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Ronin Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samurai (Osprey Wargames) [Paperback]

Craig Woodfield
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20 Aug 2013 Osprey Wargames (Book 4)
Set in an age of feuding samurai, wandering swordsmen and fearless warrior monks, Ronin is a skirmish wargame that captures the flavour and excitement of such Akira Kurosawa films as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Whether they prefer the loyal samurai retainers of a feudal lord or a horde of desperate bandits, players choose from one of several factions and build forces to battle for dominance and survival in 16th-century Japan. They may also recruit swords-for-hire to supplement their forces - masterless ronin, martial arts masters and secretive ninja will lend their skills to any commander who can afford them. A full points system, incorporating a wide range of equipment and skills, allows for detailed customisation of characters, while scenarios and a campaign system permit them to gain experience and develop over time. The fast-paced rules simulate the cut and thrust of hand-to-hand combat and require the player to make tactical decisions in the middle of a fight, immersing them in an era of war.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780968469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780968469
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Craig Woodfield is a 42 year old Defence Analyst from Canberra, Australia. He has previously written for magazines such as Slingshot and Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. He is the author of 3 wargaming supplements: Legion (for Warhammer Ancient Battles), Imperium (for Crusader) and Trajan's Dacian Wars (for Hail Caesar). He has a long-standing interest in martial arts and military history. Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena is a Spanish painter, born in Granada in 1978. He studied Architecture at university and has worked as a cover artist and illustrator for historical publications. Since 2011, when he started working in an animation studio, his professional career has been divided between published works and mainstream films.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Excellente game mechanics for Sengoku Jidai skirmishing, quick to pick up and provides a very fluid game.

Wouldn't mind seeing the experience/campaign side of it a bit more developed.

Could use a remissive index for quick finding of rules/factions/etc. and could be tidier in the editing department (for example, making sure that each faction starts on it's own page.

But overall thoroughly enjoyable and a period that though attractiva has been lacking some good quality skirmish rules.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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These are a very good set of skirmish rules for the late Sengoku Jidai, with advice to allow you to take it back to the Kamakura period and forward to the Late Edo (both Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion). It is reasonably detailed without being overly anal about it. My only complaint about the rules is that they should have had a better proof-reader - the typesetter appears to have relied on a computer spell/grammar checker. Some rules refer you to other parts of the text for explanation without a cross reference page or to a section that does not have it's own heading.

Have had one practice game already. The combats are fairly fast, but can get bloody very quickly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gaming,. 26 Dec 2013
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Another addition to the volumes of war gaming rules being brought out by osprey,and a good one too. Excellent illustrations and pictures tro
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from the Osprey stable 19 July 2014
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Fast playing, fluid game mechanics which are quick to pick up and provide the feel you would expect of a samurai encounter. What you get in Ronin is a robust system without excessive rules that you can pick up and play with no knowledge of the period beyond the odd Samurai movie.

Beyond the core rules you get information on troop types, factions and several example scenarios. Ronin is illustrated throughout with the right balance of full colour photographs of painted miniatures in 'action' and illustrations from Osprey books. To get started you only need a handful of figures and recommended forces consist of anything from 4-20 miniatures, which shouldn't add to the average gamers unpainted metal mountain and a couple of pieces of terrain. There's plenty of inexpensive MDF or rsin buildings available these days and a few well chosen items will go a long way.

I bought the Kindle edition to view on my iPad via the free Kindle app. Impressed with how quick and easy that was. However I was less impressed with the non-intuitive formatting of the pages, eg headings at the bottom of one page (screen) and the associated content on the next or a paragraph of text with the rest of the page blank and the associated diagram on the next page. That's why Ive scored Ronin 4 rather than 5 stars.

The benefit of the Kindle edition is that it goes anywhere you go and can be read on the train to work, lunchtime at work or by the pool on holiday. You can also highlight important text, book mark and annotate sections, to include house rules, amendments or working explanations of mechanics.

Thoroughly recommend this title. It's a great excuse to collect and paint up a handful of Samurai miniatures..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for 18 Feb 2014
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I needed a simple to learn game to run at our club which would also catch the players thoughts also needed to be as playable as possible with out loads of paperwork.
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