Here are several wargame settings and rulesets I’d like to try out, most o f which have 1-8 pages of rules, play in 1 hour, and only require a 3×3’ or 4×4’ battlemat. I’m putting all this in this blog post, but also have a copy as a page which I’ll keep up to date as things evolve.
Based on simplicity of rules and availability of minis and terrain, here’s a possible roadmaps of the order in which we try games.
- Starships — Can play immediately using Orion’s Gate.
- Historical / Byzantine — Can play if Robert has painted armies for both sides using One-Hour Wargames rules.
- WWII — Can play with rebased MechWarrior minis to start, then switch to actual WWII minis once Stan has them painted, using One-Hour Wargames rules.
Settings & Rules
Supplies: Would use Stan’s growing collection of starship and asteroids terrain. Longer term would need Traveller, Full Thrust, Starfinder, Starmada, Firestorm Armada, or Dropfleet Commander minis.
I envision small fleet-level actions with 3-5 ships per player (more ships means more game time).
Here are the top one-page rules I’d like to try:
- Orion’s Gate — Orion’s Gate is a great looking one-page game that shows promise and would feel more like Star Trek and Star Wars battles. BoardGameGeek overview.
- A Sky Full of Ships — A Sky Full of Ships is another game I summarized down to one-page with is a bit more hard-science feel with a point-buy ship construction system. The full rules have several space scenarios which we’ll probably use even if we’re playing with Orion’s Gate. BoardGameGeek overview.
If we eventually graduate beyond one-page rules, here are some more complex systems with wide community support:
- Full Thrust — Full Thrust from Ground Zero Games has a cool point-buy system for more robust interstellar wargaming. They have a cool starter set. Even if we don’t use their rules, they have a great line of starships with various factions and races. BoardGameGeek overview.
- Firestorm Armada — Another alternative beyond the one-page rules is Firestorm Armada. BoardGameGeek overview. (note that Firestorm’s company went out of business but Warcradle Studioes acquired the assets and will re-launch in 2018).
- Starmada — A hex based game. See the BoardGameGeek overview.
Supplies: Would use Robert’s armies for Byzantine era. Stan is working on minis for WWII but need some time to paint them. As a quick-start, Stan might use rebased MechWarrior minis with WWII rules.
Robert has a particular interest in the 1071-1571 historical era which ended with Battle of Lepanto. Stan has particular interest in World War II era gaming.
We could first hit Robert’s era using the One-Hour Wargame ‘Medieval Wargaming — AD 1100-1300’ rules for his Crusader and Byzantine armies.
Wargames in these eras are Regiment level with multiple figures on a base organized into units.
- One-Hour Wargames (1 hour) — Great system full of one-page rules for multiple eras, as a blogged about previously. It has rules for:
Ancient Wargaming — 500 BC-AD 100
Dark Age Wargaming — AD 600-1000
Medieval Wargaming — AD 1100-1300
Pike and Shot Wargaming — AD 1450–1650
Horse and Musket Wargaming — AD 1700–1860
Rifle and Sabre Wargaming — AD 1860–1900
American Civil War Wargaming — AD 1861–1865
Machine Age Wargaming — AD 1900–1939
Second World War Wargaming — AD 1939–1945
- Sword & Spear (2 hours) — 50 pages of rules, has received rave reviews. BoardGameGeek overview.
- L’Art de la Guerre (2 hours) –– A great set of rules for tournaments. BoardGameGeek overview.
Supplies: Would use rebased MechWarrior minis (for 10mm), 15mm GZG minis. Could use Star Wars minis, 40K minis, or rebased HALO Heroclix minis.
- FUBAR — Rules here, with reviews here.
- Grimdark Future — Grimdark Future was previously 1 Page 40K, it has several variations. Their scenarios and random event charts could be used in any game.
- Warstuff — Warstuff or Advanced Warstuff.
- Mech Attack! — Game using rebased MechWarrior minis. BoardGameGeek overview.
- Star Wars d20 — Older Star Wars Miniatures rules.
Other possibilities are the microgames from Steve Jackson (possibly with metal minis): G.E.V., O.G.R.E, Creature that Ate Sheboygan.
Supplies: Would use D&D minis and eventually Frostgrave-style warband minis plus various terrain.
- Grimdark Fantasy — Grimdark Fantasy. Their scenarios and random event charts could be used in any game.
- Warstuff or Warstuff evolved — Warstuff is also put out by the Grimdark creator.
Supplies: Would use rebased Heroclix figures with Heroclix maps and eventually boxes painted as buildings.
- Power Legion — See details here and blog post here. BoardGameGeek link.