This weekend my wife and I visited Barcelona. One of the sights of the city is El Born Cultural Centre, a former covered market. In the 90s they excavated the former residential district under the site; the houses were destroyed following the siege of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession.
|It's all on display with walkways around it, museums, a cafe, a bookstore and so on.|
So we were in there hanging out and looking at the ruins when we noticed there were rows of tables with people playing X-Wing on one of the walkways. It turns out there was a city- wide games festival going on and the minis side was in here. I guess most of the games were historical and it's a historical site?
Anyway, here are some photos I took:
|Here you can see the foundations in the background of the X-Wing games.|
|This 28mm game combined ancient land and sea battles.|
|The guy running this 28mm Rorke's Drift game talked to me about the amount of research that had|
gone into preparing the table.
|... and the difficulty of recreating the buildings.|
|Elsewhere, there were lots of different miniatures game, including this Napoleonic battle.|
|And a Trafalgar game.|
|A modeling and terrain-making demo showed off these bases made from poker chips.|
|This was quite a detailed Circus Maximus game.|
|Meanwhile, gladiators went at it as well.|
|This display of board wargames placed the various games on a historical timeline.|
I really like the integration of the games and the history here -- although X-Wing was a weird fit, but whatever -- and I applaud the idea of a games festival! The whole thing was really well-presented and accessible, and I wish we had more events like it here.