Sandpit Showdown: Wild West and Civil War Rules

Sandpit Showdown is a set of free wargames rules for backyard battles with army men in the Wild West and Civil War.

Fire and Discipline Wargames Rules for 1740 to 1850

Fire and Discipline was originally published (in 1988) to cover tactical warfare from 1740-1850. It is now in two versions, one focusing on firepower, the other on discipline. Both versions use the same basing and organization structure. The rules are lengthy because many simple questions are answered with the clarification examples. Optional rules are included to allow for more realistic and slower play for those who prefer it. After learning the rules most players will be able to play a friendly game by using only the pullout charts.

Fog of War Rules For Horse and Musket Games

Phil Johnson and Les Benoot offer a pdf download of fog of war rules for the horse and musket era. These are a generic add on for other horse and musket rules sets, and are intended to reflect the problems offered by visibility and scouting on command control.

Republic and Empire Rules

Arofan Gregory offers Republic and Empire, a set of free wargames rules for 19th Century warfare.

Gregory writes:

These rules are intended to be used for any land conflict from the Napoleonic Wars through the Second Anglo-Boer War. Encompassing both colonial actiosn and conflicts between technologically advanced powers, they are intended for those who wish to recreate the lesser known conflicts of the period, for which specifically tailored rules sets are often not available. They are designed as a framework that is easily modified to fit the specific situation being recreated. Alternately, these rules are good for those who wish to play battalion-level games that move quickly, as a change of pace from more complicated games … Toward this end, any consistent basing system can be used …

Battle of the Little Big Horn Rules

Battle of the Little Big Horn is a set of free wargames rules for fighting Custer’s Last Stand. You need to turn over your email to get a copy of the rules, but it doesn’t look to me like some sort of sophisticated anti-wargamer phishing scheme.