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Dentatus Fezian27 Nov 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

Straightening up my rule book shelf I couldn't help but notice I own rules to games I either:

1. Played for a season then stopped.
2. Tried several times but it never took.
3. Purchased based on hype and was disappointed.
4. Are well-worn from their secure spot in the rotation.

The reasons will vary, but I was curious as to which games are you folks still play/keep going back to and why?

And which games fell off the radar after one, two or a dozen games, and why?

For me, simple is better. Not simplistic, mind you, but uncluttered. Those games seem to stay in circulation.

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 7:36 p.m. PST

I still play the first miniatures game I was introduced to back in 1970: CLS. There is a group of us of about 16 that play semi-regularly. We also play "Yanks up the Yangtze" for about 10+/- years now. Also playing "Blenheim 2004" for about years now. Other newer rules come up put none of them seem to last too long.

Rich Bliss27 Nov 2017 7:58 p.m. PST

I'm still playing Volley and Bayonet and Command Decision, I stopped playing WRG 7th, Tactica, Armati, and DBA. See a trend? Now considering starting up with the new DBA. We'll see if that lasts.

Early morning writer Inactive Member27 Nov 2017 8:11 p.m. PST

Volley Fire still gets my attention though I haven't gamed with it in many years but I'd love to come back to it – and find more copies, too! Big problem? I'd have to add in a new period (or old,really). Can't justify that – but I can dragoon figures from my FIW and AWI collections(part of why I have so much AWI cavalry!). Purists are for pureeing.

Attalus I27 Nov 2017 8:11 p.m. PST

DBA. Started with 1.0, now enjoying 3.0.

mad monkey 127 Nov 2017 8:25 p.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 8:28 p.m. PST

SImple is good.

Longest shelf-life still in active play:
Ogre (1977; now up to 6th Ed.).
Battledroids (1984; now playing BattleTech Alpha Strike with the plastic droids!).
DBA (1990; now 2.2+).

Longest shelf-life sporadic play:
Awful Green Things From Outer Space (1979; now up to 8th edition).
Rivets (1979).
BloodBowl (started with 2nd Ed. 1988).

Liked but later Fell Off:
Command Decision got replaced by simpler Blitzkrieg Commander which still gets sporadicly played.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 8:48 p.m. PST

Still playing The Sword and the Flame, which I started using when I was a wee lad.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 9:04 p.m. PST

Longest Shelf-Life in Active Play
Cavaliers and Roundheads
Died for Glory
Fire and Fury

Longest Shelf Life with Sporadic Play
Ogre and GEV
The Fantasy Trip – Melee and Wizard
The Sword and The Flame

Calico Bill27 Nov 2017 9:17 p.m. PST

On To Richmond for almost 40 years. DBA since it came out. My other miniature rules have been replaced by One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas. Traveller sci-fi rpg for about 40 years as well, now getting played weekly again.

whill427 Nov 2017 9:19 p.m. PST

The Sword and The Flame

evilgong27 Nov 2017 10:05 p.m. PST

DBA and HoTT

Both offer the tactical problems of larger games but just telescope them in time and space.

And I can remember the rules even If I haven't played in a long while.

David F Brown

Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 10:27 p.m. PST

Naval War (Avalon Hill)
Space Hulk
On to Richmond
Might of Arms
Fistful of Tows

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 3:30 a.m. PST

DBA, HOTTS, TSATF are the three that come to mind.

advocate28 Nov 2017 3:32 a.m. PST

King of the Battlefield

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 5:21 a.m. PST

The Sword and The Flame

Black Hat Miniatures28 Nov 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

Little Wars
Martian Empires


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

Fire and Fury
Volley and Bayonet
WarHammer Ancients

Dentatus Fezian28 Nov 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

Seems like I might want to get a copy of HotT.

Someone in the US sell the latest version?

TodCreasey Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

Lasalle – still the best work Sam ever did

Gone Fishing28 Nov 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

Hi Dentatus,

Looks like On Military Matters stocks it:


Have fun!

Lascaris28 Nov 2017 8:12 a.m. PST

Sword and the Flame
Spearhead (although it's GWSH2 now)
Might and Reason
Fire and Fury
Wooden ship and iron men

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 8:20 a.m. PST

On to Richmond
followed by Johnny Reb II

still looking for a "Fun", playable set for AWI.

Green Tiger28 Nov 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

Played 'Charge' at the weekend, still play DBA, Volley and Bayonet and Rapid Fire…

Garand28 Nov 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

Still play Battletech, got into it back in 1985 when I was 10yo. Technically 40K too as I started playing around 2000 (collecting earlier than that & sporadic play with 2e), or whenever 3e launched. That was around/over 17yrs ago so that counts. Wharhammer fantasy even longer, since 4e in the early/mid '90s but don't play very often anymore & its a dead game anyway…


Palewarrior28 Nov 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

Rolemaster… and after about 20 years, we still don't know all the rules !

Perris070728 Nov 2017 10:45 a.m. PST

The original Medieval Total War. My students love it!

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 12:19 p.m. PST

A modified, ‘ The Sword and the Flame.'
Bill Banks' board game, ‘Ancients.'
Decision Games, ‘Ancient Battles,' board game series.
I suspect that Dan Mersey's, ‘The Men Who Would Be King,' will be a game I continue to play 20 years from now, if I live that long.
SPI's Panzergruppe Guderian and its progeny.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 8:28 p.m. PST

DBA since 1991
CLS since 1968
TSATF since 1978
HOTT since 1991

Captain Avatar28 Nov 2017 8:57 p.m. PST

Napoleon's Battles and Koenig's Krieg, played sporadically over the past 25 years. Still haven't found anything better for these two periods where you can play out an actual historical battle.

Might of Arms for ancients for the last 15 years.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2017 10:29 p.m. PST

Sword and the Flame
Age of Reason

Both give satisfying games, and we don't have to worry about "getting it wrong" until we manage to play it right.
Life is too short to keep looking up the rule that you know is there but cannot now find.

Dentatus Fezian29 Nov 2017 4:52 p.m. PST

"Life is too short to keep looking up the rule that you know is there but cannot now find."


Ooh Rah Inactive Member30 Nov 2017 11:09 a.m. PST

I'm a relatively recent miniatures gamer compared to most of TMP, but I still regularly play my old Avalon Hill board games. I have my Midway game bought in 1972 or thereabouts.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

AD&D RPG: 1980-present (Started with Basic, then 1e after a month, then 2e in 1989-present). Has everything I need, never gotten tired of it, never will.

2e BattleSystem (2e AD&D mass battles mini's game): started around 1995, still playing. Based on AD&D rules, close to the RPG, so it translates from that well. Can use any figures, create any unit I can imagine; covers every aspect of medieval combat, with magic. Great rule set, IMO; works for medium, to large games, always been a real blast to play.

Plastic Wars plastic Army Men game: wrote this game for my three sons, when they were young, back in 1998. Introduced my adult nephew to it, recently, and he is hooked! Playing some of the largest games ever played (200+ 54mm figures, total, and we are having a blast with it; planning a game in January, with around 500 figures, maybe more. Rules are relatively simple, the game plays and moves fast, and costs little for figures. Sharing it with others again, and that is so much fun to see them enjoying it, and wanting to introduce others to the fun of wargaming… Serves well as a gateway drug into the suite of wargaming hobbies. Low cost, fast paced, packed with action; never really a slow time in the game, as things are always moving.

Dentatus Fezian01 Dec 2017 6:05 a.m. PST

So what about the rules appeal to you?

Are they simply the first ones you sunk you teeth into back in the day, sort of brand association/brand loyalty?

Or is it ease of play and simple, uncluttered mechanics?

Now I'm not all that familiar with the rules mentioned but for those of you that are, what – if anything – do they have in common?

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Dentatus, for me it's probably a combination of ease of play with relatively uncluttered mechanics and nostalgia.

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