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Personal logo Baccus 6mm Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:


…a boxed set containing a set of rules, two complete armies organised for those rules, full colour painting guide, colour flag sheets, all the bases you need and scenics…

…what a good idea. I must try that one day…

All right, yes I have already done this. In fact my Napoleonic boxed starter set has been exceptionally popular to the extent that the accompanying Polemos rules set has gone through its print run. It's been sold to an awful lot of newcomers to the period and quite a few coming over from the dark side. In fact I'm getting such a demand for them that I'm still selling them even without the rules.

Yet for some reason Baccus never seems to crop up on the, 'Why doesn't anyone do a boxed starter set', threads to seem to emerge on a regular basis as an example of this being done.

The 2nd edition rules will be available from September, so next time someone moans about a gap in the market I've got just the thing.

In the meantime, I've got similar boxed starter sets for ECW, WSS, GNW FPW and very shortly ACW. No shortage of options for any of you to suggest to a newcomer.



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Writing in Historical Miniature Gamer magazine, Don Perrin sets out the requirements for a Napoleonics ruleset for beginners:

I believe that to entice new players to the table, you need a sexy, colorful ruleset that is set at the battalion level. It has to be quite easy, and not focus too hard on the details of each battalion, but more on the game aspect. Flavor is more important than accuracy, in this sort of game. It has to capture new players' imaginations.

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