Ancients in Retrospect

Of course with the year coming to an end it’s time for reflections. Ancient and Medieval gaming is something of staple for me with games played mostly in our Tuesday gaming slot. I use the De Bellis Antiquitatis, more commonly known as DBA. Over the year all manner of games have been played utilising a range of armies,. Yes, I’m fortunate to live in New Zealand where COVID-19 is currently eradicated in the community, but for a couple of months earlier in the year games had to be played remotely.

That said these days I don’t generally post long reports of games, time being something of a premium. Instead they tend to be summarised by a few photos on Twitter. However, last Tuesday’s game involved a couple of armies which haven’t been out for a while. In particular a couple couple of games using chariots. As a result I felt it required a little more focus. If you are interested a short summary of last week’s games can be found here.

The rest of this year’s DBA games have utilised a range of armies. A good number have been Punic Wars engagements interspersed with various battles between Rome and the Seleucids. One of my favourites however was a series between Rome and the Gauls, played remotely, which covered the campaigns of Gracchus, Flaccus & Maximus in Cisalpine Gaul.

In addition there have been a good number of Medieval engagements. While most have involved European armies we have also looked to the east. These include regular encounters in the Sengoku Jidai Period and even some campaigning in Sumatra. Finally, in a far flung corner of the world, and certainly far from Europe, we have managed some Maori inter-iwi clashes including as Te Kawau Strikes North.

All up a most enjoyable year of Ancient and Medieval gaming, despite the year being defined by the pandemic. While I’m sure I will manage some additional DBA games before New Year’s Eve – assuming their isn’t another breach of our border quarantine systems. Either way I find myself contemplating further classical texts to be read, future games to be played and of course additional armies to be built. I think that’s a good measure of success.

6 thoughts on “Ancients in Retrospect

    1. There is no doubt the world is a complete mess. However, the gaming provides something of a distraction at least when it can be done safely. I think we are one of only a few places where that is the case. Stay safe!

      1. Without getting into politics I am very pleased that Prime Minister Ardern is in charge here, and her government has taken a cautious approach based on sound medical and scientific recommendations. In addition the population has been generally compliant unlike some countries. Stay safe!

  1. Keith, I’ve certainly enjoyed your reports and I also appreciated being included in your discussion group. Im looking forward to whenever the travel bubble is implemented so we can get across the ditch once more. All the best for the festive season to you and yours.

    1. Thanks Greg. I’m pleased you have enjoyed the occasional posts over the year and of course the video discussions. It will be interesting to see when the travel bubble is implemented, the latest cases in Sydney will, I’m sure, delay things further.

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