Sunday, 16 January 2011

AKULA's Rules :Skirmish Edition (AR:SE)

AKULA'S Rules:Skirmish Edition (AR:SE) started as a bit of a joke amongst friends.

A bunch of us were running a participation game at Salute, a few years back, and needed a set of rules for a game with upwards of 500 individually based figures (mostly zombies), for up to 8 players, at a time, that would last no more than roughly 2 hours. Most of the players would not have seen the rules previously (or be hungover on the day), and so the rules needed to be quick to pick up, and fast-playing.

The original draft was literally written on the back of an envelope - in the past couple of years, nearly a thousand gamers have played one of the variants, or at least downloaded the rules.

Since, the first draft of AR:SE, for the Salute game, the rules have been tightened up, through gaming them on a regular basis, and rules have been added for different types of zombies. This revised set "Total AR:SE", now forms the basis of most of my zombie games, and is free to download from this page.

Feel free to tweak the rules, as you see fit, but I would appreciate it, if you don't claim credit for them, or try to make money on the back of them. They are intentionally brief - the temptation will be, to keep adding rules, for greater "realism", but this misses the point of the rules set. My philosophy is to play what I call "mass skirmish" games, ie lots of figures on the table, but you still get a result, in a reasonable amount of time. Extra rules could over complicate things, lead to disagreements, or unbalance the mechanics of the game, and so should be treated with caution.

The second set of rules, on this page - "Half AR:SE'd" were written for a participation game, I ran in 2010, for Hasslefree Miniatures. This variant has weapons specific to the Hasslefree game, and added rules for the Hasslefree Alien races, including the Mawe, and the Mesaan.

I am currently working on the version for one of the Frothers games for Salute 2011 - the game is a tabletop homage to the Battlefield Bad Company 2 game, and the rules will be called "Bad AR:SE".

Future variants will support by other projects, so expect to see other rules for Aliens, Robots etc - all will be free to download.

Enjoy your gaming!