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Words from on high- Madaxeman’s annual review

He sports a tan twelve months of the year, break dancer and tireless worker for the under-privileged………..but that’s enough about me, read what wargames God Tim Porter has been working on.


From “Competition Ancients in the UK – The state of play, 1 year on”

madaxeman.com
“L’Art de la Guerre
A year ago ADLG was very much the new kid on the block, with only 8 events having taken place in the first year of the ruleset appearing at UK competitions, at which 84 players featured making just 136 entries between them.
12 months on and the picture is rather different – in the last 12 months 18 separate events have been staged, with 122 players taking part making 331 entries in total – giving ADLG the largest calendar of UK events, largest active played pool and largest number of event entries of any mainstream mass-battle ancients set in the UK today. With a large international player community it is also perhaps not surprising that more overseas players have taken part in UK ADLG events (7) this year than for any other ruleset as well.
The shorter game-time of ADLG makes it especially suitable for 1-day events, with three games possible in one day and so unsurprisingly the UK ADLG calendar currently includes 8 one-day competitions, one more than those currently staged by the DBMM circuit and with only 1 ADLG round of the 5-round Northern League included in this count compared to 5 for DBMM.
25 players make up half of all competition entries – perhaps weirdly, again an identical proportion to that seen for the other two rulesets – with 60 players having only taken part in one event across the year.
The pattern of appearance of “uniques” in ADLG is more akin to that seen for FoGAM than for DBMM, with no stand-out event contributing such a significant proportion of “uniques”. This total of 60 “uniques” is still materially higher than in DBMM or FoGAM, but is not entirely unexpected given that ADLG numbers are still growing year-on-year.
The recently-held Roll Call has been the single biggest contributor with 11 new ADLG players appearing there for the first time followed by 7 at the inaugural round of the Northern League and a further 7 appearing at the only event held in Scotland in the past year, Sighn-Dubh.
Central London Wargames Club is a particular hotbed of ADLG and has hosted two 1-day events in the past 12 months and this alone could reasonably be expected to skew these figures. However out of the 122 players currently in the UK pool, only 8 are CLWC club members who’s appearance in the rankings is attributable to these two events alone. This means that CLWC’s two ADLG events are making a smaller contribution to the ADLG player pool than MKWS’ 1-day DBMM event makes to the size of the UK player pool.”
The above was shamelessly lifted from probably the best blog in the world Madaxeman.com. I heartily recommend that you read the whole article. Remember this is the gentleman whose open letter to the ancient and medieval wargaming community really was a turning point in rejuvenating the competition scene. Of particular note to me was the growing number of one day tournaments. I am a great fan of these. As Tim says they are much more family friendly and still leave a part of the weekend for non-hobby “essentials”.

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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. watching episodes of Peppa Pig together, and recreating great moments of military history using toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in The Collectivo Despertaferres wargames and duelling association who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse). Find me also on Facebook "Despertaferres"!

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