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Stalkey and Co26 Apr 2022 5:20 a.m. PST

What is your "must-own" solo wargaming book and why? Many are back in print, including Featherstone's, but there are some I've never heard of.

I intend to use them mainly for horse and musket or medeival land battles, but I do some WWII and such naval wargaming [and some naval wargaming in space].

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reviews!

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Apr 2022 5:58 a.m. PST

Grant's 'Programmed Scenarios for Wargames'

Stalkey and Co26 Apr 2022 6:05 a.m. PST

Tempting – there is one for only $219.00 USD on Evil-zon…

arthur181526 Apr 2022 6:37 a.m. PST

I'd second the Grant Programmed Scenarios book.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2022 8:45 a.m. PST

The Solo Wargamers Association Lone Warrior Web-site has a section of reviews of classic wargaming books


which includes a number of specifically solo books.

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And yes, Programmed Wargaming Scenarios is the most useful!

Caliver Books currently have a copy on Amazon for £35.00 GBP

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2022 9:30 a.m. PST

Stalkey, you can always pay three figures for a book on Amazon if you want to, but never think a single offer there represents the usual market price. People post stray books at anything up to maybe $300 USD and change--hoping for a tech gazillionaire, I think.

Check Antiquarian Book Exchange. Talk to regular wargame suppliers. Call Foyle's if you're British. I don't think there's a wargaming text since The Tin Army of the Potomac you can't get for under $100 USD, and usually under $50 USD--but not always the first place you look.

Stalkey and Co26 Apr 2022 10:32 a.m. PST

@ Robert
You have an e-dress for Antiquarian Book Exchange?

Shame that John Curran doesn't re-publish the title.

@ 20th Maine
That looks very helpful, thanks!

Red Dragon 4426 Apr 2022 12:35 p.m. PST

Programmed Scenarios was republished in a 2nd edition by Partizan Press / Caliver Books. On the Caliver Books website new for £29.50 GBP.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2022 12:52 p.m. PST

Seems they're now the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.

Porthos27 Apr 2022 7:00 a.m. PST

Here is another interesting site for second hand books:

Stalkey and Co29 Apr 2022 5:50 a.m. PST

Scored a copy of Programmed scenarios from a pal.

Thanks for the recommendation, looks interesting.

MrWargaming07 May 2022 9:49 p.m. PST

Check out William Sylverster's "Solo Wargaming Guide". What does a fantastic job complain when everything you need to know in a succinct manner. If there's a great job on that movement, and how to translate that movement to the tabletop. It doesn't have a lot of details, just some general guidelines, when it comes to things like naval campaigns, air war campaigns. And fantasy campaigns.

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