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Fast Rules
NOW AVAILABLE: PRINTED and KINDLE

Kindle Digital Edition 6.9 MB 
Amazon
Color? Most, but charts B&W. 
Most types of Kindles.**
$9.97 as an e-book or in print: 
$15.95 24-page, Perfect-bound

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Fast Rules includes concise rules, a NEW GRC (all Game Reference Charts, centerfold. in the printed edition and at the end in the Kindle edition), plus pages of notes and references about vehicle and gun categories. Requires World War II wargame miniatures*, just two six-sided dice, and a tape measure. A few clarifications and updates have been added.

Get playing fast. The precursor of the much more detailed Tractics, Fast Rules is the simpler and faster ruleset—both back again! If you don't own a Kindle, download the free app for your phone or computer.

This printed version from Amazon is the same as Wargame Vault (below), 24 pages, in color but is Perfect Bound (square like a paperback book's binding) so here are the differences: 1) opening to the center's GRC, the book does not open flat; 2) there are 4 blank pages added to the usual 24 pages, 3) this edition may be less expensive or faster to deliver having more worldwide shipping points from Amazon.

*Any scale of models will work, from 6mm to 28mm, most commonly 15mm-20mm. Individual figures are most widely used, but multiple men on a stand can work by marking casualties like with a lichen "bush." Each side's unit size is typically from a squad to a platoon (10-40 figures) per side and several tanks and other vehicles (like a platoon to a company, 5-17 vehicles). On a +/- 4x6' table, a ground scale of 25 meters per inch, or with small scales could use centimeters instead on a +/- 30x60" table.

**Note: Old Kindles may not reproduce the charts well. The charts look good on newer Kindles and the free phone/tablet/computer Kindle reader apps.

Fast Rules - Printed Booklet

Fast Rules

NOW AVAILABLE!

Printed Edition
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24 Pages, Saddle Stitched
Color? Yes, throughout.
Royal size 6.14x9.21"
$15.50
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Fast Rules includes just ten pages of rules, a NEW centerfold GRC (all Game Reference Charts), plus seven pages of notes and references about vehicle and gun categories. Requires World War II wargame miniatures*, just two six-sided dice, and a tape measure. A few clarifications and updates have been added.

Get playing fast. The precursor of the much more detailed Tractics, Fast Rules is the simpler and faster ruleset—both back in print again!

NOTE: we mention that this edition is "Saddle-Stitched" (whereas Amazon's edition is Perfect Bound) because one can open the book nice & flat to reference the GRC in the center. Will ship from the USA or UK. This costs a bit more than Amazon's.

*Any scale of models will work, from 6mm to 28mm, most commonly 15mm-20mm. Individual figures are most widely used, but multiple men on a stand can work by marking casualties like with a lichen "bush." Each side's unit size is typically from a squad to a platoon (10-40 figures) per side and several tanks and other vehicles (like a platoon to a company, 5-17 vehicles). On a +/- 4x6' table, a ground scale of 25 meters per inch, or with small scales could use centimeters instead on a +/- 30x60" table.

Fast Rules

NOW AVAILABLE

Kindle Digital Edition
Amazon
6.9 MB
Color? Most, but charts B&W
Fits all types of Kindles
$9.95
See the FAQ at the top for policies.

D-Day Map​ 

NOW AVAILABLE

PDF Digital Edition
Wargame Vault
3 or 4 MB
Color? Yes
Requires free Acrobat Reader
$21.00 for a gridded version or $9 with no grid or FREE FAQ booklet*
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This super-detailed map is based on a Michelin 1947 road map of Normandy with 3 levels of roads, town blocks & names, rivers, beaches (low & high tide lines), PLUS tons of info added: 20-meter contour levels, with capital ship anchorages (new in this edition!), naval gunfire range limits, forts, forests, swamps, drop/beach zones, bocage areas. Designed for miniatures gamers rather than a board game reference; the rivers do not follow the hex sides arbitrarily.

The map's actual size is 36.666" high by 90" wide and can be reduced or enlarged. When enlarged, the detail will not get grainy/fuzzy because it was drawn with "vectors" in Adobe Illustrator. Free FAQ mini-booklet explains the options and graphic details. Full-sized map: $9 or $22 without or with grid.

 

*Comes in several grid sizes, hexes or squares. Or buy the map with no grid so that you can add your own grid, perhaps. How big is it? If you get the 600-meter-wide hex version and enlarge the hexes to the normal wargame-standard 5/8" hexes, then the full map would be just over 5x12.5 FEET in size. I assume that many gamers will print small sections for a campaign game series. Or a giant game like Rommel described by Little Wars TV.

D-Day Map PDF

Judges Guild's Bob & Bill

Kindle Digital Edition & printed edition both from Amazon.
16 MB in color on Kindle or
148 black & white 6x9" pages in the print edition.
$5.55 Kindle or $13.95 print
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Updated & expanded, the third edition detailing Judges Guild & time with Bob Bledsaw, a History by Judges Guild co-founder, Bill Owen. 

 

Subjects--Background of Bill Owen as an early wargamer in the '60s & '70s--Meeting Bob Bledsaw, our Dungeons & Dragons campaign days--false start with the forgotten role-playing game system that was out of this world—Personal pictures and scans of one-of-a-kind play aids—wild ride on the JG tiger particularly from 1976-1978—goofs & cautions for other gamer/entrepreneurs—with Bob after JG & favorite games--updating with more text, photos, and maps of the original color Tegel Manor drawn by Bob in 1975 and excerpts of the oldest remaining blueprint draft of City State from 1976 when it was first called No-Name City, Middle Earth. New text material brings up to date found memories and realizations.


Includes 328 black & white (B&W) photos/scans or some in color or duotone photos/scans from 1965-2014, many never seen before publicly, some from Bob Bledaw Jr & JG archive. For this edition, additional images were added to the 2008 letter-sized and 2011 hardback editions. See Amazon for "Look Inside" sample pages.

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Judges Guild History Book

From Tot to Trooper

Printed Edition
Lulu
124 Pages
Color? No
6x9"
$11.99
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Subtitled, Brooklyn to Brittany & Back, this veteran's memoir covers Rupert Macpherson's first 30 years from 1914 to 1945. Childhood, falling in love, joining the National Guard in 1936 ("Silk Stocking" Regiment 107th Infantry, New York National Guard), and particularly focusing on his World War II service gives a feel for life in the first half of the 20th century. Has 39 photos & 1 map. 

Leaving the National Guard he joined the 102nd Anti-Tank Battalion as a Second Lieutenant in August 1940 before the US entry of the war. They were short on both 37mm guns and ammo. So training involved yelling "bang" after "firing" his wooden gun His unit was redesignated as the 802nd Tank Destroyer Battalion in December with 75mm guns on M3 half-tracks. He ended the war as the G-3 (Operations and Plans) of the 83rd “Thunderbolt” Infantry Division which was part of Patton's army for a time.

 

Written at age 90, Rupert's amazing recall and attention to detail will give you an idea of how life was lived in years from the start of World War I to the end of World War II. Social, military & personal history come alive in this remarkable memoir. Addenda: he died a month short of his 100th birthday in April 2014.

 

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Test of Battle's US Army WWII Unit Organizations is a great reference to:

  • Design realistic scenarios for skirmish or larger games

  • Get scenario ideas about the deployment of specialized units including less well-known support units with a lot of detail about ranks, weapons, etc.

  • Find colossal detail and diversity with 259 charts for squads, platoons, companies, battalions up to divisions.

  • Track how units were reorganized and re-equipped as the US Army gained experience in World War II

  • Avoid having to download gigabytes of Field Manuals and buy lots of books, take hundreds of hours to approach what wargamer, Bill Rutherford, has authored here.

 

If you are not one of the 3 to get the special package deal, I recommend you buy the book from TOB. Its price is $35.00 + $3.50 shipping (free with this offer).

Limited Time, Package Offer:

US Army Book + D-Day Map

Buy the US Army book pictured at right & get the D-Day Map (shown above, a $21 value) for free. Total cost with shipping included: $35.
 
A total value of $56.50. Here's how it works:
  1. Order by the end of this month.
  2. The first 3 US* customers responding get this offer. 
  3. You must pay by scanning our Game Design PayPal QR code and charging $35.00 to your account.**
  4. Please send your Name & Address via our Contact Form. Very important to let us know where to send the book, my General.
  5. This package offer cannot be combined with a purchase of any other items on this webpage (extra items must be purchased separately and directly via the vendor's button).
  6. You will get the free D-Day Map the following day after purchase. The book will be shipped after that via Priority Mail.
  7. BONUS! $Get a $5 credit certificate for purchasing any of our rule sets (even if you bought one months ago)! So a total of $65.50 value.
 
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Tractics
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NOW AVAILABLE! 

The second edition of Tractics is here!  See a bit of the new features in this blog post. New Tractics has the original Classic rules, Modified from the Little Wars edition, and Updated by Mike Reese. Plus: 

  • New Armored Fighting Vehicles including new nationalities, with corrected statistics

  • Additional graphic highlighting to show:
    - three weight classes for bridges, "getting stuck," minefields, etc.
    - Large Tank and Low Profile indicators
    - Layout more clearly noted: Casemate (like Sturmgeschuetz III), SP (Self-Propelled gun like Marder) and Turreted

  • New AA, AT & Field Guns

  • New Gun Bore/Caliber types (the "L" in 75L70)

  • New Morale systems

  • New Movement system

  • Turn Sequence clarified from Modified rules with Opportunity Fire

  • Detailed Examples of Play to go with the Modified and Updated editions.

  • Illustrated with diagrams and photos. 

  • Choose from economy black & white edition, otherwise identical color edition, and optional chart-only booklet (rulesets include the charts) for making a personal chart reference.

  • Check our Blog for the latest.

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