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Friday, 23 September 2016

Rule Books, 'housands of them.'

 Well another Confederate regiment reaches completion, this time I opted for the 33rd Virginia, although apart from the flag and the odd dark blue uniform, the figures could represent any rebel unit I suppose.
 I have got myself into a productive place again and I must admit that there is a lot of enjoyment from painting figures that aren't too regimented. I am not up to the frequency of production that is happening in the wargame rule writing world, but still I am getting things done.
 Regarding the latest spate of rule books being released at what is now a weekly rate I am a tad confused. Not all of these books can be producing new ways to play wargames, and certainly in my opinion most seem to be more about revamping earlier rule systems that are still pretty good to play without shelling out more cash on them.
 I dont mind a bit of figure eye candy in a rule book, in fact that is one of the reasons I will actually pick them up so that I can admire the figures, but is there a demand for so many £30+ hardback books, I dont think so.
  In the early 1980's, we used to produce and sell a set of Napoleonic 6mm rules written by John, for the princely sum of one pound, that could probably make the transition to a hard back production with 28mm images attached, so if there is any would be company out there looking for some rules to transcribe into a mighty tome, please drop me a line, [ but dont tell John, so I can keep the advance]
   I hardly think producing a large hardbacked book, with maybe 20 pages of rules, padded out with a potted history of the said period, and then some images that usually dont help explain the mechanisms can be called good value.
I find it amusing that some companies, having realised that all historical periods have been done to death by rules have now started releasing £30+ rule sets for what if, and near future periods, again with the compulsory eye candy, of their latest ranges etc. Would it not be better just to fess up and call some of these new rule books catalogues of miniatures and leave it at that.
Personally, I think Osprey have got it about right, although I will push myself to buying the odd Blackpowder add on now and again, remember 'all that glitters is not gold.'
 So with that bit of sage like advice I will leave you.

7 comments:

  1. I agree I said ages ago that Pike and Shot were just a catalogue for Warlord as just about everything they produced was to be found in each of their 'army lists'. Must be accurate though......

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  2. More nice rebs, I've got pike and shot and blackpowder new I'm pretty sure I didn't pay full price for either of them and hail caeser second hand I buy more of the Osprey rules because they are pretty reasonably priced , if I don't like them it doesn't matter that much I'm even tempted by the men who would be kings, even though I have nothing for the period!
    Like you said, they've got it about right, having said that I don't mind buying the odd pike and shot supplement every now and then,you don't have to buy them.
    Best Iain

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    1. Iain,
      Youre correct, its all personal choice, and you dont have to buy any new rules. What I dont understand is if the rules you are already using are good, why change them.

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  3. Your Rebs are looking the business, very nice 👍

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  4. Could not agree more Robbie. The lack of any truly novel or innovative mechanisms in most 'new' rule sets really gets my goat. Along with freely plagiarising what has gone before without even the slightest mention, let alone recognition, of the source of inspiration or rules that have been 'lifted'.
    Of course, it is the wargamers who are to blame. If so many did not line up for the latest 'shiny thing' such simple churning of vacuousness padded with eye candy might cease!
    Rant over (you'll be please to know, haha!!)

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    1. Good rant James,
      By buying all the new rule books we are just encouraging more stuff that isn't needed.

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