Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thomas' Wargaming 19C Europe QRS

While I bought Neil Thomas' Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe soon after it was published two years ago,  I still have yet to give the rules a try on the gaming table.  Thomas' book is enjoyable to read and the rules seem quite elegant but, up until now, a brief review (Book review of Thomas) was all that I could muster.  Why no test game yet?  Well, really no good reason. One excuse I can put into play is that I had not taken the time to pull all of the relevant rules out of the text to create a QRS for in-play reference.

As of today, that excuse is no longer.  I transcribed the few tables from the text and printed them to fit onto a double sided 4"x6" QRS.  For my own rules (and some published ones as well), I try to boil all of the needed reference material onto a playsheet that is no larger than one 4"x6" sheet.  I then laminate the sheet to give it some rigidity and durability and away I go.  Sometimes the QRS must expand to an 8"x11" sheet but I much prefer the smaller size.

With the QRS completed, I ought to pull out the 1859 collection and give the rules a test.  Now, to develop a good scenario... 

4 comments:

  1. Never been able to get my own QRS that small, but I agree they are a necessity for play!

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    1. QRS' are a necessity for me. When playing so many different rules, it is easy to mix them up without a QRS to guide you along the way.

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  2. I have the rules too but also have never played a game using them. I do love rules which are also a "proper" book - probably showing my age!

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    1. I agree about hardback rule books. The downside is that they are difficult to use during a game since the book will not lay flat.

      I certainly would be interested in your impressions of Thomas.

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