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Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 9:57 a.m. PST

As we continue towards TSATF/40, Christy and I were talking about movies and "What if…" Suppose Dad had written a screenplay for a film, not a set of miniature rules, back in 1979? That would mean in the 40 years since there would have been……24 sequels and/or prequels. Taking this a bit further, I complied a list of current rules:

The Sword and The Flame (TSATF)
TSATF Scenario Portfolio 2000
TSATF Scenario Collections
TSATF Scenario Portfolio 2016
Eight Hundred Fighting Englishmen (battalion level)

TSATF Variants
The Sword & The Pike
The Sword, Cross & Gold
The Sword in Palestine
The Sword in Mexico (1863-1867)
The Sword in India (1857 1858)
The Sword in the Philippines
The Sword in Canada
The Sword Gone to Texas (1836)
The Sword in the Forest (1754-63)
The Sword in N. Africa
The Sword in Gaul
The Sword to Adventure
The Sword to Adventure Close Combat
The Sword in the Caribbean
The Sword and Secession
The Sword in East Africa
The Sword in the Savannah
Flames in the Punjab (Sikh Wars 1845-46)
Frogs in Space
Every Man a Briton

Other Rules
Chassepot & Needlegun
A Glint of Bayonets
The Reconnaissance Rule (module for Chassepot & Needlegun and A Glint of Bayonets)
The Lost Cavalry Rules (module for Glint of Bayonets)
Before I Was a Marshal, I Was a Grenadier
The Sound of the Guns
Disperse, Ye Damned Rebels
With Ol' Gimlet Eye
Bugles, Boots and Saddles
K-Bar and Bayonet
To the Gates of Peking

Fast-Play Rules (for big battles at conventions)
Bring Up the Guns
Of Czars and Sultans (module for Bring Up the Guns
M1's and Arisaka's
By Battalion Volley Fire
Black Flags and Bayonettes

Rules by Brom

TSATF and variants total 24, and non-TSATF rules total 17, for a grand total of 41 rules since Dad was asked by Craig Taylor to "write a set of wargame rules for beginners". It's a legacy he was very proud of and many thanks to all who have contributed and continue to contribute as we hit the big 4-0. TSATF is indeed a group effort.

Bismarck28 Aug 2019 10:28 a.m. PST


It would have been a tragedy to lose all those games, but talk about some great screenplays. You just about would need to own a movie studio to produce all of them. I would take one dvd of each!!
So glad Larry wrote rules instead. Hope you and Christy are well.

Looking forward to TSATF 40.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

I would guess that this is probably one of most comprehensive rule sets that covers the most "territory" -- from ancient Romans and Gauls to futuristic space combat and just about anything in between -- of any rule set.


coopman28 Aug 2019 3:36 p.m. PST

Larry provided his fellow gamers with the tools to make our own screenplay every time that we play a game. I don't think that he would have wanted it any other way.

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 4:12 p.m. PST

Lori et all, coopman nailed it!

What an utterly amazing collection of rules sets and variants. I've played and own just about every one of them. Larry's screenplays have been turned into many an awesome adventure.

Sgt G

Ragbones28 Aug 2019 4:15 p.m. PST

+1 to coopman and SgtGuiness.

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 7:00 p.m. PST

Sword and Flame made GREAT game of the Wind and Lion .. Larry was a great director..


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 7:15 p.m. PST

Many hours of pleasure in research and gaming

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2019 9:54 p.m. PST

I thought every game WAS a story ? grin

MinBiz29 Aug 2019 7:01 a.m. PST

The Sword Everywhere… a 100 part series.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2019 8:19 a.m. PST

Lord, the HOURS of pure gaming pleasure, fun and
friendship Larry's efforts brought and still bring
to many of us !

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2019 7:01 p.m. PST

To me, a wargame, especially one using TSATF, is like a screenplay (the scenario) where the players are the film editors. Many thanks to your dad for providing us with such a rich variety of scripts!

williamb30 Aug 2019 10:30 a.m. PST

Another science fiction variant played at a recent club meeting. The Laser and the Flame.

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