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Whirlwind12 Mar 2016 3:58 a.m. PST

I like Horse, Foot and Guns. I have played them for a few years new and felt that they generally gave a good, enjoyable game and highly suitable for solo play. I have been playing a playtest version that was put out on the Yahoo! Group for free. I understand that a version was incorrectly put out on Lulu and this has been amended, but this (correct)version is the playtest version. Why has a playtest version been put on sale? Or is this now the final version? I had thought that Phil Barker was working on completing HFG at the moment – does this mean the final version of HFG will follow this published playtest version in (relatively) short order?

Durban Gamer12 Mar 2016 4:22 a.m. PST

Agreed. The key question is whether there have been any actual changes in the last year to create a new edition. Or is the book version the same as the previous electronic version?

MajorB12 Mar 2016 5:11 a.m. PST

Why has a playtest version been put on sale? Or is this now the final version? I had thought that Phil Barker was working on completing HFG at the moment does this mean the final version of HFG will follow this published playtest version in (relatively) short order?

The only person who can answer those questions is Phil (or maybe Sue). Currently they are not forthcoming.

Dexter Ward12 Mar 2016 5:25 a.m. PST

It's the current version; there have been no recent changes. It is a playable set of rules.
I doubt the final version will appear for a couple of years at least.
So you can have a playable version now, or wait for the final one.

Whirlwind12 Mar 2016 7:33 a.m. PST

So you can have a playable version now, or wait for the final one.

I do have the playable version now, I downloaded it when it as downloadable. I use it for some of my horse & musket era wargames e.g. link I am happy to buy the final version when it is released. I am puzzled as to whether the current intention is that you buy a playtest version that was freely available and then – at a date TBC but potentially quite soon – buy the completed version?

lkmjbc312 Mar 2016 10:43 a.m. PST

My understanding is somewhat incomplete… but here goes…

The current LULU version is version 1.05… It is basically the playtest version with no meaningful changes… (there are some changes in the "thank you" section and in the notes).

This version was posted to LULU by mistake. It should have been version 1.1. Phil and Sue are correcting the mistake and shipping the real 1.1 to buyers at no charge.

The true 1.1 should be on LULU in the next few weeks.

I am unsure of the exact changes contained in 1.1. I am sure that they are not large or many.

So, 1.1 is for those who want to play HF&Gs with a nice printed copy of the latest rules. It is very inexpensive and of decent quality.

Phil is working on version 2. It will refine the system and expand it to cover to 1920 or so… (WW1 and the aftermath). There is no news on the time frame for version 2.

Joe Collins

Shardik12 Mar 2016 1:59 p.m. PST

Are there any versions (new or old) available for free download? I wouldn't mind having a look at them

MajorB12 Mar 2016 2:57 p.m. PST

You'll find some earlier versions in Yahoo Groups:
link

Shardik12 Mar 2016 3:34 p.m. PST

thanks MajorB

Markconz17 Apr 2016 5:56 p.m. PST

Any Napoleonic game reports of this out there?

Whirlwind22 Apr 2016 1:10 p.m. PST

I've done one here: link

Kudren11 May 2016 4:33 a.m. PST

Dexter Ward said

"It's the current version; there have been no recent changes. It is a playable set of rules.
I doubt the final version will appear for a couple of years at least.
So you can have a playable version now, or wait for the final one."

Does Phil have a couple years left in him? As he must be in his 80's now

Markconz12 May 2016 6:06 p.m. PST

Hey thanks for that Whirlwind! Great stuff.

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