Saturday, 7 September 2013

Tweaking Tarred and Featherstoned

It is quite a few years since I last took a detailed look at my RED FLAGS AND IRON CROSSES – TARRED AND FEATHERSTONED wargames rules ... and on re-reading them I was pleasantly surprised to see how they 'stood up' in comparison to my more recent efforts.

I could not, however, resist the temptation to make some changes. Some were to insert clarifications that were otherwise missing, some were grammatical or typographical errors that needed to be corrected, and one was to change the turn sequence so that it used playing card tiles rather than small playing cards.

If I get a chance I would also like to re-format the rules in line with the current style that I use. At present the rules look very wordy, and it is not always easy to find various rule mechanisms and any relevant data that might be needed to use them. In addition the first section of the current rules has information about units that should be in an appendix rather than in the main body of the rules. Likewise the examples of each weapon and aircraft type should be in an appendix to the rules and not cluttering up the Movement section of the main rules. This may appear to be an exercise in cosmetics, but I have found that the easier it is to find and use rules mechanisms, the less likely players are to make mistakes.


  1. I have a copy lurking somewhere on my hard drive. I'll have to dust it off and have a read through.

  2. Sean,

    I hope that you can find them, but if you can't they can be downloaded from my free downloadable wargame rules page.

    I hope to spend some time this afternoon tidying the rules up a bit ... but I have one or two other things to do first.

    All the best,