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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Oct 2022 12:40 p.m. PST

Which Colonial-era rulesets would be among the Top Five that gamers play? (Not including naval rules.)

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 12:54 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame are right up there as well the Men Who Would be Kings

You can use Black Powder but I think it is more suited to European or North American type battles

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 12:56 p.m. PST

TSATF and Battles For Empire 2.

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 1:18 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 1:28 p.m. PST

TSATF and Colonial Adventures (based on the ability that it is designed for solo play) are my go to sets.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 1:29 p.m. PST

The ones that I play are "The Sword and the Flame" primarily and just getting into "The Men Who Would be Kings."


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 1:48 p.m. PST

TSATF (800 Fighting Englishmen)
Battles for Empires
John Company
Never Be Taken Alive

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Oct 2022 2:01 p.m. PST

Soldiers Companion (Space:1889)

alan in canberra10 Oct 2022 2:28 p.m. PST

Sharp Practice has given us some enjoyable African jungle and Maori War games and now has a Sudan variant I am looking forward to trying out.

MajorB10 Oct 2022 2:41 p.m. PST

The Men Who Would Be Kings

Bismarck10 Oct 2022 3:25 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 3:48 p.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 4:00 p.m. PST

We use A Gentleman's War.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 5:13 p.m. PST

The Men who would be Kings and Field of Battle for large games.



Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 5:47 p.m. PST

1 thru 5 all TSATF.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 6:07 p.m. PST

Ditto on the sword and the flame. One game that has less popularity but is really excellent for small scale colonial games = Congo: Adventures in the Heart of Africa. TSATF Uses 20 men units, Congo uses 3 to 6 men units. Each player has 4 to 5 units. In multiple player games 3 to 4 units. While intended for Africa 1880-90, I have used these rules for games in Vineland with Vikings, skull island, pirates in Africa, 1690, Romans in Britain, and fighting in German east Africa during the great war. I am working on a scenario based on the book "Panzers in the mist: The German invasion of equatorial Africa;" there have been articles in wargames illustrated by Nick Buxley using the rules for games in the Amazon and India. Also, reports on the Facebook page for the game of prehistoric animal hunts, Jumanji, Tintin in Africa, fighting mummies in Egypt and a number of others. I recommend folks interested in skirmish colonial games at a low level to try it.

Sergeant Paper10 Oct 2022 6:28 p.m. PST

TSATF, Patrols in the Sudan, Colonial Adventures, a variant of Blood and Swssh, TSATF (again), and "really wish I could play it" Science vs Pluck.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 10:17 p.m. PST

TSATF, TMWWBK and Death in the Dark Continent.

Dexter Ward11 Oct 2022 1:03 a.m. PST

Congo, Death in the Dark Continent
Never found TSATF very good (although I played the original Yaquinto version with the strange casualty tables, not the newer one where you roll a dice per figure)

Captain Bob11 Oct 2022 1:05 a.m. PST

Battles for Empires

David Manley11 Oct 2022 1:18 a.m. PST

Battles for Empire or my own home grown set depending on my mood

rjones6911 Oct 2022 4:33 a.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame

Chuckaroobob11 Oct 2022 4:39 a.m. PST

The Sword and The Flame.

Major Mike11 Oct 2022 5:57 a.m. PST

Well, we gamed extensively with All the Kings Men. It was the land rules that went with my friend Bob Duncans Gunboat Diplomacy game. You can find both sets of rules for free at the HMGS-MidSouth FB page in the files section. link

Shark Six Three Zero11 Oct 2022 6:18 a.m. PST

TSATF, TMWWBK, Colonial Adventures.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2022 6:39 a.m. PST

Science vs. Pluck is a good game.

Battles for Empire looks like a good game, but I have never played it.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2022 8:41 a.m. PST

Locally we mostly play "Patrols in the Sudan".
Not a skirmish game.

You can see the detail of it here.


tschuma149811 Oct 2022 8:55 a.m. PST

The Sword and the Flame. Re-discovering it this past year. Built up forces for the Sudan and now Abyssinia.

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2022 10:07 a.m. PST

TSATF, TMWWBK and Death in the Dark Continent.

Lascaris11 Oct 2022 2:26 p.m. PST

Space 1889
Patrols in the Sudan
Soldiers of the Queen

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Oct 2022 3:11 p.m. PST

800 Fighting Englishmen (TSATF Battalion variant)

God Bless You, Larry Brom!

'Nuff Said.


Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2022 3:28 p.m. PST

The "Sword and the Flame" and all its variants.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine12 Oct 2022 3:08 a.m. PST

TMWWBKs all the way. I've always felt the sword and the Flames seems to be a favourite with our American cousins across the sea but I've never even seen it here in the UK.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2022 10:54 a.m. PST


Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2022 9:25 p.m. PST

Death in the Dark Continent.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2022 10:52 a.m. PST

Muskets and Tomahawks
Rebels and Patriots

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