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En Garde! – Swashbuckling Skirmish Wargames Rules, Osprey Wargames 12

Author: Craig Woodfield
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Pages: 64


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En Garde! is a small-scale skirmish game based on the successful Ronin rules, in which small groups of warriors fight each other for honour or riches. Rather than just rolling a few dice, the rules allow players to make tactical decisions about how the models that they control will fight – offensively, defensively, or by applying special skills and abilities.

En Garde! covers the conflicts of the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries, when black-powder weapons started to become common in battle but martial prowess still determined the outcome. Play as Border Reivers, Conquistadors, Landsknechts, Aztecs, French Musketeers, Caribbean Pirates and many more, in scenarios that evoke classic engagements of the genre. Simple campaign rules allow multiple scenarios to be played in sequence and permit warbands to develop over time. An appendix is also included to provide brief rules for supernatural creatures of the period – monsters, demons, revenants and witches – and new abilities and equipment to fight them, making En Garde! the perfect ruleset for gamers who want something a bit different from the norm.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Gameplay
  • Special Rules
  • Warbands
  • Scenarios
  • Campaigns
  • Tournaments
  • Appendix – The Supernatural

Biographical Note

Craig Woodfield is a defence analyst from Canberra Australia, and has previously written for magazines such as slingshot and Wargames, Soldiers, & Stratergy. He is the author of the Ronin samuri skirmish rules in the Osprey Wargames series and a number of Wargaming supplements. He has a long-standing interest in martial arts and military history

Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, he studied Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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