So with the exception of Salute thats the hardest wekend of the year done- not the miost lucrative but the hardest graft- setting up and pulling down twice in a weekend with several hours sitting in a van- not to mention getting up at dfist sparrow -fart- AFTER you've done one show.- Well you just notice you've done it is all.
So to the shows themselves- Border Reiver- footfall definitely down on last year but then there were some communication issues which I (the sponsor) will have to take up with the organisers.- Around half a dozen phone calls on the Saturday morning- after I'd left obviously - asking where the show was ! - Including one that got my wife out of the shower! . There were Border Reiver website issues also again something I'll have to take up with the organisers .
Quality of games- mixed to say the least with most of the players intent on playing and nothing that really piqued my interest- though the 54mm medieval thingy did stand ouit a bit above the rest and the "operational" WW1 which was a bit clever but neither really my thing .
the show could have done with another 3 or so games- there was plenty of room but I suspect that finding chaps willing to do it is getting tough. as for example I saw neither Durham nor the IWG there . Yet Falkirk had made it ... Odd that .... Indeed only 7 games were listed- by club not by game .
So Sunday and Partixan a very different ball game- but still with issues. Once again the organisers had been royally shafted by the venue owners- who so obviously simply don't give a toss- and it shows..Due to the previous night "Indian Wedding" several dozen square meteres of staging remind in the main hall . this meant that most of that space was unusable and the traders and games had to be crowded into the remaining space. Claustrophobia became an issue. Arses bending ove tables became an issue. Simply moving about between tables was sometimes an issue.
The normally smooth catering at this event was a complete joke. Lunch- forgert it - assuming you could get there there were no sandwiches! Even the obligatory morning bacon buttie was decidely undefilled and flaccid(and overpriced) especially when compared to the splendid creations of the Buttie van at Gatehead!.(or indeed Luch at Gateshead from the venue cafeteria- well above the norm for a Wargame show possibly the best this yesr)
However on the up side- the games were as always splendid looking with chaps wanting to talk to you about them- not that I had much time as I and the team were well busy ! knocking out gear to the chaps. So despite the crowding and other issues a fine time had by all .