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Whirlwind24 Dec 2017 3:33 a.m. PST

If you had to pick only one, what would your favourite "family" of rules be? I was thinking of such things after recently completing the boardgamegeek 10x10 challenge link since I have played very different rules covering the same subjects this year.

"Families" might be such things as:

TooFatLardies rules
Neil Thomas' rules
Charles Grant rules
Warhammer rules
Warmaster / Black Powder rules
THW "Chain Reaction" derivative rules
Polemos rules
The "Rampant" series

I know there are lots more out there but I am sure that you get the idea.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 4:06 a.m. PST

Rampant series

Durban Gamer24 Dec 2017 4:08 a.m. PST

dBX since there are so many interesting variations out there!
Merry Christmas everyone!

andysyk24 Dec 2017 4:16 a.m. PST


Winston Smith24 Dec 2017 4:35 a.m. PST

TSATF, aka The Sword and the Flame.

TonicNH24 Dec 2017 4:41 a.m. PST

In no paticular order but they give consistently enjoyable games….

Two Hour Wargames
Nordic Weasel Games

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 5:22 a.m. PST


Sharpe5224 Dec 2017 5:42 a.m. PST

Warmaster / Black Powder rules
TooFatLardies rules

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

Piquet/Field of Battle

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

Day of Battle Games
Dadi & Piombo
Rampant series

David Manley24 Dec 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

General Quarters

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

Larry Brom's rules and the variants created by
the Jackson Gamers

Fried Flintstone Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 7:42 a.m. PST

GdA and Pickett's Charge. Easy.

Whirlwind24 Dec 2017 7:42 a.m. PST

It is more of a challenge if you have to pick just one…

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

Warmaster / Black Powder rules

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

The sword and the flame and variants
Featherstones rules
Fire and fury and variants
Arty conliffe rules from tactia and armati to spreahead etc
Rudy Scott nelson rules

Number 1 Gary gygax for not only fantasy but also early historical sets from sail to the ecw

Personal logo nvdoyle Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 7:51 a.m. PST

For sheer goodness, Ambush Alley/Force on Force/Pulp Alley.

For accessibility/getting a game anywhere, WH40K/AoS/Necromunda.

Hey You24 Dec 2017 8:07 a.m. PST

Full Metal Anorak – Stargrunt type games coupled with Full Thrust variants

Starguard – Starguard in all its variations plus Starwar 2250 and Starship


Traveller GDW – Striker (Version 1 or 2)

UshCha24 Dec 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

DBX Series, Not sure most other families don't have skeletons. Fire and fury great but its WW2 was a an utter failure.

21eRegt24 Dec 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

Naval Thunder
Johnny Reb/Final Argument of Kings
Empire/Stars 'n Bars/Ancient Empires
Dungeons and Dragons

Wulfgar24 Dec 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

TooFatLardies, Rampant series, and the Perfect Captain's Spanish Fury Series. The latter is something special which is often overlooked.

KSmyth24 Dec 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

The Rampant series, and the period adaptations available for Regimental Fire and Fury.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Dec 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Fire and Fury

USAFpilot24 Dec 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Commands & Colors because they are well written and easy to understand and play.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

Piquet/Field of Battle

Lion/Dragon Rampant & variants

"Song of" pretty much everything

Nordic Weasel


wrgmr124 Dec 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Arty Conliffe
Fire and Fury
Rapid Fire and associated scenario books

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

TSATF and it's offshoots, and TMWWBK and it's predecessors.

Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 11:53 a.m. PST


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

Two Hour Wargames (THW)


FusilierDan24 Dec 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

Pulp Action Library

Scott MacPhee24 Dec 2017 1:20 p.m. PST

Fire and Fury
General de Brigade

Bob in Edmonton24 Dec 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Commands and Colors

Fat Wally24 Dec 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

Too Fat Lardies
Dadi & Piombi
General D'Armee

Northern Monkey24 Dec 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Studio Tomahawk

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian24 Dec 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

"Song of…"

And I'm enjoying the "Dragon Rampant" rules.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

This isn't all that easy to classify.

What "family" are Ogre and GEV?
What family is Space Hulk?
I love my own GOBS space combat rules, but are they part of any family?

Just not sure where to go with this poll.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2017 5:05 p.m. PST

Dunno. Not that I haven't played some closely related rules, but my inclination is to wargame in about seven broad categories, and I mostly don't care to move them out of one category: individual-mount colonial rules don't adapt to constant-frontage ancients and so forth. Within those categories--well, are ON TO RICHMOND and NACH PARIS really a family? Or just supplemental rules? Other cases are similar. When someone pushes a new set, my first question isn't "what rules are these related to?" but "will these match my basing for the period?"

Parzival, I think I'd say Ogre and GEV are a family, while Space Hulk is part of a larger GW individual mount family, which includes Warhammer, WH40K, Necromunda and Mordheim. (Probably Gorka-Morka, too? This is my son's area, and he's not here to consult.)

egoodlander24 Dec 2017 5:23 p.m. PST

Look Sarge No Charts ….all 4!

Toaster24 Dec 2017 7:23 p.m. PST

Ganesha Games Song of series.
Covers Fantasy, Age of Sail, Napoleonic, ACW, cowboys to today, Near future, Post Apoc, horror, Giant Robots vs monstors.

Star ships, ancients and far future are all in development

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Dec 2017 7:55 p.m. PST

Warmaster/Black Powder/Hail Caesar

General Quarters I, Ii & III

lkmjbc324 Dec 2017 9:49 p.m. PST

Volley & Bayonet
Rapid Fire!

Joe Collins

roving bandit24 Dec 2017 11:31 p.m. PST

Starship Troopers/Battlefield Evolution

They have their issues, but when played sportingly they are great fun. Have ported them for everything from Ancients to homebrewed Sci-fi.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2017 10:16 a.m. PST


Haven't played it very much since DBA came out, but definitely still my favorite rules family!

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

General de Brigade.

Red358425 Dec 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

Too Fat Lardies, the various Osprey Rampant variants and the Peter Pig Rules for the Common Man family

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 8:47 a.m. PST

Thank you Red!

rmaker26 Dec 2017 1:51 p.m. PST

Brom Standard
Strategos (Totten)

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 10:41 p.m. PST

Grant rules
Johnny Reb/Across a Deadly Field
Junior General

platypus01au26 Dec 2017 11:36 p.m. PST


I'm also starting to really like the Ganesha rules for smaller actions.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

Arty Conliffe.

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