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Tango0118 Nov 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

…Wargaming du temps de Napoleon

"Around the time Donald Featherstone published War Games in 1962, the book that was key in launching modern hobby wargames, others were publishing comprehensive sets of rules. This example by John Candler was published in the United States in 1964 and was one of the better known.

The original rules were published in a green ring binder, with 123 pages of detailed rules for a Napoleonic land and sea wargame. They covered all aspects necessary to play a detailed Napoleonic wargame on the tabletop. They were more complex than Featherstone's rules, but lacked the literary charm of the former. They are published by the History of Wargaming Project in order to preserve an example of early wargaming rules from the dawn of modern wargaming…"


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Gonsalvo18 Nov 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

These rules were the second I ever saw after Joe Morschauswer's book – the concept was quite inspirational, especially some of the simple campaign ideas and the like.

rmaker18 Nov 2017 4:37 p.m. PST

The reason the rules were in a three ring binder was that Candler started selling the rules (by subscription) before they were complete. So every so often subscribers got new sections to add to the binder, as well as revised pages.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member18 Nov 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

Were they any good?

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