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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Aug 2017 3:43 p.m. PST

Which ruleset would you recommend for wargaming a scenario based on a James Bond novel or film?

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

I think that 7tv was designed for those types of games, and I have heard good things. I typically use GASLIGHT or To Be Continued… by GASLIGHT for those types of games.

altfritz19 Aug 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

7TV by Crooked Dice is designed with those sorts of games in mind. Also, the Rattrap family of rules work quite well.

Psycho Rabbit Inactive Member19 Aug 2017 7:22 p.m. PST

7tv for sure

saltflats192919 Aug 2017 9:36 p.m. PST

Pulp Alley
(Not to say 7tv is bad- i never played it, but pulp alley allows a large degree of success between "heroes" and "lackeys")

Spooner619 Aug 2017 10:37 p.m. PST

Osprey's Black Ops is great for James Bond games. The two phase approach is really cool. I have been running this at cons for a year or so and the games are always well met. The rules really bode well to adding on RPG type actions. I have had players hide in a Elevator until the bullets stopped firing. Another turned on the sprinklers to distract the guards.

This is a great set of rules.


MajorB20 Aug 2017 3:42 a.m. PST

Yeah 7TV.

Dynaman878920 Aug 2017 4:45 a.m. PST

The old James Bond RPG rules from Victory Games. Granted it was an RPG but being it was for Bond it had rules to handle Bond style mass combat.

Sergeant Paper20 Aug 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

Yeah, 7TV or the Victory Games RPG rules.

SpuriousMilius20 Aug 2017 2:43 p.m. PST

I'd like to game this genre also, tho I'd go with the '60's Spy-FI style like Flint, The Avengers & The U.N.C.L.E. series. I've got all of the "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" & Foundry "Street Violence" minis (plenty of women in bikinis with guns). I assume that 7TV would be best for such games.

Mirosav20 Aug 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

7TV works great.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Aug 2017 9:44 p.m. PST

I would use Pulp Alley myself, altho' I've never tried anything quite so complex yet (multiple gadgets, vehicles, and I'm not sure how you'd craft Bond himself as a player character) -- but it could be done, the rules seem flexible enough and encompass a wide variety of genres and situations.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

Is James Bond consider a wargame or a game? Is there a war involved. Don't know, just asking. Game scenario or wargame scenario?

pvi99th22 Aug 2017 11:43 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley. Easy set of rules to learn but very tough to master. Lots of interaction in them. I am currently painting figures for a Bond game. Maybe sometime after I do the other 1000s of game ideas I have…

Since Bond usually has some sort of femme fatale with him then Bond could be set up as a duo. He could also be crafted as a "Terror" if on his own.

For "established" characters I usually use flexible leagues. I have a Doc Savage League that allows the use of his various aides at different levels of ability. That way I can add on other people without being "too powerful."

I have also done superheros, Captian America Civil War based game and am working on a Batman (Adam West) game. I just can't forget the Bat Shark Repellent.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

QILS, but I prefer the type of plot and action devices to be part of the scenario design, not the rules.

Pyrate Captain24 Sep 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

Sorry for getting into this thread so late, but at the time it was introduced, Victoy Game's James Bond RPG was considered to be a very good and flexible rule set. PDFs of the now OOP game can still be found in the ether from time to time.

Lion in the Stars25 Sep 2017 2:09 a.m. PST

Savage Worlds should also work, as it's set up to handle RPG-type characters against a large number of mooks.

Pyrate Captain25 Sep 2017 8:18 p.m. PST

As I previously mentioned, Victory Games James Bond tabletop RPG does show up from time to time:


Pyrate Captain28 Oct 2017 5:42 a.m. PST

Has anyone tried these rules? They look to have promise on the 3D tabletop.


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