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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 11:05 a.m. PST

Is there a campaign game (either miniature or board game based) that you have found works well for generating battles in the ECW?

The only one I'm currently familiar with is "For God, King, and Country" which I have not played.

Thanks for any tips.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 12:31 p.m. PST

What about a GMT game like Unhappy King Charles?

MiniPigs11 Aug 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

Ive heard good things about "The King's War", "Unhappy King Charles", "Cruel Necessity" and the PC game by Matrix Game, "English Civil War" link

I havent played any of them because I dont play ECW but I was looking for something similar for 9 Years war and was doing research for something close to that period.

oldnorthstate11 Aug 2019 4:06 p.m. PST

You would have to do the research but the Carnage and Glory computer moderated rules allows you to fully integrate a campaign with tactical, tabletop wargaming.

If you found a boardgame that covered the region you wanted to campaign over and perhaps had the historical OB's you needed, you could utilize the Carnage and Glory system to run the actual campaign, which would generate the tactical battles that you would play out then return the units to the campaign system and continue. There is a seamless interface between the strategic and tactical.

See website for more details…

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2019 4:11 p.m. PST

Thank you all. I'm a big GMT player and I totally missed "Unhappy King Charles".

It looks like a fun game in its own rights but at $100 USD it's pricey just as a mini campaign game.

MiniPigs, thanks for the game suggestions. I'll check thOsť out.

MiniPigs11 Aug 2019 5:06 p.m. PST

$100 USD? How about free?

Get the pdf rules from the geeks:

Then get the game from the Vassal Wiki and play it on your PC without having to lay the map out on the table.


WKeyser12 Aug 2019 2:48 a.m. PST

You can also get all GMT rules for free on their site.

Wilf12358 Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2019 4:08 a.m. PST

I also would suggest The Perfect Captain's Tinker Fox & Battlefinder as an ECW campaign game:



MiniPigs12 Aug 2019 5:41 a.m. PST

I've looked at the perfect Captian rules and battle generators and some of the components are interesting. It does seem like some of the campaign rules are overly complex for miniatures gamers.

When I think of a campaign game for miniatures, I think of a simple set of rules that can be used as a foil to give meaning to tabletop games and not a labor in and of themselves. Although I think the Perfect Captain Maps and game generators are invaluable, the campaign systems seem like too much work and frankly, good luck getting two people to devote the time to understanding the rules.

The same can be said of the ECW games mentioned above but at least they can mostly be played on VASSAL which tidies up one's life.

Did you print out the counters yourself or get them printed somewhere?

I plan to use Warriors of God's HYW game for a sort of Henry VIII deals with the French and the Scots precisely because it is elegantly simple.


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