Redditch Tabletop Gamers

United Kingdom

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Redditch Wargaming Society (RedWarSoc), recently rebranded as Redditch Tabletop Gamers, was formed in April 2011 in response to a few likeminded individuals stumbling across an old Internet forum thread enquiring as to whether there were any clubs in the area.

At that time Redditch, despite being a large town of more than 100,000 residents, lay in something of a gaming black hole with no clubs to speak of within 30 minutes drive. From the response on the forum it sounded like there were at least a handful of people who were interested in getting something going, so we arranged an informal meeting at a local hostelry and came up with a plan to hire a hall for an evening and see what happened.

We found a small meeting room locally and booked it a week or so in advance, keeping our fingers crossed that more than 3 of us would turn up! To our surprise around 10 individuals turned up, almost entirely from word of mouth having heard about the club from those who had seen our updates on the original forum post.

From those humble beginnings we expanded very quickly as word spread via various mediums (newspapers, Internet forums, word of mouth, etc.) and after just a few weeks we had to move into a larger hall to accommodate our swelling numbers. The club had by this point reached a critical mass and was well and truly established. Even after more than two years we're still regularly attracting new members.

In a nutshell, we’re a bunch of wargamers who have been meeting weekly in Redditch for almost 9 years now.