The Society of Ancients Conference 2018
By smacdowall, Nov 30 2018 04:11PM
The autumn Society of Ancients weekend conference is rapidly becoming my favourite fixture in my wargaming calendar. Resurrected by Richard Lockwood 3 years ago from the original residential weekends run by the Society in the 1980s it gives aficionados of the pre-gunpowder era a chance to meet and engage with like-minded people.
I, for one, enjoy the banter, discussion and interaction with fellow wargamers as much as I enjoy playing the actual games. The beauty of a residential weekend is that we have plenty of time for this.
I highly recommend the conference for anyone with an interest in ancient and medieval wargaming. Details on the Society website. You do not have to be a member to attend.
This year I once again ran my Warlords and Rebels game aka Somewhere in Gaul AD 430. I first put on this on back at one of the original 1980s conferences and again at two years ago. It is a multi-player game with the participants role-playing Goths, Saxons, Franks, local rebels and several competing Roman contingents. There is as much or more diplomacy and skulduggery as actual combat.
Here are a few photos from the 2018 game:
I still have a copy of our book Goths , Huns and Romans and I have always liked it . I have just started as a major project which will continue through to next year the painting of Hun units . I also really liked some of the games that you suggested in the book and hope to bring them to the table some time soon.
Thanks for sharing and it has also been a very favorite book and era of mine . I am also getting a copy of your book on the Franks as a Christmas present.