Friday, 19 October 2012

Favourite Wargames Rules


With the recent 20Q posts about in the blogosphere fairly recently, started by Ray and Fran over on Don't Throw a 1 and The Angry Lurker, and various bloggers about have done their versions of the questions and all these have been very entertaining.

Being fairly late to these kind of things, I haven't got around to doing my own version (but may do at some point) but several of the questions do get the old grey matter going. One question in particular had got me thinking, namely, which was my 'Favourite Wargames Rules?'.

Now there have been many rule sets over the years that I've enjoyed using and many fond memories but once I'd thought about it I came to the conclusion that my favourite rules would have to be the first proper rule set I ever owned and used, namely 'Middle Earth Wargames Rules' written by SELWG back in 1976 and produced by Skytrex Ltd


The these rules were very much old skool and were of their day with lots of tables and factors for combat but even so they were a pretty quick set to play and filled a whole that needed filled in my gaming world at that point in my life. Having just read LotR for the first time a year or so earlier and discovered through my interest in modelling (a copy of Military Modelling, which sad to say I still own) a range of miniatures for Lord of the Rings (Minifigs Mythical Earth range for those of you out there old enough to remember such things) and it all came together when I saw these rules advertised soon after.

I quickly got into the whole wargame thing and haven't looked back since. I still have all the figures up in the attic hat I used and now I've got it in my head, I'm going to look them out and have a reminisce about innocent games of slaughter and mayhem.

I doubt that the rules would stand the test of time now and may be a bit too off piste to be re-usable but it's always good to look back at where you've been before you go forward.

I wonder if anyone out there remembers these rules too?

6 comments:

  1. I'll be honest I've never heard of them mate, looking forward to the Q20 someday, we're thinking about doing another set sometime!

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    1. I'll try and do 20Q before you do the next set Fran, but that'll be bound to be as popular as thw last.

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  2. Can't say I've heard of them, but I was only 8 in 1976! You'll be up in the attic digging the figures out and playing a small game with the rules before you know it! Its funny how your mind can be pricked by a subject and you just can't get it out of your head, drives me mad! As Fran said we may do another 20 Q it was very popular.

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    1. Your right about how little things can get you going and often build up into something huge, most of my projects over the years have been from small acorns. Look forward to your next set of questions amd the answers, always entertaining.

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  3. Nothing like a good set of 70s rules

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    1. You were bound to say that Dave :-)

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