Sunday, 24 June 2012

Look what I found!


Everyone, pretty much, has a book that got them wargaming. This one is mine, more or less.

The reason it's more or less is that prior to finding this book I wargamed as my big brother told me to, - he wrote the rules, he devised the games and so on.

In my first year at senior school I found this book in the school library (along with "Charge!", - which had much less influence). This book, which I had out almost constantly, launched me & my friend Derek off on writing our own rules and devising our own games,

And I just found a copy for £3 in an Age Concern bookshop.

Alas it isn't the original edition. That one looked like this, which frankly I prefer. I don't know how much changed in the 14 years between the two editions, - DF updated the appendices of wargame equipment suppliers, for example, but the ACW battle around a single wall in the middle of the table is still there.

I'm looking forward to wallowing in nostalgia with this one.

I may even read it on the train. See if I care what the other commuters think.

8 comments:

  1. Like you this was a primary influence for me (the other was Wargames)... so much so that I have both versions, and am still intending to get a hard cover of the 1st version... sad... :o))

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  2. Aaaah yes, that day in 1974 when I first picked up this book in my local library. That's where it all started for me! Great find. I would love to see this book again sometime.

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    1. I asked John Curry to have it reprinted in his "History of Wargaming" series. No word yet on progress, - although now of course I don't need it!

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  3. I had a copy of both editions on my bookshelves at one time ... and pretty good they were too.

    Enjoy revisiting it.

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Can't believe you got rid of either of them Bob! BTW Are you interested in a contemporary book on the Ever Victorious Army? I bought it to do a game and never got round to it.

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    2. Trebian,

      Yes please! I will swop it for some SCW books at COW!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. It's not a book which started me off (although I certainly read it in my early days), but I do have a copy with the 'correct' cover on my shelf which I think I got from Oxfam in the 1980s.

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    1. Can we get together to compare contents, do you think?

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