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NickNorthStar Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 2:50 p.m. PST

If you recall, Chris Peers wrote a set of 19th Century African rules called Death in the Dark Continent back in 2010.

North Star are about to reprint the rules in a hardback, full colour version.

We've started a Facebook page to keep interested players informed of developments: link

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Skeptic02 Feb 2017 3:26 p.m. PST


Doctor X03 Feb 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Nick –

Can you give some details of the errata and new rules that are included?

My existing copy is falling apart due to all the wear so looking forward to this.

Not so interested in paying for pictures or other fluff though. I can get those off the internet if I want to look at them.

Ney Ney03 Feb 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Oh if this has new rules added I am very interested. I loved the original but haven't played for a long time.

Me too"…….. What's new in this version please!

NickNorthStar Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Feb 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

To be honest, it's not a second edition. When DitDC was in print we added a number of things online for the game:
New army lists.
A few errata that Chis make, not a lot.
A selection of rule additions like wild animals, witch-doctors, designed to be added if players fancied.

When the last print run sold out, I said to Chris, 'I'd like the next reprint to be a completely different book. The first edition had no photographs in, no diagrams, no background information, I'd like to add that sort of thing.' Chris was happy to go with that. He has written some substantial history to be included in the book about what was happening in Africa 1870-1899, a 'Who's Who' and a complete new Hunting Skirmish game, all included in the extra 130 pages the new edition has.

One complaint we had received from some players of DitDC was the structure of the book, they found it hard to reference back, find rules etc. This new edition has been re-organised by experienced rules writers to over come these problems, without losing Chris' narrative style. There's also a contents and index to help.

Photograph wise, we have used extensive pictures of miniatures to illustrate troop types, basing styles, game play and 4 sample armies.

There are illustrations and photographs as well.

All in all, it's a very different book. But the game remains the same, so there's no compulsion to buy the new one chaps, you just keep sticky taping your old editions together! LOL.
Whether you buy the new edition or not, please take up the game again and get involved in the conversations with new players, whether it's here or on our Facebook group.


PS No plans to go digital initially, but bear with us.

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