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15 Jul 2019 10:48 a.m. PST
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Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 8:28 a.m. PST

What are your favorite rules, for any era, any setting? By that I I just mean a simple "all things being equal, I'd rather play X than anything else."

Texas Jack17 Dec 2018 8:47 a.m. PST

Without a doubt Bag the Hun.

BillyNM17 Dec 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

Pony Wars! Best fun ever.

kallman17 Dec 2018 9:02 a.m. PST

Well the answer is, "It depends." Right now I would say my favorite is The Men Who Would be Kings. It checks off all the boxes for large skirmish Colonial Era and even Pulp that I would like to game.

boggler17 Dec 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

AK47 the original version

Winston Smith17 Dec 2018 9:31 a.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

Oh, drat. Depends on time, opponent and just flat what I'm in a mood for. Let me throw out several to make sure they get included in the poll:
Ancient/Medieval/Fantasy: DB series, especially DBA and HOTT for small castings and Mersey series, especially Lion Rampant and Dragon Rampant for larger ones.
Horse & Musket--Wessencraft Corps Level for small castings and Charge for Dummies or Charge! for larger ones
Age of Rifles: On to Richmond. Maybe Stonewall Brigade.
Colonial: TSATF.
Modern/SF Ogre for smaller castings.

Yes, I know: nothing I'm really happy with for modern/SF skirmish or even really WWII stand=platoon. But I haven't given up yet.

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

Sword and the Flame

Personal logo SBminisguy Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

WW2: NUTS (Skirmish), PanzerKorps (Divisional)
Ancients/Dark Ages: Dux Britanniarum

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

Rules According to Ral

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 10:37 a.m. PST

Depends on if I am hosting or playing – but generally any of these 4

Sword and the Flame
Fire and Fury
Died for Glory
Cavaliers and Roundheads

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

Neil Thomas


To the Strongest

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian17 Dec 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

Wesencraft Rules
Full Thrust
Battleground (by Regiment games, not Easy Eight)
Firefight (Alternative Armies)
HomeGrown pulp rules for pulp Sci Fi

arsbelli17 Dec 2018 11:02 a.m. PST

To the Strongest!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

Fantasy/Ancients/Medieval Grand Tactical: Warmaster
WWI Air: Wings of War/Glory
Spaceships (Fleet combat): GOBS!
Spacefighters: X-Wing, 1st ed.
SF armor: Ogre

Really don't have any other "rather play X" rules for tabletop genres, though I do have some "rather not play Y" rules I can think of!

KSmyth17 Dec 2018 1:16 p.m. PST

Anything Daniel Mersey, pretty big fan of Fire and Fury.

Calico Bill17 Dec 2018 1:17 p.m. PST

One Hour Wargames

slugbalancer17 Dec 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

mad monkey 117 Dec 2018 1:44 p.m. PST

Tercio: Liber militum, and the expansion Kingdoms.
By Fire and Sword.
Savage Worlds.

Have to say I'm having fun with Age of Sigmar and A Song of Ice and Fire mini game.

Oppiedog17 Dec 2018 1:46 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 2:12 p.m. PST

Bloody Barons, Ga Pa, Maurice, Sail and Steam, Chain of Command, What a Tanker, To the Strongest, Dirtside II, Gruntz, Full Thrust. These are a few of my favorite rules.

Dn Jackson17 Dec 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

ACW – Johnny Reb – really has the feel of the period
Colonial – Sword and the Flame – just FUN
Fantasy, Old West – Home brew

rmaker17 Dec 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame (and variants)
Yellow Ribbon (still the only Indian Wars rules where Indians act like Indians).

BrockLanders17 Dec 2018 3:51 p.m. PST

Love Fire and Fury brigade rules for ACW

Lascaris17 Dec 2018 4:00 p.m. PST

Bloody Big Battles!,
Et Sans Resultat,
General Quarters 3

Pretty much 90% of what I game these days is one of those 3.

Toy Soldier Green17 Dec 2018 5:49 p.m. PST

Home Mod of Pz8 Division Level Second World War Rules
One Hour Wargames

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 7:30 p.m. PST

For 19th and 18th Century massed battles the soon to be released A Gentleman's War.

El Nato17 Dec 2018 7:56 p.m. PST


mghFond17 Dec 2018 8:59 p.m. PST

Depends on the era really.

But Bloody Big Battles, Pikeman's Lament, and To the Strongest get the most play from me.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2018 11:48 p.m. PST

For 19th century rifles type games its "Charge of the Light Brigade."
For 18th century muskets its Fife and Drum miniature rules. Easy to learn, fun fast game and very adaptable.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2018 3:06 a.m. PST


Axebreaker18 Dec 2018 3:12 a.m. PST

Chain of Command, Maurice, Sharps Practice, Black Powder, Impetus and SAGA.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Dec 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

QILS, but I designed it to be that way, so … yeah.

Space 1889 and THATF inherently lead to fun games for me.

MechWarrior (and all the clixy games, really) has some nice non-linearity built in at basically no cost to the player, which makes for a lot of fun, too.

tomrommel118 Dec 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Dragon Rampant and all rules based on these

wrgmr118 Dec 2018 9:09 a.m. PST

Shako 2.

skedaddle18 Dec 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

SAGA, Blue Max

Chuckaroobob18 Dec 2018 12:11 p.m. PST

Disposable Heroes, TSATF.

Bismarck18 Dec 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

TSATF and variants, Disposable Heroes.
same as Chuckaroobob, but different order of preference!

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2018 12:50 p.m. PST

Napoleonics – SHAKO 2
ACW – Regimental Fire & Fury
WW2 Platoon level – Fist Full of Tows 3
WW2 skirmish – Bolt Action
Modern Warfare Platoon level – FFT3
WW2 Naval – GHQ Micronaughts
Age of Sail – Heart of Oak

abelp0118 Dec 2018 1:15 p.m. PST

Sword and the Flame
Bolt Action

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

ACW – JR II, On to Richmond
ACW Naval – Age of Iron
Colonial – TSATF
Wild West – Desperado, Desperado II
WWII Skirmish – Wally Simon's(can't remember the name)
WWII Armor – Tank Charts? (last played in the 80's so not sure of the name)
AWI – The British Are Coming, Loose Files

But, as many have said, it is the players and not the rules the majority of the time that make for a good game.


Cavcmdr19 Dec 2018 4:01 a.m. PST

King of the Battlefield 18th century rules
- Played regularly since 2002.

Others include
Dragon Rampant
Soppy Fokkers
WH40k 9thEd v grandson

Aethelflaeda was framed19 Dec 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

Bloody broadsides
Blue max
Bolt Action tweaked

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2018 5:34 a.m. PST

Carnage & Glory II

Fitzovich23 Dec 2018 5:39 p.m. PST

The Sword & The Flame
Limeys & Slimeys
Fast Play ACW

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