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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 Oct 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

In what year did you play your first Ancients tabletop miniatures game?

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2018 7:51 p.m. PST

Sometime in the 70's.

Winston Smith17 Oct 2018 7:52 p.m. PST


KSmyth17 Oct 2018 7:56 p.m. PST

1978--Milgamex Ancients. Wonder what happened to those rules?

Forager17 Oct 2018 8:39 p.m. PST

1976. I was 14. "Legion" rules. Played Republican Romans against Carthaginians in a game hosted by the Indiana University wargaming club. It was also the first miniatures wargame of any kind that I played with other gamers. Also played a WWI naval game using "Seapower" rules. Had a great time that day!

Personal logo oldbob Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2018 8:42 p.m. PST

1970,wrg 2nd edition,I believe.

Cyrus the Great17 Oct 2018 8:44 p.m. PST


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2018 8:55 p.m. PST

1977, an ancients variant of the Le Kriegspiel rules.

Cacique Caribe17 Oct 2018 9:07 p.m. PST

I was 11 yrs old, which would make it 1976.


dragon617 Oct 2018 10:15 p.m. PST

1971 WRG 3rd ed

Winston Smith17 Oct 2018 10:42 p.m. PST

Even the players are Ancient!

JimDuncanUK17 Oct 2018 10:42 p.m. PST

1972 using Slims Ancient Rules.

I still use them now and again.

pogoame17 Oct 2018 11:03 p.m. PST

1973 WRG 4th edition

advocate17 Oct 2018 11:05 p.m. PST

In the 70's.

Whirlwind18 Oct 2018 12:20 a.m. PST

early 2000s.

Green Tiger18 Oct 2018 12:29 a.m. PST

Table top?-So bedroom floor doesn't count – proper, first, with actual not made up by me rules and an actual opponent – 1999.(For the other kind 1978- but not really any in between)

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 12:35 a.m. PST

Late 1960s, although strictly was played on the floor, with plastic bricks representing soldiers. Thermopylae. :-)

John Edmundson18 Oct 2018 12:40 a.m. PST

1976 WRG 5th. Never did get around to writing up a set of standing orders . . .


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 1:13 a.m. PST

Mid to late 70's used a set that covered ancients thru WWII by Lou Zocchi I believe, can't remember the name of the rules.

Winston Smith18 Oct 2018 1:13 a.m. PST

Standing orders.
I still feel guilty about that.

Dave Gamer18 Oct 2018 2:01 a.m. PST

Around 1978-79 – at a gaming convention in Lockport, NY (outside of Buffalo). Universal Soldier rules.

Lucius18 Oct 2018 2:12 a.m. PST

1990, Tactica. Brought me back to gaming post-college, and converted me from D&D, all in one shot.

skinkmasterreturns18 Oct 2018 2:52 a.m. PST


langobard Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 2:52 a.m. PST

WRG 6th. Funny, I remember the rules, but not the year :)

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 2:57 a.m. PST

1978, Ancient rules in CS Wesencraft "practical wargaming".

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 2:59 a.m. PST

Whenever WRG 3rd came out.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 3:35 a.m. PST

Somewhere about 1965 or 66. Can't remember what the rules were but they club played a lot of the LWS rules at the time.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 3:40 a.m. PST

With Airfix figures in the early '70s. Then again when DBA came out.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 4:15 a.m. PST

1974, WRG.

myxemail18 Oct 2018 4:38 a.m. PST

I have been gaming close to fifty years, and I do not ever recall playing any ancients.
Medievals, yes, but no Ancients. I have bought and read some rules, but have never bought any Ancients figures nor used anyone else's. Looking back, I feel so…. empty


Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 5:24 a.m. PST

1978 WRG

khanscom18 Oct 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

Tried a small skirmish with WRG 5th in the mid- 70s as a change from fantasy/ancients using Chainmail man-to-man combat rules but that wasn't very satisfactory. A few years later played a few serious games using Megiddo to Mortgarten rules.

RudyNelson18 Oct 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

1977 WRG

Red358418 Oct 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

If we mean 'proper' game (as opposed to made up rules on the bedroom floor) then 1979/80 using WRG 6th edition at Glasgow and District Wargames Society (I lost!)

TMPWargamerabbit18 Oct 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

Fall 1975 with WRG 3rd edition. But the brain seems to remember battles of plastic Airfix Romans vs. Briton barbarians several years ago, on the tabletop, before the formalized WRG 3rd edition play.

Lascaris18 Oct 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

Miniatures it would 1986 with WRG 7th. Donnington miniatures republican romans vs Carthaginians.

eddy195718 Oct 2018 8:29 a.m. PST

1989 WRG 7th Edition

John Leahy18 Oct 2018 9:43 a.m. PST

Using Miniatures 75-76. Boardgames early 70's. Toy soldiers the late 60's.

Rich Bliss18 Oct 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

1985. WRG 7th. Took me 10 years to try again

Chazzmak18 Oct 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

1975. WRG 5th I believe. First "official" rule set. Prior to that, 1955. my grandfather had a small corner store. Sold cigs, coffee, and pop. I collected the bottle caps, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Gurds Ginger Ale, etc. I had hundreds of them. Would crash the Coke army into the Pepsi army, and whichever ones flipped over (cork side up) were casualties. I was 5 !

pvernon Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Some time in the late 1970s/ early 80s – "Art of War"

LtJBSz Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

1975 or 1976 at Gencon, recall the figures were Airfix plastics.

Cacique Caribe18 Oct 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

FusilierDan: "With Airfix figures in the early '70s"

Wow, I now remember. My first armies were all soft plastic (1/76 Airfix) Ancient Britons and Romans. And all my paints were Testors.

LOL. Talk about a bad material-paint combination, specially for an 11-year old kid just starting out!


forrester18 Oct 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

Like not a few others, in the 70's with WRG and Airfix.

I also found it got a bit samey as sooner or later there would be an attritional slog where the close order HI Romans would inevitably chew up the LMI Airfix Britons. I remember all that record keeping of "real" casualties.

Although I expanded the Romans with metal figures, interest dwindled as I wasn't able to move onto other Ancient periods without going all-metal which wasn't an option then.

RobBrennan18 Oct 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

1986 7th Ed WRG Vikings vs Saxons.
Painted some armies but did't really play lots until I discovered DBM in 1997.

KarlBergman18 Oct 2018 8:32 p.m. PST

1973, WRG

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 8:35 p.m. PST


Started boardgaming ancients with SPI's Armageddon probably in 1976. The miniatures rules of the time were all horridly complex for my tastes. I stuck with SPI PRESTAGS series boardgames up until DBA game out in 1991.

I did a single game of WRG 6th sometime after that came out in the early-mid 80s. One game of that was more than enough for this lifetime! I probably did some Airfix Romans v. Britons games using The Rules According To Ral in the later 80s.

Let's say 1984 for 1st and only WRG 6th game.

1991 for actually jumping into the period with miniatures and DBA.

Walker9119 Oct 2018 12:51 a.m. PST

1977/8 WRG 5th edition, the good olde days

Fat Wally19 Oct 2018 2:18 a.m. PST

1978/9 WRG

arsbelli19 Oct 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

1976, LEGION by Al Margolis.

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