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Toy Soldier Green10 May 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

I have been working on a set of home wargame rules for a while. I've ripped off HotT, 5Core and wanted, really wanted to steal from One Hour Wargames too but all I can do there is borrow the basis of 6 units and the scenarios.

So I was thinking today of what I should call my new home rules. I thought of perhaps a mashup of each set like Hordes of the One Hour Weasels but nah. Then I thought I would just ask if others have done similar. Thanks to all who respond.

By John 5410 May 2017 4:39 p.m. PST

My set of WW1 air rules were always called 'Wings of Blue Max War, 'arry tate' it stuck for years, betraying their heritage.


Who asked this joker10 May 2017 4:41 p.m. PST

My version of Featherstone's Horse and Musket rules are called DF-Like. Another based on the same mechanics is DF-Like WW2.

I did a re-write of Chainmail called Chainmail Reforged.

One that I never finished was called Featherstone and Wessencraft take a Bath. An ancients set borrowing from those three writers of course.

I do think it is a good and proper to give a little nod to those you borrowed from somewhere, even if being a little cheeky.

Buckeye AKA Darryl10 May 2017 4:46 p.m. PST

Well of course I do! But in my case I ripped off a quote.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 4:58 p.m. PST

yes always have a name for your game.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

Sure. The names include Legion vs Horde, Metal Men With Minie Balls, and Status: Red Chicken, to name the more interesting ones.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 5:29 p.m. PST


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 5:35 p.m. PST

I call my blatant AWI ripoff of The Sword and the Flame "Flames of Liberty".

rmaker10 May 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

Yes. Usually with some period catch phrase.

Examples include "Let It Begin Here" AWI, "Marching to Disaster" FPW, and "Perils of War" Classical.

Though I do occasionally give way to whimsy. My rules for the 1877-8 Russo-Turkish War are entitled "Abdullah v. Ivan".

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP10 May 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

Yes. Currently my stable includes:

  • Another Glorious Day in the Corps (SciFi)
  • Pity the Living (Zombies)
  • Steel Crush (OGRE style tank game)
  • Flames of Awesomesauce (WW2)
  • Bitter Angels (ACW)
  • Skyship! (1/300 Aeronefs with boarding actions)
  • Kid's Play (Generic kid friendly skirmish rules)

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 6:06 p.m. PST

When I got my WWII ETO game ready to play, I asked myself "what are these soldiers doing?" The answer was "To Die For The Land." Here is the text on the cover page.

Für das Land sterben
To Die For the Land

15MM WWII Skirmish game

kleine Schlachten für grosse Männer
(Little Battles for Big Men)

Miniature Gaming Tabletop Combat where you engage a determined 15MM Metal Menace Army in a glorious effort to prove yourself a ferocious warrior and hero, while rolling elusive dice!


Early morning writer10 May 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

French and Indian War: Feather and Flintlock (and long before any of the games that use either of those words in their titles now – at least ten years ago, probably longer).

But my basic core rules: GOR, pronounced like gore – like blood, guts, and gore. And, yes, it is an acronym. And, no, I'm not going to tell you what it stands for – except that OR stands for Own Rules, like King's Own whatevers.

Dan Wideman II Inactive Member10 May 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

The rules we use in my basement for cold war era moderns are based largely off of GWs Epic Armageddon, so I call them Armageddon '89.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2017 7:53 p.m. PST

I shamelessly rip off the Marx Brothers, so my Dark Age rules were "A Night at the Opera" (Wagnerian gesturing and singing of commands were required), my car racing game using the heavily modded car wars rules became "A Day at the Races"…

I have no shame.

rmaker10 May 2017 8:56 p.m. PST

French and Indian War: Feather and Flintlock (and long before any of the games that use either of those words in their titles now – at least ten years ago, probably longer).

But, of course, RAFM's Flint and Feather line has been around for 30 years or more.

Wagnerian gesturing and singing of commands were required

Kill da Wabbit!

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP10 May 2017 9:41 p.m. PST

ACW "A Nation Divided"
AWI "Battle Road"
FIW "Settlements Ablaze"
Medieval "Death Before Dishonor"

sillypoint10 May 2017 11:46 p.m. PST

Yes…Wings of Star Wars.
Battle of Hothica (a alternate history sci-fi)

Madan Mitra11 May 2017 1:58 a.m. PST

BLVDI RVLES pronounced bludy rules, my own ancients rules set now defunct…

Fast Play Fleets: B5
FPF: Star Trek

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2017 4:20 a.m. PST

Yes. They are always named e.g.
World war two rules on a 2'x2' table are WW2x2.
My version of Take Cover was Open Fire but that got used elsewhere so changed them to Advance to Cover.
My original ancient rules started off as a mashup of Justified Ancients and Warrior Kings and was called Justified Warriors than morphed into When Warriors Collide (These rules did not survive long in play testing).
My current ancient rules got their name as in battle reports I was always writing "and then the battlelines clashed" so I called them Ancient Battlelines Clash.

I have a few others that have been written but not played and they all have names

Jozis Tin Man Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2017 5:34 a.m. PST

I love one from a Sam Mustafa article in MWAN years ago, the apocryphal napoleonic rules "The Glory of Glory"

(Phil Dutre) Inactive Member11 May 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

20 years ago we first used the Brother against Brother ruels for our ACW games. Since then, we changed and added so many things that the original game is barely recognizable. We still call it Brother against Brother.

Dentatus Fezian11 May 2017 6:39 a.m. PST

Of course.

Our current WIP is titled "Zona Perestrelki" or Zone Firefights – a rule set for STALKER-style skirmishes. Game mechanics are based on a previous iteration titled "Cleared to Engage."

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2017 8:18 a.m. PST

definitely but my home names tend to be a bit sillier than what gets published :)

What I am working on now boringly got names "the project" for now.

Ottoathome Inactive Member11 May 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

I always name my rules but avoid the conjuntivitus that seems popular along with the three nouns and a comma method. I also try and make them somewhat inscrutable. I always use silly names.

Archaic Ancient rules – "Honey I Sacrificed The Kids!"

Classical period Ancient Rules (Graeco Roman) "Mardonius' Lament, or bare-knuckle boxing with a bush chipper."

Renaissance Tactical Rules "O Dio, Tutto Tranni una Sei"
Renaissance Campaign Rules. "Chiaroscuro."

17th Century Tactical Rules "O Dio, Todo menu Seis."

18th Century Tactical Rules "Mon Dieu Tout Saif in Six!"
18th Century Campaign Rules "Functionaries, Flunkies and Munchkins"
18th Century naval "Yo-Ho-Ho,little naval rules for big ships."
18th Century Siege Rules "Have I ever told you how the Viennese Bakers saved Civilization."
18th Century Role Playing Rules "Persons of Condition"

My game of 19th century intrigue, spying, espionage, dancing, romancing, seduction, and secret societies is "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna"

American Civil War Rules "Magnolia's Mint Juleps N' Gritz!

Between WWI and WWII rules "The Shattered Century: Marxist War gaming between the wars in the style of Chico, Harpo, and Groucho.

My latest project for 18th century wars between Ruritanian monarchies is called "Don DiDraino: or the Abduction of Figaro."

Ottoathome Inactive Member11 May 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Oops! I forgot my 19th Century Ironclad game "If you build it, it will sink!"

RudyNelson11 May 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

Yes I do. I also give names to game system under design and in the playtest phase. Some the names remain the same. Sometimes they change. If I am doing them for another company, the name often changes. In those cases, I am just providing the game mechanics and research historical data.

Mick the Metalsmith12 May 2017 5:35 a.m. PST

I just call them my napoleonic miniatures rules. Names are for selling (even if free)

vtsaogames Inactive Member12 May 2017 7:44 a.m. PST

Yes. My Napoleonic rules: Bonaparte Waltz.
Went through several names for my SYW rules.

Toy Soldier Green12 May 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

I settled on NOT-HotT for my new rules.

Parzival14 May 2017 5:48 p.m. PST

Always. Gotta have a name!

Of course, I've released a few publicly, too.

Names so far:
Generic Outlandishly Big Spacefleets! (GOBS!)
Redcoats & Minutemen
Dark Frontier
Raise the Jolly Roger
Lance & Longbow
Kings of War (long before Mantic came along)
Big Honkin' Lizards

Plus several others I can't recall. I frequently come up with a name long before I think up any actual rules!

RudyNelson14 May 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

Guard du Corps- Napoleonic 1981
Glory skirmish 1750-1913 1984
Induanas, Colonel and Emirs, 1984 colonial mass combat. An HG Wells Award nominee (lost to TSATF, not a surprise
Fire and Discipline, tactical combat 1750-1900
Several variations
Coastal Command pt boat rules 1985
Emperors of Europe 1985 board game which seems to have influenced several current games
Supreme Warlord 1981, campaign rules for ancients
Supreme Warlord: Bloodlust, tactical fantasy mass combat 1990
Fire! Goon! Freur! WW2tank vs tank combat, 1981
Eagles, crowns and oak leaves, WW2 battalion level combat
Stars and Marshall batons, WW2 divisional rules
Distant World Battles, SciFi mass combat
Several other work titles and board games

Mobius15 May 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

Don't steal names come up with your own.

tshryock Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member18 May 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

I call mine "unfinished." But apparently that name is taken…

Personal logo Frank Wang Sponsoring Member of TMP19 May 2017 1:10 a.m. PST


wonderful name! :)

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