The good news is that the P: GNW demonstration game of Poltava
is coming along nicely. Indeed I have to say it looks stunning,
and no it is not my work but the work of some enthusiasts. Click
here to see the progress so far. Good work Ian and Keith.
13/3/2005: The Polemos Yahoo discussion group opens.
9/5/2005: At last the rules are available! Well at least they will
be on 13/5/2005 - see 'Where can I get the rules' below.
14/5/2005: Gaming Research and Resources launched, click here -
Also add a FAQ section - The first topic - What did Polish GNW troops look like?
24/6/2005: Pictures of the Poltava Demonstration game by Ian and
Keith on its first full use. Click
here for the first part and here
for the second. To get a slide show, right click on the link and
'save target as', then view it when you have downloaded it. It looks
really great guys, I wish I had been there to see it.
18/07/2007: The Battle of Riga, 1701: Canadian gamer Tod Creasey
recently ran a re-fight of this battle at a Canadian wargaming event.
for the scenario and here
for pictures of the excellent game he ran.
A large number of army lists and scenarios are planned to support
Polemos: GNW. Many are available now and more will be added over
Details of how to order, the lists and scenarios available are
The list of available resources is here
NEW:Package Deals: We
plan to offer various package deals each with themed groups of army
lists or other material. The first of these covers the Swedish Royal
PD/1 The Swedish Royal Army (1700 - 1709): This package
includes all the lists relating to the Swedish Royal army, the army
commanded and led by the Swedish King, from the start of the war
until its defeat at Poltava and surender at Perevolochna in 1709.
PD/1a The Swedish Royal Army (1700 - 1709) Reduced:
As above but without the Narva (1700), Kliszow (1702) and Poltava
(1709) lists which are included in the Polemos: GNW rules book.
Click on Game R&R above for details.
Why do I need to get extra lists?
The short answer is you don't! The lists in the rules cover the
main armies at key periods during the war and other lists/scenarios
will appear over time in magazine articles, online, etc. In addition
it should be easy to use historical reference material to make lists
for your self, following the guidelines on troop types, etc, in
So why would I want to buy the lists?
There could be many reasons why you would like the lists but perhaps
the most likely are the following. First of all maybe you missed
the magazine article or whatever the list appeared in and would
like a copy. Maybe you don't want to wait until the list appears.
Possibly you can find no information on an army you would like to
use. Whatever the reason the lists will be available if you need
a copy. The Lists and Scenarios page will also act as a kind of
database of all the available material, including alternative places
to get them.
Why are there so many lists?
The reason there are so many lists is that Polemos: GNW is based
on fielding all, or part, of real historical armies (wherever possible).
For this reason 'generic' army lists that cover many different theatres
and over a relatively long period are not really appropiate. Armies
of the same nationality varied considerably in different theatres
and in different years. So each list is typically only relavent
to the forces of one nation, and allies, in one theatre during one
year of the war. Because the war lasted 20 years, had many theatres
and many participants it is obvious that this means that you need
a lot of lists. I have tried to cover as many of the possibilities
as possible as long as there is sufficient information on the real
Does this mean I have to buy many different
No. In many rules you work to a single army list and buy a selection
of figures to use with this list. With Polemos: GNW you work the
other way round. You buy an army and that army should be usable
in many different lists. But as the armies characteristics often
change over time you will, in effect, have many different armies.
What do you get in a list?
Each list has a number of features, see also the sample lists.
There is some background information about the campaign, battle
or period that the list covers. The number of units, usually regiments,
available for the force and the real and potential enemies and allies
for that force. The main body of the list is a series of tables
and charts for generating your army. This includes rating for historical
commanders and units. Finally there is information on the historical
army that the list is based on. This is usually in the form of an
order of battle of the army, frequently more than one if the list
covers a campaign year.
How 'accurate' are the lists?
The lists have been created, as much as possible, using the best
information available. If at all possible the lists are 'specific'
and do not involve any 'generalisations'. This is of course not
always possible and in these cases the list is noted as 'Generic'.
But in general it is hoped that the lists will provide much needed
information on this war to the general gaming public and thus perhaps
remove one of the obstacles to playing this fascinating conflict.
The current list of available and planned lists is here - including some samples.
The current list of available and planned scenario is here - including
Details of how to order are here -
WHERE CAN YOU GET THE RULES?
At the moment the follwoing people stock the rules, see below.
More outlets will no doubt be available over time.