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02 Nov 2017 12:44 p.m. PST
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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

What are your favorite rules for wargaming the Great Northern War (1700-1721)?

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Apr 2017 5:59 p.m. PST

GaPa of course, but more broadly for that time period (and simpler) Twilight of the Sun King second edition. Maurice for character and fun.

Prince Alberts Revenge19 Apr 2017 7:18 p.m. PST

daler stole my top 3! GaPa is designed for it specifically and has some neat rules. I always had some issues playing it but that could be because of layout of the rules or because I am dense. Twilight of the Sun King is also an interesting set with some unique approaches to combat. More of a grand tactical approach but the 2nd edition seems to have additional chrome. I think Maurice could be used to give a good game with careful use of the National Characteristics cards. I really enjoy Maurice for lace wars gaming.

mghFond19 Apr 2017 10:08 p.m. PST

Beneath the Lily Banners by Barry Hilton works well for that war. It makes the Swedes some very scary customers which is as it should be for much of the war anyhow.

Dexter Ward20 Apr 2017 2:12 a.m. PST

Maurice works well

Khusrau Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 9:11 a.m. PST

I always liked the scale of the Polemos rules.

corona66 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

Ga Pa certainly covers the period very well, and is a great set of rules once learned, but with a little adjusting DBR can also do a first class job.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 12:13 p.m. PST

As Thomas Årnfelt, the rules' author, relates, "GåPå was the Swedish command phrase for infantry attack in the early 18th century, and also the term used to describe the spirit and tactics of the Swedish in English language literature."

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 12:33 p.m. PST

I vote Beneath the lilly banners, soon it will be a 3rd edition that will separate the NYW/WSS from GNW and so GNW will get it's on treatment.

spontoon20 Apr 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

There Is But One True Horse and Musket Ruleset! WRG 1685-1845, 1979 ed. All Else Is Heresy!

Spoken in a sepulchural voice.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

A third vote for "Beneath the Lily Banners."

redmist112220 Apr 2017 6:09 p.m. PST

Another plug for Beneath the Lily Banners v2.


dbf167620 Apr 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

BLB 2, hopefully to be supplanted by BLB 3.

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Apr 2017 7:16 a.m. PST

I'm curious, what does BLB3 need that you find is not in BLB2?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2017 7:44 a.m. PST

They have revamped most of the stuff, like how you now use different dice based on the quality of the unit ect.

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