We're planning to restart with some socially distant gaming next week and preparations are in full swing. A couple of areas of attention to enable this to happen
The physical environment
Keeping everyone 2 metre apart and limiting contact points are key, so we have planned:
- Use of two tables, not the usual one, so there is plenty of space for people to sit apart.
- Bring your own dice, tapes and play-sheets. I will have spares bagged-up 72 hours before the game just in case.
- Strictly no touching others models - well a chap should never fondle another chaps toy soldiers
- No refreshments
- Careful game choice to limit the contact
The Choice of game
Choosing the right game should really help to limit the contact, so we've gone for What A Tanker as:
- There are few playing pieces - 1 or 2 tanks each only.
- Angles, measuring. movement etc are not very critical. So it has none of the things that leads to gamers huddling over the models.
- There is no need to touch the opponents models
- Its IGO-UGO so people can naturally take turns and sit well back from the table
- Its a simple game and everyone can have a dashboard & play-sheet with all they need on it
We have a couple of people who can nt restart even with the proposed precautions as they are shielding. Joining by Zoom is an option for a chat but I'll also investigate a Zoom-based Kriegspiel game once I've got the socially distanced version up and running.