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Lock 'n Load Tactical Starter Kit v5.1


Lock ‘n Load Tactical Starter Kit – Play the Game and Not the Rules

Learning any game system can be daunting, but don’t be dissuaded; Lock ’n Load Tactical system! The version 5.1 (v5.1) Starter Kit contains the latest set of guidelines and regulations that are relevant to learning the basics of the game system, with a focus on what you need to know to learn how to play using only infantry units.  This Starter Kit differs from our previous version. It features our v5.1 rules, which merged the previous, and separate, v4.1 World War II and Modern-era rules into one booklet. These rules have more examples, a more accessible layout, which includes lots of bullet points to help demonstrate the game system.  We use a large font-size, to accommodate the eyes, and have lots of examples, to illustrate the mechanics.

Not Sure if Lock ‘n Load Tactical is for You?

For over 15 years the (LnLT) system has set a new standard in Squad-level gaming. Its innovative gameplay mechanics, unparalleled artwork, historical scope, and accessibility have entertained veteran and new gamers alike. Over that time, our rules have grown, too, introducing new unit capabilities and concepts; they have also matured in their presentation.  For clarity, some rules sections have been modified not with content but with a new structure, e.g., additional subsections, more bullet points, or more images and examples—and even in-depth examples. Additional cross-referencing of rules expanded unit-image diagrams and a detailed Index have also been added.

Please Note: 
There is no difference between the PDF Edition and this Printed Edition of the rules with the exception that Print Edition comes with color mounted counters.  You can purchase the print edition here -

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Roger J December 16, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
You just have to love a 100 page starter kit with counters and maps all thrown in for free. I've not played tactical for many years (SPI's 'Sniper'...don't ask). This looks interesting and with options for everything from simple contact skirmishes to 'let's throw everything' into the mix' I think I might well get further involved.....Thanks Lock N Load for the opportunity.
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Derek G January 29, 2018 2:28 am UTC
If you're going to make a promotional video, at least prepare the script in advance and don't ad lib. It looks like you have never played the game before. And use a proper camera on a tripod. The game might be good, but the video turned me off!
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Roger J December 16, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
You're complaining about a free starter kit???
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Richard T February 20, 2019 7:24 pm UTC
This video is not from Lock N Load but from Big Board Gaming. He is a YouTuber with a good channel.
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This title was added to our catalog on January 28, 2018.