Robert's Rules of Warfare

Brief Description This flexible game system allows players to recreate most pre-gunpowder historical periods. An Action system determines whether a unit can do what the player intends. Rules for morale and leaders are also included. Formulas allow players to design their own troop types. Optional fantasy rules allow gamers to invent stats for new troop types or monsters; there are also rules for wizards and heroes. Includes description of painting techniques.
Period Pre-gunpowder, historical or fantasy.
Scale When using 25mm figures, each figure represents 20 men; in 15mm scale, one figure = 10 men. No ground or time scale is given. (As the designers explain, "Ground and time scale is of course fudged; this is an abstraction after all.") As an example of unit size: in 25mm scale, two stands (8 figures) compose a Roman maniple.
Basing Base size is a function of unit type and chosen scale (15mm or 25mm). In 25mm, bases are:

  • 60mm x 30mm -- medium foot, 3 figures
  • 60mm x 20mm -- heavy foot, 4 figures
  • 60mm x 40mm -- light mounted, 2 figures; heavy mounted, 3 figures; battle platforms, 1 platform plus 2 runners
  • 30mm x 30mm -- skirmishers, 1 figure
  • artillery bases are 60mm wide and as deep as the figure requires
In 15mm, the same bases are (in order):

  • 40mm x 20mm
  • 40mm x 15mm
  • 40mm x 30mm
  • 20mm x 20mm
Contents 43 pages of rules, in binder.
Designers William D. Postell and Bob Stock.
Publisher Fourth edition (1996) available from Bob Stock.

A detailed description of Robert's Rules of Warfare is also available.

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