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Kropotkin30306 Nov 2011 9:59 a.m. PST

Hi All,

Having been reading about all the old wargames in the other thread about MB games I thought about my first ever wargames books.

There were 3 I think. They all had 4 games in them and were really well illustrated. I live in the UK and I wonder if any one else remembers them.

One had a picture of The Battle of Midway on the cover.Another was Science Fiction and I recall that there was an asteroid mining game. I think there was one about Medieval warfare, but I never had that one.

Basically the games came with cut out cardboard gaming pieces and the books themselves were quite big.

Does anyone remember them?

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2011 10:52 a.m. PST


There were :

SF (all the games were written by Dave Rotor)
Wild West
Naval battles

they were good little games – the WWII winter war was excellent, enjoyed the viking raid one in the naval battles, and all the SF ones were good.

Vintage Wargaming06 Nov 2011 11:03 a.m. PST

Usborne Battlegame books. There is some info on them on my Vintage Wargaming blog:


Kropotkin30306 Nov 2011 12:33 p.m. PST

Wow! TMPers do it again.

Thanks for the link Metal Detector. The memories come flooding back.20th Maine I agree they were good games.Must be to still sit fondly in the old brain box.

I still think that they sparked my interest to buy a copy of Military Modeling or Battle……Then it was "No way! 1/300th Heroics and Ros." The rest is history.

And then there were Terran Trade Authority books.


Thanks again.

nevals06 Nov 2011 3:07 p.m. PST

My friend had a WW2 Italian edition.I think there were four games inside:Battle for Britain,Russian Front,Normandy and Pacific.I am pretty sure that book was part of the same edition you guys are talking about.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2011 5:10 p.m. PST

I had a couple (have ! I still have them !) of the Terran Trade Authority Books they were superb – haven't ever come across anything like them since. Great art as well – think most of the full page artworks turned up as White Dwarf covers and also covers of SF novels over the years !

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