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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Oct 2023 9:52 p.m. PST

Slingshot issue 347 includes an introductory article to wargaming the Early Medieval period ("Dark Ages"). The author recommends the following rules, which is your preference?

Ravenfeast (free download)
Lion Rampant (Osprey)
Hail Caesar (Warlord Games)
Age of Penda
Dux Brittaniarum

(or add your own favorite)

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2023 11:38 p.m. PST

May I add Peter pIg's LONGSHIPS. 9th Century Europe.


Not just a lump fight.


TonicNH10 Oct 2023 1:24 a.m. PST

Probably Dux Britanniarum for me as it gives a good narrative game and provides commanders with decisions to make (even in a shieldwall fight) mind you so does Age of Penda, Glutter of Ravens and Andy Callan's venerable Dark Age Infantry Slog

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2023 2:44 a.m. PST

Hail Caesar

advocate10 Oct 2023 4:10 a.m. PST

Dux Bellorum (also by Dan Mersey) as a specific set.
James Morris is developing a set called Midgard that looks interesting (it includes fantasy elements that can be ignored). If it's ready within 6 months might make the poll!

kevin smoot10 Oct 2023 4:59 a.m. PST

I'm a fan of all these rules. I would also add Crusader by Crusader Miniatures.

LPGallagher Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2023 5:29 a.m. PST

My favorite is Baron's War by Footsore Miniatures, their supplement, Conquest, does a great job with the "dark age" period.

OSCS7410 Oct 2023 7:10 a.m. PST

Ravenfeast and Saga for me.

Khazarmac10 Oct 2023 3:39 p.m. PST

Field of Glory and MeG.

Legionarius10 Oct 2023 8:02 p.m. PST

Dux Bellorum is very good for small to medium battles. And of course To the Strongest for big bashes!

Saxondog12 Oct 2023 12:13 p.m. PST

I play 1,2,3,and 6…..enjoy thm all

The Last Conformist13 Oct 2023 2:04 a.m. PST

I guess Saga wins by default, it's the only one of those I've played.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2023 1:28 p.m. PST

DBA and Hordes of the Thing (pure historical) are what the local group uses. We have done many Age of King Arthur games with these two.

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