Tuesday's meeting (last night), the one I had spent so much time on the loo reading rules books in preparation of, didn't quite work out as expected.
Two of the prospective newbies sadly called in sick and as they were to provide the figures for the 15mm hail Caesar game this left me in a bit of a position regarding games; what should we run now? I then had a call from club member Richard asking what games we were to play...he had found two further prospective members that he had invited to the club that evening to see the games! Blimey. No worries I said, we will have something. Operation Squad is always a good stand by and we have club terrain and armies for that, I would also bring my copy of Memoir 44, just in case. But it was all starting to feel a bit pooey with just a couple of hours to go!
The evening started with the usual staggered arrivals which I watched with concern, just who would turn up to do what...and with whom? Its a complicated life being a club chairman you know! Club Member Alex arrived, who I expected to not be there given he had been away at a weekend wargame competition, and set up and ran a modern 6mm game...he is a top guy! Phil, another top guy, arrived to run a 15mm ancients game using 'Might of Arms' rules using his own figures. both games could take a number of extra players and we still had the option of operation Squad and Memoir 44.....we were going to get away with this!
The two new visitors arrived and were introduced to all and shown around, they were encouraged to talk to the other members and join in any game that took their interest....both of whom later expressed an interest in returning and becoming members! The third of the original three prospective newbies also arrived....Hi Dave!....and handed me a completed membership form and fee! So, we now have thirteen members and still four prospective newbies yet to make their mark on the dotted line, things are actually looking up despite that early pre meeting scare. The two games looked really good and were well run by people who knew the rules....we looked pretty professional at the end.
This just left Mark and I who, committee duties dealing with visitors etc now complete, looked to a game of our own. It was too late to start something like Operation squad so we decided upon Memoir 44; and we had a very good time too.
The game was easy to play but far from a simple game, it takes some thought. We both really enjoyed it and look forward to trying the other scenarios, definitely worth a look dear blog reader!