The Last Crusade Wargames Show

Fellow Gamers,

It is with deep regret that, after much soul searching and debate, the club has taken the very difficult decision that there will be no more Crusade shows.

Over the past few years we have seen a number of fundamental changes in the profile of the club together with changes in the personal circumstances of some of the key members associated with organising the show.

Whilst not the primary cause, the Pandemic has exacerbated the situation where, during the last two years, contact has been much reduced with many ex-members and friends who, in the past, were prepared to travel substantial distances in order to assist with the show.

Indeed, it is only in recent weeks that we are seeing the club itself returning to some normality with the lifting of headcount/table restrictions (where the Welsh Assembly Government continue to adopt a more cautious approach with the Covid restrictions).

We have also seen changes within the hobby over the last two years prompted by the Pandemic. On-line purchasing now seems to be far more prolific than before and some traders are yet to return to the show circuit. Show attendance has also understandably been impacted by Covid and, whilst we are optimistic this will recover in the next few years, ongoing uncertainty remains.

Some of you will recall the very first show in January 1995 at the Cogan Leisure Centre, Penarth. That Friday evening we weren’t able to set up until the indoor football classes had finished at 10pm meaning we were still there in the early hours of the Saturday morning. With the outer doors to the car park open snow flakes started to flutter down and we began to question our sanity – would anyone come, would the show take off? You did and it did, a very emotional journey indeed.

Emoticon crying out loud

We have made many many very good friends over the years and would like to say a massive Thank You to all those who have supported the show throughout its 25 year journey both directly (in helping to run the show) and indirectly (as traders, gamers and visitors).

Our enthusiasm for the hobby is as strong as ever and we will, no doubt, see you at other shows and gatherings around the country but please feel free to pop into one of our regular club meetings if you happen to be in the area where you can be assured of a very warm welcome.

Thank you for your support

Penarth & District Wargames Society

Crusade 2022 Show – Cancellation

Crusade 2022 Show – Cancellation

It is with great sadness that we have had to cancel Crusade 2022 Wargames Show. here is a note from our show organiser:

Fellow gamers,

After careful consideration and discussion with our venue, it is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of Crusade 2021. There is simply too much uncertainty associated with the current Coronavirus situation and there seems little prospect of large indoor gatherings/events taking place in the foreseeable future.

We’re really grateful for all your continuing support during these difficult times and look forward to welcoming you back in 2022 where, provisionally, Crusade 22 will take place on Saturday 29th January (ie our regular last Saturday in January slot).

For those individuals/businesses that were good enough to provide us with advance payment/deposits, we will be in touch separately to establish your preferences where we are happy to provide a refund in full or rollover payment toward the next show.

Take care folks and enjoy your gaming whenever/where ever you can (subject to staying safe and following appropriate guidelines).

Thank you.

Penarth & District Wargames Society

PDWS Re-Opens – Its Good To Be Back Gaming

Well, what an 18 months it has been in the world. Let alone the wargaming world. Chaos, loss and hope at the end of it all. But for Penarth & District Wargames Society, like many other clubs, it has been quite an experience.

Gaming stopped in May 2020 and we had to cancel the Crusade Wargames Show. But through it all our members endeavoured to persevere. Using Zoom, text and WhatsApp to keep in touch. This was very important, having some single and older, vulnerable members.

But now we are delighted to be back in person and wargaming at Glyndwr Hall, Penarth. Obviously with conditions such as face coverings and pre-booking. But having the human contact and the buzz of rolling those dice again has been fabulous.

Penarth & District Wargames Society has had a variety of wargames on the go:

Sword and Spear – both ancients and fantasy (15mm)
Nothag in 10mm the newish rules from Plastic Soldier Company
Picketts Charge ACW in 15mm (Riessewitz Press via Too Fat Lardies)
Napoleonic Naval
Check Your Six
Infamy! Infamy! (Too Fat Lardies again)

We have been busy bees.

It is too early to make predictions on Crusade 2022 yet. Winter is coming and we are at the instruction of the Welsh Assembly as to what restrictions will be in force.  But we will try to keep you all informed as much as possible

But if you want to, or are interested in joining Penarth & District Wargames Society then contact us through our Facebook Page – click here. We can arrange a pre-planned visit.

In the meantime enjoy some pictures of our games we have put on recently.