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goneaway23 Jul 2002 4:36 p.m. PST

I swear I thought there was a thread on these rules in the medieval discussion Board but I can't find it when i skimmed down the topics...

SO, forgive me if this is old ground but what does everyone think about these rules? One of the past Presidents in our historical war games group used these at cons but it seems I always had a game running at the same time. 8^(


James Manto23 Jul 2002 7:53 p.m. PST

they're pretty fun. a buddy of mine is getting heavily into Pig Wars; buying Gripping Beast livestock to loot etc. The card based mechanics are different and equalize things for the peasants. i had two Viking hersirs taken down by a shepherd once... sigh.


csergeant23 Jul 2002 10:25 p.m. PST

Excellent set of rules. I have and use them alot. Switched to a D12 instead of the cards. Still plays the same, if not a bit faster.

doc mcb24 Jul 2002 5:08 p.m. PST

I've played half a dozen games with them. Godd stuff, and simple enough for big games and with lots of players.

Psycho Rabbit26 Jul 2002 11:33 a.m. PST

Who makes pig wars?

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2003 1:32 a.m. PST

Can someone tell me what 'skirmish' scale these rules are, about how many minis is optimal? And, what's the theme? Raiding? Is there a campaign system? I'm thinking of getting PW, but I've ordered too many rules sets that I was displeased with.

Severus07 Apr 2003 8:18 a.m. PST

The rules are fast and simple. As for scale, they are written for 25/28mm figures, organised into units of approximately 20 foot or 10 cavalry.

The rulebook provides an example of using the rules for fighting a large scale battle (Hastings), but the big strength of the rules is the ease with which a multi-faction game can be played. The multi-faction games involve many players, each with his/her own warband.

The usual theme for games is raiding, with victory points assigned to the amount of loot or livestock that has been lifted. It is easy to set up scenarios with different objectives, as shown by the sample scenario in rulebook. Alternate scenarios are available at different websites, including the Pig Warriors discussion group.

Pig Wars is definitely a 'beer and pretzels' type game. It sets up quickly, rules are easily explained to new-comers. Using playing cards instead of dice to resolve combat is a nice touch, you know that there are as many low cards in the deck as high ones.

The game doesn't include any formal campaign rules, you'd have to come up with those on your own.

Hope that helps,

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2003 5:31 a.m. PST

Yes, thank you!

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