Introducing Open Combat – new skirmish rules for pre-gunpowder historical periods or fantasy settings

By Polar_Bear
In Ancients
Oct 11th, 2014

Second Thunder has a new set of rules for pre-gunpowder and fantasy miniatures. The game’s called Open Combat.


From them to you:

Open Combat is a tabletop miniature wargame suitable for any pre- gunpowder historical period or fantasy setting.

A fast-paced skirmish-level game that lets you create the heroes, battles and adventures of your imagination.

You can guide the ragtag remains of a Roman expeditionary force through barbarian territory, become a Saxon lord with his retinue as they face off against a local rival, or chart the story of a group of adventurers fighting for fortune and glory in a goblin-infested wilderness. It could be anything you wish to play out on the tabletop.

Open Combat features a Renown system which you use to build your warband. You literally create the characteristics for the members of your warband, adding weapons, skills and abilities to make the fighters your vision of what they represent.

You can use any miniatures you own, free to create the battles and encounters that you want to play with the heroes (and their enemies) as strong (or weak) as you and your opponent choose to make them.

You only need a 24″x24″ area to play, games last 30-40mins and you only need three regular six-sided dice.

So give it a try – if your miniature collection and buying habits are anything like the authors we think you’ll like it!

Published by Second Thunder, a new independent publisher of hobby games and rules.

Open Combat includes photography of miniatures from the personal collection of the author. Special thanks go to Gripping Beast, Hasslefree Miniatures, Heresy Miniatures, Mantic Games, Reaper Miniatures, Wargames Factory and Warlord Games.

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  • Thanks for posting this Polar Bear!

    Neil at Meeples and Miniatures posted a short blog post about the game on Friday here’s his site

    Another chap that has bought the game has also posted a blog post about his first experience with the game here

  • StygianBeach

    Will there be a printed version?

    • Eventually but we’ve got no date set for that. I’m trying to build the business slowly and organically so will go to a printed edition once the funds are in place to commit to it.

  • Picked these up a few days ago and am impressed by the ideas in the game, it has simple to learn mechanics and the toolkit approach to warband creation means I can try out lots of different games

    who knows I might finally find a use for all the odds and sods I have in my lead pile

  • A quick update (apologies for the touch of threadomancy)

    Gav Thorpe (the chap that helped me out during development of the rules) has posted a piece on his blog about Open Combat – you can see it here.