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Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2009 8:30 a.m. PST

I was inspired to write some wargame football rules this morning so I did. They can be viewed at PDF link

I am going to either buy some plastic football miniatures or the molds to make my own and paint up whatever teams I want to play in my TMP League! Might even have an "John the OFM" team. Paint a big OFM on the side of their helmets! lol.

zoneofcontrol03 Jul 2009 8:49 a.m. PST

Very cool, I've been playing "Paydirt" from Avalon Hill since back in the early '70s. Strategy & Tactics magazine did an issue (No. 37) with the game "Scrimmage" included. As I recall it was a detailded game to resolve just one play. I do have a couple of sets of Paydirt on which I could play your game. The only thing I would have to do is incorporate the Paydirt timing mechanism to keep track of the clock.

Grizwald Inactive Member03 Jul 2009 8:56 a.m. PST

Just to be clear, I see you are talking about American Football, not English Soccer!

zoneofcontrol03 Jul 2009 9:17 a.m. PST

Anyone needing parts and pieces to play wargamer1972's game can go to Red-Zone Paydirt and download a football field, score sheets and field markers.
Thanks wargamer1972, I printed off your rules and am taking them and a Paydirt set to my brother's house tomorrow for a 4th of July picnic. Our wives will hate it but we'll just blame YOU!

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2009 9:29 a.m. PST

Yes Mike, American Football vice Football as it's known in the rest of the world.

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2009 9:30 a.m. PST

Thanks wargamer1972, I printed off your rules and am taking them and a Paydirt set to my brother's house tomorrow for a 4th of July picnic. Our wives will hate it but we'll just blame YOU!

Your welcome! That's ok my wife blames alot on me to!

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2009 9:32 a.m. PST

Oh and thanks for that Red Zone link that stuff is perfect for TMP football!

Grizwald Inactive Member03 Jul 2009 1:37 p.m. PST

"Yes Mike, American Football vice Football as it's known in the rest of the world."

I have never understood why you call it "football" when the players pick it up and run with it.

An English guy did that in 1823 – but we called it RUGBY!!

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2009 3:25 p.m. PST

Well, you kick off, you punt on 4th down (or quick kick on 3rd), and you kick extra points.
Like an appendix or a human tail bone, it is a reminder of things we have grown up and discarded.

Anyway, we will call it what we damn well please, and you Johnnie Foreigners can go suck on a pickle if you don't like it!!!

World Series! Hah!

Acharnement03 Jul 2009 5:39 p.m. PST

I read over the rules, which seem straightforward- but I don't see where the miniatures come into it. Either I am missing something or all you need is a playing field to mark the position of the ball?

Grizwald Inactive Member04 Jul 2009 8:21 a.m. PST

"Well, you kick off,… and you kick extra points."

Yup, same in Rugby. Strange, huh?

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2009 9:26 a.m. PST

I like the New Zealand All Blacks. Used to be able to catch them late at night on ESPN2. I think we should call American Football: Turf Wars or Pigball, maybe even Hogball!

zoneofcontrol04 Jul 2009 10:44 a.m. PST

I like American Soccer where all the players are made of hard plastic and are connected through the shoulders with a long pole. The object is to twist the long pole and make your players "kick" the hard plastic ball into the opposing players goal. Often played in bars and arcades.

Blue Devil 8807 Jul 2009 8:50 p.m. PST

You know why Americans play soccer? They hate watching it!

jimborex Inactive Member12 Jul 2009 10:10 a.m. PST

I bought this set of toy plastic american football players for my nephews, and a set of the soccer players for my own sons. They are of reasonable quality and would make fine playing pieces for a miniatures game. They're about 2+ inches or 5-6 cm tall.



Soldat Inactive Member12 Jul 2009 12:49 p.m. PST

There are teams available from toys be us


They are said to be 2" scale. I plan on getting two teams.

Personal logo andygamer Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2009 9:58 a.m. PST

How about compromise and use CFL rules? (We've got bigger balls, BTW.)

Personal logo vonLoudon Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2009 9:01 p.m. PST

Yeah, a sour dill pickle. That'll teach ya. Go Redskins.

Dawkins Inactive Member05 Aug 2009 6:08 p.m. PST


Thought about expanding the rules with players? They get special abilities?

EXP: A. Peterson get an addition yard for what whatever circumstance.

Peyton Manning get a bonus when throwing it into tight coverage?

Field general abilities, sack master, clutch kicker, etc.

Thieses Inactive Member12 Aug 2009 11:48 a.m. PST

Soldat, I have one of the McFarlane football team sets (Packers) They are about 30mm and are mede of good plastic. The only problem is that all the teams are on "offense". There is no defense for the teams made.

Soldat Inactive Member13 Aug 2009 4:44 p.m. PST

Thieses That is even better, 30mm that is. I was thinking about the no defense thing but an extra team set could be repainted and converted.

zoneofcontrol13 Aug 2009 6:14 p.m. PST

Hey gang-
I just checked and you can buy entire 11-man team sets of players made for Electric Football games. They have unpainted generic figures or you can buy prepainted stuff and even refs, cheerleaders, etc. Check out "Miggle/Tudor" at:

Lions Den Inactive Member14 Aug 2009 6:22 a.m. PST

dont foget that they also sell the actual electric boards which I highly recommend.

Jape77 Inactive Member23 Nov 2009 3:17 p.m. PST

When I was building my Rollerball game I used football players for my skaters -- and found a set of cake decorations that were perfect. Lightweight, durable and --most importantly-- very cheap.


You can get eight football figures [stock #2113-2236] for around $3 USD USD from Wilton Enterprises, Woodridge, IL, 60517. The figs are about 35-40mm in scale.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2009 9:57 a.m. PST

New rule: Chris Johnson gets an extra three yards on every play, and for every tackle he avoids, he gets an extra ten yards.

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