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12 Aug 2017 7:21 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Aug 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

Which popular rulesets just never attracted the interest of your gaming group or club?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

The vast majority !!!

DBA we did, DBM we didn't. None of the GW or GWesque types. None of the recent crop of Ancient rules seem to have made us want to get the figures out. Shako is liked by some and a few of that ilk have been tried and never really caught our imagination.

The recent Osprey rules have stirred interest in skirmish gaming that wasn't that much in evidence before that.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 8:08 a.m. PST

Black Powder.

Perhaps it was due to my incompetent learning curve in running games. More likely we already had rules in place to cover all if its periods.
Perhaps it was too generic also.
I'm not very good at reading new rules and then putting on games when I get a third of the rules wrong the first few times we play. That scuppered Patriots and Loyalists and British Grenadier too.

Must Contain Minis12 Aug 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

Dust Tactics.

TMPWargamerabbit12 Aug 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

+1 Black Powder and its siblings. Hail Caesar went the same way with the romping unit movement capabilities seen with several observed games. Just didn't seem like ancient warfare running around the flank.

Saga, Lion Rampart and similar rules look promising but I haven't purchase the game rules yet. Skirmisher warfare isn't high on my gaming desires at this moment.

advocate Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

SAGA. I tried and failed to get my group to be interested in it.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

Black Powder, Bolt Action were two.

Ney Ney12 Aug 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

We still think we missed something with TSATF and any Two Fat Lardies rules we try. Popular yes but nit in our grup.

thosmoss12 Aug 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

Bolt Action and Flames of War both fell flat, with my circle.

In a world where we can't even agree on what WW2 scale miniatures we should be using, I guess debate over rules shouldn't be a surprise.

Lascaris12 Aug 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

Black Powder, Bolt Action, Hail Caesar, SAGA.
We didn't need Black Powder, we have Might & Reason for 7YW, British Grenadier for AWI, Bloody Big Battles for FPW and Fire & Fury for ACW and really like all of them.
We like Fields of Glory so weren't interested in Hail Caesar.
No interest in medieval period so SAGA was out.
Still looking for a WW2 set we really like but Bolt Action wasn't it.

Frothers Did It And Ran Away12 Aug 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

I've tried and failed to provoke interest in Saga (not historical enough), Chain of Command and Sharp Practice (too confusing).

Someone else recently introduced Bolt Action which has caught on well. Ho, hum…

warwell12 Aug 2017 1:19 p.m. PST

I don't have a game group (solo gamer).
However, I never had an interest in Frostgrave. The premise (wizards looking for loot) wasn't my cup of tea.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

How about we turn this on its head and ask about unpopular rules that really took off for who knows why.

Dynaman878913 Aug 2017 4:28 a.m. PST

Flames of War.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Aug 2017 11:13 a.m. PST

Bolt Action

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

I was confused by the question? If its popular, how can it not of caught on?

arthur181513 Aug 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

I agree, herkybird.
Perhaps the OP needs to define 'popular' – which could be a quite subjective description – and 'caught on'?
There might be an interesting idea/question hidden therein.

jdginaz13 Aug 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

Bolt Action, FoW, Rapid Fire, SAGA, Fire & Fury, TSTF.

So far we're happy with various TooFatLardies games Victoria's Battles, Johnny Reb III, Might of Arms, and are looking at By fire and Sword.

Dynaman878913 Aug 2017 5:50 p.m. PST

The first actual post makes the intent of the question clear.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 5:54 a.m. PST

I was confused by the question? If its popular, how can it not of caught on?

Big sales, many wargame press articles, not many games played.

So – most of the Osprey rules seem to be heading that way apart from Lion Rampant & Dragon Rampant & Frostgrave.

Never seen a game of "Of Gods & Mortals" or "posiedon's warriors" or "Ronin" or several others. Not even on my own gaming table, and I own all those (and more!).

Old Wolfman14 Aug 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

Some,good ideas but a bit complicated,rulewise,making it difficult to play..

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

Flames of War & Team Yankee. Both so soundly rejected by our group we don't mention either. Forgive me for even bringing them up.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 2:57 p.m. PST


Grand Armee

Fire & Fury

Flames of War

Black Powder

General de Brigade

British Grenadier

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 3:03 p.m. PST


I had the same confusion. Read the first post. What he wants are rules the are popular with everyone else but for some reason not with your group or club.

The main title "Popular Rulesets That Never Caught On?" is what is confusing.

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