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vexillia18 Jan 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

Latest blog post:

Doesn't time fly? Is it time to review the state of the Northern League, the competition scene in the North of England, once again? It appears so.

If you want to read the background to this analysis have a look at last year's post. In it I said that "2015 looks like it's going to be another year of transition. As the Chinese curse says "may you live in interesting times". This has turned out to be all too true …


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Supercilius Maximus18 Jan 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

Interesting report, Martin. I've just started playing FoG:R down south and it's interesting to compare the two circuits. We're getting 20+ players per tournament for the Southern League, but whilst it's worth noting that four of the five rounds did not take place this year, we now have five (and possibly even six) for next year – and obviously we live in a more populous area.

One thought on making FoG:AM more interesting is perhaps asking folk to bring along an army they don't mind someone else playing with for the day/weekend – essentially, you put all the armies into a pot and draw them out with the proviso that you can't play with your own army. You can "outlaw" a few outrageous types of army, but otherwise allow people to be as devious as they wish. A club I played at back in the 1980s did this with Napoleonics – first year people brought what they had, but year two – well, you've never seen so many Spaniards and Neapolitans on a tabletop!

gbowen19 Jan 2016 9:44 a.m. PST

Slitherine seem to be selling off all FOG with no plans to reprint. Unless they allow free print your own copies or someone takes up the distribution I believe FOG has gone the way of the Dodo. Art de la Guerre may be the way forward. Oddly the completion for that at Britcon was dropped.

Battle Cry Bill19 Jan 2016 3:04 p.m. PST

Thanks for your research Martin.

Played my first ADLG game last Saturday. It went well and looked good. I will play it again and would be interested in trying it with feudal and medieval armies. As I am interested in games that can bring new gamers into historical gaming, I would not give ADLG high marks in being easy to teach, but the learning curve didn't seem too steep. It is gaining some traction here in Chicago.

DBA is a good entry level game/system to teach kids and those trying to get into ancients gaming, but C&CA with figures is even easier. You set up a battle (historical with elephants or not with orcs) and the players are into the game in 3 turns.

I am interested in the difference between UK and US as to Commands & Colors Ancients being used with figures. It seems to be more common in the UK than here in the US.


vexillia21 Jan 2016 7:50 a.m. PST

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