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Trial by Battle is a set of wargames rules for playing games set in the Medieval period of history. They are designed to be easy to learn and to play and are ideal for a quick game. They are ideal for players who are not very familiar with wargames rules or who don’t have hours to play with. Sometimes this type of ruleset is called a “beer and pretzels” game. Neither beer nor pretzels are required to play, but a game is always more enjoyable with good refreshments.  

The rules aim to be representative of how medieval armies fought but aren’t an exact simulation. They don’t provide for all the different variations in types of soldiers and armies during the Medieval period. For instance, there is an Archers unit that can represent crossbowmen or longbowmen. The rules provide the framework for an enjoyable Medieval wargame that captures the feel of battles in the Middle Ages.  

The rules include six scenarios and some sample army lists to help you get started. 

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Paul M August 30, 2023 9:12 pm UTC
Trial by Battle is a simple set of medieval rules that gives a satisfyingly challenging game. Armies consist of 6-8 units, although the rules would certainly cope with larger forces. Troops are divided into types which reflect those found in typical medieval armies. Units collect attrition points which lead to courage tests. Units can suddenly disintegrate or grimly carry on fighting.
The rules also contain representative army lists and a set of scenarios that could be linked into a campaign.
Players are encouraged to modify the rules to suit their own interpretation of medieval warfare.
Recommended to beginners and veteran players alike.

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Paul E August 25, 2023 8:55 am UTC
Some innovative ideas in this simple rule set. Really looking forward to trying them out.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 13, 2023.
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