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Gunslinger12 Mar 2019 10:13 p.m. PST

Hey Gang,

So I have been completely out of the loop of Old West Gaming for about the last 12 years or so. I am considering getting back into it and I was wondering what rule sets everyone would suggest for the following games:

Gunfight/Skirmish games where a player controls 1-3 figures.

Skirmish battle games for Indian v Indian and Indian v US Cav battles where players control a squad/band or more.



martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 2:47 a.m. PST


Hello Patrick
Here are a couple of links to show you around "Western" by Peter Pig. Also see "Western day" on the PP video list


Very interesting period of warfare. Worthy of gaming.
Don't forget that it is often a good idea to check what your potential opponents like, in terms of rule styles.

The PP rules have elegance, challenge and authenticity.
The "Western" period must have over 50 sets of rules that are applicable. So lots of choice!
Don't be swayed by anyone that tells you what is best. You choose.

Good luck Patrick.

Dexter Ward13 Mar 2019 3:21 a.m. PST

We find 'Dead Man's Hand' a great set of rules. Very cinematic, and lots of interesting player decisions

gbowen13 Mar 2019 4:49 a.m. PST Dracula's America and Dead Man's hand are at a similar scale and play nicely

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 6:20 a.m. PST

Gunfighters Ball by Knuckleduster is a lot of fun too!

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 6:45 a.m. PST

Also, Desperado(orignial edition).


chuck05 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Mar 2019 7:12 a.m. PST

Fistfull of Lead is great for skirmish games.

Heisler13 Mar 2019 7:23 a.m. PST

Here is a link to blogpost where I reviewed a number of rulesets for the Wild West.

Tommy2013 Mar 2019 10:49 a.m. PST

Another vote for Gunfighter's Ball. Quick, intuitive rules, and Knuckleduster's miniatures are the best!

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 11:38 a.m. PST

I have a free set which is suitable for using 1 to a few figures (see Law of the Gun, not to be confused with the rules published later by North Star) link

Striker13 Mar 2019 4:07 p.m. PST

I liked "The Rules With No Name" for small 1-3 figs/player games.

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

1 to 3 figures. Six Gun Sound – Devil's Elbow.

Here are some bat reps. BEST draw mechanics out there.





Paper Minis included.


And the page.

Lee49415 Mar 2019 6:21 a.m. PST

You might like my rules. Americas Olde West. You can learn more about them on website link below. We've played everything from OK Corral Gunfight to larger Skirmish actions such as found in the movie Major Dundee. Data are there to also play ACW skirmish actions. Enjoy!

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