November 16, 2019 by Mel
A while ago we went to Entoyment to play the Battle of Fredericksburg and met with a few members from Devon Wargames Group. You may remember the post The Battle of Fredricksburg . After the game we kept in contact with Jason Ralls from the Devon group.
So maybe I should give a little more context for this post. Lee has become more and more frustrated with the lack of a proper gaming group that he feels comfortable with in our local area. He sorely misses traditional wargames and to find like minded people at the game in Entoyment gave him the hope that he may be able to be part of that group. So with that in mind, we asked Jason if non-locals were welcome to join the group. Jason was quick to respond that we would of course be welcome (however didn’t promise any stone walls for Lee to hide behind – see the Battle of Fredericksburg link above!!).
The group meets every 2nd Saturday of the month and so we arranged to go to the group last saturday. It is strange as you never really know what kind of welcome you will get in a new group. With trepidation we left early making our way to Exeter. On our way we stopped for breakfast at the Route 303 cafe. All I can say is OMG…. I have never seen a breakfast menu like it. The cafe is fab and I can definitely recommend going.
We made it to the right address (finally, having had to phone Jason for directions!) and parked up. Lee was quite confident going into the club whereas Jamie and I were a little apprehensive. Wargames Clubs have notoriously been ‘Men’s clubs’ and whilst people are becoming more accepting and open minded there remains some that are still that way inclined where both youth and female gender are not quite so welcome. Despite being the only female and Jamie being the only ‘youth’ in the place, walking in we were made welcome and introduced to all who were there. I have to say I don’t remember names that well although it seemed that everyone was called Steve !!!
There were 4 games being set up and we were welcome to join any of the 4 games. Jason was running a game of Bag the Hun by TooFatlardies and so we decided to join that. We randomly took our seats and Jason issued each side with their cards. I was playing a German Bf109 Messerschmidt squadron and Lee and Jamie were both on the British side flying Spitfires. The German JU-88 Bombers squadron had to get from one end of the table to the other and the German squadrons had to protect the Bombers from the attacking Spitfires.
The game has had a write up by Jason on the DWG blog page which gives a much better report of the game than I could do here. Click the link to find out more.
A massive thanks to Jason for running the game. It was a good laugh and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We have been invited to be part of their Christmas Game of 1940 Fall of France using the Chain of Command ruleset.
Finally, a massive thank you to all at the group for making us most welcome.
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