Saturday November 5th saw Mantic in force in Bethnal Green, as Zak and his team of rowdy Pathfinders descended upon the East London Wargames club (and Working Mens Club…) to show off some of the funky new Star Saga toys, play games, engage in tournaments and revel in the brand spanking new Walking Dead game!
HATE (The Hackney Area Tabletop Enthusiasts) are a large gaming group based in East London, and are well known for their raucous Wednesday evenings and Saturday events.
HATECONZOM was a real tour de force in what a successful gaming club with strong relations to a prominent player in the gaming industry should be able to achieve; starting at 10 o’clock Saturday morning(with the opening of the bar), and finishing just short of 8 o’clock in the evening (when the light-weight Mantic team left in an exhausted state with their tails between their legs…).
HATE regular and Kings of War enthusiast Dan ran the 1500pt Kings of War tournament, which ran throughout most of the day; featuring Ogre, Undead, Ratkin, and Elven armies (amongst others!), whilst Pathfinder and member of the Dreadball Rules committee Dale ran his specially ‘zombified’ Dreadball tournament.
Pathfinders Matt and George (with myself tagging along!) managed a line of mantic demo games right next to the HATE bar, with three Walking Dead games on the go, supported by Deadzone, and two Dungeon Saga boards. Ric from HATE was also running a Dungeon Saga campaign throughout the day, whilst zombies trudged and sloughed their way around the bar (prizes were given for the best zombies!)
Meanwhile, Mantic HQ’s Zak was on hand manning the Mantic trade stall, and showing off the stunning new models from Star Saga (that he had allegedly stolen from the studio managers office…)
Kings of War Tournament Results;
1st Place : Carlo Gino Contrino
2nd Place : Jude Cosgrove
3rd Place : Daniel Read
Most Sporting Player : Tied between – Neil J Thomas, Carlo Gino Contrino and George E Harris
Best Painted Army : Jude Cosgrove
Dreadball Tournament Results ;
1st Place : Richard Cook
2nd Place : James Bemmer
3rd Place : Luke Hole
Most Sporting Player : James Bemmer
Best Painted Team : Luke Hole
Cromwelled : Dick Barker
All in all the day was a stunning success – and I have made room in my busy schedule for February… when HATE will be running ‘HATECON II – Chainsaw Boogaloo’