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. We meet up in Warhammer World in Nottingham on a Friday, play big games all day, retire to a nearby hotel where we get a few more beers in and play games like Fluxx 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 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. There is some talk of looking at visiting Warlord Games to try some Bolt Action or Test of Honour on Saturday if WHW is particularly crowded.
When is the next Parent Players?
The fourth Parent Players is on Friday 22 and Saturday 23rd February 2019
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, Blackstone Fortress (with TheFirstAutarch’s gorgeous set) 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 2000pts lists (though we’re going to use the Chapter Approved rules and turn our warlords into Legendary Heroes). 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.
If you’ve found this page, you may have come across the term #parentplayers on twitter, and want to know a little more!
What is #ParentPlayers?
Parent Players is an event every few months at Warhammer World, where parents who love war-games can book in a date with a significant other well in advance, get some time cleared in the calendar, and head off to Nottingham for some relaxed gaming with a group of fellow parents who understand why you look so tired, get why the game has to go on hold for ten mins when a significant other calls with an update on the little ones, and generally just enjoy hanging out, maybe sneaking in a few beers and burgers in the bar, and trying not to spend too much money in Forgeworld.
What will we be playing?
The main game played is 40K, though lots of Shadespire and Bloodbowl goes on in Bugman’s Bar, and if you end up in the same hotel as a fellow attendee, expect silly light games and drinks in the hotel bar! It’s not an official event, though obviously as it takes place at Warhammer World you will need GW manufactured forces. If you want to try a game of something, though, there are plenty of people who can help you try – I played Shadespire at #ParentPlayers 2 thanks to @grimdarkness04 on twitter, and now am something of a convert…. though I do want a elf warband! Most of us have spare blood bowl teams and the like, so don’t stress too much about the models if you’d like to come along.
This time, we’re also expecting to be playing a fair bit of Kill Team to maximise limited space on the Saturday, and also to be able to try out a bigger range of minis and opponents.
When and where is it held?
Currently, #ParentPlayers 3 is planned for October 19/20th at Warhammer World – All day Friday, stay over in a Hotel, then all day Saturday.
You are more than welcome to come along for one or both days – if you can’t make Friday, do join us for 40k, Bloodbowl and Shadespire on the Saturday.
There is a nearby Holiday Inn that several of us have stayed in and really enjoyed over the first two incarnations of the event, and they were really tolerant of the silly gaming in the bar, and happily kept us in beer. We’ve confirmed tables now, so if you are coming, you can start looking for bargains.
Don’t feel you have to stay in the hotel if you want to find a cheaper option or live locally. We tend to play up until 9 or 10 at WHW! But if you are there, silly games and maybe a few more drinks will go down until the wee hours.
There may be some cheaper options with AirBnB but nothing’s been finalised on that front yet.
What are the costs?
Well, there are no direct costs for Parent Players! We’re a group of parents who love GW gaming, don’t get time to play much, so schedule in a meet up every few months. It can get a bit expensive though!
First, we all meet up at Warhammer World in Nottingham, so you may incur travel costs to get there. If you don’t live locally, you’ll need somewhere to stay, which probably means a hotel room – the holiday inn we tend to use is around £65 for the Friday night.
Next, food! Bugmans is a fantastic bar and does cracking food, but it’s easy to clock up £10-15 a meal, and drinks do tend to clock up, if only soft drinks for refreshment. If you do enjoy a few beers and silly games, that can carry on until the wee hours of the morning.
Finally, it’s Warhammer World. If it’s your first trip, you’ll probably want to pay for the exhibition hall, and almost everyone gets a Forgeworld or unusual model from the massive GW and FW stores. If you want something specific from Forgeworld, I’d suggest ordering online and going for store pickup to make sure you don’t miss out on the day.
It’s possible to do the event quite cheaply, especially if you just come down on one day and don’t incur accommodation and all the food costs. But it is a cracking two days!
Bonus extra – sometimes odd themes come up in the twitter chat to inspire people to do special models or unique gifts for the attendees. Please don’t feel obligated to do anything – if you want to paint up Tom Bombadil in a redox top for @thefirstautarch, feel free, but you don’t have to. Lots of silly ideas do float around in the twitter chat group.
Who will be there?
Well, there are several regular attendees you can approach on Twitter if you are interested in attending –
@grimdarkness40 – he won’t be coming along to 3, unfortunately!
The whole event was actually the brainchild of the absolute top man, @wilsongrahams – thanks to the vagaries of life as a parent, ironically he hasn’t been able to go as yet, though we’ve got fingers crossed he’ll make it this time.
On Friday 19th, we have the J’Migan Bridge 6×12 table for multiple small games, or combined megagames of 40k, the Ruins of Aphelion III for 40k (which is the scenery from the photography studio, so some cracking pics!), and… yes, we have the Death of Imperus Terrum warlord table too. As a bonus, we have a 3×3 Sector Mechanicus Necromunda table to sneak in a little kill team.
On Saturday 20th, we have the Tau Research Station 6×12 table for multiple small games or combined megagames of 40k, the Death of Imperius Terrum again, and the 3×3 Zone Mortals Necromunda table for some kill team too.
I get my own event t-shirts made up at streetshirts.co.uk – I try to colour code a t-shirt and logo around my chosen army or blood bowl team, put my preferred name, twitter handle and #parentplayers on the front, with a big #parentplayers and an appropriate slogan on the back. Feel free to make your own – its by no means compulsory, but makes it a lot easier to spot you if its your first time!
This page will be fairly regularly updated with an idea of the attendees, tables and other details as the time gets nearer, but say hi to any of us on twitter – we have a discussion group that is pretty crazy where we chat about the forces we might bring, alternative games to play and just staying in touch!
We’re parents – lets get playing, even if its only a few times a year!