For the last couple of years I have been researching wargames campaigns. To a certain extent they seem much talked about but little pursued by most wargamers. However there are a number of places on the web where I found inspiration or at least information about setting up wargames campaigns. This page documents some of those.
Balagan - Campaigns
Lots of different campaign approaches and systems. Not limited to Ancients campaigns.
What is DBMM?
Now Updated for DBMM Version 2!
Gaelcon 2009 may be some months away, but the members of the Cabinet of Destruction (a group of dedicated wargamers) are already working on making sure the Miniatures games are the best they've ever been. And we need you! Gaelcon 2009's miniatures games events will present a never-seen-before degree of public interaction with the launch of our games questionnaire, giving you the chance to have your voice heard as to what games will be played in what format.
well after my unexpected success in Cork here is a brief report:
Army List (from memory):
Later Achemenid Persian, Darius III at Gaugamela
c1: 1 R CvO Ch Inert CnC, 4 I CvS, 2 I CvO, 6 I LHF, 3 I KnI, 4 I HdO - 32ME
c2: 1 R CvO SG, 6 I CvO, 1 I ElO, 4 R ExpO, 10 I PsO, 2 I PsS, 1 I KnI - 24ME
c3: 1 R CvO SG, 10 R SpO, 2 R SpS, 4 I CvO, 2 R KnF - 30ME
c4: 1 R CvO SG, 4 I LHF
Train: 8 I BgI
Stratagem: Unusual troops
Standard reg PIP allocation: c1, c2, c3, c4
The basic list design question with Inert LAPs is how to maximise the
There is a treasure trove of DBMM material on the web. The selection of links below is only a small sampling to get you started.
Irish DBMM and General Wargaming Web Resources
DBMM is well established at DGG and you will find a few games being played each and every meeting (generally we are in the basement playing area of Models Inc). It is not generally necessary to pre-book the tables with Martin, the Models Inc shop owner. However to be sure of getting a game it pays to set up an opponent the week beforehand. To make this easier there is now an online booking system for DBMM games on our web page here.
Wargamers usually split history into periods where similar types of armies existed and hence similar rules mechanisms can be used. The "Ancients" period is usually taken as 3000BC-1500AD, so from the first Sumerian city states until firearms start to come into widespread use. This is a very colourful period with a huge variety of armies and cultures potentially appearing on the tabletop.
So why should wargames be accused of training soldiers or warmongers?*
Last night I participated in a panel discussing the impact of wargames and
war play on popular culture hosted on the radio station Newstalk FM's show, Culture Shock (to be broadcast this Saturday night between 7-9pm).
This event held in Dublin on the 24th of April 2004 was designed to link-in with the main Society of Ancients (SoA) Battle-Day which took place on the 3rd of April in England and another satellite event which took place in Australia on the 17th of April.
The battle: Gaugamela, 331BC – the decisive battle between Alexander the Great's Macedonians and the assembled might of the King of Kings, Darius III of Persia.
Following Rob's Brian Boru Report, here's another account charting my
progress at what was a very enjoyable event. Having previously
fielded a massive but low quality Zanj army in competition, on this
occasion I decided to go to the opposite extreme by fielding a tiny
but high quality Early Tang Chinese army as follows:
Command 1 (12 ME)
Reg Cv (S) Sub-general
3 x Reg Cv (S)
1 x Reg LH (F)
Command 2 (14.5 ME)
Reg Cv (S) SC-in-C
4 x DBEs of Reg Bw (X/O)
2 x Reg Bw (O)
1 x Reg Ps (O)
2 x Irr LH (S)
1 x Irr Bg (I)
Command 3 (12 ME)
Reg Cv (S) Sub-general
3 x Reg Cv (S)