You know on TV and in the movies when stereotypical nerds play fantasy board games like Dungeons and Dragons in the basement?
Well, this is the adult version.
In the TV version, a bunch of mates – connected by their love of fantasy games – usually play at one of their parent’s houses.
In the real-world adult version, a bunch of mates – connected by their love of fantasy games – fly across the world to compete in The Warmachine & Hordes World Team Championship.
And so we come to Islington’s Peter Bates.
Peter is now a world champion. He and four other Aussies won the event in question, which was held in Warsaw in Poland.
“We take our nerdism seriously,” Peter, 34, said, adding that the team’s name was “Australia: Flamin Galahs”.
They defeated teams from other countries, including Poland, England, Austria, France, Belgium, Sweden, US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and Czech Republic.
The event attracted more than 350 players.
Topics: “Any girls?”
Peter: “Maybe half a dozen”.
Topics: “You need more girls.”
Peter: “It’s true, it’d do the hobby a lot of good. We’re not the prettiest of nerds, especially not my team. You play the French and the Belgians and they’re all very attractive men.”
Jokes aside, tabletop war-machine games involve pretty serious competition.
“It’s like chess on steroids,” Peter said.
“It’s just a bloody good way to get good competition.”
It’s also a bloody good way to reduce stress.
Peter works as a nurse in Maitland Hospital’s emergency department.
“My job is super-stressful. The game is an awesome way to let off some steam.”
King Kurt’s Acropolis Now
Newcastle’s Kurt Fearnley has been listed in the top 10 in the Australian Financial Review’s list of cultural influencers.
The story that accompanied the list said “wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley’s entrance at the head of the Australian team at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games” symbolised the “mainstream normalisation of disability”.
“It was a banner-bearing moment by a man who had figuratively carried the flag for disability for decades, in a year that will also include the looming Invictus Games in Sydney.”
Meanwhile, Kurt continues to give disability matters a platform. “Let’s have every classroom in every school open to all. Invest once and it’s done,” Kurt tweeted.
He was responding to a story about temporary classrooms [yep, demountables] violating building codes and being inaccessible to parents with disabilities. Apparently, it’s NSW policy to provide access for students with a disability, but not for their parents and carers. Kurt cut through the government’s spin: “If you can make the Acropolis accessible, surely it’s possible to make a demountable classroom accessible”.