Saturday, 2 February 2013
Can you recommend a tabletop skirmish game?
Posted by Scott Malthouse
I've always been a dabbler in wargaming, whether it was when I played Warhammer 40,000 at The Lord of the Rings Fantasy Battles when I was younger, or more recently a stint playing 15mm Napoleonics.
However, these days I find that a) I'm too busy to paint the buggers, and b) the hobby is pretty expensive if you want to play on larger scales, which I prefer.
So I've found myself drawn towards skirmish games like A Song of Blades and Heroes and to some extent Chronicles of Blood. I really adore ASoBaH for its simple mechanics. I've also had a flick through Chain Reaction and found that to be pretty cool as well, and while I never played it properly, I was always fascinated by Mordheim.
The main draw for me is whether a game can be played effectively solitaire. My friends and I generally play roleplaying games and board games, but not really miniatures games, but I like to crack out a couple of warbands when I have a spare 20 minutes and have a quick game of ASoBaH. However, I would, in the future, like to dabble more in group play.
I think the perfect game for me at the moment would be an English Civil War ruleset. I love this period of history and while it's a popular area for mass battles, I think skirmishes could work just as well. At the moment I use A Song of Drums and Shakos as a general template for an ECW game, but if one of my valiant readers could recommend a simple ruleset for me that would be awesome.
However, if you're itching to recommend any other skirmish game, please go ahead and let me know.