Fans of the 18th Century, and imagi-nations in particular, have been asking me for some time to create a compilation of all twelve of my articles that first appeared in issues 1-12 of Battlegames. Well, here they are, with a new foreword by way of introduction, and I have also made all navigation links ‘live’ both for internal pages and to external websites where appropriate.
Aficionados of campaigns will also be pleased to hear that I have just started writing a new book, Wargaming Campaigns, which is intended as a follow-up to The Wargaming Compendium, my first book that was published by Pen & Sword almost exactly a year ago and which has turned out, much to my surprise, to be a runaway best-seller. Whilst the Compendium contains a full set of horse and musket era battle rules, Shot, Steel & Stone, as well as an introduction to campaign gaming, it does not contain the siege rules included here, which provide both ‘automated’ outcomes if you want to get quick results, but also full tabletop rules for a sapping slog if that’s what you fancy!
The episodic nature of the original articles make for handy chapters in this 35-page PDF (built for Adobe Reader 9 and above – here’s a link to Adobe if you need it).
- I: how and why the campaign was born
- II: early considerations of movement and weather
- III: an initial consideration of supplies and map-making
- IV: maps, glorious maps!
- V: writing campaign rules – natural resources and economics
- VI: creating your ﬁctitious armies
- VII: adding personality to your campaign
- VIII: involving personalities in your campaign
- IX: rules for ﬁghting the campaign
- X: simple rules for sieges, part 1
- XI: simple rules for sieges, part 2, and pontoons
- XII: tabletop siege gaming
Finally, those that follow my magazines will know that I have been raising money for the British veterans’ charity Combat Stress for several years now, so £1 from every copy of this e-book sold will be donated to them on a monthly basis via my JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/battlegames.
And finally, as a postscript, many thanks to all those purchasers who pointed out that there was a glitch with the link back to here from PayPal after making a payment, which has now (I hope!) been fixed. Please also note that the link for the download arrives in a separate email generated by the eShop software after purchase.