One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas

Another new acquisition is “One Hour Wargames: Practical Tabletop Battles for those with Limited Time and Space” by Neil Thomas. The many favourable reviews found on the internet, along with my past experience of Neil’s books persuaded me to purchase it. I have read other books by Neil Thomas and have played and own a copy of his “Ancient and Medieval Wargaming”. There is much to be found of great use in Neil’s books for they are an easy read and his rules are very playable.
The first part of the book provides simple rules for some nine historical wargaming periods from Ancient to World War II, along with a potted explanation and historical information for each epoch. Neil boils down armies to four basic unit types and the tactics and mechanics of warfare in each age to its most essential elements.
The second part of “One Hour Wargames” largely consists of thirty very useful scenarios with maps for gaming. Each scenario includes explanations and notes about the source of inspiration for them. There are also short sections that deal with campaigns and solo wargaming. Finally the book also has appendices regarding background reading and useful addresses.
“One Hour Wargames” is a delightful and thought provoking read for anyone interested in historical wargaming. The provided scenarios are an absolute gem and will be an inspiration for my little wars long into the future. While I have not played the rules they do seem on reading that, despite their simplicity, they are effective in creating a sense of gaming a particular period. “One Hour Wargames” is a handy book for any wargamer to have on their shelf.

“One Hour Wargames: Practical Tabletop Battles for those with Limited Time and Space”

“One Hour Wargames: Practical Tabletop Battles for those with Limited Time and Space”

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