WITH an entire fantasy universe at their fingertips, Mt Nasura couple Michael and Emma Basc are leading the charge to show that Perth is a major player on the tabletop gaming stage.
The pair started Objective Secured to run Warhammer 40K gaming events.
“We got sick of hearing that nothing happens in Perth, that Perth’s so far away from everything,” Ms Basc said.
“(The gamers will) go to America but won’t come to Perth.”
Mr Basc estimates he has been playing Warhammer 40K since the late ’80s or early ’90s.
“A friend of mine, his dad had come back from the UK with one of the magazines called White Dwarf,” he said.
“It kind of kicked off from there. We found a board game with plastic miniatures and started mucking around with it.
“The guy I started with, I still play with.”
He said the attendance at WA Warhammer 40K events began to drop off around 2010 and less and less tournaments were being arranged.
But the tide has turned for local gamers.
“The gaming community for tabletop games has really exploded over the last five years,” Mr Basc said.
Mrs Basc said this resurgence pushed the couple to start Objective Secured and begin arranging their own events.
“We just kept hearing that 40K is dead and no one’s playing it… but all these guys were around at our house playing it, so it’s clearly not dead,” she said.
“These are the people we know about; who are the people we don’t know about?
“Across the different events, we’ve had 300 unique players.”
The pair said it was a great opportunity for people to come out and build their social network.
“Most of the people who come to tournaments don’t come to win,” Mr Basc said.
“They come to play a bunch of games, they catch up with people they only see at tournaments and have a beer or two; they’ll have a laugh and if they win a prize, that’s awesome.
Objective Secured’s next event will be the Southern Hemisphere Open from September 23 to 25 at Ascot Racecourse.
There will be 20 tabletop gaming events, demos, intro games and hobby skills workshops.
Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.au.