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One-hour Skirmish Wargames (Kindle)

Fast-play Dice-less Rules for Small-unit Actions from Napoleonics to Sci-Fi

Wargaming P&S History Military

By John Lambshead
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 3.1 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 101
ISBN: 9781526700056
eBook Released: 7th November 2018


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Many wargamers enjoy the challenge of skirmish games where, instead of the strategy of vast armies portrayed by traditional wargames, the focus is on the tactics of a small unit. However, skirmish rules are often so complex that it can take hours of rolling dice, consulting tables and recording data to recreate what would in reality be a fast and furious firefight lasting just minutes. Now these new rules make it possible to recapture the speed and intensity of these actions where every man, and every second, counts. The basic rules are supported by sections which give special rules and scenarios to capture the flavour of a range of different periods, from Napoleonic to Modern Warfare and beyond with Sci-Fi. From the 95th Rifles scouting for Wellington, Western gunfights and WWI trench raids, through WW2 parachute assaults or Special Forces strikes in Afghanistan, or even Space Marines storming a space station, Squad Firefights elegantly simple system allows you to focus on proper tactical decisions rather than rolling buckets of dice or calculating masses of modifiers.

Do yourself a favour and give it a go! With a little preparation time (I would suggest coming up with your own era-appropriate quick-play sheet beforehand, maybe you can use the handy notes section at the back of the book?) you can be playing your favourite skirmish battles of the last 200 years... In about an hour!

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Emotionally 14, David Mustill

I can recommend the One Hour Skirmish rules for players who want a quick game with more emphasis on action and drama.

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Miniature Wargaming

A small rules Manual that promises, although the final word will have only those users who try and get really feel comfortable with them.

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Miniaturas JM

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Wargame News and Terrain, July 26th 2018

About John Lambshead

Dr John Lambshead designed the award-winning computer game, Frederick Forsythe’s Fourth Protocol, which was the first icon driven game, was editor of Games & Puzzles and Wargames News, and has written a number of wargaming for Games Workshop. He is now a novelist writing SF&F and is published by Bane Books. He is now working on the officially licensed Dr Who gaming rules.

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