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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2021 11:30 a.m. PST

I watched little wars TVs latest game using the Ruthless rules. It was pretty interesting, so I was wondering if any TMPers have actually played a game using these rules yet. I would have already done so but I have zero appropriate figures, before I take the plunge and get some old west stuff it would be nice if someone would give me feedback, thoughts on what they think of these rules.

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2021 1:15 p.m. PST

Ruthless seems to be an OK set of simple tactical skirmish rules. I don't think they are any better than a lot of other sets out there, but they do have a couple things going for them. First, they are FREE. Second, I think the real enjoyment will come from the mini-campaign guides that are coming out. The first one that I picked up is loosely based on the film ĎA Fistful of Dollars." You can find it here:


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2021 6:48 p.m. PST

Thank you for the link, I am aware of the scenario books. They are based on a fistful of dollars spaghetti western and the other is Custer's last stand. What I am looking for is feedback from actual play of the rules and the people who played it general thoughts were. If need be some flats can be done by my printer, just to play a game to try the rules but I hate paper flats, ick. Just from reading them and watching the episode of Little Wars TV they seem fast and fun. Which ticks my Old West gunfight boxes.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2021 10:13 p.m. PST

Bashytubits, if iRuthless doesn't take many figures, em4 has two prepainted sets of 5 each that are not bad tabletop quality paint jobs. I bought both sets because I wanted something that I could play with right away. Usually I enjoy painting my own, but these worked out okay.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2021 11:32 p.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up, I will check that out. Well the ones I liked were sold out(Darn it), probably will go blue moon 18mm to save some dough. I was distracted by the cheap plastic ACW guys but I resisted that temptation, low prices are a siren song to me.

mad monkey 118 May 2021 7:04 a.m. PST

Check out the Wofun Games western flats.

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2021 1:48 p.m. PST

It appears the rules are free, and brief – both of which I love! The scenarios booklets are not however and are 25 bucks per. Doesn't really go into too much detail on what is in them that justifies a 25 dollar price.

Should really look into finishing their website too; as it is still 3/4 template they used to build their site and looks schlocky.

But I can't wait to play a game with the rules!

MrZorro26 May 2021 1:21 p.m. PST

Yes, I tried them a couple of times. They are fun and fast. I still like Dead's Man Hand better. They are working on a WWII set of rules, I suppose with the same criteria, fast, bloody and fun.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2021 5:03 p.m. PST

Fireball Forward has been around for a while. I also want to try Ruthless. If the scenario books were 10 bucks I'd buy both. Just hard to justify 25.00 without knowing much about them. I am a LBH kind of guy. I just don't see how scenarios can be done with small scale battles in this BIG one. I would love to be very wrong!



viking6231 Aug 2021 9:43 p.m. PST

I am Just about to start with Ruthless…I'll let you know….

panzerjager05 Mar 2023 5:20 a.m. PST

Ruthless is great! It is easy to make your own scenarios. Give your hero and villian(s) a couple of attributes and away you go!


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