Wednesday, 28 December 2016

My Portable Wargame book ... another update

I have been working on my PORTABLE WARGAME book on and off since we got back from our recent cruise, and I have just finished the first of the two explanatory battle reports that I am going to include in the book.

By writing well illustrated step-by-step descriptions of battles fought using my rules, I am able to include lots of example of how the main mechanisms work. So far I have completed the battle report for the late nineteenth century/colonial version of the rules, and here are a few of the photographs I have used.




I hope to begin work on the second battle report later this week, and if I manage that all I will need to do is to proof-read the manuscript before it can go for publication.

At the moment I plan to produce a paperback and a hardback edition of the rules. I'm not sure how much these will cost to produce or how much they will sell for, but as soon as I know I will pass this information on to my regular blog readers.

16 comments:

  1. I like the monochrome pictures, they have a nostalgic Morschauser feel to them. Best wishes for 2017

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    1. Brain Carrick,

      Best wishes for 2017 to you and yours.

      I wanted the book to have a slightly Featherstone/Morschauser look about it, and monochrome photos help to achieve that. In addition they keep the book production costs reasonably low ... which is an important consideration for the sort of wargamers I have identified as being my potential purchasers.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Bob,
      As a definite purchaser I applaud your decision to adopt an 'old school' look that acknowledges the influence of Morschauser and keeps costs down, keeping the focus of the book on the PW principles and rules, and away from mere 'eye candy'!
      Best wishes, Arthur

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    3. Arthur1815,

      Cheers! With so many wargame publications going for full-colour photographs that have little to do with the text - and are expensive as well - I wanted to produce a wargames book of the sort I used to buy back in the 1960s and 1970s.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob,
    Great to see your progress and nearing completion of your Book...will there be included close- up detail pictures of your 15mm Figures? Regards. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson,

      I am currently working on the last battle report and sorting out the layout. Once that is done, I will have a proof copy printed, and after I have approved it for publication, it will go on sale soon afterwards.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Well done on keeping up the pressure Bob.

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    1. Conrad Kinch,

      Everything seems to be coming together ... and hopefully you might manage to write a review for me when it is finally published.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. I'm very excited to see the finished result.

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    1. Stephen Briddon,

      I am looking forward to getting the book finished ... and then seeing it in print. Assuming that it is all right, that's the point when I will get excited.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. Nobby,

      I hope that you won't be disappointed with the end result.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Hi Bob,

    Put me down for a hardback and a digital version for the kindle if that is an option you have considered.

    I really like the black and white pictures - it adds tone to the whole thing.

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. David Crook,

      I hadn't thought of producing a Kindle version of the rules ... but I make well do so now.

      The black and white photos all started as coloured images, and I have made sure that I have kept copies ... just in case.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. B&W photos are, of course, ideal for a Kindle format (assuming you decide to go that route).

      Derek (subscribing to be notified of publication)

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    3. GamesBook (Derek),

      That is certainly one option that I am looking at.

      All the best,

      Bob

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