What is Parent Players?
Parent Players is a semi-regular meet-up with a group of wargamers who all have children and don’t often get to game. We plan the events months in advance so we can arrange childcare and make sure it’s in family diaries, and hope no emergencies, illness or accidents intervene!
As we’re all parents, we all are in the same boat, and it’s nice to play some really relaxed games and have a few beers with people who enjoy your hobby, understand the pressures you’re under, and are pretty relaxed about the fact you haven’t played a game in months and keep remembering the rules from 2 editions ago.
Most of the focus is on GW games, predominantly 40K for this one. We meet up in Warhammer World in Nottingham on a Friday, play big games all day, retire to a nearby hotel (the Holiday Inn Nottingham Marina) where we get a few more beers in and play games like Fluxx, Coup, or Munchkin in the bar. The Saturday tends to be smaller games in Bugmans as it can be hard to get tables if an event is on, and some of us may be a little worse for wear…. (Just to be clear, beers are optional and several of the regulars are teetotal. Playing silly games is the important bit!)
Tables are harder to arrange since the events team stopped taking general bookings, so it’s particularly hard to guarantee availability on the Saturday. Several of us live close enough to be able to pretty much guarantee a decent spread of tables on the Friday at opening time. It looks like there’s a Lord of the Rings event on the Saturday. We’ve requested some reserved tables given the distance some of s are travelling, but waiting to hear back.
When is the next Parent Players?
The Eighth Parent Players is on Friday6th and Saturday 7th March 2020
What do you need?
Well, to play, you’ll need the latest rules and a force for the game. We’re definitely expecting Warhammer 40K, Bloodbowl and Shadespire to be on the agenda – if you don’t have a force for any game you’d like to play, it’s not too hard to arrange to borrow one from one of the other people attending, but you need to arrange it in advance to ensure it’s there on the day. For 40K, we tend to play fairly fluffy 1750pts lists (but bring along 1000pts and 2000pts variants for some multiplayer shenanigans ). If you can’t field a 40k army but want to try, a lot of us have been in the hobby for some time and can probably bring a spare if you let us know in advance… though it isn’t necessarily going to full of the latest models. Bloodbowl tends to be standard starter teams of 1,000,000 crowns, and Shadespire is generally standard gang starter decks.
You’ll also need transport to Warhammer World, and somewhere to stay. We generally stay in the Holiday Inn near Warhammer World and several people have already booked rooms. Its certainly not compulsory to stay in the hotel if you want to arrange somewhere else, but we do have some cracking games.
It’s a pretty laid back event – some of us make up our own t-shirts to match our armies with our names and twitter handles, but again, that’s really not necessary.
How do I stay in touch?
We all can be found on twitter. I’m evilkipper and seem to be co-ordinating it at the moment, but the whole thing was the devious concept of thefirstautarch. Other regular attendees include oneoflots, avarrisxbox, grimdarkness40, bigbadbirch and alphadevilinak as well as horde of possible attendees who haven’t been able to escape the kids!
Say hi to any of us, and we’ll keep you in the loop on twitter with all the updates.