Blake put together another fun game session at Multiverse Games. This time it was a game of Hordes of the Things. It's been along time since we played a large HotT battle. We got four participant this time. We broke up into 2 teams. Each player on each team took a 24 point army. Blake has tons of armies from his massive collection of GW Fantasy figs.
Some of the guys were friends of Blake's son, Hunter. They were completely new to the miniature war gaming hobby. These were 20-something, Millennials who might have been intrigued by some GW games or perhaps D&D and were ready to try a full miniatures game. These are just the sort of players that Blake likes to recruit.
As you can see in the photos, Blake has lots of the 3rd-edition-era Warhammer fantasy figs. They are amazingly great figures and they look awesome in formation on the table. I really think the striking look of these armies are what draws the players into the hobby. Sadly, new players aren't able to buy these figures to make their own HotT army because the figures are out of print.
We had a great time! The new players were eager to learn. You could sense their anticipation as the battle lines drew closer and closer to the center of the table. My Magician launched a few magical attacks on my opponent's Behemoth, just to disrupt the lines. The Behemoth bounced the first two shots. The third hit forced him to retreat and run over his inexperienced comrades!
We didn't finish the game and were stopped due to time constraints. I mentioned in a previous post that turnout for HotT games has been in decline. But, this day we were able to bring back some of that epic HotT game magic!
Blake has perfected his recruitment strategy for new players using HotT. I don't know if this is the best way to introduce new players to the hobby, but I know it is effective.