Thursday, 19 July 2012
First Look: Pike & Shotte
Pike & Shotte is intended to cover the 16th and 17th Centuries and since I have figures and have enjoyed reading Black Powder and Last Argument of Kings I thought I would pick up a copy. Pike & Shotte is very like Black Powder both in terms of content and layout. It is a full stand alone ruleset (which seems very much like Black Powder) but with background for the Italian Wars, Tudor Wars, Thirty Years' War, English Civil Wars and the Wars of the Sun King. It's hardback with 208 pages and has the same attractive presentation style as Black Powder with lots of eye candy.
The book kicks off providing an overview of "the Age of Pike & Shotte" covering the core troop types and basic tactics. The next 80-odd pages covers the basic and advanced rules followed by discrete sections on each of the Wars it covers. These latter sections contain a brief overview, special rules and one or two scenarios along with appropriate army lists. The book is rounded out by a two page quick reference sheet (which can also be downloaded from Warlord's website).
I haven't really given the Black Powder rules a decent try as yet (having only played a single game) and given the similarity of these I suspect these will play the same albeit with certain period specific aspects (pike for example!). I'm not sure whether these will end up being my chosen rules for this period (only some more games will tell) but the book is beautifully presented and will nicely grace your bookcase shelf or indeed your coffee table.
Amazon have the rules available for £19.50 (which is where I picked up my copy) - although they do have the wrong cover picture for some reason (pre-production artwork?) - I've popped a link below if you're interested: