The Fire and Sword Rulebook is a 400-page
full-color hardcover book. The book is printed on heavy paper and will stand up
to extensive use.
The Fire and Sword rulebook contains:
The first supplement to the Fire and Sword
game system containing the historical background, unit stats and army lists of
the following warring nations from the 1648 – 1676 period:
• Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
• Kingdom of Sweden
• Ukranian Cossacks
• Ottoman Empire
• Crimean Khanate
- Short stories introducing the history of
the armies in the game
- Complete rules of the game with extensive illustrations, diagrams, and
examples of play
- A painting and modeling tutorial which will help you prepare your miniatures
- Numerous skirmish scenarios as well as rules to play varied large battles
- Multiple illustrations of leading Polish graphic artists
- Photos of various reenactment groups from Poland and abroad
What makes By Fire and Sword truly unique:
This game's design and ruleset allows you to
recreate the behavior of various military formations on the battlefield in a
dynamic and realistic way – be it the thundering charges of Polish winged
hussars, the fire-breathing squares of Swedish infantry, the flying units of
Tatars or the stubborn monoliths of Muscovite streltsy.
The rules system allows for the use of a
variety of tactics, formations and ways of warfare used during the 17th century
and takes into account the differences in training, arms, armor and morale of
the various types of units. We have placed particular emphasis on the issue of
command on the battlefield and its effectiveness in various armies.
Depending on the experience of gamers and
number of available figures, as well as time and space for the game, By Fire
and Sword battles can be played on 4 different levels. The choice of the game
level influences the available units for the gamer’s force. The basic level of
the game – called “The Foray” – is a short skirmish, completed in less than an
hour. The highest level – called “The Field Army” enables recreating huge and
truly epic battles.
By Fire and Sword includes a unique scenario
creation system allowing for a realistic recreation of historical battles, as
well as balanced rules for gaming “What if…” scenarios.
For the creation of the rules, we used a wide
array of historical sources, the consultations of historians, our own research,
and hands-on experience with 17th-century arms and armor.