Portsmouth and Allied Wargames Society

Wargaming at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth

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    The Portsmouth and Allied Wargames Society (PAWS) is a friendly little wargaming (and occasionally boardgaming) club meeting 2 or 3 times a month on Saturday afternoons in Portsmouth.

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New date for PAWS Winter DBA

Posted by portsmouthwargames on November 20, 2022

The PAWS Winter DBA has now been rescheduled to be held on Saturday 14th January 2023, at Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth starting at 12 noon.

The theme and list of armies is unchanged.

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PAWS Winter DBA Delayed

Posted by portsmouthwargames on November 17, 2022

Unfortunately, we can no longer hold the PAWS Winter DBA at Fort Cumberland on 3rd December 2022. So, we are looking into a new date, either later in December or possibly in the first half of January.

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PAWS Winter DBA 2022

Posted by portsmouthwargames on November 6, 2022

The PAWS Winter DBA for 2022 is scheduled to be held on Saturday 3rd December 2022, at Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth starting at 12 noon.

The theme is

The Armies of the East European Crusades in the 14th Century (1301-1400AD)

III/63        –        Early Polish Army
IV/13b    –        Medieval German Army
IV/18        –        Lithuanian or Samogitian Army
IV/22        –        Serbian Empire Army
IV/25        –        Later Bulgar Army
IV/30        –        Teutonic Order Army
IV/43a      –        Later Hungarian Army (early)
IV/43b      –        Hungarian Army for Crusade of Nicopolis (French allies allowed)
IV/43c      –        Later Hungarian Army (late)
IV/44a      –        Post Mongol Russian Army (early)
IV/44b      –        Post Mongol Russian Army (late)
IV/47        –        Golden Horde Army
IV/54a      –        Medieval Scandinavian Danish Army
IV/54b     –        Medieval Scandinavian Union Army
IV/54c      –        Medieval Scandinavian Swedish Army
IV/54d      –        Other Medieval Scandinavian Danish Armies
IV55a       –        Ottoman Army (early)
IV55b       –        Ottoman Army (late)
IV/65        –        Wallachian or Moldavian Army
IV/66        –        Later Polish Army
IV/69        –        Albanian Army

All options and allies chosen must be from the allowed lists and available during the 14th Century AD, except that IV/43b may also have allies from IV/64b

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English DBA Open 2022

Posted by portsmouthwargames on October 4, 2022

The English DBA Open returns for 2022, on Sunday 30 October.

For full details see the English DBA Open page.

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PAWS Late Summer DBA 2022

Posted by portsmouthwargames on July 2, 2022

The next PAWS DBA will take place on 20 August 2022, at Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, starting at 12 noon.

The theme is “The Abbasid Khalifate in the 9th Century (801-900) AD”

The allowed armies will be:

II/55b – Blemmye or Nobades Army
II/55c – Beja Army
II/62a – Abyssinian or Horn-of-Africa Army
III/10c – Hindu Indian Army
III/11b – Central Asian Turkish Army
III/12 – Christian Nubian Army
III/15 – Tibetan Army
III/16 – Khazar Army
III/25c – Khawarij Army
III/29 – Thematic Byzantine Army
III/33 – Early Muslim North Africa or Sicily Army
III/37a – Abbasid Arab Army (Early)
III/37b – Abbasid Arab Army (Late)
III/38 – Arab Indian Army
III/43a – Tahirid Army
III/43b – Saffarid Army
III/43c – Samanid Army
III/49 – Tulunid Egyptian Army
III/50 – Zanj Army
III/51 – Bagratid Armenian Army
III/54a – Dynastic Bedouin Army
III/54b – Qaramita Army

All options and allies chosen must be available during the 9th Century AD

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PAWS DBA Start Time

Posted by portsmouthwargames on June 6, 2022

Just a reminder that the start time for this Saturday’s PAWS DBA tournament is 12 o’clock, not 1 o’clock as in previous years.

Booking in will start at 12 with the first game starting at half past 12.

Each of the first 4 games will be played until half past the hour, with the next game starting as soon as players are ready. The 5th and final games will be played to a conclusion.

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PAWS Spring DBA 2020 to finally go ahead

Posted by portsmouthwargames on April 24, 2022

The Spring 2020 PAWS DBA will finally go ahead on 11 June 2022.

The theme and format will be as originally announced two years ago.

The theme is Armies and Enemies of the Hittite Empire, 13th century BC (1300-1201 BC)
Allowed armies:
I/4 c Hurrian or Nairi Army
I/4 d Gasgan Army
I/6 b Midianite or Amalekite Army
I/18 Minoan or Early Mycenaean Army
I/19 Mitanni Army
I/20 a Ugarit Army
I/20 b Other Syro-Canaanite Army
I/21 a Kassite Babylonian Army
I/22 a New Kingdom Egyptian Army
I/24 a Early Hittite Empire Army
I/24 b Later Hittite Empire Army
I/25 a Middle Assyrian Army
I/26 a Achaian Army
I/26 b Trojan Army
I/28 Sea-Peoples Army
Allies must be chosen from the same selection of armies.

As space for distanced games is limited at Fort Cumberland, we will only be able to accommodate a maximum of 16 players.

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No PAWS restart news but DBA starting up again elsewhere

Posted by portsmouthwargames on March 28, 2021

One year on and we still don’t know when PAWS will restart.

But elsewhere some DBA tournament are being planned. Check the SOA DBA League Tournaments page for dates.

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PAWS Autumn DBA and 2020 English DBA Open cancelled

Posted by portsmouthwargames on August 23, 2020

We have waited as long as practical to make a decision but we can now confirm that the PAWS Autumn DBA planned for September 2020 and the English DBA Open 2020 planned for October will not take place.

Although our room at Fort Cumberland is theoretically available again, its size is not practical for more than one or two socially distanced games.

We will wait a bit longer before making a decision on December’s planned Winter DBA.

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PAWS Summer DBA 2020 cancelled

Posted by portsmouthwargames on May 31, 2020

Regrettably, this year’s PAWS Summer DBA (planned for 27 June 2020) is now confirmed as cancelled.

The theme (Armies and Enemies of the Hittite Empire, 13th century BC) will again carry forward to the next PAWS themed tournament, whenever we can hold that. The next planned tournament is supposed to be the Autumn DBA, which was originally planned for 26 September 2020.

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