Being a Universal set of War Games Rules based on the revolutionary concept of Player Determined Initiative Risk Order.
A Brief Overview
War Game Style i
The Miniatures are painted and based. The Terrain is laid out. The Generals have assembled. The Scenario is challenging. The Game starts. Immediately the arguments begin. Players interpret situations differently. Rulebooks are produced, and the lawyers are called. Chapter and verse is quoted against chapter and verse. Lunch time rolls around and only a few turns have been played. The Generals are angry and stressed – not because of the tactical situation, but because of the Meta-gaming that dominates.
War Game Style ii
The Miniatures are painted and based. The Terrain is laid out. The Generals have assembled. The Scenario is challenging. The Game starts. The rules are simple and unambiguous, but not very entertaining. I move, I shoot, I fight. You move, you shoot, you fight. And then I move, I shoot, I fight, and so on and so forth. There are fewer arguments – the rules are clear, but uninteresting. There is little of challenge. There is no test of wills or skill. It is dumb luck versus dumb luck. By the time lunch rolls around players have lost interest long ago and are wondering why they spent the money and time to prepare their armies…
Surely there must be a better way?
I believe there is. I believe War Games should be about Generals testing their mettle and skill against each other in an entertaining way. A War Game should be a battle of wits, not luck, nor ‘rule remembering ability.’ I believe a War Game should be challenging and simple. Challenging in its interaction with other players, and simple in its rules system. If it gives a good ‘feel’ for historical or fantastic situations, all the better.
Bravado! is my attempt in this direction. The actual rules are so simple that they can be explained and understood in two minutes. The challenge of Players facing off in the Bravado! Phase will bring joy and entertainment and frustration for years and years.
I do not claim to have the perfect War Games rules or system. I do not claim that Bravado! Is in any way complete, or will never need review. But I do claim that it is different to other rules. In what way is it different?
The Players decide what happens, and when. The Players compete for initiative, deciding how much they will risk disaster in order to have another phase of movement or attack or time to reform their regiments.
All of this
combined leads to:
War Game Style iii
The Miniatures are painted and based. The Terrain is laid out. The Generals have assembled. The Scenario is challenging. The Game starts. The Generals look at each other across that short, deadly space. They weigh the pros and cons of risk and reward. They lead daring charges and brilliant flanking manoeuvres. They cheer at their gallant men and shout at their officers and curse the dice. And all the time looking across that short, deadly space – and wondering if their Bravado will win the battle.
The Core Rules
American War of
The Napoleonic Wars Guidelines
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