Saturday, March 5, 2011

Council Fires Returns!

It's time to reveal  the mystery project to which I alluded in my last posting. I said then there was something on the horizon. Well, the ship has been stocked with supplies and has set sail to reach that horizon! The observant among you will have noticed a recent advertisement on TMP about a new gaming convention in Southern Ontario. 

Click on the image below to find out more!

A couple of obviously demented hobby enthusiasts have decided to resurrect what seemed to be a long-dead convention experience. Last seen in 2000 (or was it 1999?), Council Fires was a cozy and friendly one-day event held in Paris, Ontario. The current iteration is slated for October 1, 2011 at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club. Unfortunately, there is no accompanying 18-hole golf course but the new venue has many more amenable features. In addition to 5,000+ square feet of gaming and vendor space, Council Fires sports a full-service bar, close proximity to restaurants and shopping (2 minutes away on foot), and the best hobby vendors in Ontario. 

Why Cambridge? It was felt that a location somewhat equidistant from the vibrant gaming community in the London/Stratford area and the larger populated areas in the Hamilton-Toronto corridor would be best. The Cambridge Newfoundland Club is a couple km south of the Highway 401/Highway 24 junction in Cambridge and is easily accessible from anywhere along the 401 and 403 corridors.

Although it's only a one day convention, there will be a lot included in this seemingly limited time. There will be four gaming sessions, each four hours in length. How is this possible in one day? There will be two streams of gaming, running concurrently. Stream One will have a 0900-1300 and 1400-1800 game slots and Stream Two will see 1200-1600 and 1700-2100 slots.

You can follow the "comings and goings" of the convention organizers on the Council Fires blog or on Facebook (click images):

Council Fires is, as the banner says, an attempt to bring back the joy and nostalgia of playing with toy soldiers! So, bring your sense of humour, your camaraderie, and your joy of the hobby to Cambridge this fall!

And don't forget the other premier gaming event in southern Ontario, happening later this month, HotLead. Hope to see you there!


  1. Dave, congrats on bringing back long forgotten event, been to few of them 20 years ago and always had fun, I am sure the new incarnation will bring joy of the hobby to all that attend.


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