Starship Troopers For Dirtside

Here are some rules for using the Dirtside II system to recreate battles from Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.

Fistfull of Tripods Rules

Ty Beard’s Fistfull of Tripods is a set of free wargames rules for fighting battles from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. It is a tactical level game, where one stand is a platoon. I’ts designed for 1/300 (6mm) scale figures.

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Ironbow rules

From The Perfect Captain, Ironbow is one of their series of beautifully illustrated wargames where the graphics are not just eyecandy, but integrated into the rules and play of the game. Truly innovative stuff. Ironbow covers the crusades era from 1096 to 1192.

Hot Lead and Steel Sinews Yahoo Group

The Hot Lead and Steel Sinews Yahoo group focuses on pulp-era gaming. There are also a set of playtest rules for the period, called “Noir.” Unlike other adventure-miniatures games, this set of free wargames rules is specifically focuses on the period, featuring such things as “hero points” to capture the flavor of the pulp novels.

Age of Sail Campaign

David Manley has written campaign rules for the 1782-1783 naval campaign between the French and British off the coast of India. Manley writes:

Between February 1782 and June 1783 the fleets of French captain Pierre Andre de Suffren de St. Tropez and British Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes fought a series of naval actions along the Indian Coromandel coast in what has become one of the most popular campaign settings for wargamers of the age of sail. Five actions, all largely inconclusive and fought between fleets that were relatively equal in numbers, were fought on the Coromandel Coast, at Sadras, Providien, Cuddalore, Negapatam and Trincomalee.