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One-hour Wargames (Paperback)

Practical Tabletop Battles for those with Limited Time and Space

Military > Wargaming

By Neil Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 30 black and white maps & set-up diagrams
ISBN: 9781473822900
Published: 3rd September 2014
Last Released: 7th November 2023

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One of the biggest problems facing wargamers is finding the time to actually play. Most commercially available sets of rules require several hours to set up and play to a conclusion; some can easily swallow up a whole day or weekend. For many gamers this means that their lavishly prepared miniature armies rarely get used at all. Apart from time, the other consideration is space, which further constrains the opportunities for a game. In One-hour Wargames, veteran gamer and rule-writer Neil Thomas has addressed both these problems. Now it is practical to play a game in around an hour on a normal dining table or living room floor.

The book contains 8 (all-new) sets of very simple rules for various periods, from Ancient to WW2 and 30 scenarios which can be played using any of them, so you don't even have to take too much time thinking up a stimulating tactical situation and objectives. All the rules and scenarios are intended to be played on a 3ft x 3ft battlefield. The rules only require a small number of miniatures, so this really is an ideal way for new gamers, or veterans trying a new period, to get started with minimal investment of time and money. Also ideal for a quick game in the evening when a friend pops round. There are also sections on campaigns and solo games.

A well thought out book, aimed at getting enjoyment from your hobby in a way that can be fitted into family and working life.

Military Modelling

Quite simply, this is a well thought out, most inspiring book - all credit to the author for an excellent addition to the wargaming library. Highly recommended.

Stuart Asquith, Military Modelling Magazine

An ideal introduction to wargaming with miniatures for youngsters.
One-Hour Wargames certainly achieves its stated aims and is excellent value.

Miniature Wargames Magazine
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About Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas is a proven name in this field. He is the author of Wargaming: An Introduction (Sutton, 2005) which has sold in excess of 4,000 copies, Ancient and Medieval Wargaming (Sutton, 2007) which has sold over 2,000 and Napoleonic Wargaming (History Press, 2010). He lives in Orpington, Kent.

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