In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Gaming in the Time of Plague
With Hot Lead approaching and worries about COVID-19 rising, some have been voicing their worries. I have been fielding many emails and messages all week asking "what is Hot Lead going to do?" Some being helpful have pointed me to HMGS-E post about Cold Wars.
I've resisted issuing any kind of officious wafflegab, not wanting to ratchet up people's feelings of anxiety. I mean really, what can I say that the Ministry of Health hasn't already? And do I really need to be telling people to stay home if they're sick and wash the hands? Apparently so.
It is a concern. Mrs. Rabbitman and I clearly remember a couple of years ago when some Plaguebearer spread their germs through the convention making a lot of us sick; staff, dealers, GMs all contacted me after the fact.
Friday the 13th my phone was exploding. Email, SMS messages, Facebook posts, a text. Gamemasters cancelling, a couple of vendors too. The provincial Chief Medical Officer recommended cancelling any event with more than 250 people. Facebook exploded.
So with regret, and even some tears from Mrs. Rabbitman, we arrived at the difficult decision to cancel last night.
It's a shame. With 95 events scheduled it was going to be the biggest yet.
But all those Game Masters are already for next year. So I guess there's a silver lining.
Tea is my drug of choice. My idea of a party is a rousingly good wargame with my friends. I finance my tea, miniature soldiers and book addiction by using chemistry to coat precision machined pieces of steel. I am also employed by the Canadian Armed Forces as a Cadet Instruction Cadre Officer.