Whilst sorting through some of my old gaming material the other day, I came across a few programmes and leaflets from some of the conventions I went to ‘back in the day’. I’ve scanned some in, the first if which is presented here; the programme for Games Day ‘86, held at the Royal Horticultural Society Hall in London.
I hadn’t long turned seventeen and I was on an electrical engineering course at college. I’d managed to save some money from the meagre wages I was getting and my cousin Carl and I travelled down to London on a National Express coach (North American visitors = equivalent is the Greyhound buses) from Birmingham. I think it arrived at Victoria coach station and we walked to the venue. We went on the Saturday so it was pretty busy; arriving at the entrance was like turning up at some hallowed halls of legend as we’d been looking forward to the day out for months.
My memory is a bit vague of what was there, I can recall visiting most of the stands; there were some live games taking place, plenty of books and miniatures to look at – some were up some steps either side I think, looking at the programme. I also recall leaving the venue and making our way to outside Parliament and standing at the bridge crossing the river Thames. We made our way back and the serious spending started. I went with the full intention of purchasing a new set of gaming rules and bought the Palladium RPG (black and red cover). I’m not sure what other books I bought, but there were plenty of figures from Citadel purchased. An endearing memory was hauling what I bought across London back to the coach station in several plastic bags which felt like it weighed nearly half a ton! We poured over our purchases all the way back as we had table seating on the coach.
It would have been nice to visit the Games Workshop store whilst in London but alas this was my one and only visit to Games Day in London.
The programme is in excellent condition so I’ve provided a scanned copy free to download here. I wonder if anyone else visited the same Games Day? If so please feel free to comment in the usual place!