Hobby Heroes

Over the weekend Games Workshop announced the winners of the their Warhammer Heroes initiative – congrats to all of them – but I must admit this was the first time I had heard of the program, which is a shame as its a very interesting concept.  Who are the people that have given the most back to the hobby and deserve at least some small recognition for their efforts – though I’m pretty sure, knowing some of the winners that recognition is the last thing on their minds.

Well it got me to thinking, who would I have nominated and I kept coming back to the same person.  The person who I believe has done more for wargaming and community than anyone else in the UK.  The person who will slip into an event and be greeted by everyone as a long lost friend.  The person who takes for ever to get around an event like Salute as everyone stops him to say hello, how you doing, what you up to.  He is, simply put, a legend and a man who I am very very proud indeed to call a friend.

He is Conrad E J Gonsalves

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Lets look at a few of the things he has achieved:

  • One of the first people to build an internet gaming community when the internet was still in its infancy.  You can directly trace a line back from the work that the Warhammer Community team do now to the work he did back in 1995 (which is a scary amount of years ago)
  • Long time podcaster across many different shows and for many different games (Boosted Damage, Malifools, Fools Daily as just a few)
  • Was fed up having no-one local to play so created a wargames club off his own back which is still up and running today (and that he is still heavily involved in)
  • Playtester for more games than you can shake a stick it and fundamental in helping shape many rules sets over the years.  Look though the GW output of the early 2000s and his name will be there.  Old Warhammer Ancients players may well remember that his name in the credits had to be put in the errata as Jervis couldn’t spell it 🙂