Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A Prudent Course of Action

I should know better, I really should. Trying to juggle two sets of rules (one of which is quite demanding, the other less so) means that I seem to have been making very slow progress with both. I have therefore, decided to abandon one set for the time being - simply because I have an extensively tested and suitable set available to use in its place. I am dropping the land based set for use with the blocks as I will need to spend a reasonable amount of time on them - not so much on the drafting as on the testing. This is time that I do not have readily available. My efforts will be concentrated on the naval rules I am tinkering with for the time being and so my 'Plan B' is to use Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame Rules for the latter 19th century. I had planned to use these originally before I had the idea of producing my own set so all I have done then is to reset the gaming clock by a couple of weeks.

The time I have spent on my own land based rules has certainly not been wasted and I have learned several valuable lessons from the process, lessons that will stand me in good stead when I go back to them in due course.

Bob Cordery's rules can be downloaded from the following: http://www.users.dircon.co.uk/~warden/portable_wargame/ and there are also some very useful optional rules suggested by various gamers to add to the basic set.

I fully intend using these rules for the ACW river project, the Balkan Wars and possibly for some of the WW1 sideshows.

Well that has cleared the creative decks somewhat!


SteelonSand said...

"aaaaand breathe....." - it was always going to be a lot to take on, working on all these rules at the same time - a guaranteed way to tie yourself up in knots - so kudos on the decision to clear the air and in the short term at least, take the path of least resistance to the gaming table - either that or all the trips up and down to your Gaming Lair have worn you out..... :-)

BTW, thanks for the links to Mr Corderys rules - I've been toying around with some hex-based ideas for small scale scifi myself, so they will form an interesting primer - oh, and happy B-Day, old man!

David Crook said...

Hi SoS,

Cheers old chap!

All the best,