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So my Son 4 but reads and does math as a 7 year old loves tanks and wants to play games. looking for a ruleset to turn his toy tanks into a game.
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Flames of War: The World War II Miniatures Game

There's also a highly obscure RPG from Blacksburg Tactical Research Center called "Kill the Commie Bastards" which allows players to use their plastic toy soldiers and tanks to recreate action movie battles of heroes blasting away hundreds of unnamed, uncredited soldier-extras.
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I was thinking of just teaching him Flames of war. but he wants to hit the tracks, engine, gun, and take damage. I was thinking also of adapting battletech rules.
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At that age you are better off just making up something simple. Otherwise you run the chance of overload and driving the boy away from gaming.
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I see you have Memoir '44 in your collection. That would play really well with a young kid, especially if you don't use the tactics cards. How big are the tanks? You could always put one tank on the hex and use pennies or some other marker to track casualties.

Buck Surdu has a couple of miniatures rules you might check out: Beer and Pretzels Skirmish (BAPS) and "Big Battles for Little Hands"

http://www.amazon.com/Battles-Little-Hands-John-Surdu/dp/188...
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Shawn350 wrote:
I was thinking of just teaching him Flames of war. but he wants to hit the tracks, engine, gun, and take damage. I was thinking also of adapting battletech rules.


The BattleTech: CityTech rules would be easy to adapt. Just pick a couple vehicle designs and go with it.

Renegade Legion: Centurion – Blood & Steel would also work well, though it may be a tad more complex.

Or you can also play Car Wars (fifth edition).
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Shawn350 wrote:
I was thinking of just teaching him Flames of war. but he wants to hit the tracks, engine, gun, and take damage. I was thinking also of adapting battletech rules.


The rules for MBT could be adapted for miniature play without too much fuss, and has a very detailed gunnery and armor model.

The rules are kinda verbose, being typical AH fare, but once you know the routines, it's pretty straightforward.
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Sometimes the best way to start is to pick up a couple of rather simple games already using tanks.

Such as:



Or this one:
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It might be a bit simplistic, but I almost wonder if the rules for War Galley couldn't be adapted for tanks.
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Hard to beat Tank on Tank for fun simple tank rules.

I suggest first playing this game on the included hex boards and then modifying the rules for miniature play.

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There are a bunch of free rules sets here:

http://www.jimwallman.org.uk/wargame/

I haven't looked at them in detail though.

There's a very simple set of tank rules online somewhere that's very suitable for kids. I think it has "Panzer" in the title but I'm having trouble finding it.
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DJ Kuul A wrote:
There's a very simple set of tank rules online somewhere that's very suitable for kids. I think it has "Panzer" in the title but I'm having trouble finding it.


I have them.

Mein Panzer Junior

by Jonathan W. Coulter

Old Dominion Gameworks (1999)

Here's an old address to try

www.odgw.com
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panzer6 wrote:
DJ Kuul A wrote:
There's a very simple set of tank rules online somewhere that's very suitable for kids. I think it has "Panzer" in the title but I'm having trouble finding it.


I have them.

Mein Panzer Junior

by Jonathan W. Coulter

Old Dominion Gameworks (1999)

Here's an old address to try

www.odgw.com


And a more targetd address:

http://www.odgw.com/forums/index.php?/files/file/1-mein-panz...
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Wow thanks for all the feedback!
Going to start digging in!
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Another geeklist about the subject:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/167865/plastic-army-men-rule...
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If you can find a copy of the classic Tractics, that might work. Hit location is a part of the combat resoltuion process.

Start with a one on one tank battle, with the same tanks on both sides. Measure range, determine to hit #, determine hit location, then compare gun penetration to armor on the hit location. Then determine crew/equipment damage if the shell penetrates. Once he gets the hang of the steps, you can have bigger battles.

Lots of steps involving math...great practice for a budding young mathmetician. Hope he enjoys gaming with his dad.
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I registered but couldn't get it to DL...any thoughts?
 
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High Krausen wrote:
I registered but couldn't get it to DL...any thoughts?
The ODGW one?
 
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Yes, the ODGW site.
 
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High Krausen wrote:
Yes, the ODGW site.


It should be freely available, but if you can't get it for whatever reason geekmail me an email address that I can send a copy to. Pretty sure I have a copy somewhere.

Well don't know if I had one lying around, but grabbed a copy so shoot me an address to send it to and I'll hook you up.
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