About the Society

The Society of Ancients is a long-established international amateur society for the promotion of the study of ancient and medieval military history and wargaming the period 3000 BC to 1500 AD. It is run by volunteers for the benefit of its worldwide membership.

The Society publishes a bi-monthly journal, Slingshot, containing a wide range of items related to Ancient and Medieval military history and wargaming contributed by Society members.  It organises various events, including an annual games day and members' conference, and runs a wargames championship.  The Society also publishes a number of games and booklets which are available from our web store.

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Membership is open to all, and lasts for 6 issues of Slingshot.


 

 

The Saxon Shore is Burning

£15

A popular game of the Society of Ancients, the artwork has been entirely redone in full colour and the size of the mapboard and counters doubled in size in this new deluxe edition.

 

Here is an extract from the rulebook:

This is a two-player simulation of the Barbarian Conspiracy of 367 A.D. Against Roman Britain.  In that year the Scotti of Ireland, Atacotti of Western Scotland, Picti of Eastern Scotland and the Saxoni of Upper Germany/Lower Denmark joined forces to take advantage of the withdrawal of the province's three legions to the continent in one of the interminable Imperial Succession disputes.  Britain was rish and prosperous but under-defended, so the Barbarians were able to loot and pillage up and down the country, running riot and killing the Count of the Saxon Shore.  The Romans were eventually able to restore order and by 369 A.D. the province was secure again, though permanently weakened.

The game consists of a map, tables, 400 counters (some spares and extras are also included) and these rules.  You will also need a six-sided die.

 

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The new map:

The full map for Saxon Shore

A page from the rules:

 

The Society needs you!

The Society of Ancients is a volunteer organisation, and relies on its members.  It's very easy to join -– just go to the join page, add a membership to your cart and check out using Paypal.  You can alternatively download a postal membership form.  Membership costs £27 for 6 issues of Slingshot (normally a year).

Renewal

Membership now runs for six issues from the point that you subscribe from, rather than annually.  The Join page will tell you the first issue you will receive and your membership number will tell you the issue after which you need to renew.  Renewal is easy - just purchase a new subscription in the webstore and the membership secretary will match up your details.

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