I must share a recent acquisition from eBay. The find? A copy of the New Jersey Association of Wargamers' Napoleonic rules, Empires, Eagles, and Lions published in 1980.
Having been a long time fan of the now defunct Napoleonic wargaming magazine, Empires, Eagles, and Lions (EEL), I was quite pleased to see a copy of the rules up on eBay. I maintain a large collection of EEL and I still enjoy re-reading the issues on a regular basis. The material contained there-in was often thought provoking as well as entertaining. Mike Gilbert's artwork frequently graced the pages of the magazine and the group's after-action reports containing Mike's sketches were priceless. These homegrown rules were frequently the topic of conversation in EEL and the magazine often was a forum for discussion of their rules and recent gaming problems. From the pages of the magazine, I would try to piece together a framework for the game mechanisms through clues sprinkled throughout the mag. Now, re-reading the escapades of the group's games will be that much easier with a copy of their rules. I know, I probably overpaid for these rules but what price can be placed on nostalgia?
While I don't have a complete collection of the old EELs, old issues still appear for sale occasionally. When they do surface, I'm quick to pick up a missing issue. The two most missed gaming publications for me are MWAN and EEL.
Oh, if anyone has old issues of EEL they are willing to part with, please leave a comment!