Trial by Battle Cover

Trial by Battle – my first Wargames Rules

Trial by Battle CoverVery excited to report that I have just published my first set of wargames rules: Trial by Battle. I wanted to do this for a long time. As I have an interest in writing and in playing wargames, it seemed a natural thing to do. I started with what I think are quite a quick and easy set of wargames rules for the Medieval period. I was thinking of something more ambitious initially, but soon decided that limiting my scope was a good idea to start with.

You can find out more about the rules on their product page together with links to retailers where you can purchase the book or get a free sample. Probably the best option for wargamers is the PDF which can be bought at Wargames Vault.

I found the whole process of creating the rules, playtesting and then finally writing them up for publication a lot harder than I thought it would be – and these are only a short set of rules at only 42 pages for the printed book! I am sure that I will be able to improve the process and hopefully make the next set of rules easier to write.

But I am excited to see that some people have already bought the rules at Wargames Vault! Not sure yet how I am going to get word out about the rules. That will be the next thing to investigate. My main focus though will be on producing more content and improving my skills as a rules writer.

What next? I might write some historical scenarios for the rules, add some more army lists. Expand the rules a bit for bigger sized battles. Maybe swerve into other historical periods. Add a fantasy element? Not sure at the moment. Lots of ideas!

I also have a set of medieval skirmish rules that I have posted on this blog that I could write up properly, so that could be the next project. But I am also tempted to go off at a tangent and do something RPG related. Maybe a choose your own adventure? Let’s see. Getting Trial by Battle out there has certainly given me a buzz and I am looking forward to seeing what people think of it.

5 thoughts on “Trial by Battle – my first Wargames Rules”

  1. Hi Mark,
    Just got Trial by Battle from Amazon. I am very impressed and have recommended them to my wargaming mates.
    Just one point that I would like clarifying. Are the rules IGOUGO with melees in every player turn,or do both sides move and shoot in the same turn (priority allowing) and then fight melee?


    Paul Mooney

    1. Hi Paul

      Thank you very much! Glad that you like them. Good question and perhaps something I need to clarify a bit more in the rules. Both sides move and shoot in each phase in order of Priority and then melee is simultaneous so both fight at the same time. Hope that helps. By the way I have set-up a Facebook group at and am just about to post some additional rules for HYW/WOTR – not playtested yet, but have had some requests for them!



      1. Paul

        Just another thought – if you are able to it would be great if you can leave a review on Amazon – that would really help!



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