I just received my copy that I have been waiting months for. First let me say that they are a strong 8 out of 10. Next let me say that I have yet to play them. I have read it through, twice. I own and have played both "Men Who Would Be Kings" and "Chosen Men" and can see the influence of both sets of rules. They have taken the best from those games and applied them here. Let's just say that I will continue to play "MWWBK" because of the different time period and locations. "Rebels and Patriots" may replace "Chosen Men". "Rebels and Patriots" campaigns are all North American based., which lends itself to light infantry tactics.
Let's start with the few negatives. These are small issues. I don't like the officer character rules. The officer is now more like a D &D character. I can see where it can be fun, at times, and I can see ways around it. The book is poorly edited. There are a number of locations where the addition of a word or two may resolve some confusion, also the word "of" is used in a number of locations, where I believe that "off" was intended. The term used to describe the army force you build is "company". Brigade or Legion may have been a better choice.
That said, on to the positives. Where "Chosen Men" has a limited list of troops and limited campaigns, "Rebels and Patriots" has a long list of campaigns to draw on. "R and P" has a limited list of troop types, such as 'Skirmishers', 'Shock Infantry', and 'Light Cavalry', but these can all be modified, both up and down. Your "company" could have a unit of green militia skirmishers and a unit of Morgan's Rifles, skirmishers with sharpshooter skills. You pay a little more for them to get them to that level. The "company" is based on 24 points. You purchase your troops to fit within that points range. Whatever North American troop types you have, there is a way to make them fit into the troop types of the game.
Although the game is designed for North American campaigns, I can see using the rules to fight European campaigns. Most European troops can be easily adapted to these rules. I can also see that by doubling the available points to 48, a more European feel battle could be fought.
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Games (4 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472830229
- ISBN-13: 978-1472830227
- Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 0.7 x 24.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)