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Posts tagged “Byzantine Games”

Sengoku Jidai: Shadow of the Shogun Released

"This samurai-stuffed Pike & Shot spin-off is currently my favourite wargame of 2016," our resident warmaster Tim Stone declared when he looked at Sengoku Jidai: Shadow of the Shogun [official site] last week. Unless young Master Stone has flitted to a new warflower like a warhummingbird since then, you can now get into the same groove as our lad. That will bring you one step…

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Feature: Wargame and simulation blather

The Flare Path: A Roundhead Reflects

Apologies. This brief but heartfelt Pike & Shot: Campaigns recommendation is going to be heavy on the assumptions and inferences. Expect lots of statements like... The game's unscripted version of the Great Turkish War is probably highly entertaining... Swedes will almost certainly adore the Gustavus Adolphus campaign... Multiplayer should be a hoot... I suspect there's some cracking engagements amongst the historical battle selection... You see…

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Deathshed: Pike And Shot – Tercio To Salvo

Pike And Shot: Tercio To Salvo [official site] is an intimidating name for an expansion. You might know what a pike is, you almost certainly know what a shot is, but what the devil is a Tercio? An abrupt Italian Count? And what about Salvo? A cut-price branded soothing skin ointment? Fear not. Even if you don't know a keil from a kurassier, Pike And…

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Feature: Looks like a roundhead, plays like a cavalier

Pike And Shot review

The Sixteenth Century equivalent of a Tiger tank was called a tercio. With a crew of between 1000 and 2000 souls, it moved extremely slowly, relying on its porcupine bristle of polearms for defence and its buttresses of constantly circulating arquebusiers and musketeers for attack. To have faced one of these ball-spewing, smoke-wreathed behemoths in battle would have been truly terrifying. To have had one…

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Feature: Wargame & simulation blather

The Flare Path: Edges Towards Edgehill

Growing up in the Seventies my favourite comic was probably Meteor, my favourite story within Meteor, Paddy the Pikeman. Paddy the Pikeman was set just after the English Civil War and told the story of an unemployed soldier who travelled round England righting wrongs and solving problems with the aid of an 18 foot-long polearm. One issue he might use his unwieldy weapon to push…

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