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A Gentleman's War


A Gentleman’s War is a simple game involving toy soldiers of the classic style. It is a relaxed
and relaxing game, where enough depends on the turn of a card and the roll of a handful of
dice to say that our disasters are pure chance, but enough cunning decision-making to claim
our victories as acts of brilliant generalship.

Our model soldiers are very brave, obedient, and generally do what we want them to. Players
are expected to behave in a friendly manner, and conduct themselves as gentlemen (or ladies,
as is appropriate). There are lots of six-sided dice, saving rolls, proper distances in inches,
and a general sense that there ought to be salmon-and-cucumber sandwiches and tea, or

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Simon W November 03, 2021 1:21 pm UTC
Hi Howard.

Not really to do with these rules but what is the best way of contacting you with questions about your Honour and Fortune rules that I have just bought from QRF? Cheers

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Howard W November 03, 2021 5:50 pm UTC
You can reach me at BUT remember I wrote these rules in 1986. If you want rules interpretations, your idea may be at least as valid as mine :)
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Jon S October 14, 2021 4:42 pm UTC
I bought a softbound copy of this from a different seller which means I can't review it here... which is a shame because if I did, I'd give it five stars and tell everyone how brilliant it is.
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Howard W November 03, 2021 5:51 pm UTC
See, that's what we want to hear! We have a Facebook page called, oddly enough, 'A Gentleman's War.'
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Alex K January 08, 2021 8:53 am UTC
I recently purchased this set of rules; they are excellent! I particularly like the activation and movement rules. The act of removing dice for movement based on other actions is a very clever and elegant solution.

I do have a couple of questions, hopefully this is a good place to post.
The first is on counter-charging:
- what is the main purpose of it? I couldn’t find any specific paragraph on it other than the mention in the combat table of +1 to cavalry attacking other cavalry that didn’t counter-charge. Is the purpose to prevent the opponent gaining that +1 advantage? What about infantry vs infantry?
- where do two units meet on the battlefield if the target counter-charges? At the distance rolled by the counter-charging unit?

My other questions are on flank/rear attacks:
- when you say turn to face, does that mean I can wheel my unit in line by 90 degrees to face a flank attack (using an action) or do you mean each soldier pivots so that they...See more
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Howard W January 10, 2021 2:14 am UTC
Hey Alex - let me answer those questions. They aren't numbered, so see if you can follow what I am answering!

HW: Counter-charging is the normal response of cavalry to being charged. It’s what they do. In AGW a unit that doesn’t counter-charge is at a disadvantage of 1, as you say. Also, since ‘Gallant’ is the most common cavalry Distinction – which only counts when attacking – a unit that fails to coutercharge is very likely to be ‘2 down’ and at a serious disadvantage. This is is less of an issue with infantry, who will probably do better to stand and shoot their attackers – but, obviously, that depends who they are. Savages like, say, Afghan fanatics or the Russian Guard, might want to countercharge.

I didn’t go into ‘where they meet’, but I’d suggest that, unless the counter-chargers roll a very low score for distance, they ought to ‘meet in the middle.’

HW: The first of these, wheeling or pivoting as needed to face the threat. In...See more
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Alex K January 10, 2021 10:49 am UTC
Hi Howard, thanks very much for the reply.

That makes perfect sense re counter-charging, ie it depends what distinctions you’ve kitted your units out with as to whether it’s important (always for cavalry!).

Regarding the flank vs rear attacks: so if you are unable to turn and face a flank attack (outside your 45 arc) you fight with half your men, and if unable to face a rear attack you roll on the table.

I guess my confusion arose from the example which said 2 of the Loamshires were able to turn and fight, which suggested despite it counting as a rear attack, the 43 Ligne were making contact with the Loamshire flank, otherwise 6 men would have been able to fight on a roll of 5 if the contact was to the rear (1 rank turning for rear contact vs 1 file for side contact).

I appreciate now that this is possible as the line denoting the rear attack is drawn from the front of the target unit. This would be more evident against a target in attack or march column...See more
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Howard W January 12, 2021 1:36 am UTC
I think the example probably isn't as well-written as it seemed at the time. Sorry. I lnew what the battlefield looked like in my mind ---

In theory a direct attack from the rear is more, erm, defensible than one from a direct flank attack. The Gloucesters turned to defeat an attack like that at Aboukir in 1801, IIRC. But, chances are, either one will demolish the target unit.
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Vidal B March 24, 2019 10:34 pm UTC
What period(s) does it cover?
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Roderick R March 24, 2019 11:37 pm UTC
Shiny Toy Soldiers, roughly 1860-1913, but without the harsh reality of History.
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Edgar T March 25, 2019 11:45 am UTC
So, I couldn’t do 18th century Imagi-nations?
Haha! just kidding. I know I can!
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Roderick R March 25, 2019 2:45 pm UTC
Howard has even used 'em for Medieval, so anything is possible.
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Hayri A April 01, 2019 12:16 pm UTC
If the period has soldiers standing in line and shooting, these rules will work just fine. There is even some optional rules for these periods. I played in the author's AWI game at Cold Wars. The rules worked very well. Great fun!
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