Do this! Do that! No, the other set of rules!
Well, this series of posts generated hundreds of visits, and several questions. It was interesting for me to do it, altho it required a lot of work! Next time, I will take one pic at the end of each turn, only taking extra pics when a specific rule interpretation needs to be demonstrated. This will make it easier for all of us to follow along!
Next up, I already have a second play of the 1HW rules, with a different scenario, #7 Flank Attack [played it twice] - can post that batrep also. Some more options:
- "Kings of War" playtest with the same battles as above to show the differences btw the 1HW and KoW rules RAW. They are very similar in most mechanics.
- Neil Thomas "Ancient and Medieval Rules" which are just a shade more complicated - not much - but a bit different and oriented "as written" for 15mm figs and measuring in metric.
- "DBA 3.0" was posted in review earlier with a promised playtest - should get to that battle report, shouldn't I?
- Finally, "Ancients D6" by John Acar and Andrew Damon is another free fast-play set of rules in the 1 Hour and 50-100 figures play range. They are of the same approx. scale as DBA and are found here: http://johnswargames.wordpress.com/ancients-d6/
Any of these choices would be useful to someone trying to figure out which set of rules to get or use. While the KoW rules are not presented for historical armies, and would require a little thought and guidance to use for an historical period, I think they are the best written and most complete rules of the bunch thus far. And it is actually FUN to adapt troop types from their lists to their historical counterparts. So if you want my QUICK AND SHORT opinion, download the free rules from Mantic games website, especially if you know the troop types of your historical period / location.
If you are a true newbie, then I very much recommend both the above NT books as great intro to the gaming hobby. Hmmm, perhaps the next review should be the NT "Ancient and Medieval Wargaming" book? The natural comparisons to NTA&M is probably DBA 3.0 and "Ancients D6" as they are both a bit bigger in scale and lean heavily towards 15mm figures or smaller in base size and ranges.
Anyway, chime in on what you'd like to see - "Vote early, vote often"!