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Black Powder Rules (or does it?)

Posted by Robert Stokes on October 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM

 

We have now been playing the Black Powder Rules from Warlord Games for a few weeks now and like some adulterous liaison; the initial explosion of enthusiasm has dissipated to be replaced by confusion, guilt and recrimination.

Rob S still gives them the thumbs up. The rules are not too complex which is ideal for a man of his intellect, plus they are fast playing which is perfect for a club night game. Bob M on the other hand has a different view: He has taken issue with the prose of the book which has to be said is written in a very “unique” style. He also has some real problems with the rules themselves which he eloquently communicated by way of innumerable mutterings and tutting during play. Mick is still uncontroversially undecided. Though not as enthusiastic about the rules as he was initially, Mick concedes that they need to be played a bit more before final judgement is handed down. John S appears to like them but to be fair he is easily pleased and will smile benignly  as long as he is rolling dice and killing stuff!.

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4 Comments

Reply WereDoomed2003
5:06 AM on October 24, 2010 
I take it that you've all tried Fire & Fury and it's Napoeonic illegitimate son, Age of Eagles. We hve settled on these but really for scales 6mm - 15mm. Never having used 'Black Powder' not sure of the game mechanics but F&F provides really easy fun and realistic game IMHO. I'm sure there are conversions for the Warmaster style (Warmaster Ancients/Medieval/Blitzkreig Comander et. al.) for napoleonc, ACW and ECW if you look around but my head explodes if I try too many rule sets!

More than happy to bring my ACW 6mm in for a F&F bash one evening though, or Medieval for a Warmaster Medieval...

Rob
Reply bobm
10:16 AM on October 25, 2010 
"I'm sure there are conversions for the Warmaster style (Warmaster Ancients/Medieval/Blitzkreig Comander et. al.) for napoleonc, ACW and ECW if you look around but my head explodes if I try too many rule sets!"

Black Powder are a version of Warmaster rules......
Reply Mike F
3:53 PM on November 25, 2010 
Beasts of War site has a 45 minute video review of "Black Powder". You will probably have to register to view.
http://www.beastsofwar.com/first-look/first-look-black-powder-war
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Reply Andrew
10:54 AM on August 16, 2013 
Have any of you tried Ga Pa ? i find them excellent (while there may be the usual disagreements about army lists etc amongst friends) they play well we tried a number of rules for both GNW and WSS (captain general, beneath the lily banners, age of reason) eventually coming to the conclusion for us these were by far the best set relatively simple in practice and difficult in execution I definitely recommend these for more than 1 game