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Anton Ryzbak04 Aug 2023 4:23 p.m. PST

The Thursday morning 6th Ed game is up and posted on the blog. An almost historical fight between the Catalan Company and Early Crusaders link


Erzherzog Johann05 Aug 2023 11:04 p.m. PST

I don't agree Bean Sidhe. Cool name though :~)

I liked 6th Ed. I felt that 5th had run its course and was glad to leave behind "standing orders" documents and the like. My brother's "Ancient British Panzer Division" and his Early Byzantines worked well in 5th. I don't recall them being significantly better in 6th. For me it was 7th that irrevocably broke the WRG system.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2023 10:06 a.m. PST

It looks like some long-serving soldiers on that table.

Anton Ryzbak07 Aug 2023 11:37 a.m. PST

79th PA, yes there are! some of those minis have been in my collection since the late 1970's

Dagwood08 Aug 2023 10:00 a.m. PST

I agree with Erzherzog. Neither Ancient Britons nor Byzantines have ever been particularly successful under WRG rules. Not like Phil's Late Romans ! But these were reduced in power by Phil's own Army Lists.

Johnp400023 Aug 2023 3:58 a.m. PST

Hi Anton, a great game, I also liked your Marian Roman civil war game, I think I can copy those lists and try out that battle.

Anton Ryzbak23 Aug 2023 7:10 p.m. PST

I am currently painting my way through a pile of all the Roman foot that I posses. In the future at least I won't have to use other minis to play the army.

Maxshadow30 Aug 2023 4:56 p.m. PST

I finally think I've settled on the rules I'm going to use for my new ancients campaign. Then up comes this WRG 6 report and I start reconsidering. :)

Anton Ryzbak30 Aug 2023 6:29 p.m. PST

Decades ago I ran a campaign game using 6th Edition (it was brand-new then) It posited an pseudo-historical empire based on the Byzantines against just about everyone else. The barbarian opponents were individually less powerful but were substantially more dangerous as a group.

The Byzantine player had his hands full balancing the disposition of his forces, expansion into valuable areas and defending the borders. There were some epic battles and sieges, tragic defeats and heroic victories. Everyone liked the granularity of the rules; attrition could be expressed in actual figures rather than "that unit gets a minus one in combat" and losses carried over from one battle to the next.

We had great fun for most of a decade, you will have to be ready for some book-keeping however.

Erzherzog Johann31 Aug 2023 5:46 p.m. PST

I took over running a campaign in 6th ed too. In fact it may have begun in 5th. We had a map of the Mediterranean divided into Roman provinces. Various hexes outside the Empire were known only to the owning player and were barbarian entry points. Each army was just recorded in points. I changed it to record actual armies etc. It was fun, but the tendency of the Romans to immediately attack each other showed that we needed rules that encouraged Romans to work together until they'd plotted a proper revolt ;~}


Maxshadow04 Sep 2023 7:03 p.m. PST

Sounds like a lot of fun Anton. Its a pity it predated blogs etc that could have recorded the history in photos.
Hi Erzherzog,
my campaign will need at least two "Babarian Entry points" and I was wondering if you can remember how the game treated such things as pacification, clients etc?

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