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Marshal Mark17 Aug 2014 3:25 p.m. PST

Two recent reviews of Sword & Spear Ancient & Medieval Wargames Rules:

Nick at Glory Eagles D L'Empereur writes:
"The author's intent was to create a set of quite large scale wargaming rules that play quickly and focus on the outcome rather than get bogged down in detail…. Having read through the rules and having now played a short test game, I can attest that it is pretty quick to play, and easy to pick up too. We had a couple of questions on rules, but the author is very quick to respond to questions on the forum he's set up for the game, and most of what we weren't sure on were easy to rectify using common sense…..The rulebook itself is set out well enough, with the usual assortment of photos of wargaming figures and quite a few helpful diagrams. The text is nice and legible too……The rules end with several scenarios that can be used in place of the usual pitched battles (which you can still do if you prefer that), and a rudimentary index that covers most of the things you need to know.
All in all, I enjoyed our game, and will be doing a demo at the club soon (several others have already bought copies too). I like the combat mechanic immensely (it's really quick in practice too), and we got a game in within 2 hours including explanations and set up ….. Sword and Spear gets (my) recommendation. Try them for yourself and see what you think. "
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There is a follow up AAR here

From Adventures in Painting Miniatures:
"Overall, I have to say I'm impressed with the rules. They seem to generate a fun gaming evening as there seems to be a lot of tactical choices and decision points in the game…. the rules are written in English and not a bad version of that, and have some interesting tactical aspects which make the game flow very quickly, yet keep both players engaged in the action….. I have to say the terrain placement, scouting and deployment are much better than say Impetus but not as complex as FOG so a great compromise to me of effect vs. complexity…… As another comment on the rules I have to say I like that skirmishers can evade in these rules, but it's not a guarantee, unlike many ancient rules. The fact that they can fail to evade is more realistic than the nearly invulnerable skirmishers in many games. Again this makes the medium and heavy troops the kings of the battle which they were. ……overall it was a fun game ….and the game even with us learning the rules took less than 2.5 hours to complete. This set still does not replace DBA as my favorite game for ancients at present but I am impressed so far."
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I've summarised all of the reviews so far on my website here:

Also there are now over 20 battle reports on my forum, ranging from biblical through to hundred years war.

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