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normsmith25 Apr 2008 7:49 a.m. PST

I have Armarti II but before I collect and base 2 armies to meet the list requirements, i wondered if anyone who has played both Armarti and the new Impteus could comment on which they felt was better.

My armies will ultimately be Egyptian/Hittite, Roman/Barbarian and Wars of the Roses.

losart25 Apr 2008 9:10 a.m. PST

If you have already the armies you can try Basic Impetus (that is free), though it is not Impetus.

Correct to say that I'm the author of Impetus but I really think that with chariots it is more fun with my set.

This is a review on Impetus, anyway

PDF link

wrgmr125 Apr 2008 9:20 a.m. PST

Our Group of 13 members plays a lot of Armati II, we've never played Basic Impetus, so I really can't compare.
Armatii II is a great ruleset.
We had a game last night, double sized Greek and Macedonian armies. The Macedonians won.

Who asked this joker25 Apr 2008 9:43 a.m. PST

Who sells Armati II these days? I have looked for it and can't find a US retailer. :-/

John Leahy25 Apr 2008 9:50 a.m. PST

Wargames used to carry it or you might try On Military Matters.



Stealth100025 Apr 2008 10:01 a.m. PST

I cannot find it for sale anywhere in the UK. I liked Armati. Anyone know how I can get hold of a copy?


Who asked this joker25 Apr 2008 10:33 a.m. PST

BGG has nothing listed on Ebay or their market place. On Military Matters does not have it. Warweb has only Advanced Armati. Was it a short print run? The game (2nd ed) is only a couple of years old.


Rich Knapton25 Apr 2008 11:17 a.m. PST

losart, that review was terrific and am inclined to pick up a copy of Impetus. However, I have downloaded Basic Impetus. How much of a feel for Impetus will Basic Impetus give me?


losart25 Apr 2008 12:15 p.m. PST

Basic Impetus is a starter, but most of the concepts are there. Add a 30% in more rules, the rest is clarifications, diagrams, examples, pictures. The result of course is a quite different game, but with a similar DNA.

Also the English translation of Basic Impetus has been made more quickly and we are working at a revised version of BI (in all languages) to be released by mid June, still free of course.

If you are searching for a game that is not chess like, that is more "emotive", "visual" and "dynamic" and that is pretty "unpredictable" ( = more fun in my opinion), you should give Impetus a try.

wrgmr125 Apr 2008 1:17 p.m. PST

Imperial Hobbies in Richmond, British Columbia carries Armati II.

normsmith25 Apr 2008 3:43 p.m. PST

Tony, I got Armarti from either Caliver of Duncan of Wargames Illustrated – I can't remember whic – whilst at a show.

Losart – thanks.

vtsaogames26 Apr 2008 11:57 a.m. PST

An Armati unit and an Impetus base are pretty much the same thing. The only ral difference is some Armati units can form up deep. If your stuff is mounted for DBX you can switch from one to the other easily.

Stealth100026 Apr 2008 12:30 p.m. PST

Thanks normsmith. I will check them out.


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