Wargaming the Age of Marlborough

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Brief Description

These rules find their basis in the Le Kriegspiel series of rules, which were originally published in France and translated into English in the 1960's. Wargaming the Age of Marlborough aims to update these rules to the current state-of-the-art, while narrowing the focus to the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

The basic units are battalions (infantry), squadrons (cavalry), and companies (artillery). The rules cover melee, ranged combat, charges and morale. Movement rules allow a variety of speeds, depending upon formation (for infantry) or the amount of maneuvering desired (cavalry). Formations allowed are single- and double-line, square, and column. Written orders and the use of leaders are suggested but not required. The rules are written in a condensed fashion which compresses a lot of information into very few pages. Use of charts is minimized.

Balanced armies can be constructed using a points system. Sample organizations are given for Anglo-Dutch, Austrian, Bavarian, French, Russian, and Swedish units. Special rules emphasize the differences between the forces of various nations.

Period Age of Marlborough
Ground Scale Unstated
Time Scale Unstated
Figure Scale 40-60 cavalry or infantry per figure
4-6 guns per figure
Miniature Scales Intended for use with 15mm figures
Type # of figures Suggested Stand Size*
width x depth
Infantry 3 1" x 1/2"
Cavalry 1" x 1"
Artillery 1 gun
2 crewmen
1" x 1 1/2"
* as given us by the designer
Contents 12-page, digest-sized rules booklet
Designer Pat Condray
Publisher Second edition published 1986 by Editions Brokaw

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Online Resources

Bryan Stroup's Marlborough Webpage
Includes rules errata, scenarios, designer's notes, photographs, reference material, and information on miniatures.

If you know of other resources for this game, or if you have material you would like to make available to the Net, please let us know.

Last Updates
8 February 1999Bryan's page has new URL
5 April 1998Bryan's page has new URL
13 October 1997added cover picture
3 October 1997corrected bases
2 October 1997page first published
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