Jonathan Aird discusses a book he describes as both strange and amusing.
It’s on the Reviews page.
I have to agree with Jonathan Aird on his review of the Second Book of Wargaming. At 64 pages long it does cover a lot of extra ground not covered by the ‘First’. With publication dates of 1977 and 1978 the production levels are more those of 10 to 15 years earlier. To be fair, the introduction to my copy of the ‘First’ book states that it is “intended primarily for the younger enthusiasts who want to get started in the wargaming hobby without the complications…found in most books on the subject”, which I feel it does quite well.
Using the original matchstick firing capability of the artillery with added bonus of blast circles gives rise to an interesting suggestion of placing your guns at the table edge, when an overshoot by the enemy can result in a clear miss, where the gun may have been within the blast radius further into the field.
My copies of the first and second book are priced at £1.75 and £2.50 (label over original printed price), though I can’t remember how long they have been on the shelf. As Jonathan says, the books are nice enough for introductory purposes, but not worth the prices currently being asked.
I’m fairly sure that I must have picked this book up from a remainder table (probably in WH Smiths, who for some reason had a lot of remaindered wargame books in the late 1970’s !) as I’m certain I wouldn’t have paid £2.50 for it. Back then I could get an infantry figure for 10p from Minifigs – and I can’t imagine myself choosing this over a new infantry regiment !
Aah! Smith’s sale. I worked for them way back in the late ’60’s early 70’s, and in those days, when the Net Book Agreement was in force (before all this price cutting and three for two etc) publishers had an annual opportunity to unload excess stock at large discounts and I obtained many books in that way, including a 25% staff discount. It was probably about then I obtained my copy. I certainly remember picking up my copy of Chandler’s ‘Campaigns of Napoleon’ for £3, down from 6 guineas.
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