Tuesday, 18 May 2010

When Empires Clash! - A set of rules revisited ... again

I have begun the process of melding together what I consider to be the best bits of the current INTERBELLUM version of Joseph Morschauser's 'Modern' rules and WHEN EMPIRES CLASH! The intention is to develop a set of rules that includes more types of unit without losing the essential simplicity of Morschauser's rules.

The first thing that I have done is to define what a 'Unit' is in the new rules; it is going to be a company or equivalent-sized military unit.

Secondly I have included Transport Units, including Motor Transport Units. This will enable commanders to move their Infantry and Artillery Units along any roads that at a greater speed than in the previous version of the rules. There will be a 'cost' to anyone who does this, but the interwar period was one where the use of motor vehicles to move units up to the front line was growing, and I think that the rules need to allow commanders the option to use motorised transport.

I am also looking at the possibility of including Fighter, Light Bomber, and Reconnaissance aircraft in the new rules. Aircraft played an increasingly important role during the interwar period, and I think that the new rules should include them if possible.


  1. Hi Bob,

    That all seems to make sense and I will be intersted to see the next version. Light Bombers is an excellent addition as well.

    All the best,


  2. Ogrefencer,

    The more I read the two sets of rules side-by-side, the more I realised that I could use ideas from WHEN EMPIRES CLASH! to improve and expand my INTERBELLUM/Morschauser rules.

    I have a busy week this week, but with a bit of luck (and a following wind) I should get the draft of the combined rules ready sometime next week.

    All the best,