Ronin - Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samurai

Ronin - Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samurai

Paperback Osprey Wargames

By (author) Craig Woodfield, Illustrated by Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 246mm x 6mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1780968469
  • ISBN 13: 9781780968469
  • Illustrations note: 5 MONO, 25 COL
  • Sales rank: 40,603

Product description

Set in an age of feuding samurai, wandering swordsmen and fearless warrior monks, Ronin is a skirmish wargame that captures the flavour and excitement of such Akira Kurosawa films as Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Whether they prefer the loyal samurai retainers of a feudal lord or a horde of desperate bandits, players choose from one of several factions and build forces to battle for dominance and survival in 16th-century Japan. They may also recruit swords-for-hire to supplement their forces - masterless ronin, martial arts masters and secretive ninja will lend their skills to any commander who can afford them. A full points system, incorporating a wide range of equipment and skills, allows for detailed customisation of characters, while scenarios and a campaign system permit them to gain experience and develop over time. The fast-paced rules simulate the cut and thrust of hand-to-hand combat and require the player to make tactical decisions in the middle of a fight, immersing them in an era of war.

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Author information

Craig Woodfield is a 42 year old Defence Analyst from Canberra, Australia. He has previously written for magazines such as Slingshot and Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. He is the author of 3 wargaming supplements: Legion (for Warhammer Ancient Battles), Imperium (for Crusader) and Trajan's Dacian Wars (for Hail Caesar). He has a long-standing interest in martial arts and military history. Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena is a Spanish painter, born in Granada in 1978. He studied Architecture at university and has worked as a cover artist and illustrator for historical publications. Since 2011, when he started working in an animation studio, his professional career has been divided between published works and mainstream films.

Table of contents

Introduction/ The Factions/ Building a Warband/ The Rules/ Scenarios/ Campaign/ Tournament Play