Get ready for the Joy of Six 2019

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As we are now approaching the end of the month of May, it’s that time of year when thoughts turn to THE Wargaming event of the year.  I am, of course, talking about the incomparable Joy of Six 2019!

For reasons which remain obscure to even me, JOS continues to grow and the line-up for 2019 only goes to show this in action.    We have more traders than ever before.  This year attendees will be able to lighten their pockets and fill their bags at the following trade stands:

GM Boardgames

Heroics & Ros

Christopher Morris Books

Brigade Models

Leven Miniatures

GS Miniature Workshop

Warlord Games

Rapier Miniatures

Baccus 6mm

Wargame Emporium

Scotia Grendel

Commission miniatures

Timecast models

 

Then there are the games.   Some of these have been two or three years in the planning and all will be spectacular.   The range from the tiny, to the truly epic, and most will be there for you join in and play.

Doncaster Wargames Society -

Riot: The Brexit Yers

Nick Overland

Target Saigon - 1975

Dan Hodgson

Battle of Hoth

Wargames Collection Calculator

Little Big Horn 1876

Robert Dunlop

Gnila Lipa, 1914

Deeside Defenders

Franco Prussian War, 1871

Chesterfield Open Gamers Soceity

Qadesh 1275BC

South London Warlords

Hell’s Highway, XXX Corp 1944

Luton Lancers

GNW Siege of Viborg

Grantham Strategy and Gaming Club

Chariot Racing

Per Broden, Nick Dorrel and Wyre Foresters

Poltava 1709, Twilight of the Nordic Lions

Chris Sharp and the Northern Rengades

Tough day at Bad Oeynhausen

MADGamers

Allied intervention in the RCW, 1919

Peter Wilkes and the Legion of Blokes

Battle of Kolin

GM Boardgames

Gods of War: Lee

Warlord Games

Cruel Seas

Commission figurines

Napoleon 1813

Cold War Commanders

D-Day

Tony Morphett and Mike McKnight

Normandy 44

Milton Keynes Wargames Society

Ancients  - Byzantines v Arabs

Kevan Baker

Battle of Vimeiro

Wakefield and District Wargamers

Cruel Seas

Mailed Fist

WW2: Normandy ‘44

 

And with more requests for spaces coming in, I expect that list to grow before the show.    In addition to all of this, we’ll have a Bring and Buy and that that maestro of small scale brushwork, Dr Mike will once again be opening his painting clinic to all-comers. 

Add to all of this, cheap local parking, very convenient public transport links, nearby hotels and the best catering on the show circuit, there really is no excuse to miss this show.

Not into 6mm?  Come along anyway if only to see why 6mm gamers are so passionate about what they do.   You can get in for free on a ‘6mm Sceptic’ ticket and it will be a cheap day for you as there won’t be any discounted boxes of 28mm plastics or burnt mdf buildings for you spend money on.

The Joy of Six 2019 will be taking place on Sunday 7th July at Sheffield Hallam University, Howard StreetS1 1WB.  Doors will open at 10.00 am and we’ll kick you all out at 4.00pm.   We’ve a facebook page which should keep you up to date and allow you to ask all sort of awkward questions. https://www.facebook.com/TheJoyofSix/

 

Now if all that was not enough excitement, on the day prior to the show, (Saturday 6th July for those of you who haven’t been keeping up), Caccus will be holding their  annual Baccus Open Day.  This is where the dark portals of Baccus Megacorp Industries are flung asunder and we offer tours around what has jokingly been called a ‘manufacturing facility’.   It is a great way to see behind the scenes, to see how we do what we do and perhaps get some sneak previews of what is to come in the way of new releases in the coming months.   Places are limited and bookings made, but we do have a few places left.  If you want to come to the Open Day, please get in touch with Baccus 6mm.

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There is something about Legion...

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Inspired by Intel’s excellent Adeptus Custodes article, I thought I would follow up along the lines of hobby enthusiasm, although my painting and modelling has been on a bit of a go slow the last few years, so I thought I would talk about something that has sparked my gaming juices.  I am probably less well known to the Sheffield part of the community bar odd visits for Guildball, but a fairly regular visitor to Mansfield often found playing aganst John.  I am an old school gamer, my first games had lots of charts, and some even used protractors to measure angles for movementii.  Even today I prefer crunchier, meatier rules sets so when Star Wars Legion was announced I wasn’t entirely sold but the part of me that played with the old toys won out.  I am glad it did, as I found a rule set that I think is really something special, even if Star Wars isn’t your thing hopefully this article might prompt you to think about what you love about your favourite games and share it.

So Legion, what is it about Legion I like? It would be very easy to now go off on a very pretentious essay, but I will try to stick to a few simple points.

Is it that heavy weight complex game, I am normally drawn to? No units are described by very few stats and keywords, with everything on a standard size card. A few keywords, some interaction with dice, and 3 stats, plus some weapon stats. Movement is even done by moving the leader then placing the rest of the unit in the vicinity, no individual measuring. It’s remarkably freeing, I am not wading through paragraphs of text, or carefully measuring 30 separate movements instead I am just putting my units where I want them and focusing on the mission (or annihilating the rebel scum).

The other thing is, units feel right, and storm troopers are so precisei while still having the worse shooting attack in the game. Not only do they feel right but Luke can face down speeder bike and destroy one deflecting back its fire with his light sabre.

This brings us to command cards, simultaneously determining initiative, bringing in real flavour for the heroes, and offering powerful abilities for the turn. Each one bar the most basic one can only be used once per game. Need to go first, then very few units will be able to go exactly when you want them to, and the bonuses won’t be overly powerful but that turn Vadar really needs to get to cheeky rebel about to run off with the Death Star plans it can win the game. It lets Han shoot first, Boba Fett unleashes a flame thrower, and the Emperor show you the full power of the Dark Side. It is wonderful set of choices, while at the same time trying to guess what your opponent might be doing.

I could write much more about missions, and the activation mechanic or a dozen other things but they may be possible future articles, So I will summarise, I love Legion because the rules are immersive, you are focused on your decisions. It brings the Star Wars universe to life; it naturally creates those cinematic moments. It has lots of meaningful decisions, and a lot of interaction and the dice bring tension and joy. Finally and perhaps the most importantly I have enjoyed every single game whether I am bringing order to the galaxy with unmatched Imperial firepower or I am being blown of the table.

With more and more units coming out from across the franchise, and the Clone Wars coming later in the year the game offers more and more choice, I may even get my Ewok army one day. If my ramblings have kindled curiosity I would be happy to try arranging a demo.

Why not share what makes a game you love special to you, while I go start to paint white, lots of white.

 

Steve.

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From Golden Light They Come

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The Adeptus Custodes are the Emperor’s personal guard. For ten thousand years they have stood sentinel over the Master of Mankind and defended the gates of his palace.

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Clash of the Warlords 40k event

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UPON THE DESOLATE WORLD OF ILLIUS, A STRANGE SIGNAL HAS BEGUN TRANSMITTING. ITS FREQUENCY IS BEING PICKED UP BY IMPERIAL AND ALIEN CRAFT ALIKE. NONE KNOW WHAT IS BROADCASTING BUT THE MEANING IS CLEAR… SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS COMING.

Mark Saturday 6th August in your calendars as we'll be running a narrative Warhammer 40,000 tournament in our Sheffield shop!

The number of games players will play on the day will be determined by how many players turn up to the event, but we imagine 3-4 games.

£5 entry, with the over-all winner getting a £20 gift voucher. The most sporting player (as nominated by players on the day) will also get a £10 gift voucher.

10:30 start with registration starting at 10:00

Download the rules pack here.

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Our first Kickstarter is now live

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Spread the word and follow our first Kickstarter done through our production arm EMP Games.

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Our first new Newsletter is about to go out.

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We are about to send out our first newsletter, if you have not done so already sign up to find out all the latest information about new releases, offers and what we are up to.

Sign up here http://eepurl.com/b1FWHX or at the bottom of our home page.

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Our next show is now Legionary in Exeter on Saturday 30th April.

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After missing last year we will be back at Legionary, Exeter, Saturday 30th April.

This is a great friendly show that does a great breakfast.

We will have all the new plastic box releases from Perry Miniatures, Gripping Beast. We will also have the full range of The Chicago Way from our friends at Great Escape.
Plenty of Rulebooks like Blood Eagle, Horizon Wars as well as Artizan Design, Copplestone, Frostgrave,  EMP Games, Indus Miniatures and more.

See you there.

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