Can you believe that our team of enthusiastic hobbyists has been organizing Sunday events for two years now? It all started in May of 2016 with humble beginnings, three tables and a handful of eager players ready for a few games of Warhammer 40,000. For the first eighteen months the Gaming Sunday took place on the last Sunday of the month and in January of this year we shook things up by moving to the first Sunday. Since that day in May ’16 we have had a total of 29 fun filled days of gaming (we added in an extra day during the summer and Christmas holidays of 2016 and one for the Worldwide Warhammer 40,000 campaign).
While Warhammer 40,000 has always been the most popular game, there have been many varied games played. People have played games of Age of Sigmar, Blood Bowl, X-Wing, Bolt Action, Shadespire, Kill Team, Konflikt ’47, Star Wars Legion and Warhammer Quest. That last one was especially fun, with two teams of 4 players each trying to be the first to make their way to the final room. Most Gaming Sundays have been free for all to decide what games to play, with a few exceptions. There was the Warhammer Quest day mentioned above and we have held a Kill Team day. We also actively took part in the latest Warhammer 40,000 worldwide campaign with games played being recorded on the campaign website.
As stated earlier, the first session we only had three tables. This number has grown over the months and we can now cater for up to 16 players with enough scenery to fill eight tables. Even that has not been enough on a few occasions. The other thing that has been a problem is not knowing what games people want to play on each day. This has unfortunately caused people to not always be able to get a game or just one after a long wait for table space. Some days we have had over 20 people with a lot of standing round because there are not enough tables and other days we only had six people with armies for different games and long waits because there are not enough opponents. These have all been things we are keen to improve on and we have a plan.
We have been experimenting with various lay-outs for the room to try and get as many tables in as possible and learned valuable lessons with each Gaming Sunday. We will be taking a break during the summer months to improve the tables and will come back towards the end of the year with a new format for the Gaming Sunday that we think will be very exciting for everybody attending.
For 2019 we have moved our games to the last Saturday of every month. This means that the shop will be open the entire day and it also makes it easier for people to travel by bus and train. We look forward to seeing everybody on the last Saturday of every month.