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Tango0125 Jun 2020 10:14 p.m. PST

"These rules for gaming the War of 1812 originally started out as a set of rules for The American Revolution by Jim Purkey at Fife and Drum miniatures. These are offered free on his miniature site. I liked them, and made a few changes to better reflect the new time period. In addition I have posted a few clarifications and additions here to how we play the game. They provide a really fun and fast game. Since playing these rules I have had lots of wonderful games and great fun. My title for these rules, "Mr Maddison's War meets Fife and Drum" reflects the negative image the war had among many Americans. In addition I often use these rules for American Revolution games with my friends who do not care for Loose Files…"



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FusilierDan26 Jun 2020 3:56 a.m. PST

This is a great blog. Well worth following.

Durban Gamer26 Jun 2020 4:32 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed. Thanks for posting!

JimSelzer26 Jun 2020 5:16 a.m. PST

could one use these to fight a europeon game ?

BillyNM26 Jun 2020 7:15 a.m. PST

Have you tried the Cousin Jonathan rules on 'The Perfect Captain' web-site they are free so nothing lost if you don't like them. Perfect Captain rules are often delightfully different to most – the Wars of the Roses set is the only one I've tried which gives a different feel to anything else I've used.

Tango0126 Jun 2020 12:43 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it boys!. (smile)


Hitman26 Jun 2020 12:44 p.m. PST

Have you tried Red Coats and Warhawks by Battlefield Game Designs? It is a skirmish rule set as well as regular size force game. Here is the website:

arthur181527 Jun 2020 2:19 a.m. PST

Sounds interesting, but there's no way I would spend so much money on a set of rules!

Tango0128 Jun 2020 9:21 p.m. PST



epturner Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2020 11:26 a.m. PST

I use the Gettysburg Area Gamers (GAG) Rules.

It's pretty generic and requires the GM to add flavour, but works pretty darn well for what I want in an 1812 game.

My other go to is Ross Macfarlane's The Square Brigadier for 1812 from his blog Battle Game of The Month.

Always gives me a good game.


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