Going into the summer highlight of the competition held in the historic market town of Devizes, close to the site of the Battle of Roundway Down the BHGS FoGR Rankings have again been updated.
After a busy and gaming-packed weekend at the NEC we're pleased to present the results from this year's BHGS Challenge held at UK Games Expo. We've also published a whole gallery-full of photos and videos from the event, so you may well be able to see your own (or someone from your club's) army as well if you look carefully!
As well as the 6 competitions being staged, this year the BHGS tables were ideally positioned next to the cafe and bar in the main "free play" gaming area in Hall 2 meaning we saw a lot of interested UKGE punters wandering around our tables and asking players about historical wargaming - so we may well have drummed up a few new members from the wider gaming community as a result of this years event, which is great news all round.
Next up is Britcon in Manchester from 9-11 August. We've already got almost 130 players signed up to play in our 12 different events, so at the current rate we are set for the biggest and busiest Britcon in recent memory, so make sure to book your ticket now just in case we reach venue capacity this time around and have to set up a wait list. For a full list of what is on offer at this years competition visit our website
We also heard a lot of positive buzz from players this weekend at The Challenge who are forming teams for the BHGS Historical Teams being held at the London GT this September 14/15 in London. Full details are again on our website, with FoG A/M (team), L'Art de La Guerre (team), Mortem et Gloriam (team), DBMM (team), Bolt Action (singles) and To The Strongest! (singles) all being played as well as the Inaugural Saga World Championships (for National Teams). It promises to be a great event so make sure you are a part of it and check out the entry criteria and tournament packs on our site.
With Campaign in Milton Keynes and a couple of one-day events also taking place the BHGS FoGR rankings have been again updated.
It certainly looks close at the top going into the summer season, with more Oxford events and the annual pilgrimage to Devizes all coming up next on the calendar - so gee up your horses and get ready to join in the race for the title !
For the first time this year an update to the UK ADLG rankings has been released, covering all 34 events held in the previous 12 months up to and including this weekend's Campaign in Milton Keynes.
The ADLG rankings currently include 187 players, with 42 players have entered 6 or more events to record a "full" ranking score. Whilst the rankings can of course feature only one leader, an impressive 26 different players have clambered atop at least one podium to hoist aloft a winners trophy at either a singles or doubles event in the last year as well.
Going into The BHGS Challenge and Britcon it's now turning into a real scrum at the top of the table, with a sizeable Northern contingent from Scotland, Lancaster, Durham and Halifax fast closing in from all sides on the (partially francophone) Central London club's grip on the top places.
The pressure is well and truly on!
With the annual pilgramage to "that place quite close to Milton Keynes" now almost upon us the FoGAM rankings have been updated on the BHGS website to include all competitions in the preceeding 12 months prior to this year's Roll Call.
The historical rivalry between all three points of the UK FoG compass (plus that bit in the middle somewhere) continues, with players from Manchester, Plymouth, Reigate, Portmouth and Oxford contesting the top slots in the 50+ strong UK FoGAM comprtition pool.
With an increasing flurry of one-day FoGR events now filling the calendar, the BHGS FoGR rankings have now been updated to include results from all of the competitions held in the last 12 months, and also streamlined to give more prominence to the popular 1-day format events.
The new simplified system gives all events equal weighting, and now counts each players best 4 results throughout the preceeding 12 month period. Ben Jones remains top of the pile, with 42 other Renaissance players now breathing down his neck for the other places in the rankings.
With March nearly at an end the BHGS ADLG Rankings have been updated to include all of the events taking place in the last 12 months - most recently Bournemouth and the Northern League Round 1 - as we tee up for Roll Call in the coming weeks.
Mike Bennett is still perched somewhat precariously on top of the pile, ahead of 190 other UK ADLG players (an increase of 31 in the last 12 months) but with the big-hitting Roll Call and The BHGS Challenge both just around the corner that lead looks awfully slim!
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!
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