The BHGS FOGAM rankings have been updated again, and now include results from the slew of events to take place at the start of the year, including rankings points for those brave souls who made it through the snow on the M5 (and assorted A-roads) to Plymouth for PAW 2019.
With January now almost done, the 2019 historical wargaming calendar is really starting to get into gear.
Whilst we can't claim to be quite as ambitious in our planning for the new campaigning season as Alexander was, the team here at BHGS Towers have been hard at work, with both Britcon and The BHGS Challenge now officially open for bookings.
This year The BHGS Challenge features tournaments for ADLG, DBMM (both in 15mm & 25mm) as well as FoGAM and MeG in 15mm, and again runs alongside UK Games Expo at the NEC over the weekend of 1-2 June. UKGE also features over 40 other miniatures and boardgame tournaments this year, including X-Wing, Blood Bowl and Star Wars Armada as well as a huge trade show, so there's plenty of opportunity to make this a weekend excursion for your entire club, whatever systems they are currently playing.
Britcon returns again to Manchester from 9-11th August, and continues to get bigger and better each year. For 2019 we have already locked-in competitions for ADLG, DBMM, FoGAM, MeG, MeGR, Epic Armageddon, Bolt Action, Sharp Practice and DBA and we hope to be confirming details of our first To The Strongest! and X-Wing events soon as well.
Finally we have exciting advance news of a brand new (mostly) team-format event we will be hosting this coming September in North London - the BHGS Historical Events @ The London GT. As those of you with interests outside the purely historical may already know the London GT is a large multi-ruleset event which has previously focused exclusively on GW-authored game systems. In 2019 the event expands into a great new venue, which has allowed us to add in some historical events to the LGT gaming roster. The majority of events staged under the BHGS banner will be for multi-player teams, in the process bringing back team-format competitions to their traditional autumn slot on the UK competition calendar.
This brand new event will take place over the weekend of 14th and 15th September at the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Centre, in Edmonton, London N9 - the venue has over 500 free parking spaces on site, with rail connections nearby at Ponders End station, and the Underground to Tottenham Hale.
We will be running team events for FoG A/M, L'Art de La Guerre, Mortem et Gloriam, DBMM as well as individual competitions for Bolt Action and To The Strongest!, and the weekend will also play host to the inaugural Saga World Team Championship. We already have Tournament Packs available to download for many of the competitions on the BHGS website - full details and tickets will be released shortly, however this is another great opportunity to bring the historical and non-historical members of your club or group together for a weekend of gaming action.
As well as organising events ourselves, The BHGS website also features a comprehensive calendar of competitions, events and shows for the historical gaming community in the UK, which we endeavour to keep as updated as possible - it can be found online here. If you are running an event or show which is of interest to the UK historical gaming community and would like us to include it on the calendar please get in touch and we'll be happy to do so.
We look forward to seeing you across a gaming table - somewhere in the UK - in 2019 !
The BHGS Events Team
(PS - the full results from the recent Godendag 2019 event are now published on the BHGS website as well)
Godendag in Cardiff is the traditional curtain-raiser to the gaming year for many of our more popular periods and rulesets, and for the first time we're pleased to be able to publish the Runners & Riders list for this 6-ruleset, 100-player event.
2019 sees doubles events taking place for ADLG, DBM and FoGAM, together with singles events for FoGR, MeG and, for the first time at a BHGS-supported event, To The Strongest! which weighs in with a hefty 16 player (+ umpire) field.
The lists of armies in use will no doubt be published on the various rules-specific forums once the last few laggards get round to submitting corrected lists to the checkers.
With six different periods being played its also pretty much certain that Cardiff will not have seen so many trophies being bandied around since the heydey of "Gavin & Stacey" - it'll be Proper Lush!
now With the Scottish ADLG circuit having just snuck in a cheeky little post-turkey-dinner one day event on the 27th December, the BHGS ADLG rankings have been updated to give a year-end picture of the standings.
Despite using a different basis of calculation (best 6 UK events vs international ELO scores), the BHGS UK rankings show the same a "UK top 3" as the ADLG global ranking system this December, with Mike Bennett, Julian Lopez and Hubert Bretagne currently holding the top three UK places across both systems.
The 2019 UK calendar for ADLG, together with FoG AM, FoGR and MeG opens with Godendag in Cardiff at the end of January, with the DBMM circuit kicking off a little earlier with the Milton Keynes one-dayer, all of which are listed on the BHGS Calendar
We're pleased to announce that the Rules Pack and Permitted Rosters for HARD POUNDING - Sharp Practice @ Roll Call 2019 have now been released, and can be found tucked away somewhere in that newfangled and dashed clever "internet" thing as part of the BHGS website's "Roll Call" pages.
For those of you who don't happen to have a handy sub-lieutenant you can order to go running off to download them for you, we've also provided a link directly to the page in question right here
There will be five games played over Saturday and Sunday, and you will play once on each table against a different opponent from the opposing side. The scenarios will vary from round to round and will be a mix of Missions and Battles.
Links to the Mission Packs specific to your chosen side will be circulated or sent out at least two weeks before the event. When you get them, it would be inadvisable to share your version of the scenarios with anyone from the opposing side!
Dave Gollop is masterminding this particular dust-up, so please direct any questions you may have regarding the packs or gameplay to him, either directly or via the relevant forum.
Best of British* to you all Fine Sirs!
The BHGS Peninsular War Exuberant Moustache Display Team
(*Or French. Or possibly Portuguese. Other nations are available)
(PS - we will be releasing details of Britcon early in the new year. The current plan is to run Britcon as a paired event, allowing you to fight alongside a mate and blame each other for your military disasters and incompetence in the bar afterwards. Single players will still be able to enter, being paired up with another solo player as a scratch team, making that whole blame game malarkey even more fun!)
The Wargames Association of Reading have kindly supplied us with results from a number of historical periods at this year's Warfare event, which are now published on the BHGS website.
Results for ADLG (15mm & 25mm), DBMM (15mm & 25/6mm), and 15mm FoGAM, MeG, and FoGR are now all available to view online.
With the results from Warfare already trickling out onto forums and the like, FoGR is first out of the blocks to publish updated UK rankings including the Warfare results.
(The full list of results from most of the historical periods at Warfare will be published on the BHGS site shortly)
With some fairly sizeable competitions taking place since the last rankings update just after Britcon, the BHGS FoGAM rankings have now been updated to show the standings going into Warfare, the last AM event of the calendar year.
Paul Bartlett remains on top by the narrowest of margins, with rules author Terry Shaw breathing down his neck only a couple of points behind.
So, what that means is that it's still all to play for, and the results from Warfare will determine whether Paul or Terry ends up winning the race to be the UK FoGAM "Maria Carey" and claim this year's Christmas No.1 slot in the FoGAM rankings !
The UK ADLG Rankings have been updated to include all of the competitions staged since Britcon 2018, with a new leader taking over at the top of the pile of 182 UK competition entrants over the last 12 months.
For the first time the UK ADLG rankings feature a revised weighting system in which competitions are grouped into 4 bands, with the bigger events in the year (size being measured by a simple calculation of "players x rounds") being worth more ranking points.
Winning a "top-tier" event is now worth 100 ranking points, with the other placings at that event earning points on a pro-rata basis for each placing from 1st to last. Winning the smallest category of event is now worth 70 points (this was 55 in rankings published prior to August 2018), reducing the differential in ranking points between big and small events compared to prior years.
Each player's best 6 scores over the previous 12 months count towards their current ranking.
The dust of the campaigning season is now gently settling over Daventry following the epic battles of the 2018 BHGS Ancients Doubles held at Battlefield Hobbies.
30 teams took part in total, in an event which was "Roman" themed - but did the Romans hold onto their Empire in the end?
Find out for yourself as the results from all 4 of our rulesets and themes are now posted online
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