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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 8:15 a.m. PST

I had an inquiry form a customer regarding rules for these periods.

He is looking for rules similiar to On To Richmond in complesity, ie. fairly simple and fast moving. Since I don't game these periods I need help from those who do.

So, bring forth your suggestions.


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

Fire and fury has a variant for both periods each with differences


Son of MOOG27 Apr 2020 8:43 a.m. PST

The rules I use and absolutely love are called Chapultepec. They came from an old Courier magazine and are very much like On To Richmond with the variable morale charts. I feel they produce a very fun game and no matter how "screwy" some of the resulting situations play out on the table top I am always able to find a similar situation happening for real during the war.
That's my 2 cents, hope it helps.

Tom D

surdu200527 Apr 2020 9:31 a.m. PST

I think you can still get Santa Anna Rules (tactical) from On Military Matters or Wargames Vault. They aren't too difficult to learn and they were written specifically for this period.

Buck Surdu

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 10:04 a.m. PST

Historical BattleLines from ODGW covers both periods and is of similar complexity to On to Richmond:


RudyNelson27 Apr 2020 11:28 a.m. PST

We use our rules published in 1984 called GLORY. A man to man system.
As much a simulation as a game. So I would recommend a variant of TSATF for this generation.

Buckeye AKA Darryl27 Apr 2020 11:33 a.m. PST

I have Chapultapec in MS Word if anyone is interested. preds81.ds at

Fire and Fury is, I believe, an improvement upon On to Richmmond, so that might be the way to go.

Old MWAN had rules mods for the War of 1812 for Fire and Fury.

Ferd4523127 Apr 2020 11:41 a.m. PST

I wrote Chapultepec and I now use F & F since it simplifies my rule retention gaming 1776 to 1865. H PS Thanks Son of MOOG and Darryl

Son of MOOG28 Apr 2020 3:30 a.m. PST

Buckeye Darryl, I have sent you an email to request a copy of the rules.

Ferd45231, Just wanted to say thanks for the writing…..I really do love those rules and have been using them since first published in The Courier back in the early 90's. They have never failed to result in many smiles and good bouts of laughter (even if it was at the expense of my brave Mexicans!)

Tom D

coopman02 May 2020 6:49 p.m. PST

Which issue of The Courier were the "Chapultepec" rules in?

Buckeye AKA Darryl05 May 2020 5:20 a.m. PST

Gosh, I cannot remember. That entire year was Mex-Am themed IIRC. I want to say it was an orange cover.

I lied…checked my stack and I happen to have that one (at one time I had all of The Couriers, but sold them…still over the years I have collected more). Volume VIII, No. 6…blue cover with a French & Indian War illustration. Rules are on page 11.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2020 1:07 p.m. PST

I found my old copy of the Courier with the rules and I am going to give them a try. Previously, I have used Field of Battle (Piquet Lite) for the Mex-Am War, but I'm always looking for that perfect set of rules. Thanks for posting this thread.

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