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  • #102416
    MattH
    MattH
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    It used to be all Peter Gilder round here, before all those pesky kids showed up with their Warhammer and their rap music.

    A thread for grumpy old gits to share their wargaming memorabilia.

    I’ll start – from 1977, when rule books were made on a sort of mechanical word processor known as a ‘typewriter’:

    #102418
    Geof Downton
    Geof Downton
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    This grumpy old git started with the bloke wot invented Warhammer…

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    #102419
    MattH
    MattH
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    *sigh* I remember it well. Jumpers for goalposts…

    Come on, someone must have Laserburn and Imperial Commander.

    #102421

    Tony Hughes
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    I do have some Roneo stencilled rules of an even earlier vintage as well as at least one handwritten set photocopied illicitly on the work’s photocopier (a sackable offence for an office lad in the late 60’s).

    Not all rules were done that way though, the LWS rules of mid-60’s vintage were well laid out and properly printed little booklets – I’d bet one of their members was a printer !!

    Still have a copy of Laserburn I think but mostly mine are historical.

     

    #102425
    Ruarigh
    Ruarigh
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    Your wish is my command, @matth . I have, and still play occasionally, Laserburn and Imperial Commander. These rules have stood the test of time for me.

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #102426
    Ruarigh
    Ruarigh
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    I used to love Retinue too, but my brother got sick of the Vikings with their Dane Axes which were a super-weapon in these rules, especially when wielded by a Hollywood-style berserker.

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #102427
    Mike Headden
    Mike Headden
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    A selection of my 70s and 80s rulebooks. Earlier stuff is still in a box somewhere in a pile of stuff moved from my old house to here … a decade ago!

    I have a hankering to play a game of Retinue now.

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #102428
    norm smith
    norm smith
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    I am a natural ‘cleaer outer of all things’, something I frequently regret when it comes to thinking about old (and even not so old) rule books. I have however recently re-aquired Napoleonic Wargaming by Charles Grant (hardback 1974).

    I am recognising several of the covers shown above.

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    #102439
    MattH
    MattH
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    I have, and still play occasionally, Laserburn and Imperial Commander. These rules have stood the test of time for me.

    Oh god yes, I had all of those at one point. I played so much Laserburn back then. Those TTG 15mm figures were amazing.

    And Imperial Commander was the basis of WH40K, minus the spiky chaos WW1 tanks etc.

    #102440
    willz
    willz
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    This is the book that introduced me to wargaming, Ipswich library 1971.  I had this book out on loan for several months and then my Dad bought me a copy.  The rest is history as they say.

     

    #102445
    Ruarigh
    Ruarigh
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    Oh god yes, I had all of those at one point. I played so much Laserburn back then. Those TTG 15mm figures were amazing. And Imperial Commander was the basis of WH40K, minus the spiky chaos WW1 tanks etc.

    I still have an Imperial Assault Group. I even recently finished painting it! It only took me 25-30 years. I posted about it on my blog: https://ooh-shiny-complex.blogspot.com/2015/01/imperial-assault-group-laserburn.html

    Despite what I wrote in the blog, I wound up painting a full scout formation based on the Forces of the Imperium book. At some point, I plan to paint the power and dreadnought armour contingents, but I should really focus on the Red Redemptionist Rebels first. They have been waiting just as long as the Imperials did.

     

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #102454

    Alan Hamilton
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    Fairly recently I retyped our WW2 wargame rules from the early 1960s that had been done on a typewriter with carbon paper for copies.  Our club Napoleonic Naval (for converted Airfix HMS Victory models), Ancient, ACW and others were printed on a second hand Roneo or Gestetner with coloured pages (now long faded away) done on a Banda spirit based copier.  All of these are still in use.

    In the “might be useful one day” boxes are all sorts of old rules – Thane Tostig, WRG etc.

    #102527
    Ivan Sorensen
    Ivan Sorensen
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    YOu can get reprinted Laserburn books from 15mm.co.uk

    I don’t really own anything super old mini’s wise. I do have copies of Tobruk and the original Squad Leader if that counts.

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    #102556
    Shaun Travers
    Shaun Travers
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    My most played of my oldest wargame set is what I played when starting out with WW2 back when I was 15.  Tractics.

    I do have a copy of WRG Ancients 5th edition that I played in 1979.  It put me off Ancients for 5 years!

    I have since collected and played older sets of Ancient rules, but only played each once so do not think they really count

    #102557
    Not Connard Sage
    Not Connard Sage
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    You should see all the old stuff that’s on my shelves. 🙂

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #102562
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    Good to see a couple of copies of ‘Action under Sail’ by Steve Birnie.  Steve is a good friend of mine and we’ve gamed together for over fourty years.  He’s still mad keen on anything naval, me, not so much!

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    #102599

    Stephen Madjanovich
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    Shaun are you my doppelganger? What year? For me it was ’74 or ’75!

    #102607
    Shaun Travers
    Shaun Travers
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    Stephen – it was later than that – 1979.  I was 14.  At the only gaming club in Brisbane at the time there was not a wide choice of rules – if you wanted to play WW2, it was 1/72 and 1/76 plastics and Tractics.  If you played Ancients, it was 25mm (and Minifigs or Hinchcliffe at that) and WRG.

    #102800

    Les Hammond
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    Rules I used before graduating to WRG.

    Still got them all 

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    #102805
    grizzlymc
    grizzlymc
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    Yawn! I have a set of Napoleonic rules written by Don Featherstone, typed onto the wax ?roneo sheets and joined by a single staple.

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