Heres the full post, you can find more updates in the War and Conquest section of the Scarab forum www.scarabminiatures.ccom
or the yahoo group along with the outcome of the game noted below. The yahoo group also have discussed the Sunday night game mentioned below.
We are, as per the original post, looking at the September show season for release of War and Conquest.
As someone else asked on the War and Conquest Yahoo group I thought it was a good moment for a quick update. Those of you here helping with play testing and reading can of course laugh or grimance suitably
Hi Gareth and every body else reading this.
Timely email question as I was planning to put together an update but as you will read below, been somewhat incapaciated!
Regarding advance release date of back end of August its currently touch and go. As those who were at Partizan toward the end of May will know, I had recently done something to my lower back and as I type this (July 9), its only just finally showing signs of proper recovery (eg I can sit down for more than a few minutes and actually concentrate)
Despite that, session two of photos have been completed and we start work on a proper layout and general pull together starting next week. Then toward the end of the month its a set of rigourous editting, tinkering again with the rules (more on that in a moment), more photos and then finalising all the details to get the book to the printers.
Having been semi out of action, I have been rethinking some of the rules and looking at ways to streamline them. Some of this has worked, some of this hasn't. I want a game thats challenging but striaght forward to play so we don't have to keeping looking at rules. Progress is being made in that department but I still think I am missing a trick in a couple of places. I will keep at it.
One thing definitely hasn't changed though, War and Conquest will not improve your dice (or even die) rolling. A scorpio crew can testify to that. This afternoon, they rolled five consectutive "ones". As I write this, they just passed a morale test after taking a casualty, but are staring down the hill at a couple of warbands who are very keen to get their hands on some Roman technology!
As you might guess its all kicking off in the next turn, so who wins the strategic advantage and gets the turn could prove decisive! Actually in fairness, on the other Roman flank its already kicked off, but while the veteran legion are dealing out death, the barbarians are proving somewhat enthused about dying and are refusing to run anywhere. A product of 3D6 and choose the lowest two, no special rules in sight.
The centre is more tight, the legate and his unit are hanging in there exchanging flowers with their opponents but one set of high dice rolls could swing it either way. However it does look grim for the Romans, all the light troops and cavalry are done for, and one final unit of legionaires stands beside that scorpio crew on a gentle hill, awaiting their fate, or glory..
With all that said and done, I still anticipate the book being on general release in September as orignally planned even though I also have to fit a house move in there somewhere as well! Just I won't lift any boxes..
If anyone is in the vicinty of Iron Acton tomorrow (its near Yate, nr Bristol UK) I will be running through a game of War and Conquest from just after 6pm at the vilage Hall, this is the home of the Bristol Big Uns wargames club so if you want to perhaps see some photos, see the cover and chat about the rules, then drop by.
We also have a Great War gaming day in Bingham, Nottinghamshire late July, you can get details of that from our forum and no doubt there will be some more to see War and Conquest wise there as well.
Oh and Greek Command are now done, and should be on sale in the next couple of weeks.
Many thanks for your support and no doubt as we get nearer the release date, your patience
Finally, whilst in theory the rules for the scorpio seem good, theres no predicting what happens in a game of toy soldiers when dice are involved!