Author Topic: FOCUS ON..........Horse and Musket (H&M)  (Read 3693 times)

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on: October 21, 2021, 03:56:11 PM
Horse and Musket. (H&M)

The very popular game series designed by Sean Chick and published by Hollandspiel.

So far in the series, we have;

Vol I – Dawn of an Era 1683 – 1719
Vol II – Sport of Kings 1722 – 1747
Vol III – Crucible of War 1755 – 1762
Vol IV – Tides of revolution 1768 – 1796

In addition, there are now three scenario books, one covering Vol's I, II and II, and a scecond one with more scenarios for Vol's I, II and IV, whilst the new third one has twenty scenarios from 1639-1796. I also just noticed on BGG a call by the designer asking for submissions for the next scenario book.



For completeness, we'll include 'Horse and Matchlock – Prelude to an Era' 1620 – 1677.
So, lots of gaming scope here, and a system which seems to lend itself quite well to using minatures, especially when used with hex terrain, such as the Kallistra system.

I should also add that the base game and expansions are now in the process of being reissued to incorporate rules revisions and some changes to counter graphics; these games are identified as being the REDUX versions.

As usual, we ask; 'Who has it, who's played it, what do we like/dislike about the system, etc'
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Reply #1 on: October 21, 2021, 04:25:03 PM

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Reply #2 on: October 21, 2021, 04:30:39 PM

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Reply #3 on: October 21, 2021, 06:01:47 PM
Plus, My Own Worst Enemy has a couple of gameplay videos:





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Reply #4 on: October 21, 2021, 06:05:56 PM
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Reply #5 on: October 24, 2021, 06:03:39 AM
I'm totally underwhelmed. I really thought that this was a really popular games system. >:(

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Reply #6 on: October 24, 2021, 08:59:56 PM
I'm totally underwhelmed. I really thought that this was a really popular games system. >:(

Maybe potential customers look at it and see another C&C with way lesser visuals ? Just a thought.

On the other hand is interesting that other Blue Panther 'partners' - White Dog Games and High Flying Dice - do have distribution in continental EU directly. Hollandspiel doesn't, only through UK Second Chance games. I have zero clue about business other than my own wallet though there's interest in the continent but not enough interest to pay the extra import fees, so we stick with what exists.



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Reply #7 on: October 25, 2021, 07:13:36 AM
You could be right.

The game also is a development of the earlier 'Hold the Line' I think, which was also designed by Mr.Chick and published by Worthington.

As far as I'm aware, Second Chance games is the sole stockist of Hollandspiele games in the UK.

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Reply #8 on: October 25, 2021, 08:28:07 AM
Not sure about 'way lesser visuals' other than not having blocks or cards. And that, IMO, is one of the better things about the Horse and Musket series.

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Reply #9 on: October 25, 2021, 10:53:03 AM
Not sure about 'way lesser visuals' other than not having blocks or cards. And that, IMO, is one of the better things about the Horse and Musket series.

I will agree. Still "bang for buck" the bling wins. Hopefully some stores might order it here, but I totally doubt it. Even Agorajeux which is one of the stockists of everything blue panther doesn't even has H. in their lists.



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Reply #10 on: October 25, 2021, 11:17:11 AM
Unfortunate that it's not available over there. It is worth noting that you can purchase the Print 'n Play versions (except, for now I guess, H&M Volume IV) at Wargame Vault. In fact, a lot of Hollandspiele's catalog is available there. Probably not the best solution but better than nothing.

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Reply #11 on: October 25, 2021, 11:27:49 AM
I only have Vol I, and that as a PnP. Not ideal, and there is a bit of work involved to create it all, especially the counters, but good enough to be able to play it. Plus there is a pretty good Vassal mod available which is a viable alternative once you have the rules and scenario book.

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Reply #12 on: October 25, 2021, 06:39:06 PM
I will keep my eyes open for a physical. I check every month in the continent stores, sometimes there's stock in the "used games".




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Reply #13 on: October 26, 2021, 10:31:16 AM
So what do people think of the Horse & Musket series compared to the Command and Colors series? The biggest difference in the two gamewise are the cards. I like the cards in C&C but I feel like a have more control over my forces in H&M. Also, it makes it easier to play H&M solo.

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Reply #14 on: October 26, 2021, 03:09:08 PM
So what do people think of the Horse & Musket series compared to the Command and Colors series? The biggest difference in the two gamewise are the cards. I like the cards in C&C but I feel like a have more control over my forces in H&M. Also, it makes it easier to play H&M solo.

That is actually a great discussion to hear.

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