Friday, 2 September 2016

I've started ... so I suppose that I'm going to have to finish!

After numerous requests – and spurred on by the recent publication of TIN SOLDIERS IN ACTION – I have finally begun writing a book about my PORTABLE WARGAME rules.


The structure of book is currently evolving as I write it, but at present it looks something like this:
  • Introduction
  • Some Basic Rules
  • Definitions
  • Grids: Hexes and Squares
  • Units ... and how to represent them on the tabletop
  • Exhaustion
  • Turn Sequence
  • Movement
  • Combat
    • Types of combat
    • Indirect artillery fire combat
    • Direct fire combat
    • Close combat
    • Resolving the affects of combat
  • Weapon ranges
The early chapters and sections of the book explain the thinking behind the various design choices that I have made when writing the rules. They will be followed by at least two sets of PORTABLE WARGAME RULES – probably for the late nineteenth century (including Colonial warfare) and the mid twentieth century – and possibly a couple of short, illustrated battle reports and some scenarios.

This book is going to take time to write as I am trying to do it as at the same time as I am drafting a chapter for a book Chris Engle is planning to write about Matrix Games, working on my Napoleonic figure collection, and various other non-wargaming projects ... so please be patient! You can be sure that I will keep regular readers updated on my progress in the hope that when it is finished they might buy a copy!

30 comments:

  1. I need this book and will be very happy to buy a copy :)

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    1. Nobby,

      My plan is to try to get the book finished before Christmas. I will try to keep people up to date with my progress as and when I can.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Capital idea, I suspect many people will enjoy it.

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    1. Ross Mac,

      I am hoping that the writing part will not be too difficult, although I expect that the diagrams and illustrations might take some time to do.

      Hopefully it will sell at least as well as WHEN EMPIRES CLASH!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Put me down for a copy! Any chance you might make it a PDF Download?

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    1. Dick Bryant,

      I am planning publish it using Lulu.com as that will keep the cost of a printed copy down. I could see if I can make it available in PDF format as well ... but first I have to write it!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Excellent news ,can't wait to read it!
    Alan
    p.s I bought Tin Soldiers in Action but am a tad over whelmed by it...

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    1. Tradgardmastare,

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      I must admit that I have found TIN SOLDIERS IN ACTION a bit heavy going although it does include some interesting ideas.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Excellent.

    I'm sure you will produce something that will be looked upon in future times as a classic of the genre.

    Best of luck for the work ahead!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Prufrock (Aaron),

      I'll do my best to make the book as attractive as possible, and if it become popular and sells fairly well, I'll be happy.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Excellent news! Looking forward to this, but I suppose it means I'll have to get back to painting again!

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    1. Alastair,

      Hopefully you won't have to wait too long!

      I hope that the publication of my book will encourage you to paint a few figures just so that you can try out the rules.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. You're going to need at least an appendix covering naval actions featuring your recently built fleet.

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    1. Stu Rat,

      I was already thinking about including my naval rules as an appendix to the book. The deciding factor will be cost, as I don't want to make the book too expensive.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  8. Hi Bob,
    That sounds like a good project. I like all of the versions of PW I've seen, especially the 20thC rules.

    That is a pretty full schedule. Are you going to allocate some time to play some games?
    Regards,
    John

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    1. The Ferrymen (John),

      I am planning to include the mid twentieth century version of the rules in the book. I also plan to fight some battles so that I can photograph the action to show how the rules work.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  9. Bob, good stuff!
    Please put me down for a (paper) copy, none of this PDF stuff!
    Good luck with the venture.
    Regards, Stuart

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    1. Stuart Asquith,

      I shall certainly make sure that you get a printed copy of the book.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  10. Bob,
    That's great news! At last, a wargame book full of simple, playable rules for a style of game that is achievable without undue effort and expense, unlike many of the lengthy, difficult to learn rules padded out by unnecessary photographs of toy soldiers painted to a standard few can equal on terrain more suited to a static diorama or model railway layout.
    May I suggest you consider including some rules - or at least ideas/suggestions for adapting your rules - for earlier periods, such as Ancients, Pike & Shot and Horse & Musket?
    And reserve a copy for me, please!
    Regards,
    Arthur

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    1. Arthur1815 (Arthur),

      I'll do my best to match your expectations!

      I rather like the idea of including a section that makes suggestions as to how the rules can be modified for other periods, and if space allows it, I will try to include it.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  11. Excellent, excellent news, Bob! And based on the suggestions as to what you should add, "Volume 2" seems to be knocking on your door already!

    Best regards from a future purchaser,

    Chris

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    1. Chris,

      I'm having enough trouble writing the first book, let alone thinking about writing a second!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  12. Good news Bob looking forward to its releade
    John

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    1. Johntheone,

      I hope that you will buy a copy ... once it is published!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  13. Great news - let me know if you want any copies of photos of 54mm games to illustrate it

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    1. Mike Lewis,

      Thank you for your kind offer. I may well take you up on it.

      All the best,

      Bob

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