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Rogzombie Fezian06 Jan 2013 4:17 p.m. PST

Dark ages sis integrated into ancients. Viking gaming is very popular and I think a separate board would be a good idea.
Ancients covers so much ground it gets buried in there.

Cyrus the Great06 Jan 2013 4:22 p.m. PST

I brought this up in 2007!

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SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 4:28 p.m. PST

I'll support it!

doc mcb06 Jan 2013 4:43 p.m. PST

Yes, I like the idea as well.

The aftermath of the fall of the western Roman Empire is an immensely popular period and set of conflicts. The degree of interest certainly merits a separate board.

Defining it would be a little tricky or arbitrary.

Splintered Light's historicals run from sub-Roman "Arthurian" Britain up to 1066, including Irish and Picts and early Saxons, with later Saxons on the way, and Normans and Vikings. We've discussed plans to add some further late Roman and early Frankish figures, on the early end, and to do Carolingians and some of their enemies also.

None of that is quite medieval, except maybe Carolingian and Norman depending on how you define it. But I think the old WRG books were smart in dividing ancient from medieval by a "shieldwall" or Dark Ages period.

Rassilon Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 4:51 p.m. PST


kyoteblue Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 4:58 p.m. PST


Cyrus the Great06 Jan 2013 5:15 p.m. PST

Maybe with the release of more rules and figures this time it might be a go!

Toy Soldier Green06 Jan 2013 6:12 p.m. PST


kreoseus2 Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 6:31 p.m. PST


BW195906 Jan 2013 7:00 p.m. PST

Yep, its a good idea

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 7:02 p.m. PST

Me too!

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Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 7:24 p.m. PST

Perhaps because it has always been lumped in with ancients?
Russ Dunaway

HostileContact06 Jan 2013 8:25 p.m. PST

Count me in as well!


Rogzombie Fezian06 Jan 2013 9:06 p.m. PST

Thank you folks. It really is a separate period defined by a lot of things. I dont even see any ambiguity in defining it.

Barks1 Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 11:50 p.m. PST


Some Chicken Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 2:44 a.m. PST

Agreed it is deserving of its own board. Another WW2 rule set, Command Decision, was recently granted its own board and it is high time the Dark Ages were separated from ancients.

Martin Rapier07 Jan 2013 3:48 a.m. PST

It is all just Ancients to me. So no thanks.

Unrepentant Werewolf at work Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 3:56 a.m. PST

Needs to be separate!

kreoseus2 Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 4:53 a.m. PST

what date range ?

Maddaz111 Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 4:57 a.m. PST

sorry but against this.

when does dark ages start… 400 ad? 500ad, after Rome falls? after Byzantium falls.

dark ages is a misnomer, and I would be happy with an early medieval board with a proper time delineation. so between 450 and 1050 (as an example)

I am doing Greek dark ages army which is 1000 bc? and some empires did not experience a dark age (?) so let's not create an unneeded differentiation.

I would be happier if we split up ancients as pre 700 bc and post 100 ad and then had a 450+ early medieval.

but lumping together works well enough for me for now.

what next a board for world war two realistic rules? for eastern front tanks, for T34 variants?

Griefbringer07 Jan 2013 7:33 a.m. PST

What is this talk about ancients?

Ancient period ends around 500 AD or so, from then on the next thousand years or so form the medieval period.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 9:02 a.m. PST

I don't play that era, but why not?
I like the idea.

vojvoda Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 9:21 a.m. PST

Current thinking is there is no Dark Ages, just early Medieval.

James Mattes

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 10:06 a.m. PST

A Dark Ages board would be most welcome.


Duc de Limbourg Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 1:02 p.m. PST

If you vote for a french revolution board, I will vote for a dark age one

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 1:10 p.m. PST

Why not?

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut07 Jan 2013 4:41 p.m. PST

I always support new board ideas, as I like anything that adds to the general confusion.

In this particular case I would probably actually use it, as I like my vikings. We could even call it the "Vikings And Related" board to avoid confusion…

its only a flesh wound Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 6:19 p.m. PST


Glengarry507 Jan 2013 6:28 p.m. PST

There should be a Dark Ages board to clear up the confusion between whether it belongs to the ancient or medieval period! (I've always thought of it as early medieval and while I understand that many historians say it really wasn't that dark Dark Ages sounds more evocative.)

Griefbringer08 Jan 2013 3:50 a.m. PST

There should be a Dark Ages board to clear up the confusion between whether it belongs to the ancient or medieval period!

There is no confusion. If you look at the left menu on this TMP page:

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Ancients is defined as being up to 500 AD, and medieval is defined as starting from 500 AD. Clear, simple and easy to remember.

Rogzombie Fezian08 Jan 2013 4:50 p.m. PST

It seems we either take the academic look and leave it as it is or we take the ppular approach and create a dark ages board which would make it much easier for those of those without opinions of the existence of the dark ages to easier enjoy finding articles about Vikings and whatever else you game during this period popularly known as the dark ages. Consider we are not in a college and that all mini manufacturer have a dark ages section. Whether it exists or not it is a standard gaming delineation and this is a gaming board not a college.

badwargamer08 Jan 2013 7:27 p.m. PST

Is it possible it would get overSHADOWED?

HarryHotspurEsq01 Apr 2013 9:49 a.m. PST

There never was a Dark Ages (19th century invention) so there is no need for an independent board… unless it went along with the Victorian science fiction I suppose.

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