Sunday, 18 March 2018

A rare speaking engagement! Battlechat with Henry Hyde

Yesterday I popped over to see my old chum Henry Hyde, to be interviewed for a Battlechat feature on his Patreon page (an online, mixed media magazine).

Now this is a real rarity for me - I just don't like doing podcasts or similar, and I think the only person I'd break this habit for is Henry - so if you do want to hear me chatting away about my games for an hour and a half, head over to Henry's website and sign up: BATTLEGAMES.

I have a long association with Henry, going back to the very first issue of his classic Battlegames magazine, so we had plenty to catch up on. I guess it's more of an 'about me' chat, talking through the rules and games I've produced over the years, what I enjoy in gaming, and occasionally dipping into greater detail about aspects of my books.

We had a great time chatting away, so hopefully you'll find it an enjoyable listen!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Late Roman scenario in Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy 95

The latest issue of WSS has a little scenario written by me that sees a Late Roman and <insert hairy barbarian nation of your choice here> raiding force come to blows over a dyke, river, or similar linear feature. Just perfect for my Dux Bellorum rules or whatever other set of rules you're currently using.

I've not seen a copy of this issue just yet, but it promises much as it focusses on the Late Roman period, and I know my Top Chum and co-author Michael Leck has an article in it too!

Get yours HERE.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Stamford Bridge in Wargames Illustrated 365

Towards the tail end of last year, the team at WI asked me to write an article on the Battle of Stamford Bridge, emphasising the 'surprise attack' element of the battle - which is interesting in itself because that aspect of the battle is generally overlooked.

Anyhow, if you're interested in my suggestions for refighting the battle - breaking it down into several phases - check out the March 2018 edition of Wargames Illustrated.

There's also an overview of the new edition of Saga, and a couple of my own games get passing mentions, so all in all it's been a good read to me!

And if that article piques an interest in the period, you can grab a copy of my Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest HERE (or from your favourite, tax-paying online book vendor).

Friday, 26 January 2018

Looking to buy Glutter of Ravens or Armies of Medieval Burma?

I've seen both of my old booklets on sale on Amazon and eBay at grossly inflated prices recently. Secondhand at that!

If you want to buy a copy of either book, you can obtain them at a much cheaper cost than the £15-20 prices I've seen at the above sites, by purchasing direct from Outpost Wargame Services.

Each book costs £10.99 from them (or £30 for any three of their booklets).

So don't get ripped off elsewhere! When you buy from OWS, not only are you saving yourself money and getting a brand new copy of the book, but you'll also be donating a small amount of cash to me (don't worry, not very much!), and supporting the company that had enough faith in me to publish my first set of wargaming rules.

Here's how to get your hands on a reasonably-priced copy of Glutter of Ravens or Armies of Medieval Burma:

1. Click on THIS LINK.
2. Buy the book!

If you find it cheaper elsewhere online, that's fair enough, but the prices I've seen on Amazon and eBay recently really aren't bargains at all.

Friday, 19 January 2018

+Strongsword+ features in the latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy

+Strongsword+, the fantasy skirmish I've written for Westfalia Miniatures, should be coming out in February - swing by the Westfalia website for more info and to order a copy if you think it's your cup of tea.

If you're not yet sure if it's your cup of tea, you can:

1. Download samples of the rulebook at the link above.

2. Get your hands on the latest issue of WSS magazine; they've written a "Let's Play..." feature on +Strongsword+, and seemed to really like it. Check it out in issue 94!

Ideally, do both. The review is a good, independent assessment of the rules, and the sample pages will give you a good idea of the style of the game you'll be playing.

Kawe tells me he has plans to expand the game further, and has already created some extra warbands and scenarios, building on the original rules I developed. Should be exciting!

And while playing +Strongsword+, always remember Rule 74 (shown below - click to enlarge). 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Rebels and Patriots – Wargaming Rules for North America: Colonies to Civil War

We are glad to announce that we (Daniel Mersey and Michael Leck) are once again teaming up with Osprey Games to bring you a new set of wargaming rules!

Rebels and Patriots will be a set of easy to learn and fast-moving miniature wargaming rules offering you the chance to lead small armies of soldiers across the North American continent in the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. The rules are written with a focus at conflicts on the North American continent from The French and Indian War (1754–1763), through The American War of Independence (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812–1815), Texas Revolution (1835-1836), Mexican–American War (1846-1848), up to the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Rebels and Patriots will help you to refight company-sized skirmishes, ambushes, escort scenarios, and other tasks performed by a small company of soldiers rather than a full army. Game play is intentionally easy and cinematic, and your success is driven by the quality of the officers leading your company: the rules play up the feeling of adventure, where Heroic Officers lead their men to glory…

As with our previous rules, we’ve focused on the overall ‘feel’ and ‘flow’ of the game, rather than worrying ourselves about the minutiae of historical simulation. Our design goal has been to write a set of broad-brushstroke rules that depict the Horse and Musket era by combining elements of our Pike and Shot wargaming rules The Pikeman´s Lament and Dan´s colonial wargaming rules The Men Who Would Be Kings. The aim of the game is to roll some dice and move some models in a Horse and Musket battle game inspired by American history between 1754 and 1865, enjoying yourself as you do so.

More than anything else, we once again wanted to work together to create miniatures game for an interesting period of the history that is easy to play and enjoyably fun. We hope you will agree that we’ve done so: when Rebels and Patriots is released in early 2019, you’ll be able to judge this for yourself!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Eyes forward to 2018

You may (or may not - depends how interested you are I guess!) - have noticed a lack of regular updates in the past few months. My free time has been devoted to some of my other hobbies in recent times - including playing games just for fun, rather than writing new stuff.

This means my output of new games has dropped off. Even so, I have one upcoming set of miniatures rules still to publish, which will be announced in due course in 2018. And Strongsword, written for Westfalia Miniatures, should surface very soon too. I still enjoy writing magazine articles, so expect a few more of them to trickle out in 2018.

Other than miniatures games, my three boardgames sit patiently in the publishing queue, and I have three more boardgames in development. So there’s still more to come from me!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Wanna buy a book?

Well, you've come to the right place! My books and games are available from many sources. However, the links below will take you directly to the websites of my current publishers:
Thank you!