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Vigilant01 Mar 2017 1:15 p.m. PST

Looking at Ronan and Daisho for cinematic fun games rather than historically accurate big battles. Not played either, so any thoughts/advice gratefully received. Also consider4ing the new Warlord set, but only had a chance to read the free download.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

If you like the Song of Blades and Heroes engine, Rich Jones has a set of samurai skirmish rules – Bushi No Yume.

If you're not familiar with the SoBH system, it is a pretty popular system and easy to use, and Rich's rules add some fun samurai flavour (and if you want samurai fantasy, the SoBH stuff can port over).

durecell Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Ronin is great. It's my favourite of the skirmish games. It's easy to learn and the combat mechanics are fun.

Daisho is also good but requires a bit more effort towards character creation. If you want mythology stuff, Daisho has some of it. I think the combat rules work better for more Edo style unarmoured skirmishes than armoured Sengoku ones.

Soldat Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

Bushido is a great micro game. Full of characters and many factions/models to choose from. By Gct studios. The rules are available as a free PDF.

sgt Dutch02 Mar 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

Daisho. Great skirmish game. More here. link

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 9:19 a.m. PST

I'll second Bushi No Yume, it's great fun and has both "classical" and "fantasy" rules. Had my best man taken down by a trio of Tegu, but what a fight!

Lion in the Stars02 Mar 2017 9:15 p.m. PST

The problem with the new Warlord samurai rules is that it's got the Bolt Action/Gates of Antares random activation mechanic. That was a total killer for my gaming group.

Right now, I'm pushing Daisho for my group.

Vigilant03 Mar 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Thanks all. I'm leaning towards Daisho and hope to pick up a copy and some figures tomorrow at Hammerhead.

Sealion Inactive Member04 Mar 2017 2:29 p.m. PST

Can't go wrong with either Ronin or Daisho.

infinite array10 Mar 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

Kind of annoying – I sent Mr. Jones an email about a week ago regarding his rules (I'm a fan of the SoB&H engine), but still haven't heard back.

Miniaturepainter Inactive Member20 Mar 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

Being a bolt action player too I kind of like the activation mechanics. It forces you to consider the most important moves first. if the new warlord samurai rules work as good as BA I think it only adds flavour.
Personally like games where the gamer is not 100% in control and got his statistic calculator besides him. Just love dead mans hand when the carefully planned move by the opponent is prevented by a card played. Well of cause depends on the gamers taste for rules…. Got ronin and looking for something better!

Meeples and Miniatures Inactive Member23 Mar 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

Infinite Array – Bushi No Yume is currently available for free download


infinite array24 Mar 2017 8:45 a.m. PST

Yup, just got an email from Rich yesterday! Very grateful for the free set of rules. Everyone should check them out.

Surferdude Inactive Member25 Mar 2017 8:50 a.m. PST

Yeh I am figuring people may be able to put them to use, especially with the samurai fever that Test of Honour is causing (which I am at the moment playing lol ).

Hope people enjoy them

Rich J

XRaysVision26 Mar 2017 5:44 a.m. PST

Test of Honour is scratching that itch for me. If you want to see what it's all about, you can download a PDF of the rules from the Warlord website. There is also a hugely active Facebook page with tons of resources.

Hussar123 Inactive Member24 Aug 2017 3:42 p.m. PST

ToH for me also.

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