The Italian Job
TRIPLES 2003, FROM AN ITALIAN PERSPECTIVE
Triples 2003 was chosen some months ago by some Italian traders to promote their products to the leading British market. It has been a great effort from an economical and logistical point of view for Aquilifer, Strategia e Tattica and Venexia Miniatures, but I hope worth the efforts.
I was very happy to join this bunch of courageous pioneers and give my support to the expedition. Of course I took the occasion to promote the Italian wargames magazine of which I'm the editor (Dadi&Piombo) and the show I organize (DADI.COM), but also to enjoy a big British show.
The show was excellent: outstanding games and an huge selection of traders. Among the scenarios I fell in love with Monte Cassino presented by Sherwood Wargamers. Another great game was the Crimean scenario presented by Derby Wargames Society, but many more display games should be mentioned for the very high quality level, as well as some participation games, those I saw were always well attended by gamers of all ages.
Unfortunately the lights were not so good, above all in the Octagon itself, where a strange yellow light spoiled many of the pictures I have taken.
From an economical point of view the Italian traders did well, though the expedition was very expensive and all three traders have registered more expenses (flights, couriers, accommodation, car renting...) than sales. By the way the aim was more promotional and more business is expected also by postal orders. I talked with all of them and everybody was very satisfied for the feedback received from British customers and from all who joined them for extensive chatting at the 5th floor.
Organization and hospitality was excellent and very appreciated. I met a lot of nice people and I get occasion to personally meet John and I thank for the opportunity to write these few lines. I take the occasion also to thank Trevor of Sheffield Wargames Society for great chatting and for all the beer!
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