the United States. They note about themselves:

The Wasatch Front Historical Gaming Society was formed back in 1998 after a split from a much larger group in the Salt Lake City area. After years of fighting over scales we decided to go separate ways and create a new group who would focus primarily on 15mm miniatures and rules for them.

The best, however, is Warning Order, their quarterly club publication which is available online as a PDF. It is a great read and from time-to-time, quite inspirational, especially when I am looking for something in a new period.

You can find Warning Order at http://www.wfhgs.com/wrngorder.html.