Kamloops is going to war this weekend.
Or rather, war is coming to Kamloops.
Attack-X, a tabletop war-gaming expo, is on at the North Shore Community Centre.
Fans of Flames of War, Warmachine/Hordes, and Warhammer (Fantasy and 40K) can get their fill of the fun and fury Saturday and Sunday.
Organizer Nathan Bosa said Monday this is the first gaming gathering Kamloops has had in years. But he and other Kamloops gamers hope the event will take off and become an annual gathering.
Despite the harsh names of some of the games, they aren’t any more violent than chess in terms of taking opponents from the table, he said.
“It’s a glorified chess table. You are actually seeing what the game represents,” he said.
“It’s social, too. I could play online and have friends who play, but I don’t know what they look like. These games, you’re actually out socializing. You have to get someone to show you how to play it, you buy your miniatures and paint them in a circle and talk . . .”
Bosa said he and the other organizers hope the event will take off. Many of them have attended gaming events such as GottaCon in Victoria, Wet Coast Con in Burnaby and Lock and Load Gamefest in Seattle.
“The idea came from us gamers in Kamloops always travelling around,” he said.
“After going to these every year for the past few years, we thought, ‘Why not do our own?’”
Admission to Attack-X is free for those who just want to go and watch. It’s $5 for those who might want to try out some of the mini games that are less intensive, and it’s $40 for hard-core gamers who will be mired in all the action.
Bosa said long-time gamers like him welcome questions from newcomers.
“Everybody there loves what they do,” he said.
“I hunt and fish and play sports, but my passion is really playing with little toy soldiers.”
So far, at least 55 people have registered from Victoria, Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna and Vernon.
Bosa already has plans to appeal to video gamers next year, hoping to add a space where Black Ops or Halo fans can go head-to-head.
Attack-X runs Saturday and Sunday at the North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
For tickets or more information, call Bosa at 250-320-1881 or check out the website (tickets can be ordered there through PayPal) at www.attack-x.com/event/attack-x/.