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Maxshadow11 May 2018 6:40 p.m. PST

Or are there similar rules aimed more specifically that give better game?

Dynaman878911 May 2018 7:07 p.m. PST

If you like BA for WW2 then it should do just fine for earlier conflicts. I'm thinking of using it for Modern battles.

TFL's "Through the Mud and the Blood" covers WWI more specifically but I'm not wanting to open up a TFL vs BA debate. Only putting it out there as a more specific option not a better one.

Wargamer Blue11 May 2018 7:11 p.m. PST

PDF link

Here's a link to the unofficial WW1 rules. They are pretty good.

Maxshadow11 May 2018 8:18 p.m. PST

Thanks for the Link! I'll have a look at reviews for the two TFL games.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 5:00 a.m. PST

We're thinking of trying it out for the Spanish Civil War

MajorB12 May 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

Bolt Action is so bland, it'd probably work for any period from the start of the 20th century onwards.

Shedman12 May 2018 8:01 a.m. PST

We have used it for 1890 North West Frontier, 1914 WW1 and Sci-Fi.

We also gave it a run out for the Wild West with 1 dice per figure

MarkAMorin Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2018 7:25 p.m. PST

I think that you should try Combat Patrol. It's been used for many different eras, and it holds up with minor modifications. Much more realistic than Bolt Action rules.


monk2002uk13 May 2018 7:09 a.m. PST

Bolt Action is absolutely fine for WW1. We have had some super games. Fun, exciting, and quite capable of simulating combat from the period, both early and late war. Recommended, especially if you are familiar with the rules already and/or there are other players in the club/nearby that play WW2 BA.


Ceterman13 May 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

I used the Gajo WW1 rules for my H-Con 17 game & I along with my play testers & asst GM's & all the players really thought they worked well. Highly recommended.

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