While on a recent vacation to Disneyland I made a quick stop at Brookhurst Hobbies. The last couple of times I have stopped in I haven't found much to get excited about, but to be fair they have been doing lots of work and the place has been in disarray. I did not have big expectations this time but I was very surprised to find a copy of Rules of Engagement.
This is a set of World War II rules for 28mm figures. The rules are published by Great Escape Games in the UK and are a bit of a bitch to get in the US. In fact, I was not aware that Brookhurst had these rules. The only place listed on Great Escape's site where you can get the rules in the US is On Military Matters. The main reason I did not order these from OMM is they want $65 for the book and a set of templates...ouch. Brookhurst not only had the rules, they were on sale for only $35! No templates but who cares?
Now, on to the good stuff. The book is a nice hardbound edition. The rules are fairly well written but have the typical English rules style that Americans can find a bit frustrating. There is a nice table of contents as well as an extensive index.
The rules section covers everything you need to know to play the game. The rules are infantry centric and seem to be inspired by Warhammer 40K 2nd through 4th editions. There are also some influences from Flames of War. There are rules for vehicles, fortifications, and artillery support. There are nine scenarios and well as a simple ladder campaign.
After the rules section there is a brief history of World War II centered on the Western Front from the Normandy invasion to the end of the war. After this there are several Orders of Battle for creating forces for the game. These include 5 different German armies, 4 British and Canadian armies, 4 US armies, and a French Resistance army. Each of these lists includes the weapons stats and support options. In the middle of the book there is a hobby section with some painting and modeling info. At the end of the book is a quick reference chart and the templates and counters for the game.
I have read through the rules and so far it seems like it will play well. As a fan of 40K I was really looking forward to trying these rules. The plan is to get in the first game tomorrow. I have been looking for a game like this for a very long time but have failed to find anything that I liked. It has been so frustrating that I started work a few years ago on my own rules. The problem with writing your own rules is you become 'that guy.' You know, the beardy git who carries around his rules binder. I never wanted to be that guy, so hopefully, these rules will play well and I can get out of the rules design business.
FoW 3rd Edition 1-0-0 FoW v4 1-4-0 FoW GW 0-1-0 Bolt Action 1-0-0 Kings of War 0-2-0 TANKS 2-4-0 Black Powder 2-0-0 Wings of Glory 0-1-0 Warhammer Quest 1-1-0 Frostgrave 0-1-0 Warhammer 40K 0-1-0 Fistful of Lead 0-1-0 Shadow War Armageddon 1-0-0
Here are the games I play regularly.
Flames of War
Black Powder SAGA Bolt Action
Kings of War
These games are played every so often.
Wings of Glory
These are the games I dream of playing or am building forces for.
Then there are the games that have been retired. Not all of these are bad. In fact some are really great. The reasons for retirement are varied.
The Great War Empire of the Dead Clash of Empires Lord of the Rings:SBG Warhammer Ancient Battles Battleground World War 2 Arc of Fire Johnny Reb III Crossfire Rules of Engagement Rate of Fire Legends of the High Seas Necromunda Warhammer 40,000 Waterloo Legends of the Old West