No, not cricket, tennis or anything like that.
It is the start of the local summer wargames season!
During the summer, my group of wargaming friends take it in turn to host wargame parties, providing food, drink and a prepared wargame ready to go.
In the past we have had such things as vast battles in a garden, Gettysburg in a garage, a beleaguered British garrison trying to fight off the Fuzzy-Wuzzies and a Wild West game (featuring cowboys, outlaws, Mexican bandits, Indians and, of course, the Cavalry) with Tex-Mex food for dinner. These are great social occasions as well as great games.
Saturday sees us recreating the English Civil War, with King Charles desperately trying not to lose his head. My main challenge will be to find the guy's house without getting lost. Every year I end up taking the wrong turning and end up arriving late, to derision from the others. They seem to find the thought of a geographer getting lost very funny.
I am not totally sure what my game will be - better get working on it! My initial thought was to run a series of small games as a tournament, with a prize for the winner. Alternatively I might try for a game of Romans against the barbarians. We will see.
Have a great weekend!