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|
|Contents||12-page, digest-sized rules booklet|
|Publisher||Second edition published 1986 by Editions Brokaw|
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|8 February 1999||Bryan's page has new URL|
|5 April 1998||Bryan's page has new URL|
|13 October 1997||added cover picture|
|3 October 1997||corrected bases|
|2 October 1997||page first published|
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