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I Drink Your Milkshake05 Apr 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Trying to figure which one of these fatigue based rule sets would be a little easier to learn and play.

Any thoughts? I own GdA, never seen OTH.

nsolomon9905 Apr 2018 4:43 p.m. PST

They both have real merit. You can play either and get a great experience of Napoleonic wargaming with very modern, contemporary mechanisms.

The OTH Rule book really needs a re-write and re-organisation. Needed the influence of an experienced editor before they released it. But the core OTH rules work very well indeed.

GdA reflects David Brown's experience and the rule book is a much easier read. Flows well, better layout, easier to find things. GdA also offers a really great game.

Both are at the pinnacle of current Napoleonic wargaming offering lots of period flavour yet a game that plays out in an evening or an afternoon rather than needing a whole weekend.

Just my opinion.

I Drink Your Milkshake05 Apr 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

So GdA reads better yet they both are fluid and fast.

I Drink Your Milkshake05 Apr 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

One thing i like about OTH is a lower starting fatigue? After a hit or two you can track with a d6. While i know GdA units can pile on over a dozen.

Spooner605 Apr 2018 7:38 p.m. PST

Hmmm, I am a big game of GdA. I am intrigued so might pick up OTH just to see what's up. Our group love GdA so I won't change but I like to read good rules.


Spooner605 Apr 2018 7:41 p.m. PST

For GdA I like the command system with the use of ADC. The close charge flow is really cool. Charges are decisive even if you don't have Melee. The close to contact roll is cool. Lots of results. I like how it treats Town blocks, we even have had multi town block fights that the game feels right.


steamingdave47 Inactive Member06 Apr 2018 3:10 a.m. PST

I own both, played OtH many times; read GDA, it's still on the shelf. Says it all as far as I am concerned.

grecian1959 Inactive Member06 Apr 2018 5:55 a.m. PST

I'm the same – purchased both GdA and OTH and read through them
Both. But to date I have only gamed OTH. It flows well with period feel for me for its preferred Div v Div size battles and you get a hang of the rules quickly . So it's OTH for me

grecian1959 Inactive Member06 Apr 2018 10:17 p.m. PST

Plus my head focus was freer on gaming less charts less dice rolls and variables plus I'm a notoriously bad dice roller but in OTH low rolls aren't a bad thing

adymac265007 Apr 2018 7:19 a.m. PST

Hi Quinton and I have, shall we say, learnt a lot since Over the Hills was first written , we now have full editorial support that is being put to good use with our American Civil War rules (Over Malvern Hill) and American War of Independence rules( Rise and Fight Again/ Over Bunker Hill) due out soon. We are also putting Over the Hills through a rewrite as well

cheers adymc

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