Yesterday we packed our bags (six bags in total with one dedicated solely to snacks and lunch options) and took a hire car to Ecclesfield School in Sheffield — the venue for the first ChillCon gaming convention. We set up shop (pardon the pun) in the sports hall along with twenty-odd other traders and got ready for a full day of wargaming fun!

The Big Mek had made the display stands himself and I’d made the oily-lookin’ table banner. We’d been prepping for weeks and we were really excited to finally be there. By the way: unexpected side effects of preparing for a trade show include several cuts, scars, and the sheer amount of Euro hole shapes to be found around the house… They’re everywhere.

Anyway, back to the convention. We’d brought along several exclusive previews with us and a few just-for-the-day offers to tempt passersby with. You’ve probably seen us shout about them on social media in the run-up to the show (fear not: the products will soon be available in our online store as well). We even gave away some freebies!

It was really good fun meeting some of our customers in person, catching up with a few old friends, and meeting lots and lots of new wargamers of all varieties. Chatting to Chill Con goers about greenskins and terrain options practically made the day fly by – thanks to everyone who came and talked to us, whether for a few minutes or a good deal longer!

Another great thing about the day was meeting all the other traders and oohing and aahing over their stalls and products. I had an excellent time running around, talking to other stallholders, and rummaging through their goods (I gave in and bought a few things). I think we made some new friends and everything!

As we were there as traders we didn’t get to see nearly everything on offer but in the hall next door there were all sorts of things afoot: tournaments, participation games, and cake. Yes, cake. We both had a glorious slice each before we went home that afternoon and it was delicious.

Thanks to everyone who organised ChillCon – see you again next year!