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A historical wargame that allows to recreate European conflicts in the 17th century. Lead a thundering charge of Polish winged hussars!

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Authors of 'By Fire and Sword' - Konrad Sosiński and Rafał Szwelicki - want to invite You into world of 17th century wargaming. Innovative rules, plenty of historical formations, different army lists and scenarios; all that can be found in our game. Let the battle commence!

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Dynamic, historical wargame set in the 17th century Europe.

English rulebook
English rulebook

By Fire and Sword – a historical wargame is the name of a battle system developed by the Wargamer company. We wanted to create a realistic, playable and dynamic wargame which recreates the 17th century wars fought by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Turkey, Muscovy, Sweden, Crimean Khanate and the Cossacks. Why the 17th century and the focus on Eastern Europe? The wars that were waged in the Eastern Europe during the 17th century are almost unknown to many wargamers all over the world. The Western European battlefields of the period were dominated by pike & shot infantry. In the Eastern Europe the western and eastern arts of war met. Combat was much more mobile and dynamic. In our opinion it was a unique situation. We wanted to try and recreate this in a wargame.

Cossack war wagons attacked by Tartars.
Cossack war wagons attacked by Tartars.

The game was completed in 2011, after 4 years of work, and published in Polish. At the moment the system includes the rulebook, and about 110 sets of figures, terrain elements and accessories. The system was enthusiastically received in Poland so we decided to develop it and prepare an English version. However the English edition of the game and its development by addition of more 17th century wars and campaigns requires additional funds. Kickstarter seemed the best place to acquire them and at the same time to promote our game. We would like to ask you to support a project that already exists and is successful but is limited by the language barrier and the fact that Wargamer is not a large company. These are not our dreams or plans for a distant future. Our game is ready and waits for your support so it can spread its wings. We hope that you will help us achieve this.

Swedish army on the battlefield.
Swedish army on the battlefield.

RULES

The By Fire and Sword wargame is a comprehensive system including game rules, historical background for the forces of all the combatants, battle group creation rules and scenarios, but most of all a huge number of wargaming figures representing all the military formations of the warring parties. The rules system allows for the use of a variety of tactics, formations and ways of warfare used during the 17th century by all armies participating in the conflicts. We placed particular emphasis on the issue of command and control on the battlefield and its effectiveness in various armies. Depending on the experience of gamers and number of figures available, as well as time and space for the game, By Fire and Sword battles can be played on 2 different levels. The number and types units available to the player depend on the level chosen. Game at the Skirmish level can be completed in less than an hour. The Divisional level enables recreating larger battles. In the future we will add new rules enabling playing truly epic battles. We hope that the Kickstarter campaign will help us achieve this goal.

Rulebook includes:

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction
  • Chapter 2 – Rules 
  • Chapter 3 – Scenarios 
  • Chapter 4 – Background and Army Lists
Sample pages with Scenarios.
Sample pages with Scenarios.
Army lists.
Army lists.

SCENARIOS

By Fire and Sword includes a unique scenario creation system allowing for realistic recreation of historical battles, as well as balanced rules for gaming “What if…” scenarios. For the creation of the rules we used a wide array of historical sources, the consultations of historians, own research and hands-on experience with 17th century arms and armor. What makes our system unique is that the players do not need to have armies of the same size or strength (usually dealt with by assigning point values to particular types of units). In By Fire and Sword forces of opposing armies are balanced by a unique system of scenarios and special effects.

Swedish reiters
Swedish reiters

FIGURES

From a modeler’s point of view the system will surely provide gamers with a huge range of figures for all the units of the armies of countries engaged in military operations. The Gaming figures are made of metal in the 15mm scale (figures are 15mm tall from base to eyes). We have made every effort so the figures are historically correct and true to every represented formation. In order to achieve this, just like in the case of rules, we conducted comprehensive research based on historical sources, supported by experts on 17th century military history, whose expertise helped us in many cases.

Charge of Ottoman sipahi.
Charge of Ottoman sipahi.

Models of buildings, fortifications and scenery are made in an appropriate scale and are elements of the game. Models of buildings were designed according to 17th century drawings and descriptions.

Sets of banners, designed according to preserved original specimens, drawings from the period, source descriptions and other historical sources, supplement the range of figures.

Wooden church.
Wooden church.

The book was illustrated by the best Polish artists and includes many photographs of reenactment groups’ members specializing in the 17th century. Also the famous Polish winged hussars.

Picture of Jannissary, Muscovite Strelets and Polish dragoon.
Picture of Jannissary, Muscovite Strelets and Polish dragoon.

Some information about products from By Fire and Sword range:

  • Book - hard cover, full color, 408 pages 
  • Cavalry boxes – 18-21 models
  • Infantry boxes – 36 – 41 models
  • Command boxes – vary
  • Blisters – vary 
  • Terrain sets – usually 1 building or set of smaller elements
Swedish reiters.
Swedish reiters.
Polish cavalry on the battlefield.
Polish cavalry on the battlefield.

Our team: 

  • Konrad Sosiński – based in Warsaw Poland, project manager 
  • Rafal Olszewski – based in Washington USA, distribution and logistic
  • Rafał Szwelicki – based in Warsaw Poland, game development and head sculptor 
  • Michał Paradowski – based in Edinburgh UK, historical background and public relations 
  • Łukasz Wnuk - based in Warsaw Poland, production 
  • Rafal Bagiński - based in Warsaw Poland - graphics

Our team is supported by numerous consultants and supporters as well as hired sculptors, painters, artists and modelers. Full list of person involved in our game is available here: http://www.fireandsword.wargamer.pl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=76

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We have 6 faction ready to play. English version of the rulebook is in the print house. Our team is prepared to support the game. Everything depends on amount of money gathered during the kickstarter campaign.

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    The Recruit Thank you very much. The person supporting us in this way will receive a PDF with basic By Fire and Sword rules. The PDF will be sent as soon as we prepare it.

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    The Volunteer: You will receive a PDF with basic By Fire and Sword rules. In addition we will send you a demo figures set including mounted and foot figures from various By Fire and Sword armies. You will also receive a poster of winged hussars and a figures catalogue. Please add USD 5 for postage to any location.

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    The Winged Hussar Retainer: This perk is the first to get you into By Fire and Sword combat. If you choose this perk you will receive the whole Volunteer bundle and a copy of the By Fire and Sword Rulebook. Please add USD 25 For postage to any location – sorry but the rulebook is huge and very heavy!

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    The Winged Hussar Companion: You will receive the whole Winged Hussar Retainer bundle. In addition you may choose any one boxed set for any faction. You will also receive a limited colonel Wołodyjowski figure – a hero of the Sienkiewicz Trilogy. Please add USD 25 for postage to any location.

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    The Winged Hussar Bannerman: You will receive the whole Winged Hussar Companion apart from the boxed figures set. Instead you will receive a Skirmish starter set for a faction of your choice. This set allows to begin your By Fire and Sword adventure. In addition the Winged Hussar Bannerman will receive colonel Wołodyjowski and his friend Longinus Podbipięta. Please add USD 25 for postage to any location.

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    The Winged Hussar Lieutenant: Perk granting an Officer Commission – as we reach more stretch goals you will receive additional gifts and benefits. The Winged Hussar Lieutenant will receive the whole Winged Hussar Bannerman bundle + additional Skirmish Force boxed set. This bundle allows two persons to play a game of By Fire and Sword. In addition the Winged Hussar Lieutenant will receive colonel Wołodyjowski, Longinus Podbipięta and Jan Skrzetuski. Please add USD 25 for postage to any location.

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    The Winged Hussar Rotamaster: Perk granting an Officer Commission You will receive the whole Winged Hussar Lieutenant bundle. In addition you will receive: any 3 boxed sets that will allow you to expand your starter set. You will also receive a set of banners for the faction of your choice and a set of metal order tokens. In addition you will also receive a whole set of Trilogy figures – it will be joined by the famous Onufry Zagłoba. Please add USD 25 for postage to any location.

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    Set for 2 Skirmish Commanders: This is a bundle for two friends who want to start an adventure with By Fire and Sword. Everything in this bundle comes in twos. The bundle includes the following: 2 demo figures sets, 2 catalogues, 2 posters, 2 rulebooks, 2 starter sets for any factions, 2 order token sets and 2 banners sets. In addition each player will receive a Trilogy figures set (4 heroes). Please add USD 40 for postage to any location.

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    Colonel: Perk granting an Officer Commission A Colonel needs a really big army. Commanding a reconnaissance force is belowy your ambitions. Division is the right level for you. You will receive the whole Winged Hussar Rotamaster bundle but instead of 3 boxed sets you will receive 4 boxed sets of your choice. You will be able to dress for war – you will receive a t-shirt of a faction of your choice. You will also receive banners and metal order tokes sets. In addition you will get a full Trilogy figures set (4 limited edition figures). In your rulebook you will find a special dedication from the authors of the game. Please add USD 40 for postage to any location.

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    General: Perk granting an Officer Commission General is a true strategist. One army is not enough for a general. You might want to try out several in battle before you decide which to lead. The General perk will enable such experiments. The General will receive 5 starter sets and 5 metal order tokens sets. Of course the General will also receive: a demo set, a poster, a catalogue, a t-shirt of a faction of your choice, full Trilogy heroes figures set and a rulebook with dedication. Please add USD 40 for postage to any location.

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    The Field Hetman: The Field Hetman is the first perk granting Nobility. As we reach more stretch goals you will receive additional gifts and benefits. These perks are for people who want to support us in a substantial way but also who expect a very special treatment on our part. As a result the number of people that will be able to use these perks is limited. The Field Hetman perk may be purchased by no more than 5 persons. The Field Hetman will receive: a demo figures set, a poster and a catalogue. In addition you will receive a full Trilogy heroes set, order tokens set, rulebook with dedication, t-shirt of the faction of your choice and a huge 100x150cm winged hussar poster with the autograph of the artist: Mariusz Kozik. The Field Hetman will receive the Skirmish Force set painted by our ‘court’ painter. You will also receive 5 painted and ready-to-play terrain elements: an inn, a windmill, a farm, a hill and a forest. Please add USD 60 for postage to any location.

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    The Grand Hetman: This is another of the perks granting Nobility but this time only for 2 persons. The Grand Hetman will receive: 2 rulebooks (one for playing and the other for your bookshelf), the Trilogy figures set painted by out ‘court’ painter, t-shirt of the faction of your choice and a huge 100x150cm winged hussar poster with the autograph of the artist, 2 painted and ready-to-play starter sets and 2 order token sets. The Grand Hetman will also receive a set of 8 painted and ready-to-play terrain set (8 elements): an inn, a church, a windmill, a farm, 2 hills and 2 forests.

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    The Wealthy Magnate: Perk granting Nobility. The Wealthy Magnate, as it was in the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, wanted to have everything. We respect such attitude and as a result the Wealthy Magnate will simply get everything. The Wealthy Magnate will receive all the standard bonuses. In addition you will of course receive: a deluxe poster with the artist’s autograph, a t-shirt of your choice, a painted Trilogy set, 2 rulebooks with dedications. As the Wealthy Magnate wants everything we will give you one set of every item in the By Fire and Sword range produced up to now. This means that you will receive at least: 5 starter sets, 40 boxed sets, 17 blister sets, 33 terrain elements sets and 6 metal order tokens sets. As far as the banners ate concerned you will receive all the designs that we have. This is not all – the Wealthy Magnate will receive a subscription of all new By Fire and Sword sets (1 of each) for 1 year. In the 17th century Poland the magnates were fond of originality and luxury so especially for the Wealthy Magnate our sculptors will make a 15mm mounted portrait of you in a 17th century attire of your choice. The Wealthy Magnate will receive the original figure, 1 painted copy and 20 unpainted copies.

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    The Royal Prince: Perk granting Nobility. This is an absolutely unique set of bonuses for one person alone that supports us with the highest amount. The bonuses will be prepared by us according to the requirements of the Prince. Each element will be consulted with you by the members of our team so that Your Highness is properly appreciated. The Prince will receive all the standard bonuses: demo figures set, a catalogue and a poster. Of course you will also receive: a deluxe poster with the artist’s autograph, a t-shirt of your choice, a painted Trilogy set, 2 rulebooks with dedications. In addition we will paint for you two Divisional sets of your choice. The figures will be painted by our ‘court’ painter according to the instructions of Your Highness. In addition the Prince will be able to choose any 10 terrain element sets that we will paint and prepare for you. You will also receive metal order tokens sets and all the banners for the factions of your choice. If Your Highness takes the trouble to arrive at Salute 2013 to London we will prepare for you a private demonstration game held by author of the game - Rafał Szwelicki. But this is not all… The Prince will be portrayed by us as any 17th century monarch – after all the Prince has blue blood in his veins. You will be able to choose who you want to be and what pose will the figure have. The Prince’s figure will also receive a model entourage. The Prince will receive one painted figure and 20 unpainted copies. Moreover we shall not forget about Your Highness in the future. You will receive a free-of-charge subscription of all new By Fire and Sword sets for 2 years!

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