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Medieval

With all lists now in and checked it is time for the first round draw to be revealed. The usual ‘nearest historical date’ pairing, but slightly modified to avoid the North Shore boys being paired against each other. Some good reference material, some perhaps not so good and then there’s Cam’s……………………

1. Al Donald (AWC) – Early Hoplite Greeks 479BC (Reference: Movie “300” – what else?!)
2. Andrew Fergus (AWC) – Thracians 200BC (Reference: French TV doco about “Seuthès l’Immortel, les Secrets d’un Roi Thrace” – The Immortal Seuthès; secrets of a Thracian King)

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Oh Yeah!Our friends down at the North Shore Wargaming Club (NSWC) look like they have been sneaking in some DBMM240 practice for the tournament this weekend…

Three games were played at the NSWC’s first November meeting and another 4 games at the following meeting (this weekend just passed) – sounds like some serious preparation down at the NSWC! Check out the NSWC Site for the results…

I’ve finally got my act together and written up the DBMM240 conditions for the 6 December 2009 tournament. Please have a read and get back to me with any (sensible) questions. It should all be straightforward as I’ve simply tried to tabulate the important variations into one document, trying to reconcile any inconsistencies in the process. The major exceptions are Baggage and Terrain.

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Early (Ancient) Germans.One of the big challenges facing the club today is the debate in Ancients Gaming between DBMM and FOG. As in many other clubs and wargaming groups around the world at present there is a split between gamers who prefer FOG and those who prefer DBMM – luckily the AWC at least has no odd Ostriches still sticking to DBM (of course there is nothing really wrong with that if its your thing, but its a position causing a 3 way rules-set split of gamers in some areas so doesn’t help unify the scene)!

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Battlecry 2010 logoThe Annual Auckland BattleCry Convention is on again in February hosted as always by the AMERICA Club. This years convention is again at the Kohimarama ASB Netball Stadium as the convention has significantly increased in size. Dates are Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 February 2009. Find out more at the BattleCry Website

The club is organising this to be run on 06 December. This is, of course, the AGM date so entering is a way to have something to do if you’ve nothing else planned. Doors will open at 8:30 for a 9am start with three 2.5 hour rounds through the day. The first round will finish in time for the AGM formalities.

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BattleCry 2010NOVEMBER UPDATE: ASB Stadium, Kohimarama (same place as 2009), Sat 20th to Sun 21st Feb – just a note that the BattleCry website is live and we are taking registrations for our 2010 events. There is a registration form, very simple, to pre-register your interest in a particular tournament.

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BattleCry 2010NOVEMBER UPDATE: ASB Stadium, Kohimarama (same place as 2009), Sat 20th to Sun 21st Feb – just a note that the BattleCry website is live and we are taking registrations for our 2010 events. There is a registration form, very simple, to pre-register your interest in a particular tournament.

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Ghengis Khan: Wolf Of The PlainsI made mention recently of Conn Iggulden’s “Genghis” trilogy (Wolf of the Plains, Lords of the Bow, Bones of the Hills) in a recent club discussion about the movie “Mongol”. I’ve also recently read a few books by Stephen Pressfield. One is “Gates of Fire“, a retelling of Thermopylae in 480BC, which I grabbed from the library having listened to an audio lecture series given by Garret Fagan in which he referred to this book as being quite evocative in exploring the nature of hoplite warfare…

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Periods are the “Eras” or “Level of Technology” present for wargaming. Having a Greek Army of 300 BC facing a Russian Army of 1944 AD is obviously quite a mismatch and both armies need quite different sets of rules to control how they perform. Hence we have “Periods” in which armies all operated in similar ways, or with similar weapons, and can be ‘played’ using a common set of rules.

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