In 2016 the trend of steadily declining numbers continued. In last year's review I expressed the hope that the missing FOG AM players would return and the League would spring back to life. Sadly FOG AM continued its decline:
2016 was the fifth consecutive year of decreasing participation. Surprisingly one round of the FOG AM competition was cancelled when not enough players were able to attend.
Average Players / Round
|Year||DBM||DBMM||FOG AM||FOG R||Totals|
To pick out the most pertinent points from this data and to some extent state the obvious:
- Both DBMM & FOG R have retained a stable core of players for the last five years or so. Although last year's DBMM attendance was down slightly the FOG R competition looks really stable.
- FOG AM participation suffered due to the cancellation of a round but even so the number of players has declined sharply over recent years. What was once a strong doubles competition was a singles competition for the second year running.
In recent weeks the details of this year's League have emerged and they are very intriguing. It now looks like there will be a couple of new venues which is good news but:
- There will continue to be a FOG AM competition. Given the figures for 2016 and the cancelled fourth round I have to say I'm surprised by this.
- There will not be a 2017 FOG R competition. It will be "replaced" be an Art de la Guerre (ADLG) competition.
Overall I have mixed feelings about the 2017 set up:
- Just as I get close to finishing a Transylvanian ally for an Early TYW German Protestant army the FOG R competition vanishes. I had planned to give them a run out in the League this summer. My only other option was 2017 Stoke Challenge but this has been cancelled due to sale of the venue!
- More positively, I, like many others, have 4-5 medieval armies that have been in storage for quite some time and I am pleased that I will be able to get games in the League this year.
ADLG Competition Details
For those interested (like me) the ADLG competition will be 3 two and a quarter hour games at 200 points rather than 2 three and a half hour games for the other rule sets.
The first and last rounds will be open with the broad themes for the middle three rounds. At this stage I only know the date and venue for the first round: Sunday, 19 March 2017 in Leeds.
Once all the dates are published I will post a link in the comments section.