Will McNally has this set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence. What makes these rules different is that they come with free software! Once the orders of battle are set up, the rules are run by a computer through clicking on options with a mouse. The rules run on MS-DOS, but can, of course, be run in a DOS box in Windows 98 or XP. If you’re like me, and have an old MS-DOS laptop sitting around, this could be a perfect use for it.
I’ve always thought that there was great potential for using laptops in miniature wargaming. Even better: someone should write a program for managing tabletop games with a PalmPilot.
This Yahoo group has free wargames rules for recreating battles of the Indian Wars in the Old Northwest: the French and Indian War through the Blackhawk War.
Jim Wallman’s Little Lambent Meteors is a set of free wargames rules for 18th Century riots, using 15mm figures.
Black Powder is a set of free wargames rules by Wes Rogers for skirmish warfare in the period 1600 – 1870.