Thursday, 5 March 2015
Man at War Announcement
I have just picked up a post from Mike Whitaker on his blog "Trouble at T'Mill" about an announcement from Man at War.
I got into Napoleon at War, the rule set, from its concept and was really taken with the clever ideas that underpinned the rules. My figures are based appropriately for their rules. I really thought they would make the whole era of the Napoleonic Wars more appealing to the new generation of players brought up with Games Workshop and Flames of War; in that they simplified the whole thing about putting these armies together and the abilities that made the armies different without being simple and meaningless.
Bringing Napoleonic wargaming down to divisional level with ready to paint units that look like units (very FOW) was a great concept to attract these newer players. Personally, I could have done without the list building, points collating, how do I win in one move, aspects (very FOW) and I was disappointed that the range of figures were not compatible with other large 15mm/18mm ranges. For us players with collections already established that was not a great move. However, the FOW principles made commercial sense, and I have a feeling that once a lot of players have grown tired of the competitive scene, they are still left with a love for the period and move on to more scenario based games.
In the last 18 months it was clear that the founders of the business had lost their way; with numerous requests from forum contributors for updates on next product release plans and the continual requests for rule clarity explanations (a must have if you intend to compete!). This in turn led to frustrated followers to turn to developing their own lists in an attempt to take the initiative and move the game on.
Anyway, to use an old business cliche "we are where we are" and it seems that Man at War are going to move into American Civil War with new input into the company and plans to use this to support on going work with the Napoleon at War rule set. I really do sincerely wish them well and hope this will salvage, what I still consider to be a good, possibly great, with a rewrite and better use of English, set of rules.
I will watch the situation with interest and fingers tightly crossed.