The Waving Flag: Sword & Spear Demonstration

Monday 20 October 2014

Sword & Spear Demonstration

On Sunday Robert Taylor organised a demonstration game of Mark Lewis's new Sword & Spear rules at MAWS. All credit must go to Mark for running the demonstration himself.

Sadly, I couldn't attend because I had already arranged a 650 point game of Field of Glory (FOG) Renaissance. However, I was able to sit in for while after my game had finished and take a few photos.

Graham (standing) watching over Mark's shoulder (right).

I don't think it's fair to comment on the rules in any detail as I only watched part of a phase. They seemed straight forward enough and there are lots of reviews on Mark's website. I will however make three observations:
  1. The demonstration was well attended and the novel command and control mechanisms seemed to be keeping everyone engaged in the four player game.
  2. Sword & Spear requires a lot of record keeping. It's not paper record keeping but you do need a means of keeping track of which units have been activated each turn, or have had action deferred, or have taken hits. As the game developed there seemed to be dice everywhere.
  3. I did get chance to flick through a printed version of the rules and they are very well presented and a snip at £6.00 for the pdf version.
Here's hoping Sword & Spear continues to attract new players. There's also a Fantasy version in development. More details at Mark's website.

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