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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Apr 2018 6:42 p.m. PST

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the current crop of rulesets? Where 10 is totally satisfied, and 1 is totally dissatisfied.

I Drink Your Milkshake26 Apr 2018 7:27 p.m. PST

10….better than 20-30 years ago! Playability has trumped "realism" for the better.

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 7:51 p.m. PST


mad monkey 126 Apr 2018 7:56 p.m. PST


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 8:37 p.m. PST

"Current crop?"
I'm playing a set of rules that's at least 10 years old.
Why do I need to try the new stuff?

rmaker26 Apr 2018 8:49 p.m. PST

Like Winston, I'm playing with my old rules.

Yellow Admiral26 Apr 2018 9:26 p.m. PST


To be fair, I haven't tried *everything*. I think that would be a lifetime project – there are now more Napoleonics rulesets than players.

- Ix

langobard Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 12:31 a.m. PST

The 'current crop' stipulation is interesting. I play Black Powder for battalion level games and Age of Eagles for brigade games. I guess both of these games are actually starting to get a little long in the tooth (AoE being an offshoot of Fire and Fury) but since both are still available for purchase, I guess that makes them current?

Either way, I can't think of anything that I want more from Napoleonic gaming, so going with a 10.

PzGeneral27 Apr 2018 2:56 a.m. PST

I guess that if your satisfied with the rules your playing, regardless of age, the answer would be high, i.e. 8-10.

If you're still looking for that certain something, the answer would be low, i.e. 1-3.

For me, it's a 9. I have Black Powder and Field of Battle.

redbanner414527 Apr 2018 3:34 a.m. PST


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 4:06 a.m. PST

10. The set of rules I use is also over 10 years old.

John de Terre Neuve Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

I have enjoyed several rulesets that have come out in the last 10 years, so I would assign a 9.

I am particularly enjoying General d'armee now which I think is 10 out of 10.


oldnorthstate27 Apr 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

10…playing with the current version of a rules set that has been actively played for at least 20 years.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 8:06 a.m. PST

9 for the most part and the rules are 50
years old.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 10:13 a.m. PST


1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 11:13 a.m. PST

Where is my clue stick painted in different colours for the bounce through?

I Drink Your Milkshake27 Apr 2018 12:05 p.m. PST

No pre measuring billsfan

ancientsgamer27 Apr 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

9, General D'armee looks really ace. ESR looks interesting.

Snappy Nappy, Blucher and DBN for more abstract games. March attack also looks interesting.

It would be 10 if 80% of us would settle on one set.

Going to try Napoleon at War again. And would like to try Age of Eagles at some point.

corona66 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 7:07 p.m. PST

General d'Armee is the best Napoleonic rule set I've played in 40 plus years of playing. A great combination of decision-making, luck and good-looking games.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

Way back in the day I played Frappe. Then went to Empire. Then AoE. Just bought SHAKO 2. Just looking for something we can actually play that has a resemblance to Napoleonics. And a game we can actually finish. I guess on the scale of 1-10 I'm a 7.

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

Probably 8 or 9. ESR took the promise of 'Legacy of Glory' and made it reality. Still love some 'Napoleonic Command'. 'March Attack' gives a nice game. 'Blucher' and 'Snappy Nappy' are great for what they are trying to do.

But I will always have a soft spot for 'From Valmy to Waterloo', 'Fire & Steel', the old E.E.L. rules. Just don't have days anymore to play them.

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