Much quieter today. Worryingly so when the event is moving to a bigger, more expensive venue next year. The Midlands has had shit weather recently but had basked in glorious sunshine all week so perhaps the call of the garden centre was strong today.
Bit disappointed to see traders packing up early, reminds me of the second day of the old Derby wargames show at the Assembly Halls where people started preparing to leave by two o'clock. Probably a result of how quiet Sunday was.
Picked up a few bits and pieces today but my favourite was acquiring a copy of OGRE Miniatures.
I've been after this for a while now, but it's expensive on eBay and I hadn't seen a copy in the flesh for over a decade. I turned up at the Bring and Buy early this morning and the first person I saw was buying a stack of boxes and books and there was a copy of OGRE Miniatures on top. Bollocks. Two minutes earlier and it would have been mine.
"Look in the boxes of books," suggests Scott, "have a see if there is another one."
"Waste of time," says I, "I've only ever seen two copies of it in my life and that was the second one."
Mentioned this near-miss to the lads over a couple of pints at lunchtime.
At the end of the afternoon, Phil S of http://agameofbones.blogspot.com strolls over to me and asks "Is this what you were after? It was on the Bring and Buy."
Clutching an un-punched copy of OGRE Miniatures.
It was two quid and being a gentleman he refused to accept the money for it.
Next year the event is at the NEC Hilton Metropole next door to the airport. I see this as an attempt to get more international business involved (this year had Mayfair Games over from the states and James Raggi IV of LOTFP fame from Finland) but it creates lots of questions about the expense of parking and whether it can be got to without having to drive - there's a train station at the airport which is on the same line as the nearest train station to Coop Towers II but it's not clear if there is pedestrian access to the hotel once you arrive.
We do Expo because it's almost on the doorstep (about 15-20 minute drive this morning) but I've never been certain that I'd travel for it. The other side of Birmingham is far from "travelling" but the NEC is notorious for screwing every last penny out of you. We'll see but this year might well have been the last year I attend.