Today I packed up the Zorndorf demo-game in readiness for the Sheffield Wargames Society's show this weekend. Triples 2014 is being held at the English Institute of Sport, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA. We have been given a table in the central isle across the main Hall - we are on table L.
In truth, except for the number of figures, it is not a big game. There is little in the way of topographical features so the game is not burdened with huge amounts of 'poly-hill and tile' which so often fills the transport to the roof and makes loading and setting up a nightmare. Apart from the cloths to cover the table and a shopping bag with a few odds and sods, the whole lot fits into eight apple boxes - six of which hold the troops.
I've added a few finishing touches to the set up including some labels for commanders and terrain features. It might mean that we actually refer to the generals by name.
The Ilkley Lads no longer do hand outs. We don't think the scant information they allow is read let alone kept; we usually took home as many as got taken; and the cost of printer ink being what it is, they are now an expensive luxury I can ill afford. However, for those with the time and enthusiasm we do provide stuff to read at the table. I would like to thank Kronoskaf Seven Years War Project for allowing me to use their very well researched and full description of the battle. We have also prepared a file with game notes of a wargaming nature (scenario notes, figures used, etc.). It has all gone into the convention briefcase containing all manner of things we have learnt to take over the years (writing pad, writing implements, scissors, scalpel blade, Selotape, super glue, etc.) after trying to beg or borrow them when we didn't.
Last, but not least, I've packed the Ilkley Lads' bag of wedges: Plywood squares, beer mats and other bits of assorted cardboard.... Hmmm, Duvel..... Trying to get eight trestle tables to level up without these is impossible: Essential.
So that's it. Royal Victoria Hotel booked for Saturday night. Table at The Wig and Pen booked for the evening meal. All ready to go - 6.30 am start on Saturday, Crikey Charlie - see you there.