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Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2014 9:10 p.m. PST

I am halfway through the "As Told in the Great Hall: The Wargamers guide to the Dark Age Britain" by Martin Hackett. Great book. I am not as au fait with the "dark ages" as I am with earlier times. I do have figures I have collected over the years that would be suitable for games in the dark ages. Last year I nearly played a few games but got distracted (nothing new there!). The book has a number of scenarios recreating battles during 400-1100 AD in Britain. The book does come with its own rules (derived from WRG 6th but they are different) but I would be using my own.

Has anyone played these scenarios? If so, what were they like to play (regardless of the rules). There is enough info to play them with any rules and so was curious if anyone had taken the plunge. Regardless, I am planning to play them all be Christmas so can report back later.

Logain21 Sep 2014 9:13 a.m. PST

Sounds pretty cool. I'd be interested in hear how you like them if you ever get around to playing the scenarios.

Pan Marek22 Sep 2014 6:36 a.m. PST

I just started the book. Has anyone played the rules form it? If so, what are your thoughts?

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2014 1:40 p.m. PST

i also loved the book, and got it as i geared up for large dark age battles.

i started with SAGA, with 50 a side, so doing a 150 a side for both sides has taken awhile.

I just now became around 99% done with the vikings, and now need to finish up some saxons. I'm really interested in the battles of Ashtown and Edingtion.

I honestly haven't read the rules all the way through. my first inclination is to use the scenarios as a guide to setting up games of Hail Ceasar and War and Conquest.

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2014 3:36 p.m. PST

At this stage I am planning in November to do all but two of the battles from the book (I do not think I will do the night one or the siege of Shrewsbury). I will be using my own rules. While the rules in the book seem fine, I prefer mine :-) , or at least others I am familiar with.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2015 8:24 a.m. PST

now 5 months later…

so i've finsihed my saxons and vikings and am looking at the scenarios again. i don't know about the rules in the book, evertime I try to read them my eyes glaze over. maybe it's because I am ignorant of WRG. i also don't like the idea of written orders. i'm sure that i will try the rules eventually, and they might be great.

however using the book as a guide, i've coverted some of the battles to Hail Caesar. so far i've written up Ashdown, Edington, and Fulford (which is a pretty cool set up). i'm planning on doing Edington first and to host it at Kublacon this year in May if all goes right.

i should be able to get in some games soon-ish. so I'll be sure to come back and report.

though if someone knows of another book of good vikings versus saxon scenarios (or just medieval setting) i'd like to hear about it jsut because more resources are always better.


Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2015 2:32 a.m. PST

I did not get an games of anything in September. However, I did base some dark age figures I have had for a few dears. So I have the forces read to play the scenarios, but not the time, and maybe not this year either.

The rules do not do much for me either, but each to their own – the author obviously enjoys playing them so good for him!

I would be most interested in hearing how some of the battles went.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2015 1:55 p.m. PST

playtest for the Battle of Ethandun scheduled. this will be for Hail Caesar.

i'll take pictures and do my best to report on in it without being too long winded.

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