Last Stand a Lineage
Last Stand started when a group of Games Workshop players needed a new place to play as the small GW shop was no longer suitable.
The start was a casual one everyone meeting up to play games on a Thursday night at a venue called Battlenet. Soon formalising into a club was needed to make sure the group had enough boards and terrain to provide a good playing environment.
Battlenet era tournament – January 2009
2008 is when the club came into being properly with Mike C as president with Kyle and Nat helping out. With their guidance, the club flourished. Boards were made, terrain built and we even hosted some small local tournaments and got many new members involved in the hobby. Alex, Mike M, Steve and many others played a large role in helping out with the three named serving on the committee for periods of time.
Unfortunately, the good times were not to last and in 2010 Battlenet shut its doors for good. This combined with a change of committee led to a turbulent year.
After a very brief stop location of Starywn Games we moved on to Johns Café Munchies which was just under the old Battlenet venue in the heart of the city centre. It was with the wonderful help of Rob the owner of Battlenet we came here, having had some fractious moments in deciding to move on from Starwynn in the first instance. At Munchies, we had some of our best times over the years but it was still tough going as we had to accommodate 15-20 people on 5 tables. In the end a difficult decision was reached and by majority vote we moved to the York Tavern near the Golden Triangle in 2012.
York Tavern era tournament – July 2012
York Tavern was a bit dark (We always seemed to have issues with the lightbulbs) and sometimes parking was an issue but a wonderfully accommodating landlord, space for 8 boards made light of any difficulties (plus booze with gaming is not to be sneezed at). York Tavern was our first step back into doing tournaments since battlenet. We hosted several events including a team competition between all the Norwich clubs.
Like with Battlenet all good things come to an end. The Landlords time was up and the York was going to be closed for an uncertain amount of time so we upped sticks for our current venue a scout hut tucked away just outside the city centre.
Alec Bussey Scout Centre
First night at the Alec Bussey Scout Centre – January 2015.
The 8th of January 2015 was our official first night at the Alec Bussey Centre which I would venture to say is our best venue yet. We have space for 20+ games of 40k at once, and that capacity has been used to great effect for three of the bigger 40k Tournaments in norfolk with the best prize support in the country.
While we have had some setbacks along the way, overall we have continued to go from strength to strength with new boards, new terrain and new ideas.
Conflict tournament hosted by Norwich Last Stand – November 2016.
Written by T-J, with input from Mike C (RRrider).