Friday, 13 April 2012

Polemos: The saga continues!

John Curry – of the History of Wargaming Project – has managed to get hold of a copy of the original POLEMOS rules ... and has kindly sent me a copy of the text.


I have been reading it for a few days, and I hope to give some feedback in due course. It does mean that it might be possible to recreate this 'missing' piece of early wargaming history, and if this is possible, I would like to give it a try.

This would be a diversion from my current plans ... but I think that it will be worth it.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Bob,

    That is really good news and I shall look forward to reading further on the subject in due course. Does this mean JC will be publishing the same?

    All the best,

    DC

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  2. Okay, Bob, what and when were the "original Polemos rules"?

    I am guessing that you are not referring to those published by Peter Berry, but something earlier . . . however some of us don't have the background to know . . . so please fill us in as to their history, sir.


    -- Jeff

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  3. Hi Jeff (and apologies Bob for beating you to the post!,

    Bob has a label with some posts related to Polemos called, ahem, Polemos. There is some background there.

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. Excellent news!

    BTW, That's the clearest copy of that picture that I've ever seen. Its always set me a tingle but more so now.

    -Ross

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  5. I'll have to research this. Sounds very interesting.

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  6. Bob will you be posting the text here? I would like to write an article on this for Lone Warrior ... Jeff

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  7. Excellent news! The ILN article accompanying the engraving gives a tantalising glimpse of the game in play, but not enough information to deduce the rules.

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  8. David Crook,

    As far as I know, John Curry intends to include the text of POLEMOS (plus a few 'extras') in a forthcoming book about early wargames. I should imagine it will be available before Christmas this year.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Bluebear Jeff,

    POLEMOS was a wargame devised during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and it was sold as a boxed set that contained pre-painted (and based) figures, a terrain cloth etc. It was demonstrated at RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute) and was quite popular in its day.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. David Crook,

    Thanks for pointing Bluebear Jeff towards my previous blog entries.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Ross Mac,

    I think that it will appeal to you when you have had a chance to read the rules.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. Sean,

    Just look at the relevant entries on my blog; they will point you in the right sort of direction.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. Chasseur,

    John Curry has undertaken to publish the POLEMOS rules in a forthcoming book, and I hope to help him. Obviously this means that I will not be able to pre-empt what he does by publishing the text of the rules myself, but a more recent blog entry should give you some indications of how the rules work.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  14. Arthur1815,

    I hope that my more recent blog entry about POLEMOS has wetted your appetite even more!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. Steve's Wargaming Stuff,

    If you are interested in early figure wargames then this will certainly interest you.

    All the best,

    Bob

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