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DMarks11 May 2009 7:30 a.m. PST

Hi All

Just to let you know that I have been tinkering with a set of English Civil War rules 'For Parliament, King or Glory' which you may download from the following yahoo group

The rule's are still very much work-in-progress, so I would like to have your comments good or bad.

Please note that the formatting, the index and much of the cross referencing thoughout the document still needs to be worked on.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

All the best and happy gaming.


normsmith11 May 2009 12:46 p.m. PST

as a fellow 'tinkerer', I always enjoy reading other peoples rules and have a full appreciation of what goes into them – but I am generally reluctant to sign up to Yahoo groups to access them, I might be alone on that score, who knows, but I wonder whether the Yahoo only route restricts your potential audience.

Dan Cyr11 May 2009 1:07 p.m. PST

No, as I run several Yahoo goups where authors have their free or commercial rules avaliable and they have membership in the 3-400 range and up. I'm sure some join to just download the rules, but there are lots of traffic and posts as the authors are on-line and can carry on Q&A with folks in a controlled enviroment.

Yah, its a pain to have to join a ton of groups, but it take a minute to do so, you are then in a community of folks interested in the offerings and getting a digest daily is nice.


Monstro11 May 2009 1:16 p.m. PST

I agree with normsmith.
I wont even try to look anything on yahoo groups,I may very well be missing a mine of fabulous sites but I can live with that.
Yahoo messes up my computer and its settings and requires a load of faffing about to get them to work.
Might as well be in chinese as Yahoo.

shelldrake11 May 2009 3:56 p.m. PST

I am usually one of those that hates to join a yahoo group with a passion, but in this case it isnt a problem.

Davids previous sets of rules for Napoleonic wars and the ACW are, in my opinion, some of the best sets of rules out there.

based on this, I didnt hesitate to join the group to get the ECW rules, and David is very active in his groups, answering any questions players might have.

DMarks11 May 2009 11:52 p.m. PST

Hi All

I do not believe that joining a Yahoo group is too much hassle. I think that the groups are good platform to discuss the rules and things relating to the chosen period. It is also very good to communicate with fellow gamers.

After all we all joined this group (TMP)to actively communicate with each other about our hobby.

My other Yahoo groups (Honor & Glory) has over 700 members and the (ITNOG) site has over 800 members. This level of membership is constant and does not include those people who join the group, download the rules and then leave the group.

I find it strange that people find it too much effort to join a yahoo group in order to download a free set of rules that would otherwise probably cost £15.00 GBP OIRO.

It takes me years to write the rules and if people can't be bothered to spend a few minutes to join a group, then sadly I feel it is their loss. Not only because they can not get the goodies, but more importantly it shows that they do not want to be part of a community of like minded gamers.

I am not sure what problems Monstry has had, but I have been active in running my own Yahoo groups and as a member of many other groups for a number of years and have had no computer problems so far.

Connard Sage12 May 2009 9:11 a.m. PST

I'll say what Dave can't, stuff the naysayers. I'll never look a gift horse in the mouth grin

I've joined the group, downloaded the rules and printed them. The printing took longer than the joining and downloading. Go figure.

Now I have to find time to read them…

DMarks13 May 2009 1:10 a.m. PST

Well said Connard Sage….wise words indeed!!!

Thanks Dan, Shelldrake and Connard for your support.

pilum4014 May 2009 7:58 p.m. PST

Just joined and downloaded the rules. I'm building my armies for Victory without Quarter but am just an ECW Bleeped text and rules junkie. Let's see how these work!
Thanks for allowing me to download them!


DMarks15 May 2009 2:04 a.m. PST

Hi Pilum40

Hope you enjoy the rules.

As I said they are very much work-in progress and I have a number of amendments to make thanks to everyones feed back.

Should you have any comments I will glad to receive them.


ThomasS16 May 2009 10:12 p.m. PST

I took the time to print them out at work today. Have not had time to read them completly yet but what I did see I liked. Being new to ECW what realy jumped out to me was the 3 seprate time-lines included, historical events, battles and sieges for both the Bishops War and the ECW.


DMarks17 May 2009 2:38 a.m. PST

Hi All

While writing the rules I do a lot of research to try and understand the period. It takes a long time to sift through the available information, but I thought to myself this information could also help others who are new to gaming or the period to gain a better understanding of what is going on, so I put it in the rules.

I am no Historian and I do not present the information as an historical piece. I am sure that in some cases I have just copied other peoples errors, but I have tried to be as accurate as possible.

So it is really great to recieve Sifter's message, which tells me all my hard work has been worth it.

If anyone finds errors in what I have done, please let me know.



AchtungPanzer23 Apr 2010 10:55 a.m. PST


well I just downloaded your rules, I wanted to say very nicely done, professional presentation! I am just starting out with ECW so I have a while to go collecting and painting before I can play. Just wanted to say how nicely done your rules are… ;)



Mitch K23 Apr 2010 12:47 p.m. PST

I've joined and got the rules. I'll have a look and tell you what I think in a few days.

mashrewba24 Apr 2010 4:16 a.m. PST

Just joined -what excellent presentation.
I'm going to enjoy reading these!

Timbo W24 Apr 2010 5:26 a.m. PST

Me too! Look very interesting, many thanks for making these freely available Dave

Mitch K25 Apr 2010 2:43 a.m. PST

I've read through the rules now. They seem clear and reasonably simple to operate. A thorough contents list is a boon – it makes it easier to root through for the bit you want. The chronology and lists of battle are useful to someone starting out, acting a springboard for further research.

Just watch out for the "grocer's apostrophe's", though!

Number630 Apr 2010 4:48 p.m. PST

That group makes 273 Yahoo Groups I'm now a member of – almost all wargame related. Yahoo Groups are pretty simplistic and certainly not suited to anything more than one product and a few questions and announcements – but what's the problem?

Jagger01 May 2010 8:08 p.m. PST

I just finished reading the rules. Definitely looks interesting. I like the emphasis on morale loss rather than hits. I also like the morale test mechanism and the results. Lots of good stuff in these rules. I am going to have to test these out on the tabletop.

Thanks Dave!

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