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geudens14 Feb 2003 2:15 a.m. PST

As kindly announced by Bill in the "On the Internet" section, I have started to put the original documents of Tony's mythical "Hyborian Campaign" on my site This is a major effort that will take a lot of time (which I am short of), so the best thing is to check the site on a regular base. However, TMP's "message boards" provide us with another useful tool. Every time I have added some pages, I will post a message here.

Rudi Geudens

The Tin Dictator14 Feb 2003 6:04 a.m. PST


You are to be thanked and congratulated. Your efforts in this are really appreciated. At least by me. I love looking back on the old "pioneer" works.

The new guys could learn a lot from reading what was done back when you had to make up your own rules, cast your own figures, and then paint them yourself too.

Very inspirational. I look forward to seeing more.


altfritz14 Feb 2003 6:29 a.m. PST

Thank You, Rudi! Hyboria is one of my Inspirations! I'm looking forward to seeing some of the Hyborian newsletters. I used to read the Hyboria instalments in Battle! magazine and later in Military Modelling after they merged. To accomplish a similar campaign has long been a goal of mine!


Howard Fielding

CommanderCarnage14 Feb 2003 9:05 a.m. PST

A big Thank You!


RockyRusso14 Feb 2003 11:29 a.m. PST

Hyboria DROVE MECRAZY. I was following it in the mag. It inspired me to do my own version. I took Greg Bears famous Hyboria map, gridded it up into HUGE detail. Initially, I had 12 Denver area players starting off with a small provence with 2k points to spend and squabbling with each other. When people talke to people, I ended up with another 20 players mostly playing by mail from Salt Lake, Los Angeles, Missouri and so on. Some 20 years ago. I have not, since then, been able to get that big a game together agains.


deanoware14 Feb 2003 11:47 a.m. PST

Thanks for sharing the work with us Rudi. I look forward to seeing more!!

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2003 12:28 p.m. PST

thank you very much.

the hyborian campaign inspired my group to many a campaign

ah, the joy of hunting down the local helvetti with my plucky sassanid cavalry.

it was glorious...

Dan 05514 Feb 2003 2:25 p.m. PST

Thanks, as well.

I also remember following the articles in Battle mag. They inspired me to try creating my own campaigns, something that I've continued to do throughout my wargaming years.

Waterloo14 Feb 2003 6:24 p.m. PST

I only know of the Hyborian campaign from Tony Bath's book "Setting Up a Wargames Campaign". I am looking forward to your work. Thanks.


Tarleton18 Feb 2003 1:00 a.m. PST


What a project you've set yourself! Fantastic, I followed the tail end of Hyboria in Battle before it's sad demise and then in Mil. Modelling until they stopped putting it in. I started prepping a map of Nigeria for a csmpaign, divided it into " kingdoms ", worked out an army to base each on and worked out " Royal House " family tree's. Each family member had his or her own character etc., all done with cards as per Tony Bath's " Setting Up A Wargames Campaign ", Helluva Job but rather enjoyable ( imagining the problem's it's all going to cause for the player's! ).

geudens18 Feb 2003 9:31 a.m. PST

I've just added pages 3 & 4.


geudens21 Feb 2003 7:20 a.m. PST

There is a copy of Tony's "setting up a wargames campaign" on offer on Ebay now:

Jon the Great10 Aug 2003 4:51 p.m. PST

Tony Bath's book was a great inspiration to me. If it were not for him I would not have painted all the miniatures I now have, so I could run a simular campaign myself. Any way it got me into campaigning which is a major wargaming interest of mine.

Rudi I look forward to seeing your web site.

Jakar Nilson10 Aug 2003 8:16 p.m. PST

Wait... You're still ALIVE?

Spectralwraith16 Aug 2003 12:32 a.m. PST

Tony Bath is definitly one of the greats. He and Gygax introduced me to the hobby. It would be a fun read to see how the campain progressed over the years as I have only read bits and peices of it through Battle Magazine and "Setting up a wargames campaign book"

What ever happened to Tony Bath?

Jakar Nilson16 Aug 2003 8:19 a.m. PST

He passed away in... 2000? 2001? Can't remember. If I'd have known more about him at the time, I surely would have remembered the date...

Paul Vinton13 May 2015 8:46 p.m. PST

Twelve years later…

I can't find any updates on the site, were there any more things put up somewhere else?

Maxshadow13 May 2015 11:30 p.m. PST

Not initially seeing the dates I got excited.

Dark Fable14 May 2015 2:23 a.m. PST

used to read his Hyborian campaign articles in Battle magazine when I was a kid – would be very interested in seeing more. I remember how captivated I was by this

WillieB14 May 2015 8:09 a.m. PST

I'll prod Rudi a bit when I see him. He's retired now but spending a lot of time in his holiday home in Hungary.

williamb14 May 2015 7:59 p.m. PST

WillieB please do. With flatbed scanners it should be possible to post Tony's writings.

Paul Vinton15 May 2015 9:39 p.m. PST

I have all the Military Modeling magazines where the campaign was covered. Plus the four preceding Battle magazines, but not the first six that started out the series by Tony. Really need to find those somewhere!

It's like starting a book in the middle……

(Phil Dutre)19 May 2015 2:19 a.m. PST

Many of the stuff on Hyboria has also been reprinted in the "History of Wargaming" project by John Curry.

Paul Vinton22 May 2015 10:52 a.m. PST

Went there but didn't find it,

Put "Hyboria" in the search engine, it came up with Tony's book. Am I looking in the wrong spot Phil?

Yesthatphil22 May 2015 1:11 p.m. PST

Phil Dutre may have meant this compilation co produced by John Curry and the Society of Ancients: there is quite a bit of Hyboria stuff in it …

Hope that helps

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smog monster07 Jun 2015 5:37 a.m. PST

Reading this campaign back in pre history when I was a teenager was the thing that got me into the hobby, I loved it. So much so that I kept all the mags and when the computer age dawned I copied them onto the old hard drive. I could send a copy to all that would like, however my computer skills are iffy to say the least, I may need help getting them to you.

Kenntak07 Jun 2015 7:31 a.m. PST

I have "Setting Up a Wargames Campaign." I have always thought that was a fantastic book.

Hampshire Hog17 Jul 2015 3:22 p.m. PST

I was part of Tony's wargame group and actually fought some of the battles from the Hyboria campaign. Good old days.

williamb17 Jul 2015 9:27 p.m. PST

The campaign had a newsletter called "The Shadizar Herald" It would be interesting to have those available to read.

Enakan20 Nov 2017 5:14 p.m. PST

Smog Monster?

If your skills have improved I'd still like to see those fantastic reports from the magazines. Back on here after retirement and moving, hit me back if this is good for you!

Great War Ace20 Nov 2017 7:56 p.m. PST

OP: That doesn't seem to have amounted to anything. A pity.

williamb21 Nov 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

I don't have the ability to send private messages at this time. If someone reading this thread could contact smog monster and ask him to respond?

williamb22 Mar 2019 9:38 a.m. PST

This is the link to the pages on the OP's site for Hyboria

SleepyDragon07 Jun 2020 3:31 a.m. PST

The Tiny Tin Men site has some helpful resource:

williamb08 Jun 2020 7:19 a.m. PST

SleepyDragon, thanks for posting the link.

Maxshadow15 Jun 2020 6:47 a.m. PST

Amazing links Williamb and sleepydragon.
The full history! Gold mine.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 8:07 a.m. PST

I have a copy of the Society of Ancients rules publication for sale if anybody is interested.


Handsome Jack10 Dec 2022 1:45 p.m. PST

My father, Rudi Geudens, who passed away last year, started this thread in 2003 claiming he would publish Tony Bath's original Hyborian documents on his website. Unfortunately he never came round to it.
I came across the original manuscripts earlier this week when cleaning up and I thought it fit to keep my dad's promise for him.
The link below takes you to the first part: "A History of Hyboria – Vol.1" by Tony Bath. Enjoy!


Erzherzog Johann11 Dec 2022 8:11 p.m. PST

This'll be a great resource.


pfmodel12 Dec 2022 12:22 a.m. PST

Thanks, this is very interesting

Glorfindel77714 Dec 2022 10:06 a.m. PST

Handsome Jack. I was very sorry to hear about the death of your father. My condolences. Thank you for your work to publish these documents – very much appreciated.


Maxshadow16 Dec 2022 8:02 a.m. PST

Sorry to read of your loss Handsome Jack. But what a wonderful tribute to your Dad.

Handsome Jack27 Dec 2022 1:45 p.m. PST

As promised: the 2nd part of the A History of Hyboria manuscript can be found here:


Handsome Jack27 Dec 2022 1:54 p.m. PST

Stay tuned because there's more to come.

Maxshadow24 Jan 2023 5:44 p.m. PST

Thank you Frederik! I look forward to reading this.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Jan 2023 6:49 a.m. PST

Thank you

HistoryWargaming31 Jan 2023 10:34 a.m. PST

Copyright of Tony Bath's material is now with the Society of Ancients. I published the book on his wargaming campaigns with their permission. I will publish a book on the great Hyborian Campaign and have lots of Tony Bath's unpublished material.

HistoryWargaming01 Feb 2023 4:51 a.m. PST

Handsome Jack, may I ask you to get in touch with me?

with thanks my email address is on my website link

Maxshadow01 Feb 2023 2:34 p.m. PST

Thats great news Historywargaming. I look forward to getting a copy.

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