Sunday, May 29, 2011
Report from Barcelona
Wargaming is pretty popular here. I found the Alpha-Ares Wargames Club. They have a big space over two levels with lots of tables permanently set up on both levels. I think they have a couple of hundred members but I was there on a quiet night - Barca FC was going to win the European Cup later (and consequently there is a great deal of yahooing & hornblowing going on in the street outside as I write this).
English isn't as common here as in France, but I found a couple of guys who could speak a bit of English.
Big old fashioned board games seem to be the biggest thing here - there were several mega board games set up and in progress (with plastic covers to preserve them between meetings), including WWII, WWI, ACW & Medieval. FOW is very popular, though I wasn't there on FOW night & didn't see any games in progress. They also do Napoleonics & ancients miniatures. There was a big Napoleonic game left set as a diarama on one table. There is a coven of fantasy players, but it seems much in the minority.
The local wargames shop reflects what I saw at the club - it has huge range of FOW, some ancient, ECW & Napoleonic miniatures, lots of boardgames, a little fantasy, lots of books. Not a bad shop, but unfortunately they had nothing I needed to buy.