Friday 16th February 2018. Its 6am and I am waiting outside Matts house to drive to Birmingham from the first day of Bonescon. As he lurches across the lawn like some sort of demented Quasimodo I tell him that if I ever suggest doing anything like this again then he should punch me in the throat. Well I guess I’m going to end up with a crushed trachea because Bonescon 2018 was excellent fun and we will definitely be back in 2019
For me the weekend felt like the final cathartic release after the failure of Daffcon and the Butterfly House was definitely the spiritual successor to that event. A place where you could come, hang out and get away from the hustle and bustle of the more competitive gaming spaces to just put some toy soldiers down on a table top and push models around whilst chatting away to old friends. Over the weekend we had people playing Dead Mans Hand, Frostgrave, OGAM, Dragon Rampant and Open Combat and all seemed to be enjoying themselves – they certainly knew the rules better than I did.
Paranoid Miniatures ran demo after demo of Mythos and Gaslands was Uber (car joke there somewhere) busy from the get go. The lovely Gav Thorpe came as well, hanging out, swapping stories with people and giving demos of Big Stompy Robots. I shall say nothing about how my demo of it went other than to say, four BSRs entered and only 1 left. So suck it losers 🙂
As many people predicted (I hate how well people know me sometimes) I didn’t get the 7TV game finished (one day) so we ran plenty of Zombie Run instead. Indeed it was how much fun that proved to be that helped convince Matt that we will be back next time as he started to plan Zombie Run II. Bigger, Better and just generally more dead things.
Which brings us nicely to next year. As I write its still slightly up in the air if there will be a Bonescon 2019, but I’m pretty sure that if enough people say nice things to Jon it will run again and I didn’t hear a bad word about the event over the 3 days – hotel certainly should have been happy with us given the amount of booze we ran them out of.
Out plan for the Butterfly House is to take the whole chillax and push some toy soldiers around concept to the next level. So no fixed gaming schedule but instead a shelf full of games along with the figures needed to play them. Fancy a game of the excellent Burrows and Badgers you have heard about. Take the box off the shelf – it contains rules, figures, dice etc. – find yourself a table and start playing. Think board-game cafe but with miniature games instead – oh and two ageing fat men rather than a couple of hipsters.
We are also keen to incorporate other games in to the space as well so are thinking of running RPG one shots over the weekend. If we do I will definitely be running a Paranoia one.
Participation games will remain, as I said above Zombie Run II will be a thing and we are also going to do a classic hack and slash dungeon crawl game. How much treasure can you find before you have to escape.
Finally I hope that we will expand the number of smaller manufacturers that will come and hang out with us. Gaslands and Paranoid have already said they will be back but I’d love to add a few more – Oathsworn I am looking at you.
With that, love and peace to you all, thanks for coming along and seeing us and making it a great weekend. Here’s to the Butterfly House, long may it continue.