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Another Dance at the Congress

by Brian Cameron

22 Oct 2022

Anerley Town Hall

Game fee is £30.00

A lot of interest has been expressed by those who played and those who missed it in another run of my 2019 game, The Dancing Congress. The game is about the Congress of Vienna which met in 1814-15 to map out Europe following the defeat of Napoleon.

The player teams represent the countries attending, each with their own agenda for regaining territory lost/gaining new territory while ensuring that no power is in a position to dominate Europe.

There are no military operations in the game: this is a meeting of statesmen and women to negotiate a settlement through a mixture of open, honest exchanges and dodgy deals made in back rooms.

By Other Means

by Edward Silverstone

25 Feb 2023

Anerley Methodist Church Hall

Game fee is £35.00

By Other Means is a space opera megagame of high-level diplomacy, negotiation and conflict loosely inspired by the Peace of Westphalia. Following decades of debilitating war, the major powers of the galaxy must find a workable peace, without losing too much of what each has gained.

Introduction

My first Megagame was in 1995 when I was 16. I went to War without an Enemy and I loved it. I then played dozens of games over the next 25 years, everything from invasion of Britain to WW2, to space and fantasy games. My favourite highlight is still dooming mankind by summoning an Elder God in Right Angles to Reality. Personally shooting Hitler is a close second. Megagames is not my only gaming outlet, playing wargames, boardgames and being part of Real Time Wargames (rule development group who demos at wargames shows in the SE) with fellow Megagamers Bernie and Brian. I always felt a bit guilty that I did not take this knowledge and experience of Megagames and other games and make my own for others to play. I am therefore very glad I recently did with Bernie's generous help and I hope to carry on involvement in the group for years to come.