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MyTh3rdEye25 Jan 2017 5:06 a.m. PST

Hi everyone,

I recently had the honour of being asked to be best man at my friend's wedding. So I've been having a think about what to do for the stag do. As we're all in our thirties now and not so much into clubbing, I was thinking of getting together 8-9 of our mates, renting a house somewhere decent for few days and putting on some kind of a big wargames campaign over several days.

My friend's favourite period is WW2, something I know very little about either gaming or history-wise. It's very early on in the planning and I know this is a very broad question but does anyone have any useful ideas as to how best to do this?

I guess I'm after a fairly simple WW2 rule set with a campaign system that would work with multiple players and can be picked up fairly quickly by the unfamiliar. I'm planning to improvise miniatures with whatever cheap plastics I can rework or adapt from Ebay . These might just be cheap toy soldiers or board game pieces, whatever is cheap and will do as marker.

Any ideas?



Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

What is the groom's favorite period? Are any of the rest miniatures gamers? Maybe a LAN party?

zoneofcontrol25 Jan 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

Here's a link to the "Free Wargames Rules" site.


I like skirmish gaming in WWII. My first ruleset was "Beer & Pretzels Skirmish" BAPS by Buck Surdu. (2 or 3 squads of individual figures and maybe a vehicle/support weapon or two for each side.)

These rules pair up well with the books from Skirmish Campaigns. The books contain about 8 to 10 individual scenarios. They can be played separately or some can be linked into a campaign of several of the included scenarios. Also, the scenarios give you a base force to start with and before the game starts you dice roll for supplemental add-on troops. This gives you the option of replaying the scenario with a slightly altered order of battle.

You could put each player in charge of a squad. If you want, you could shuffle your players around from scenario to scenario to keep things lively.

Good luck. And may the Bestman, err, um, best man, win!

MyTh3rdEye25 Jan 2017 7:26 a.m. PST

Saber, his favourite period is WW2. Everyone is a gamer, but some won't have done historical before.

ZOC, thanks for the suggestions. I will check those out.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

If you want to emphasise fun, get a bag of Army men for each player (the ones that have a tank and plane or heliocpter too). You can find some of these ate Party Supply or dollar stores (a lot are Airfix knockoffs).

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NKL AeroTom26 Jan 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

Ostfront has a built in map campaign system, accommodates up to 5 players, but more could be added:


Fairly straightforward to pick up, and suits cheap 1/72 or 15mm miniatures

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