Why ME? Since the international success of The Lord of the Rings movies, New Zealand has been identified (rightly or wrongly) in the eyes of many as the home of Middle Earth. MEDBAG is a site dedicated to keeping people around the world informed of DBA and HotT activities in New Zealand.
DBA in NZ & Abroad
DBA is quite popular overseas, where its small scale and quick play time allow enjoyable one-day competitions, where six games can be comfortably played. These can be themed to a period or have some sort of campaign mechanism. The liveliness of the DBA community is attested by their Fanaticus Website. In New Zealand the game is quite strong in the South Island, with a number of DBA competitions in recent years in Timaru and Christchurch. It’s also a rule set that is being offered at the IWC next February and has 17 players already registered.
To promote DBA in Auckland the following DBA competitions are planned for this year:
- 29 August 2010 – North Shore Wargames Club
- 19 September 2010 – Auckland Wargaming Club
- 9 October 2010 – South Auckland Miniature Wargames Club
- 7 November 2010 – Ellerslie
The scale used for these is 15mm, which is the scale used at the IWC. Details of the individual events will be published on the MEDBAG site and on the club forums. The venue of the final event is yet to be finalized.
DBA in Australasia
Elsewhere in New Zealand there are the following competitions:
- 23 October 2010 – Conquest – Christchurch
- 5 December 2010 – Christchurch Wargaming Club DBA Competition
- 26-27 February 2011 – IWF’s IWC – Wellington
Details of all 3 events above can be found at The Wargames Room.
And in Australia there are:
- 28 November 2010 – Landwaster – ACT
- 26-ish January 2011 – CanCon – Canberra
Details for these can be found at the Canberra Kriegspielers Website.
Longer term MEDBAG hopes to facilitate further competitions and campaigns using DBA and HOTT. You can find out more at the MEDBAG Blog.