Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The War Game Companion


Published by Ken Trotman Publishing 2008

Pages 86

I have finished reading Charles S Grant’s book, “The War Gaming Companion” and I must say what a great read it was. The book is a sequel to “The War game” which was first published in 1971 and although it is a reprint of this book, there has been some new additions to this book.

This time round the book has unpublished articles, letters and campaign accounts plus a quick gaming set of rules.

I must admit that I thought, like many of the other well known war gamers in this world that Charles would stick to historical battles. But no, Charles first started off with his dad in the American Civil War and then moved off to mid-eighteenth Century where they made fictitious countries, armies and campaigns. The book gives you reports about the counties and some of their battles. Most of the pictures are in black and white but there is a section where we do have some colour plates.

In other sections of the book we have how to make cheap simple terrain for the table and how to start a war game campaign. There are also some Table top teasers for you to try out and how to write your own table top teasers. This is a book that you should not be without.