In our "club vs. club" Battle of Thermopylae wargame episode you saw us refight the land and naval battle simultaneously. For the land engagement we tried Men of Bronze by Osprey Wargames. This is a game with a lot of potential and some great concepts for hoplite-era battles.
But it's also a game in desperate need of more playtesting, that can't seem to decide if it's a skirmish game or a bigger battle system. Some of the mechanics, like the Support rules, are unworkable on the tabletop. Despite the issues, we really wanted to like Men of Bronze. And so we did what any group of gamers would do--we house-ruled the Hell out of this thing! And I'm pleased to report that our revised version of the game is actually quite fun! Our new QRS with the revisions is available 100% free, here!
You could almost play the entire game from our new QRS, but you'll still probably want a copy of the original rules from Osprey. The author of the game, Eric Farrington, addressed many of the most glaring holes in Men of Bronze with his follow-up game, Wars of the Republic. But if you want a quick, easy hoplite-era wargame, our revised version of the original is a good place to start!
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