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Title: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 22 January 2012, 10:46:17 PM
The evolution of Nikfest...MADFest = Minehead and Dunster Fest

MADFest will take place in Minehead, West Somerset, on Friday 9th November (my birthday) & Saturday 10th November 2012 at The Old Ship Aground pub on the harbour: http://www.theoldshipaground.co.uk/

Accommodation details:


B&B prices and current room availability.

2x Single rooms @ £35 per night
4x Double rooms @ £55 per night
4x Twin rooms @ £55 per night
1x Large family room comprising 1x Double and 2x singles @ £105 per night
1x Small family room comprising 1x Double and 1x Single @ £75 per night

These prices are all discounted.

Early booking is, as ever, recommended, but if there are any accommodation problems, Mel has a reciprocal accommodation arrangement with other B & B's in the town, but obviously it would be more convenient for everyone if they stay in the pub.

All rooms have Freeview and Wi-Fi included in the price.

Bookings should be made direct with Mel at 'The Old Ship Aground' on 01643 702087 quoting MADFest Wargames Convention 9th/10th November 2012 to secure the reduced rate. The pub also has an e-mail address: info AT theoldshipaground.co.uk

Gaming
Further details to follow, but initial thinking is that we'll be able to host something like 6-10 games, with room for some smaller side-table diversions as well (eg 10mm dungeoneering etc) - suggestions most welcome: we're looking for high-quality participation games so that people can have the opportunity to try something new / different.

More details to follow in due course - including event costs, which we'll keep to an absolute minimum, and I'll be scrounging up some prizes for a raffle, painting comp etc etc.

Contact email: nikharwood AT gmail.com


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 23 January 2012, 08:41:48 PM
Just to clarify: Friday is for set-up, possible gaming & definite beer from late afternoon...full day gaming on Saturday with the option of a final game on Sunday AM before scooting off  :)


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: stormrider on 23 January 2012, 08:51:24 PM
I'd love to, I really would... but I have the same problem as the Pendraken 20th Bash...

I'm an ungodly distance from both you, about smack in the middle!

We'll see though, in my current condition (not the greatest) I don't think I could do the 5 hours drive but wargames are very tempting...


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 13 September 2012, 07:55:16 AM
Right - with two months to go, further planning has occurred (in the pub last night) - watch this space for further details in the next few days as I knock up some promo material  :)

We've settled on a snappy slogan that'll bring the hordes flocking to our little gathering;

"Come to Minehead - a beautiful seaside town on the north coast of Exmoor. In November. Play with toy soldiers, dice and possibly cards. In a pub. With beer. And cake because it's Nik's birthday that weekend."

I'm expecting that one to go viral pretty bloody quickly to be honest.


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Kiwidave on 13 September 2012, 08:14:30 AM
How about "Come to Minehead - you can drink beer, hoist a tankard to the decline of Nik's youth and watch him destroy tanks in any scale you can think of."  ;D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Nosher on 13 September 2012, 08:23:31 AM
How about "Come to Minehead - you can drink beer, hoist a tankard to the decline of Nik's youth and watch him destroy tanks in any scale you can think of."  ;D

Nice one ;) Please add my vote!

Pinged an email to the pub to see if they have a room available the first evening - cant stay all weekend as I have to be back in Ipswich for Remembrance and RBL Duties


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Steve J on 13 September 2012, 10:56:38 AM
It's Michael of Angelbarracks B'day around that time, with mine a week later, so make sure you have plenty of cake ;). I'll be attending for the Saturday BTW.


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 13 September 2012, 11:28:13 PM
How about "Come to Minehead - you can drink beer, hoist a tankard to the decline of Nik's youth and watch him destroy tanks in any scale you can think of."  ;D

Oi Kiwi Potter  ;) :d

Pinged an email to the pub to see if they have a room available the first evening - cant stay all weekend as I have to be back in Ipswich for Remembrance and RBL Duties

Might be best to give Mel a call Nosher - not sure how good they are with email...it'd be great to see you here though!  8)

It's Michael of Angelbarracks B'day around that time, with mine a week later, so make sure you have plenty of cake ;). I'll be attending for the Saturday BTW.

Excellent - although that might be too much cake. Tell you what, I'll have beer instead  ;) :D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Steve J on 14 September 2012, 07:39:28 AM
I'll have your cake as I'm driving ;).


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 22 September 2012, 07:38:35 PM
Created a MADFest page on my wiki...watch for the first flyer later...

http://nikharwood.pbworks.com/w/page/59049514/MADFest%202012


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 22 September 2012, 08:44:33 PM
Right - Flyer #1 and Booking Form now available  8)


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 11 October 2012, 08:35:15 PM
And an update:

Attached Newsletter #2 for MADFest - which is rapidly approaching! Updates:

- further sponsorship & prizes confirmed

- confirmed attendees increasing - around about 20 or so, so far...

- we're working on confirming games to be played: if you have previously offered to put on a game, please let me know for certain now whether you'd like to do that: we're aiming to finalise tables etc in the next few days

- we have got room to rotate games on our limited number of tables: so if you fancy running something for one session [ie a morning, afternoon, evening] and then making way for another game, that's cool too

- don't forget we'll run a Bring & Buy table too - so potentially a chance to unload some surplus...and pick up some new!

- get working on your entries for the painting competition - more details on the flier

Any questions, give me a shout  :)


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 03 November 2012, 07:47:03 PM
Attached the November newsletter - with a week to go...

More MADFest details here: http://nikharwood.pbworks.com/w/page/59049514/MADFest%202012

Not too late to join us...plenty of forum members, tons of prizes & lots of cracking games. And beer.  :D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Dave Fielder on 04 November 2012, 12:14:53 AM
... Now he say they'll be beer. When did that happen?


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 04 November 2012, 12:24:13 AM
... Now he say they'll be beer. When did that happen?

That was the first thing on the list, Major....wargames & stuff came laterer  ;) :d


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Blaxkleric on 04 November 2012, 03:34:38 PM
Hoped to take you up on your generosity for organising this and attend the event but just can't find the free time.  :'(

Wish you all the best though and hope all goes very well for you and everyone who attends. Have a top time.  m/

Birthday wishes in advance as well. Happy 20th  ;D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 08 November 2012, 12:22:23 AM
 :D Thanks Blaxkleric  8)

Cometh the hour, cometh the men...

Not long now  :D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Hertsblue on 08 November 2012, 08:56:26 AM
Good luck for tomorrow, Nik, and many happy returns too. Wish I were going, but sadly not possible.  :(


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Steve J on 08 November 2012, 10:15:02 AM
Hopefully we'll be able to take plenty of pics to give a flavour of the day.


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: mad lemmey on 08 November 2012, 01:07:54 PM
 :D Good luck and have fun guys!


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Techno on 08 November 2012, 09:45:54 PM
Same from me Guys !
And Happy Birthday Nik !!
I was hoping to get a chance to come down....But the best laid plans etc....(Sigh !)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 08 November 2012, 11:20:22 PM
Thanks all - the fun starts around midday tomorrow with set-up (I've now got to dive into work in the AM...grr...) - with folks landing through the afternoon...some nice relaxed gaming & beers into the evening, then full-steam-ahead for Saturday & Sunday...

Going to be a good one  8)


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: OldenBUA on 09 November 2012, 07:51:13 AM
All together now:

Happy MADfest dear Nik,
Happy MADfest dear Nik,
Happy MADfest dear Ni hik,
Happy MADfest to you!




And a happy birthday, too!  <:-P


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 November 2012, 10:34:06 AM
They? Who are these people?


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 12 November 2012, 11:21:19 PM
Well, a cracking weekend has resulted in some happy-but-knackered wargamers  :)

I'm in the process of editing pics etc and will do a 'proper' account in due course (hopefully this week) but suffice to say immediately that a good time was had by all, some great games played (with some epic moments) - including a Friday-night "Escape from Colditz" - and that the prize fund was superbly supported by Pendraken and Minibits: so huge thanks to Dave & Leon for their continued support of this one: from entry fees, painting competition fees and the raffle it looks like we've got a donation of £173 which will go directly into the Welfare Fund of 40 Commando, Royal Marines: our local boys, who are currently on deployment in Afghan.

Superb - specific highlights for me include SteveJ's AVBCW game (using BKC II) which featured my road & the ground on which my house stands, and a great FPW game using my Pendraken armies...lovely!

Pics and more details to come...


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Steve J on 16 November 2012, 11:28:06 AM
Plenty of pics and a brief write up of the day which will hopefully give you all a feel of the day.

http://wwiiwargaming.blogspot.co.uk/


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Techno on 16 November 2012, 01:11:19 PM
Smashing report and pics Steve.
Make me jealous that I couldn't get there....Why don't you ?
So pleased for all, that it went well.
Maybe next year........
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: mad lemmey on 16 November 2012, 01:48:25 PM
nice reports!  :D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Kiwidave on 17 November 2012, 07:53:25 PM
... and a great FPW game using my Pendraken armies...lovely!

So when do we get to see pics of your Prussians getting mullered by my cheese-eating surrender monkeys?  :-w ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 18 November 2012, 12:19:20 AM
So when do we get to see pics of your Prussians getting mullered by my cheese-eating surrender monkeys?  :-w ;D ;D ;D

Patience is a virtue, my friend.

Boasting shamelessly about beating me with historically inferior forces in open battle is not.

 ;) :D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: Kiwidave on 18 November 2012, 08:06:51 AM
Patience is a virtue, my friend.

You're hardly the person to lecture me about patience! :p :D


Title: Re: MADFest 2012
Post by: nikharwood on 18 November 2012, 10:54:18 AM
You're hardly the person to lecture me about patience! :p :D

It's a fair cop, guv.  :D