Osprey Publishing announces Steampunk minis wargame rules

By Polar_Bear
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Apr 13th, 2012
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Osprey Publishing is coming out with their own Steampunk-themed miniatures skirmish wargame titled “In Her Majesty’s Name.”

From the release:

With the cover artwork in, we thought it was time to reveal the third title in the Osprey Wargames series: In Her Majesty’s Name: Steampunk Skirmish Wargaming Rules by Craig Cartmell!

The year is 1895, and the world is in turmoil. The wondrous inventions of Charles Babbage have launched a scientific revolution that has given the world miniaturized steam engines, electric lights and motors, arc weapons, hydrogen and helium dirigibles, road trains, calculating artillery engines, and sea and land dreadnoughts. The one thing these marvellous advances have not brought is peace. Every Great Power has been jostling its rivals for resources and the latest technology.

Although there have been few open conflicts between the major powers, a state of undeclared and secret war exists between them all. Instead of traditional warfare, governments employ small, ‘adventuring companies’ to strike against their foes, raiding factories, stealing technology and artefacts, and kidnapping or rescuing persons of importance.

In Her Majesty’s Name allows players to assemble their own adventuring companies of 4 to 15 agents, and pit them against their opponents in a tabletop battle. A small game can be played on a 24” by 24” table and typically lasts about 45 minutes. Larger games can be played on any table size and tend to last 2 to 3 hours. The game has been designed to allow maximum versatility for the players – if they can imagine it, they can create it within the system. There is, however, a wealth of material in the book that covers weird science, mystical powers, and a range of pre-generated adventuring companies, including the British Explorers’ Society, the US Secret Service, the Prussian Thule Society, Chinese Black Hand and Ancient Egyptian Cults dedicated to the restoration of the Pharaohs.

As a special bonus today, the Osprey Blog has a couple preview sketches of the interior artwork…

In Her Majesty’s Name is a complete game in one 64-page book. It is due out in March 2013 and will retail for £11.99/$17.95.

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  • kalamadea

    This post is outdated, Osprey instead decided to name the game G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. and it’s out already.

    In all seriousness, it’ll take a bit more info on the actual system to get me excited about this. The price is right, but it’s just generic steampunk rules without a figure line to go with it, so everything hinges on how well the rules are written and how well it allows for any craziness you want to do. G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. already does this exact same thing and does it quite well, these are gonna have to be fantastic to get people to change.

  • Nosaj Verush

    So what r the first two titles in their war gaming series?

    • Cherno

      Maybe they count the cooperation with Ambush Alley Games as “their” first games.

    • Field of Glory and Tomorrow’s War. Force on force could make it three if you count that fully as Osprey.

  • Shades

    There’s also a recently published ruleset called Wolsung, which does have a line-up of miniatures to accompany it.

  • scottjm

    This could be the greatest rule set ever, but according to the news item it’s not coming out till next March. How about holding off till closer to the release data.

  • matholwch

    Hi Kalamadea et al.,

    Actually the post is not outdated. These are brand new rules aimed at skirmish level wargaming in the Steampunk Milieu. How do I know this? Well I am one of the authors 🙂

    The rules are aimed to be usable with most of the current Victorian SF and Steampunk miniatures lines currently in production, so that people are not tied to a single manufacturer.

    I’m afraid that we can’t share the core rules system with you yet as it is currently still in pre-production, but be assured we will do so as soon as we can. What I can say is that the core rules can be learnt during a single game and there will be the ability for people to easily design and cost their own figures, equipment and forces from the rules.

    Cheers,
    Craig.

    If you wish to examine my pedigree, please check out the link below:
    http://thegamesshed.wordpress.com

  • Cherno

    Thanks for the clarification, it’s always nice to hear it straight from the “author’s mouth”. If the rules are a good as the usual great art we have come to expect from Orsprey Publishing, this could be a winner.

  • matholwch

    Hi Cherno,

    The proof of a pudding is in the eating. However, we are selecting only the finest ingredients 😉

    As we approach publication we will be releasing more information here and on my blog, so keep an eye on us.

    Cheers,
    Craig.