What a wonderful weekend and what a fine body of men.
The New Venue for this years Invitational was very good. The church is a terrific hall but it is a little cold and unless one is prepared for it you might have a very uncomfortable day. However, with a few layers, and a few slugs of rum in your coffee it is a spectacular place to play toy soldiers. I hope the venture succeeds as it deserves to and Richard has put a lot of effort into getting it off the ground. Check it out at sanctuarygamingcentre.co.uk
As always the Invitational went swimmingly. I am sure that some of the players will add their own comments below, but I think overall it was a great event. Twenty two players, so the biggest yet, descended on Mansfield for two days of intense gaming – 8 games, mucho beer, Jumbo challenge burgers and little sleep.
The titanic struggle for first place was dwarfed by the girly scratching and name calling that passed for a fight on the bottom tables. Ultimately however it was Geoff who came away holding the Golden Turkey.
For the first time ever there was a draw for first place. Only by counting back and identifying that only one player had not actually lost a game was the victor identified and it was the mighty Rob Simms who had pipped a previous winner, Allen El-Sour by a whisker to snatch the ultimate accolade.
Please do add comments and thoughts in the boxes below. I will take on board the more sensible suggestions for next year. I must say this little event gets better and better. I put it down to the attitude of the players so please give yourselves a pat on the back and remember that you are all special.
By the way, I have just looked closely at the photographs and if I am not mistaken it seems that everyone is smiling, surely a good sign at any event?