Second Thunder Launches Open Combat Skirmish Game

October 16, 2014 by brennon

Recently over on Gav Thorpe’s blog he talked about a new game he has been helping a friend produce called Open Combat. The game is a quick and easy way of playing with pretty much any pre-gunpowder miniatures in your collection by Carl Brown of Second Thunder

Open Combat #1

Open Combat #2

The game allows you to build any kind of warband you like from historical, to the mythological, to the fantastical and you can even play around with the statistics of your warriors to bend things to your liking.

Open Combat #3

Open Combat #4

A bit more information…

  • Use any miniatures & terrain you have
  • Only a small area required (24″x24″)
  • Suitable for pre-gunpowder historical periods and fantasy settings
  • Customise the characteristics of your fighters, ‘stat’ them any way you like.
  • Fast setup and play time (30-40mins)

…so it seems like this could well be one of the easiest ways to get yourself into some basic wargaming, allowing you to recreate scenarios and interesting moments when you feel like it in a reliable way. The creators are also looking for input from those that play the game through emailing

There are already some ideas for expansions in the works that layer on a bit more complexity and it sounds like they have a good modular system in mind where you just bolt on what you need for a given skirmish.

Will you be checking this out?

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