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Offline Ignatieff

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Thirty Years War rules
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:02:32 AM »
Who is using what, and more importantly, why?

Having just returned from a good stomp around Nordlingen field (and discivered the redoubts after ten years and three visits!), I am now suitably inspired to get the armies out again.

thanks all

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 11:23:58 AM »
Warlord's Pike and Shotte.  Simple and effective rules, element based units (so no casualty removal), allows units to be customised by giving (or removing) characteristics to reflect either campaigns or actual unit behaviour.  Finally well laid out and peppered with some fantastic images and a number of scenario's at the end.  Also a new supplement 'The Devil's Playground' has some excellent scenarios catering especially for the 30 years war.

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2015, 11:28:29 AM »

Offline SteveBurt

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2015, 11:33:11 AM »
Field of Glory: Renaissance.
A very good set of rules (works better than the ancient set, IMO)

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2015, 11:51:42 AM »
We have enormous fun and interesting games with Warlord's Pike & Shotte.

The flexibility of the rules and especially the possibility to use reserves effective is a huge plus in my eyes.
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Offline mikeland

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2015, 04:42:57 PM »
Warlord's Pike and Shotte is a good system. It's worth putting a bit of time in to make your own army lists as the ones in the book are a little cliche and basic (e.g. royalist are good cavalry etc.)

For skirmish size game check out Dashing Dice's Witchfinder General. Once you remove the spooky stuff they are a really solid set of 17th century skirmish rules, and very good fun to play. http://www.dashingdicegames.co.uk

Offline Ignatieff

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2015, 06:41:01 PM »
Thanks guys, very useful

S

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2015, 07:58:03 PM »
O yes. I definitely second Witchfinder General, with or without the spooky stuff  lol

You will find a review on my blog to which I can add handful of game reports and the remark that the rules really emulate pike and shot warfare on a small scale very well!

Offline Lt. Hazel

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2015, 10:14:26 PM »
If you like medium sized skirmishes try Donnybrook. Fast and easy.

Offline fastolfrus

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2015, 11:19:19 PM »
There's By Fire & Sword for the Eastern stuff - the rules are set just after the TYW but the technology (and some of the combatants) are the same.
The revised/Deluge (second book) added HRE, Brandenburg etc, Sweden was already in the original. Rules cover (large, regimental strength) skirmishes to full battles.

Donnybrook works well for skirmishes.

And if you want to go old school, there's George Gush WRG
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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2015, 09:41:12 AM »
Excellent.  Stuff I've never heard of.  Deluge - will look that one up Gary.

cheers chaps

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2015, 11:59:28 AM »
If you are looking for fast play easy to learn rules written specifically for Battles (not skirmishes) from a General's eye view you might try my rules The Warre Game 1632

take a peek here

http://captaingeneral.blogspot.co.uk/

Caliver Books are stocking copies

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Offline Big Martin Back

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2015, 12:33:47 PM »
I've bought a set of the Captaingeneral's rules and am in the throes of digging out my 1980's TYW figures for a tidy up and rebasing to produce a couple of playable little armies for the period.
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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2015, 01:53:41 PM »
Hi Martin

How are you old bean?
Let me know when you are ready and we can have a game, you aren't far away. I'll bring an army (you bring the beer!)

Regards

Steve

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Re: Thirty Years War rules
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2015, 04:30:10 PM »
Warlord's Pike and Shotte.  Simple and effective rules, element based units (so no casualty removal), allows units to be customised by giving (or removing) characteristics to reflect either campaigns or actual unit behaviour.  Finally well laid out and peppered with some fantastic images and a number of scenario's at the end.  Also a new supplement 'The Devil's Playground' has some excellent scenarios catering especially for the 30 years war.

I've got the rules (now buried in the fast becoming famous Garage of Doom!)....

I haven't however had a chance to read through them- how well do they have that period feel that one would be looking for in a set of rules?

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