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Friday, 29 September 2017
All that Glitters.
Well yesterday John and I took part in a titanic struggle involving the armies of John Churchill and The Sun King.And what a battle involving 7 brigades each. The rules we used were our old favourites, Volley and Bayonet by Frank Chadwick. They were originally published in 1994 and although they were updated recently we still think the original rules were the best.
Twenty three years is a very longtime as regards wargaming rules and given the alarming regularity that new rule books appear you would think that something better would have come along in that time.
After yesterdays battle I seriously think not. The game contained everything that I want in a wargame. Tension, the chance to actually attempt some cunning plan and no need to constantly consult the copious pages of a large rulebook.
Granted the rule book lacks eye catching photographs of miniatures. It is has a soft cover, and consists of 20 pages that contain the simple rules written without jargon.The rest of the book is taken up with scenarios of large battles from various periods. So its perfect for wargamers like me who just want to get on playing with their soldiers and thrashing the enemy.
There is no filling, no fluff just good honest common wargaming sense. Something that is increasingly missing from the current slew of very expensive rulebooks, with the odd exception.
As for the actual game. Well for the first hour or so I really thought that I was going to achieve an overwhelming victory only to see my ridiculous dream melt away as my British died manfully.I was lucky at the end to achieve a draw. So after the game I was truly knackered and had a blazing headache and left thinking, if only...............
Now that is why I love wargaming. And remember all that glitters is definitely not gold.