Norwich Last Stand - From Then To Now
Last Stand started when a group of Games Workshop players needed a new place to play as the small Games Workshop shop was no longer suitable. Of course Games Workshop moved to Westlegate and was rebranded Warhammer too.
The start was a casual one with everyone meeting up to play games on a Thursday night at a venue called Battlenet. It was not long before formalising into a club was needed to make sure the group had enough boards and terrain to provide a good playing environment.
The Battlenet Era
Battlenet era tournament - January 2009
2008 is when the club came into being properly with its first committee of individuals. 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. Many others played a large role in helping out with several 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. Taken togethe with a change of committee, this led to a turbulent year for Norwich Last Stand.
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 Norwich city centre. It was with the wonderful help of 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
York Tavern era tournament - July 2012
York Tavern was a bit dark given we always seemed to have issues with the lightbulbs! Sometimes parking was an issue but, the landlord was wonderfully accommodating, giving Norwich Last Stand the space for 8 boards. Of course, beer and booze with gaming is not to be sneezed at! York Tavern was our first step back into doing tournaments since the Battlenet days. We hosted several events including a team competition between all the Norwich clubs.
Like with Battlenet all good things come to an end. The landlord's time was up and the York Tavern 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 Era
First night at the Alec Bussey Scout Centre - January 2015.
The 8th of January 2015 was officially Norwich Last Stand's first night at the Alec Bussey Scout Centre. With little doubt, this is Norwich Last Stand's best venue yet with 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. Norwich Last Stand has and remains to primarily promote the hobby through bringing like minded people together and providing a place to play.
Conflict Norwich tournament hosted by Norwich Last Stand - November 2016.