After the Oldhammer Weekend


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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:41 am

After the Oldhammer Weekend

It may seem a little premature of me to be making this suggestion now, but we really need to think what is going to happen AFTER the Oldhammer Weekend is over. By this I don't mean nurse that hangover and shoulder the lead to head home! I mean, what are we going to do to ensure that the Oldhammer Phenomenon continues its momentum? Afterall, there is going to be a lot of buzz about the internet concerning the event and that is something we will need to capitalise on.

Gaj (weasil) and I had a long conversation last night, by conversation I mean Garth was coherant and articulate and I rambled on and went off on tangents, but despite my waffling we got a few things agreed. WE NEED ANOTHER OLDHAMMER EVENT PLANNED to direct new comers towards. But when and where are we to do this is what needs to discussed here.

Obviously, another event at the Foundry could be a possibility! If they will have us again! But how many times a year? And what about a a presence at a major wargaming show such as Salute? We mooted between us the possibility of running a big scenario, such as Lichemaster!

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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:21 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

I think its a good idea.
"I'm dreaming of a lead Christmas". :D

I also think doing something at Salute would be cool ... if only to get me off my arse and down to salute next year.

If we don't make an effort to get together we some of us may struggle to get a game in from one year to the next. :D
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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:42 am

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Darn it, I knew I was supposed to do something last night. Came home to kid related nonsense and plain forgot.

More events is the only way to go, doing something is the only way this stays living and relevant rather than nostalgic navel gazing.

Salute is probably a must, a joint project would be great. Another thought would be local events, I know with three Oldhammerers in Cambridge and others including yourself Orlygg in the East Anglian area, that a Cambridge/East Anglian meet up is readily on the cards. I believe there are Yorkshire and Hampshire factions forming and doing things too.

Maybe one Salute idea would be to have the different regions get together and plan forces, any outside those regions either virtually join one or could come along as free lances.
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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:45 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

Assuming the August event is the success I hope it's going to be, how about at the very least an annual get-together at Foundry for the "main event" interspersed with ad-hoc events throughout the year? I would suggest that very soon after August we get a date sorted for "Oldhammer 2014" at Foundry so that we have plenty of time to plan games, get figures painted etc.

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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:11 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

Great minds think alike! I think that Salute is a must and would be a great experience for all concerned. A joint effort would be fantastic, board, scenery, minis, scenario.. etc! As Erny said, we certainly need to do a Cambridge/East Anglia semi regular event. Really, we just need a venue and date to get this one going. As for Oldhammer 2014? I really hope this is a possibility. What about these for possible puns for such an event? Slaves to leadness? The Lost and the Leaded? Or even, The Terror of the Leadmaster?
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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:23 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

I agree, but just to reiterate - does everyone think that Foundry should be the basis for the main annual event, given its facilities and its central location? Not forgetting its historical associations. Assuming everything goes as planned in August of course.
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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:28 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

I really hope to attend to Oldhammer day 2014, "Terror of the leadmeister" is definitely a brillinat catch !

Salute not being in the field of possibility for me, I was thinking a lower level. I may be slightly off topic but I think this can be relevant. I am (like many people of this comunity) living in an oldhammer desert and my only link with the community is this forum and the many blogs surrounding it.
I believe starting small but viable local oldhammer communities could help to :
1) get people to know what we do
2) give new blood and avoid the navel gazing
3) make people less intimidated ;)
Another point is that groups may be more likely to attend to bigger events as oldhammer day or salute than a lonesome lad lost far away.
When I go to my hobby shop, I do sometimes see people over 30 with old lead and I'm pretty sure amongst them some may have the will to share but don't want to go through the hassle of organising things.
I don't mean to go as far as making a french oldhammer day (bad idea) but helping buil a few local communities which could meet and emulate to go to UK once in a while is definitely something worthy.

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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:34 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

Personally I don't like the idea of Foundry being the 'center', getting too close to one company isn't in the spirit of the thing. I would prefer a main event that allowed different traders to participate. Kind of feels like they're trying to hijack the thing to be honest. That and it's a huge trek. Gearing up for a thing at Salute - probably the biggest wargaming event of the year, yeah...

Huge displays of archeogaming might be nice, but it's not really the heart and soul of Oldhammer and may well be off-putting to some. We've had discussions about elitism and the problems that has with growing the community, not that I'm personally interested in that either way, but worth baring in mind. Coops bring-and-battle RT 10-man unit has a lot to commend it as a show-game as it's very inclusive, but I imagine very demanding of the GM. Perhaps see what happens at the Foundry event and use that to see what works.

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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:45 am

Re: After the Oldhammer Weekend

Photographic or even video footage of the Oldhammer Weekend will go a long way to attracting people. Hence why we need to promote things afterward. When people can actually 'see' what we do I am sure they will feel less intimidated. As for Steve's comment, the Foundry really is the spiritual home of Oldhammer, the Ansell connection is enough to support that, and the fact the Ansells invited us and made this all possible. Without them, we'd be in some church hall in the midlands. I can also see Zhu's point about the 'meaning' Oldhammer. However, a great number of members of our community are archaeogamers who want to play old school GW games. In our discussion last night, Gaj and I talked about perhaps making more of our blog brands at a future event to diversify this from Oldhammer. The trouble is, with Oldhammer meaning different things to different people we cannot hope to satisfy everyone. I think that creating a friendly, supportive atmosphere that welcomes narrative based play and is non-judgemental is what we really want to achieve. In my book, that is the spirit of the movement

Returning to the use of the Foundry, we are not really going to find a better venue, are we?
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Post Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:00 am

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Orlygg wrote:Foundry really is the spiritual home of Oldhammer,


I call bullshit on that :D

Yep, Salute is probably a better venue. It will provide more passing interest and a larger exposure. I'm not saying the Foundry event isn't a nice idea, but lets not turn this into being all about them.
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