Yesterday I had intended to visiting a new club for gamers in Hamilton (Scotland, not Ontario), so that I could demo Warmachine and Hordes. Suffice to say, things didn’t turn out that way.
Lanarkshire Gaming Club are, from what I could gather; a mix of existing gamers that know each other with some new faces. Their first club meeting was in June, the same day as our Wrath event. Determined to show them support, as well as help spread the Warmahordes bug; I drove the 45 minutes to visit them.
Arriving at the bowling green/community hall, it looks like the location for nearly every club I have visited – non-descript and as cheap as possible. I first meet up with Shaheen, who I had been talking with on Facebook for a while. Slowly people start to drift in, until there is about 10 people milling around the small hall. Michael turns up with Pandemic, a game that throws all my demo plans out the window. Pandemic is all about saving the world from the spread of deadly virulent diseases. Sounds simple, but being a co-operative game; this is harder than it looks. Add to this, there are more ways to lose the game; than win the game. Ok so we played the Introductory level of the game, with only 4 Epidemic cards in the deck.
4 times I played the game in 4 hours, on introductory level; yet humanity was wiped out 3 times. First we ran out of cards to draw, then we ran out of black blocks (the diseases). Finally we all died horribly, when the viruses exploded and caused a cascade of death through Russia and Western Asia. The game is brutally fun and addictive, if you ever get the chance to play it…….DON’T!! It is just too much fun, even when you lose; there is that desperate feeling of ‘We can do this…..really we can’.
Pandemic aside for the moment, I have to thank Sheheen, Michael and everyone else; for making my visit so enjoyable and friendly. So if your in the Lanarkshire/Glasgow/West Lothian area, drop by their forum (Lanarkshire Gaming Club) and say hello. You never know, you might even get to play Pandemic.