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Anton Ryzbak16 Jul 2022 10:06 p.m. PST


An old buddy of mine challenged me to a fight using these venerable rules. Not one to back down from a fight I took him up on his offer. Some real Old-School fun was had! link

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 4:46 a.m. PST

A good read, the old WRG was my favourite set of rules until the advent of 7th made me hide in a corner.

Your description of the troop types and picking your army reminded me of a Sumerian army I scratch built back then; hordes of D, MI, LTS, front rank shielded, archers and a couple of units of decent troops. Like your Chinese it maneuvered like a house brick but could absorb enormous punishment.

Reading your AAR has made me dig out those old rules for another look.


DOUGKL17 Jul 2022 11:11 a.m. PST

Our group still plays them. I have played other more recent rules and have enjoyed the games, but have not had an experience that makes me want to invest and teach the others how to pay. It looked like a good time was had. Thanks for sharing.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2022 4:54 p.m. PST

Well said about the 7th Edition KorsunO. Sounds like a great stroll down memory lane for the game. Many happy, and some unhappy ones, were passed by those rules.

Darrell B D Day18 Jul 2022 1:37 a.m. PST

You may have just struck a chord for me, also. I never expected to play Ancients again or, indeed, any game except small skirmish stuff. But the sight of your old school board was enough to get me thinking. Maybe my Achaemenid Persians, Carthaginian's, 3rd Century Romans and Vikings may see the light of day again.

The joys of armies separated by hundreds, even thousands, of years going toe-to-toe seems to have disappeared from wargaming. I'm enthused although for me, it's 5th Edition.


Dolphinless18 Jul 2022 3:03 a.m. PST

I used 6th edition a lot & then a little 7th back in the 80s. I had a very large Late Imperial Roman army……max numbers of everything that the list allowed.
after a 30 year wargaming hiatus, I've very recently got into DBA & have re-based all of my 15mm LIRs for DBA & now have about 60 elts.
TBH, I think I enjoy DBA more than 6th edition- simpler, faster & not too much micromanagement. Also, fast to build other armies….so now also have Gauls, Huns (mercenaries re-based from my LIR army) & am quickly building a Persian army…. all done in 2 months

sgt Dutch Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2022 5:19 a.m. PST

Great AAR Anton. I always thought your cavalry was armed with bows? Rob krause destroyed army with bow fire from Byzantine army.

Anton Ryzbak18 Jul 2022 8:52 a.m. PST

sgt Dutch, the Byzantine cavalry are 1/2 bow and 1/2 lance making them less than spectacular at shooting OR charging, plus the close order infantry can pack in loads more shooters on any given frontage. The extra armor doesn't help against crossbow armed opponents either. This will be the last time I let The Housemartin pick which army I am running

sgt Dutch Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2022 11:48 a.m. PST

Oh, you got conned again by the Housemartin. I remember his super French that could move from end of the table to other in a turn. This is the problem with WRG. You can game the army, not play that the real army that would of fought the real battle….lol

Erzherzog Johann18 Jul 2022 1:40 p.m. PST

I've yet to hear of a rule set that you can't 'game' if you put your mind to it. It's all about the attitude you bring to the table.


Stalkey and Co29 Jul 2022 6:41 p.m. PST

Nice! You just need glossy green unflocked hills and you will be 90% Old School! Just match the bases to the same color, coat liberally with gloss, do not flock anything, and you will get 100%.

I believe I sold all my WRG rules at a 'con a few years go – guy bought the entire set and all the army list books.

Erzherzog Johann01 Aug 2022 5:32 p.m. PST

My WRG 5th – 6th Ed terrain was matt green, and my figures were flocked, initially with sand.


pikeman66611 Sep 2022 10:14 a.m. PST

Nice to hear that you had a good time with good company. I began the hobby with ancients and 6th edition and was ready to quit by the time 7th was released and that sealed it. Sold my collections and switched periods and rules and never looked back.
I'm back in ancients again after a very long time. It's taken awhile to recover!

Anton Ryzbak12 Sep 2022 12:44 p.m. PST

Often I find that the company is more important that the rules are

von Schwartz ver 230 Sep 2022 7:14 p.m. PST

Anton – I'll give an "AMEN" to that!!

TobiasKing05 Oct 2022 9:29 p.m. PST

WRG 6th edition was my favourite rule set, maybe I shall dig out my old copy and have a simpler game again

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