Amazon just went live with my customer review of "In Her Majesty's Name." I wouldn't normally reprint something like this, but I've had a trying week. I was particularly pleased with my turn of phrase in this, and sharing it makes me feel better.
So here goes:
I'm a skirmish-level wargamer and a big steampunk fan, so I was thrilled when Osprey announced this product. I even got in on the pre-order deal for the accompanying Northstar miniatures. All my early hopes have been borne out with a product that surpasses expectation. In addition to clear, concise writing, Craig and Charles have crafted a game that feels complete without being overly complex. The inclusion of the significant number of companies (warbands or gangs in similar games) and the very complete equipment and weapon lists are supplemented with imaginative options for special skills and mystical powers. The real prize, though, are thorough guidelines on how to construct and balance (via points costs) your own companies, whether you're pulling them from a literary source or your own imagination. I'm glad I got a copy for my Kindle reader, because I like knowing this succinct tome is no further away than my smartphone. Craig is also doing a lot of support for the game with a blog and posts on various wargame forums. I'm eager for the next volume, which I believe is scheduled to come out in November.
Well, there it is. I am really enjoying the ruleset and l'm looking foreward not only to "Heroes, Villains and Fiends" in November but to the article in Issue 67 of "Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy" with a new villainous company, The Kentish Men, for us all.