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£417
pledged of £1,200pledged of £1,200 goal
21
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 27 2015 7:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

Why am I doing this?

I have been playing wargames of all sorts on and off since 1995, I have always been quite happy with rules available for the eras I wish to play in, until now.

Lately I have discovered the 6mm scale and it suits me for many reasons. Its financially cheaper than other scales, its easier to store and the battles are bigger. So when I bought my 6mm samurai army this year I was really annoyed at the rules sets available for this scale and era.

There are currently only a couple of rulesets for this era and neither has the 6mm scale at the forefront of its build. I knew that adaptions and conversions just would not do.  Figure removal for casualties was not going to happen either. - I had to write my own if I was to avoid the frustration of converting a game to 6mm.

Whats the aim of this kickstarter?

The aim of this kickstarter is to further research, refine and make a published set of rules that have feudal Japan and the 6mm scale in their core from the foundations to the finished book.  I have already done much research, reasoning and playtesting but now is the time it is ready for you to become involved.

Why feudal Japan?

Why not?  Feudal Japan seems to be one of the most underplayed eras of the past in wargaming, meaning most people do not already have a favourite set of rules, dedicated to 6mm, for this period - therefore its a ruleset that is needed and does not interfere with your current favourite rulesets.

"But I dont know anything about feudal Japan!"

You dont have to.  History and explanations will be in the book, not so much that they overwhelm you and not so few as to leave you with questions.  Just a nice gentle overtone that if done correctly you wont even realise your picking it up.

"But Japanese units have unpronounceable names that I don't want to learn!"

Every Japanese word will be followed by its English translation, not just once but every time you see it.  You wont have to learn a foreign language to play.  Learning the names of things Japanese is optional.

So how does this rule set differ?

Firstly, as it is impractical, this system will not demand figure removal like other games which are really meant for 15mm, 20mm, 28mm.  However you will see bases removed from play through combat.

One of the great features of this ruleset is that it uses 2D6 to determine chance.  That means instead of a random number to add to your attack, defence or morale rolls, you will get an average!  No more wild ups and downs that disappoint or infuriate but rather a steady result with variation.  This does not mean your troops wont be able to perform outstanding feats or unbelievable blunders - it just means you can expect a certain level of performance from each troop type, consistently.

Sengoku Jidai 6mm will feature a top to bottom order system.  You are the Diamyo, you are on the battle field as a figure.  The orders echo from your mouth to your subordinates ears.  Horns and drums will sound and flags will be waved in response.  Both sides give orders simultaneously in our system, so the battle lines move more naturally rather than always in response to an opponents move.  You must think, anticipate and expect the unexpected!  This gives our system a more realistic approach to line battles.


Art!

I have commissioned the artist Daniel Danborg.  He is not only very talented but also has a love and historical knowledge of the era, meaning not only do we get great art it is historically correct too!  Soon he will have finished the cover art which we will show you.

Who are these rules aimed at?  How complicated or simple is it?

These rules will designed with swift play but with detail and distinction in their delivery.  The rules will be dynamic to deliver the greatest amount of flavour with speed and ease of use.

It is expected that two players who know the rules with 20 units a side will reach a conclusion of play within 2 - 4 hours.  This time is being targeted as this is the average amount of time players have at their local wargames club.  It also means a game can be played at home in an evening.

There will be an ingenious method of play for those that want to battle over a longer period.

What exactly is being funded here?

Rules for wargamers by wargamers in support of the 6mm scale.  I can not stress this enough, the more variety and difference in 6mm we have the better as this will attract more people and allow us all to have more opponents which means more games!

Kickstarters commission and banking fees will make up 8 to 10% of the money raised.

I could just write the rules, throw them on to the internet and let it be but when did you ever think fondly of free rules from the internet?  They are often incomplete, lacking information and or generally broken.  Your paying for test playing and proof reading from the start.

I hope that in building this kickstarter it allows for support and development of the rules after publication, somewhere online players can ask questions and be answered.

Your support allows a physical hard copy of the rules that you can take to games and put on your bookshelf, not just some piece of data that will go obsolete in its format or get lost.  Digital copies might come later but for now, a physical publication is the goal.

Artwork.  An artist will be commissioned to do the front cover and artwork through out the book.

This first publication could generate simular rule mechanics in the 6mm scale for other eras.  Meaning you do not have to learn the rules for every game you play.  This is really a promise and is based on the performance of this first publication.

We are hoping to deliver this in full colour.

Can I use this ruleset for 10mm and other scales?

Yes, you could use this ruleset with conversion factors for larger scales but at heart it is a 6mm scale, base orientated system.  The difference between 10mm and 6mm is so small it could probably used in 10mm with no conflicts.

How many books will get printed?

Initially this will be a limited run.  However any funds over costs will be used to create more books and further publications.  We hope with enough support to move into new eras.


So what are you waiting for?!

We need about 60 backers to make this happen, c'mon folks! - Let's do it!

Risks and challenges

Risks I can foresee comes mostly in publishing errors which is easily overcome with proof reading and the small amount of printing of a proof set. This also allows us to test run the publishers and see if they are competent and professional.

Getting the rules right comes with proper test playing. Test playing examining data and crunching numbers and listening to anecdotal evidence will be crucial.

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