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Battlesystem Miniatures Rules (2e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Andrew K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/23/2016 15:54:59

This is an excellent scan of the product. The text is clear (sharper evan than past scans that I thought were good), and I cannot see any evidence of anti-aliasing or blurring of the letters when zoomed in. This PDF works fine on my old, underpowered tablet, zoomed in on my phone, and on my Kindle (not all PDFs sold here load quickly and work properly on these three devices).

The book is fun to read. I have played RPGs since the 1980s, but missed on wargaming and miniature battles altogether. This book presents a tight system for playing with tabletop miniatures, and I look forward to playing a game myself soon.



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Battlesystem Miniatures Rules (2e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Chris J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/11/2016 14:17:20

At the risk of repeating what everyone else has said, this product is excellent. The page quality is so crisp and sharp it looks like it's been generated from the original DTP files rather than scanned like most ex TSR PDFs. The game is an eminently playable fantasy wargame designed to mesh easily with 2nd edition AD&D, but it plays perfectly well on its own merit and should be easy to adapt to 3rd edition+. I used to use this for semi-historical games of Aztecs vs Conquistadors which the basic rules handled fine.

If the rulesystem has a drawback it's that it's a buckets-o-dice system that uses most of the polyhedral dice types, so you may find yourself having to buy a bigger dice bag.

I've been eagerly waiting for this game to emerge from the Wizards' vaults, and can highly recommend it.



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Battlesystem Miniatures Rules (2e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by John V. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/04/2007 00:00:00

Excellent. I always thought this was one of the best fantasy miniatures systems in existence. It is clear, concise, and very workable.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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Battlesystem Miniatures Rules (2e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Bruce L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/24/2004 00:00:00

Excellent scan of a classic game, and a classic miniatures reference book! BattleSystem 2nd Ed. is a decent adaptation of 2nd Ed. AD&D to miniatures gaming. It is a fun way to play out those wars, and large scale conflicts, all DM's long to battle...

There are some weaknesses in the game (magic spells are not fully listed in their adapted form, some points in the game mechanics are not fully developed, and the statistics for many relatively common creatures are not listed in the rosters in the back), but these are not all that major -- every mini's game I've ever read/played has been like this. I enjoy this quality, as it invites the players to join in the game designing aspect, fleshing out the rules, according to what they enjoy.

Can this game be adapted to mass combat for 3rd Ed. D&D? Yes, it can. This is, however, a miniatures game -- not an RPG. Having said that, the reader must recognize, and acknowledge, that all the bells and whistles of 3rd Ed. D&D cannot be transfered into the tabletop miniatures game -- it is a separate game! Things will be lost in the translation. It was, and it still is, an excellent adaptation of the various D&D games, into a tabletop miniatures game.

In addition to the game rules, themselves, this book includes a superb painting guide -- making this book worth more than the asking price, by far! I used this guide to learn the trade, though I don't paint to the high standard they eschew. I cut corners to save time, but still, this guide is excellent -- one of the best I've ever read/studied, in my 12+ years of mini's gaming. The book is full of beautiful, color photo's of many, and varied, fantasy mini's. Table terrain features are discussed in passing, as well. Overall, this book is an excellent introduction into miniature gaming, terrain making, and figure painting!

With regards to the quality of the scan, you will need to set your printer to its best print quality setting to read the Reference Card (small print), as well as the text (at "normal" quality, it is very grainy); it is easy to read on screen, but printing is a bit worse. The uncompressed file is 26 MB, while the compressed, zipped version, is 23 MB. Expect a looonnng download, unless you have a high-speed connnection to the Internet. Cheers!



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