It's weird the places that Tabletop Wargaming pops up these days. Once upon a time it was the reserve of nerds and geeks (I count myself amongst them) but somehow, seemingly without my noticing, it went all mainstream! Once wargaming was its own counter culture, now its the path to a qualification.... so what the hell am I talking about? The Duke of Edinburgh Awards!
the newly qualified Jedi with A and A-Star GCSE's coming out of her ears) last night about her 6th Form studies. As well as working towards 4 A-Levels she also has some time set aside for something the school loosely terms "enrichment actives". In my daughters case this means doing a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The award covers several areas including Volunteering, Physical Activity, Some sort of 'Expedition' and a Skills section. When you look at this latter section to see what sort of activities can be included as a skill the list includes (to my amazement and joy) Historical Re-enactment, Table Games and War Gaming!
Of course I immediately suggested we set up a Flames of War game but for some strange reason she declined. She actually already has a hobby that can be utilised for the award. She belongs to a cake decorating club (the Sugar-craft Guild) and cake decorating is an approved skill on the list, so unfortunately she will probably choose that for her Skill section of the DofE. But for just a moment - an oh so fleeting moment - there was the possibility of teaching her to play wargames as part of her education and as an enhancement to her CV. So near, but yet so far!