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Kakita’s Top 5 Game Events in 2011

So far we’ve seen some of the HBGers’ top few things to look out for in 2011, and here’s mine. I’m definitely more of a gamer type of geek, so I’ll have to admit that my list has that bit of a minis/games slant. That being said… read on!

5) STGCC

Singapore’s very own STGCC expanded past toys into comics and games for the first time in 2010, and it’s still looking to diversify its portfolio, just like geek cons overseas (the biggest and baddest being San Diego Comic Con). So who’s to say it’s not going to have games in there? At the very least, I’m expecting to meet some of the great Singapore sculptors and painters back there again, and that’s never a bad thing.

4) PP Lock and Load

Speaking of Cons, I’m a fan of Privateer Press. I like miniature games, and their in particular. Which means it’s no surprise that I went crazy when they announced their personal convention, PP Lock and Load (June 18th-19th). It’s a chance to learn painting and sculpting techniques, catch the newest releases and just shoot the breeze with Privateer fans around the globe. I don’t think I’ll be able to make it this year (yeah, I’m bummed too), but it’s definitely going into my calendar of ‘cons to go to if I have the time and money’.

3) Grey Knights

They’re 40k. They’re Space Marines. They’re new and shiney. That alone is going to guarantee that just about all hardcore GW fans are going to at least think about picking them up. Add to that the fact that they’re a small elite army, which means less to paint and epic 1 on 20 type battles, this guarantees that if the rules are good, they’re going to be the next big 40k thing.

2) Warmachine Wrath

The first expansion since the advent of MkII for Warmachine and Hordes, Wrath heralds in an era of new mechanics. Battle Engines lead the charge, and will definitely shake up the game as much as Cavalry models during Superiority. Ranking Officers are up next, and with their buffs on merc models we’ll definitely be seeing a lot more sell swords in factioned armies. And we haven’t even started on the new minis yet! For someone that’s a fan of Warmachine and Hordes, this is definitely the BIG release of the year.

1) Sporecon

I know, I’m biased, but Sporecon is a con that I’ve been growing with for the past few years. Probably Singapore’s only Gaming Convention (the minis and boardgames type, not the casino and poker type), Sporecon’s been held in various places, and will be held in Pasir Ris Community Centre come May 28-29th, 2011. With the main objective of getting people interested in games, we’ve had boardgames, cardgames, miniatures and even various panels run over the two days. If you’re a gamer, or even if you’re just curious, walk on in for Sporecon 2011!

And hey, we’ve got to give props for it being the place where we first met Sarah right? Even if we didn’t know it?

kakita

Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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