Gamers bring intergalactic battles to Gladstone
WHILE Gladstone slumbered through an overcast weekend, a series of intense futuristic battles were quietly being waged, drawing on sharp mental prowess and strategic skill and thinking to ensure survival.
The craft of warfare involved 18 competitors who took part in the Warhammer 40K Tournament, Lords of the Warp.
Hosted by universally friendly Wargamers and Role Players Gladstone, the highly involved games with special sets and figures from other galaxies attracted dozens of keen observers who analysed the game plays.
Wargamers president Jason Montague said while they were not part of the mainstream of gamers, the hobby had plenty of followers passionate about tournament games.
Players had travelled from Rockhampton and Yeppoon to take part.
"It's not about war. Its appeal is the creativity, painting and buildings models and figures, the strategies and different scenarios," Mr Montague said.
"There is also the social side."
Along with strategic thinking required to game plan, players enjoy the extra elements of chance and use of the dice that heighten the drama.
Gladstone's Jeffrey Walker was keeping busy painting Warhammer figures. He became a gamer 12 years ago and loves the creative aspects.
Mitchell Flintoff from Calliope appreciates the problem solving, maths and probability, saying players have to be two or three turns ahead to succeed.