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Off for a Board Gaming Weekend - in a Castle!

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I have been working  hard recently, that's why I have not been around the forum. 

I  heard of a board gaming weekend (it's bank hol here in the Uk so the trains are rammed) and I wanted to go. Particularly as it is held in a castle.

Purists might say its really a gothic style fortified manor house, but I call that w**ky pedantry. It does have a 13c Pele tower (small watch tower/keep) and that is good enough for me. Anyway, haven't done much f2f gaming for a while so looking forward to it. Will post some pix when I get there later today.

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Back now.  Had a brilliant time.  The place is called Featherstone Castle, near Hadrian's wall outside Carlisle. I was wrong - it is a fully-fledged castle. I walked the outer bailey. The walls at the back (non Scottish side) are low, 5-6 ft high but have crenellations and evidence of fighting (long gone wooden) platforms. I imagine that in times of trouble all the locals ran for sanctuary and defended the walls with pitchforks and woodsman's axes, which would be quite sufficient if there were enough of you.

Played CamelUP (camel racing...eh?!), Bruges, a Harry Potter magic game, SteamPunk Rally (crap), and various others; The Captain Is Dead was great (you are on the starship enterprise, Picard/Kirk has snuffed it and you have to repair the jump drive before the aliens get you while all the systems are breaking down).

I ran a fearsome Cthulhu rpg - in the Blue Room - dimmed the lights and played VERY SCARY MUSIC. One of the players had never done roleplaying before, even though her husband (couldn't attend) is a big RPG player. She really enjoyed it: "I see what he's on about now." I said: "I've just set a very high bar."

@John Kettler After the Tudors seized the throne, England became a much safer place. Wealthy people didn't want the discomfort of living in castles, so they built fortified manors, which were much more like houses, but did have some defensible architecture, a sort of "castle lite". I don't count them as proper castles. So was pleased that Featherstone is real.

I have lots of pix but I have been unable to post. I usually use MediaFire but it does not seem to appear on this forum. Suggestions gratefully received.

As always matters, the people were great so had a fun time; accomodation very spartan...but that didn't bother me. 

 

 

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Well, f me. One of the players wanted to play Bruge because it was very expensive so they hadn't bought it....I've just looked and it is $150 second hand! That is taking the piss. Not VFM at that price, it's a fairly straightforward economy game. I did notice that it doesn't have social or religious unrest, which is a bit funny for 15C Holland.

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JulianJ,

Sound like you had an amazing, and wildly diverse as to subject matter, gaming experience. Am no expert on the 15th Century, but Bruges is in Belgium, not Holland. If you haven't seen it, the film "In Bruges" is well worth a watch. Greatly appreciate all the info on the castle you played, fortified manor houses and such. Hope you can find a way to post your pics.

Regards,

John Kettler

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