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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 2:49 p.m. PST

I think it's highly likely that AWI is far the biggest period from that century. But what about nr 2 and 3?
I'm unsure if SYW or WSS is the second biggest. But I think those are 2 and 3. With GNW, WAS etc trailing behind.

Toy Soldier Green18 Oct 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

Couldn't the SYW be counted as the first world-wide war? It setup the AWI.

Glengarry518 Oct 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

Depends what you mean by "biggest"? Most popular? If you include the French and Indian war as part of it, which I would, not to mention fighting in India and on the high seas then I'm guessing the Seven Years War is the biggest.

Winston Smith18 Oct 2018 3:13 p.m. PST

If you combine SYW with FIW, definitely number two.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

The Rugby School Rebellion of 1797
The Eton Revolt of 1768
Tacky's War
The Whiskey Rebellion
Paper Money Riot
Siege of Malta
The Dagohoy Rebellion
Naqib al-Ashraf

… what's the AWI?

Cavcmdr18 Oct 2018 5:41 p.m. PST

Outside the USA I would say SYW first then WSS
(as long as you end the 18th century before the Revolutionary War in France).

When were the Potato Wars?
I have forgotten about the War of Jenkin's Ear too.


nsolomon9918 Oct 2018 6:08 p.m. PST

Seven Years War is easily the biggest by far of the 18th Century period.

AWI is only of interest in US market and the armies weren't large so figure sales are dwarfed by SYW sales.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 7:47 p.m. PST

Agree. Just by observation and 40 years experience in the hobby. No question, SYW is the most popular 18th Century. conflict to game in the US and overseas. Keep in mine there are some who play both. So I would rate:

1. SYW
2. AWI
3. WSS

But the margin is closing.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

The SYW has its own convention which allows some AWI gaming. How many periods have their own convention?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2018 1:53 a.m. PST

AWI is only of interest in US market and the armies weren't large so figure sales are dwarfed by SYW sales.

Not acording to Perrys, they made plastic AWI figures, that hints at a very big market, so far not a single box of SYW plastic, Ebor tried but the Kickstarter failed.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2018 4:35 a.m. PST

Good question

I would have thought SYW but good point about the plastic figs – the Perrys are very smart about such things

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2018 9:08 a.m. PST

In my collection: FIW.

At the club: SYW (Continentel).

Once in a great while I see an AWI game around here (in Boston!).

axabrax19 Oct 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

I've never seen a SYW game that wasn't FIW in the USA in the last 20 years, including conventions. I've seen at least a dozen FIW and probably twice that many AWI. People like to game their own country's history.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2018 8:45 a.m. PST

The great imagination wars. I say this doffing my hat to Grant, Young and all you imagination bloggers. Likewise props to my friend Wayne.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2018 5:52 p.m. PST


I think the Napoleonic players would beg to differ about playing their own nations history in the U.S.

I see SYW played at most of the conventions I attend There is rarely an AWI game there unless its mine. The last AWI game I can remember that I wasn't running, was a Lexington/Concord game over ten years ago. Although lately I see a few more FIW games. At least at the Western conventions.

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