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    Greg M
    Greg M
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    I see that the above-mentioned book is about to become available.  Does anybody have a little more information about the rules it contained within?

    #4926

    Henry Hyde
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    Since it hasn’t been released, I don’t imagine anyone has any specific details, but I would have thought it would be based on the rules he has previously published in his Ancient & medieval Wargaming, Napoleonic Wargaming and Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878. They are somewhat DBA-like – others here who have played them could no doubt give a better description.

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    #5116
    Greg M
    Greg M
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    Thanks Henry.  For some reason, I thought the book was due next week!  I will just need to be patient for the November release…

    #6141
    fairoaks024
    fairoaks024
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    Ooooh, thanks for the heads up, I wasn’t aware of this book but it looks to be right up my ‘alley’

     

    regards

     

    jim

    #6628
    mog
    mog
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    Looking forward to this.. I have some of Neil’s previous books, in which the rules are brief and perhaps a little abstract. I’ve only ever played them solo and they work well. In his 19th century book there is a nice system for mini games.. scale wise think DBA.. so I am imagining that this new book will present something similar? The armies are quite fixed with random variants rather than points lists. I’m starting to build some 10mm 1848 Schleswig Holstein to this system. I imagine if you buy the book for the rules alone,  it’s going to be very much a marmite thing.

    #7122
    Alan Gruber
    Alan Gruber
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    I have the book on preorder  from Amazon and have just got an email saying they don’t have a dispatch date for them. I am interested to read Nov here – does anyone know why they are delayed?

    I have the ancient book and have had fun with them playing solo games. The 19th C on eis very interesting but I haven’t played it yet…

    Alan

    #7190
    Greg M
    Greg M
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    Hello Alan,

     

    The November release date is straight from Amazon.com.

    But, I thought to look at the publisher’s web site (Pen & Sword), and this book is available NOW:

    http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/One-hour-Wargames/p/7180

     

     

    #7977
    Blackhat
    Blackhat
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    Amazon are now quoting delivery as 20-24th September

     

     

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    #7995

    Mark Ketteman
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    My copy came yesterday. (From Waterstones in the UK)

    Quick Synopsis

    Chapter 1 – Introduction to the philosophy of the book

    9 Pairs of chapters describing rule rationale followed by a simple (3 page) rule set

    Rules for:

    Ancients

    Dark Ages

    Medieval

    Pike and Shot

    Horse and Musket

    Rifle and Sabre

    American Civil War

    Machine Age (1900-1939)

    Second World War

    That takes us to page 62

    Chapter 20 covers 30 scenarios (2 pages each) – this chapter looks very useful.

    Chapter 21 is a couple of pages on campaigns

    Chapter 22 is 3 pages on solo gaming

    Finally a couple of appendices – Further reading and Useful addresses.

    There are no illustrations beyond the front cover and the scenario maps.

    Rules are very simple. I can’t comment on them yet, just had a quick scan, would need to play to form any real opinion.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  Mark Ketteman.
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    #8214
    Greg M
    Greg M
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    Thank you for the overview, Mark.

    #8710

    Henry Hyde
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    My copy arrived yesterday, but I’ve only had time for a quick scan. A slim paperback of only 150-odd pages, but it looks to have covered all the bases.

    My one initial feeling is that it’s a shame the cover is different from the one used in the publicity, and it could really have done with a few illustrations inside — even black and white — to help sell the book to newbies in particular.

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