On the 30th of March I made a pilgramage to the lead belt mecca of Nottingham to play in Warlord Games’ Antares Day Event: Interface Wars:
The reappearance of the Dronescourge is causing chaos on Antares. Their scavenging is spreading south: no longer are the Virai a problem confined to the interface between the PanHuman Concord and the Isorian Senatex. Now their depredations threaten the Algoryn Prosperate and the wider Determinate.
And now the Ghar have intervened, using the Virai to spread destruction amongst their human foes. The Virai have no master plan; they are merely following the line of least resistance. They do not care that the Ghar are deliberately sacrificing older vessels as carriers to spread the Dronescourge into more panhuman systems. And neither do the Virai care that the Ghar then send in their armies to purge the weakened planets of panhumanity. But the Ghar have found the Virai are harder to control than they realised.
All along the Determinate interfaces, panhumanity is fighting for survival against the Ghar, the Virai, and frequently other factions in the same straits as themselves.
This proved to be a fun and laid back event: 3 games all with different narrative scenarios one was against the Isorians and two agains the Ghar Empire. I brought along my Ghar Exiles and shamefully lost all of my games – although many were close loses!
Stupidly, it hadn’t occurred to me that I would end-up playing other Ghar players even though Empire vs Exiles is quite thematic and so I was completely unprepared for that eventuality. My final game was against ‘hobby-crusher’ Emma – an incredibly sweet and quiet kid – she couldn’t be older than 9 and was tagging along with Dad for the event. She was a delight to play against and took me completely by surprise when mid-game she suddenly flipped over to aggressively charging up her Command Crawler and battlesuits to claim the winning objectives – kid gloves off next time 😉
The event was organised by the stalwart Tim Bancroft of the Freeborn Shard Podcast whom also wrote the bulk of the Dronescourge Returns campaign book and acts as a community manager for Warlord Games. Tim had done a great job of supplying the bulk of the terrain, some NPC forces and suitable some board specific scenarios to take advantage of the diversity of the terrain. Always great to get away from playing on something which isn’t grey grimdark ruins for a change.
Hobby legend Rick Priestley also dropped in to give a brief informal Q&A about the game which was cool and I also took advantage of the event discounts at the Warlord shop pick up a few bits and pieces for my Antares armies.
A great event all in, with lots of friendly people and some great hobby on display. The vibe & attitude reminds me of the things I like about the Horus Heresy event community, but just on a smaller scale.