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I'm having some trouble finding an in-print medieval or Renaissance sword fighting game to fiddle with and examine its mechanics.

Here's some games I've found and some geeklists related to the topic.

Your comments and any suitable suggestions would be most welcome. I'm not looking for a fantasy game, neither dungeon-crawlers nor gladiator games. I'm definately not looking for a Star Wars Jedi light-saber dueling game. Any attempted additions of that sort will be deleted.

I'm hoping for a man-to-man or skirmish level historical or historically based miniatures game, but at this point I'll see what's available in boardgame format as well.

As I've been looking around for games and systems to collect for this one, I've noticed that my this is easily the messiest geeklsit I've ever tried to put together. Oh well.


Thanks, kindly for your assistance.
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1. Board Game: 7th Sea Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2837]
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Now 7th Sea is, tsk, a CCG, and double-tsk, out of print, but it had a rather hilarious fighting mechanic whereby two pirates would duke it out. As I recall, each pirate card had a list of items on it, and like some sort of ping-pong match each player had to return the right response to each volley or else be injured.
 
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One can only assume from that cover that this must be a very detailed simulation of sword combat.
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Skirmish level medieval miniatures ruleset.
 
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Still available & inexpensive swordplay miniatures rules, both for tavern fighting and piratey fighting.
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A short list of skirmish level miniature games.
 
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This one, which is still available to print out may or may not have swords in it.
 
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Currently available print-and-play miniatures rules about swordplay.
The one review on wargamedownloads says it is very detailed.
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I've got a ruleset (somewhere) from Eureka Miniatures about pirate skirmishes. A bit expensive for what it is. Combat occurs when miniatures come into contact. Dice are rolled and modified for assorted reasons. The difference between rolls for both figures determines who got the better of whom and what happens.
 
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A free, 3-page set of rules for simplistic dueling. Dice driven. More of a mechanic to be fitted into an RPG.
 
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A classic role-playing/fencing game from the glory days of GDW set in the world of The Three Musketeers. Reportedly still in print from a British publisher: http://www.engarde.co.uk/index.html
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A bit of everything in this geeklist. Nothing in-print suitable for the period.
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Unusual list with not much swordplay in it, and nothing except Én Garde in print.

And, Lost Worlds then.
 
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Another all-over-the-map geeklist, including wizardry and science fiction. There are a few out-of-print swordplay games here.
 
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Opinions solicited about this mini ruleset would be appreciated.
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This focuses on 1-on-1 combat with historical weapons. As of this time, the weapon selection includes the English longsword, French rapier, and Scottish claymore, if I recall correctly.

There are no miniatures, but it does play quickly and has some depth to play once you grok the system. There's a tactical element with some abstracted targeting and blocking that emulates movement of combatants in an interesting and novel way.
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18. Board Game: Lost Worlds [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3328] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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Thanks, artemis, for the info that this one is in print. But, it's ancients and fantasy. Any attmept to "modernize" this to a swashbuckling/musketeers era?
 
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Booklets, like the Ace of Aces series, which pit players one-on-one in hand to hand combat, often with swords.
 
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Again, all-over-the-map melee combat of all sorts.
 
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The video by Yahndrev is in French, but it will give you an idea of the mechanics.
 
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Warpspawn's fencing card game
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Well, here I go off a tangent again. This is gladitorial combat, but the system may be a good enough one to "modernize" it to the period I'm interested in.
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A skirmish level medieval miniatures combat ruleset.
 
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Well, it seems someone has posted a page by page scan of the entire rulebook for this OOP game on the game's entry page. How monstrous!
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