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25 Jul 2018 11:10 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 5:48 a.m. PST

Do you use the more than one ruleset for a given period, figure size and scale of game? For example do you play both Black Powder and General-de-Brigade for your games with a division or small corps per side? Do you use both Chain of Command and Bolt Action for your reinforced platoon WW2 games? And so on. Or do you tend to move on to different rules, or stick with the ones you already play?

A – Yes, all the time.

B – Sometimes.

C – I provide one game, my opponent(s) provide another and we take turns.

D – No, I drop one set of rules when I pick up another.

E – I stick with the set that has served me well for years so I don't need another set for that type of game.

F – Something else.

nickinsomerset29 Dec 2017 6:17 a.m. PST


Tally Ho!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

E. But I do look at other rule sets.

jefritrout Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 6:43 a.m. PST


It really depends on what I like and what is liked by the group as a whole.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 7:02 a.m. PST


Private Matter29 Dec 2017 7:06 a.m. PST


GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

Sometimes A – sometimes B, depends on how well we get on with a particular set.

mad monkey 129 Dec 2017 8:16 a.m. PST


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 8:27 a.m. PST


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 8:52 a.m. PST

G – Usually when testing rules for a new period

Otherwise B – depends on what the group or friends are playing

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 8:53 a.m. PST

B. Especially in horse & musket. I can set up a game and play it with four or five rules without having to redress the table.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 9:18 a.m. PST


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

I am currently using two different rules for American Revolution.
For "Big Battles", I'm using Age of Reason.
For smaller battles, I'm using Flames of Liberty, my own house rules using The Sword and the Flame as a base.
Both in 25/28mm.

THEN, when I get my 40mm figures painted, I'll be using the WRG skirmish rules, Fire and Steel.

AoR uses element basing, FoL are in 3/4" washers, 40mm will be on 1" washers.

So. Three different rules for one period. Three different basing systems.
These are all my figures. Do I win a cookie?

I guess that's an A.
Or a B, because I only use Flames of War for my WW2 gaming.
Or a G, but it would be difficult to shrink the above into a single line Poll choice.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 10:31 a.m. PST


Sorry, no cookie.

Because different scale of game and in the third case, different size of figure. I'd meant the question to mean, in your example, do you use two or more different sets to play American Revolution big battles (say Age of Reason plus Volly & Bayonet).

So, to me, that is probably E.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

Whirlwind's right, Winston: no cookie for you. Now if you take those individually-mounted 40mm figures, and play, say, "This Very Ground" as well as Fire and Steel, you can be in line with the rest of us.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 12:23 p.m. PST


Rules are like ice cream. I like lots of flavors.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

Well, I have used the AoR basing for 1776, Patriots and Loyalists, British Grenadier, Black Powder and so on.
I just use AoR now.
And I've used Fire and Steel, GASLIGHT and a few others with the washer based figures. But I'm sticking with FoL TSATF now.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 3:04 p.m. PST

I don't actually play any games yet.
But all my horse and musket period units are usually made for a specific rule (BLB for early 18th century, Might&Reason for SYW, British grenadier for AWI and Republic to empire for Napoleonics) but I always keep in the back of my head I might use the figures for black powder)

For my SYW all my units are made for dual purpose of might&reason honours of war with black powder being the 3rd choice)

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 6:59 p.m. PST


It depends.


UshCha30 Dec 2017 4:59 a.m. PST

E unless the game being considered falls out of the range the original was desighed for.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 2:15 p.m. PST


waaslandwarrior30 Dec 2017 2:36 p.m. PST


For our ancient games we've been using Warhammer Ancient Battles, Armati, Clash of Empires, DBA, Basic Impetus and Hail Caesar.
And maybe I've missed some.

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

D/E, with a bit of C and B
Mostly I have one given set of rules for a specific genre/scale/scope of game and unless my opponent has a ruleset they really like I'll stick with my favorites. Once in a while I'll have a second set of rules that I might play for a different play experience or different level of crunchyness.

As and example my 28mm fantasy triumvirate for Warband/Platoon/Company battles is Song of Blades, Dragon Rampant and Kings of War. However, sometimes I'll play Frostgrave instead of Song of Blades as it gives a very different feeling game, a couple of club members like it and it has a bit more (though not much) crunch.

Also, I occasionally play Runewars in place of Kings of War. This allows me to game with folks at the FLGS even though I know eventually Runewars will die and I'll continue to use my Runewars army with Kings of War thereafter.

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