The Biggest Event of the year in Poland

The past weekend, the Infinity community of Poland was celebrating its biggest event of the year – the Polish Open Championship. This year the privilege of organising it went to Garran, the Warcor from Chełmża. We knew from previous years that the event was always top-notch, but this year I was positively surprised with both the attendance, the level of the tables and armies presented, and the amount of prize support provided by different sponsors.
Chełmża in itself is nothing remarkable, a small town with an eclectic mix of old medieval buildings and modern architecture. In times long gone it used to be a feudal town owned by the Teutonic Knights, the Military Order with which the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth has fought for more than 200 years. Today, it is more known for a very vibrant miniature games community.

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Friendly Local Gaming Store – Wargamer Wilcza, Warsaw

It’s been a while since my last post – visiting season is in full swing and that coupled with the fact that there are 2 major upcoming events in the country – The NATO Summit in July and World Youth Days in August, means I have very little time to spend on toy soldiers.  That doesn’t mean, however, that Infinity is completely on hold. Travelling around the world – maybe. Playing – still on.

Despite the adventurous name, the Roaming Warcor has an established base of operations – Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw is a 2 million strong capital of  the country, with a very vibrant miniature gaming community. The country, formerly part of the Russian sphere of influence has been embracing market economy since the fall of communism in 1989. What that means for war-gaming is that despite being non-existant in this particular area before the regime change, Poland is now one of the strongest European wargaming countries. Many factors contribute to that – a  big internal market being one of them, but I believe that the most important of them is the fact that the Polish people in general felt deprived of what they assumed was their joint share of the Western legacy and are now trying to make up the time lost. Since the very beginning of the Polish state, the country belonged geographically to the East but mentally to the West. It was the last Catholic country surrounded by Eastern Orthodoxy or Islam, it maintained strong ties with other powers of that time, among them Germany, Austria and France. Poles always felt a part of the occidental world, and rightfully so.

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