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Wanda Davies
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Is there a set of miniature rules that are designed to work with action figures? I am aware that some could be adapted, but are there any that are specific for action figure use?
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You might try this- but not sure if it specifically covers action figures-

The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships and Planes
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Rules for action figures are in the hearts and minds of halcyon childhood days.
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Hello Gregor wrote:
Is there a set of miniature rules that are designed to work with action figures? I am aware that some could be adapted, but are there any that are specific for action figure use?


Don't know of any, but skirmish sets (and a garden for a table) should work.
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Toy War

You can download it here:

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Barbie Commandos vs. Care Bears or whatever you want to do. cool
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There were a lot of sites out there a few years back that had free rules sets for miniatures gaming using army guys and lego guys..

Here's one of the best sites for such things: http://www.freewargamesrules.co.uk/

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Rog. wrote:
Toy War

You can download it here:

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=1...

Barbie Commandos vs. Care Bears or whatever you want to do. cool


Every now and then that site sells 1000s of pdfs in one bulk package for charity. I picked one up a few years back to benefit tnsumai relief.. wonder what I did with all those pdfs..
 
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General Glen is designed for toy soldiers.
 
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For large figures, 40mm, 54mm, and Action figures, I would recommend using Pulp and Swashbuckling type rules designed for encounters between 2 to 5 figures per side.

Pulp: .45 Adventures by Rattrap Productions or Savage Worlds (Think of hard boiled private eyes, Tarzan, or other Pulp stock characters.)

Swashbuckling: Gloire and Under the Black Flag by Rattrap Productions or the Savage Worlds Pirates rules. (Think of the Three Musketeers or Captain Blood.)

Science Fiction: Fantastic Worlds by Rattrap Productions or various Savage Worlds related products. (Think of John Carter of Mars or Flash Gordon.)

Both the Rattrap products and the Savage Worlds products fit the bill. They are designed for very small scale "movie scene" type encounters that can usually be played out on a 2ft x 2ft area using 28mm figures. For really big figures, a 6 foot or 2 meter square space could be used as a minimum playing area. The difference is that the Rattrap products use d10 with modifications while the Savage Worlds products use d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and maybe sometimes a d20, shifting the die sizes up and down. It's worthwhile to buy both sets of products so that you can import ideas from one set of rules to the other, as the skills and ideas easilly transfer. Also, one can import ideas from other role playing games at that scale.

If you want to see photos of a Barbie doll being used in an "Attack of the 50 foot Woman" scenario, played out in Denmark, check out this thread on the Lead Adventures Forums:

http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?topic=26828.0
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My friend Paul Ward (who coincidentally is very active on the Lead Adventures Forum) has his own website which includes rules that you might be able to use. If not it's a great site for whiling away some time at.

www.matakishi.com

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Having actual rules seems almost against the spirit of the thing. I never had action figures growing up, but it seemed like the games kids played with them were a glorious mixture of cooperative storytelling and Calvinball.
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NUTS! by Two Hour Wargames works with up to that scale of figures. Plus it's solitaire friendly.
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I've seen web photos of Action Figs dressed up equipped as Gladiators for gaming ~ and there are plenty of rules to choose from (move-&-roll simple to which-artery-did-you-just-cut? detailed [haven't found any prohibitively 'complex'])
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At the age of about 10, I had my first ever wargame (before I knew wargames existed) was with my G.I Joes.
I would lay down pillows and a brown blanket over them to be the terrain and we would take turns moving figures and "firing" by throwing a pen lid along the figures LOS

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These are for Lego figures... and a hoot to play.

http://consortiumgames.com/minifigz/Minifigz.pdf
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usrlocal wrote:
But how many of those rules will cover G.I. Joe's Kung Fu Grip or Big Jim's button-in-the-back karate chop action? Hmm? Hmm?



Or the life-like hair and beard!

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H.G. Wells wrote rules for miniatures battles in 1913. I think that makes him the first, no? Available here:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3691/3691-h/3691-h.htm

(worth checking the link just to see the pictures)
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Actually I just noticed the picture at the top of this thread is of H.G. Wells playing his game.
 
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usrlocal wrote:
But how many of those rules will cover G.I. Joe's Kung Fu Grip or Big Jim's button-in-the-back karate chop action? Hmm? Hmm?


...and the extra +1 for LOS for Action Man with "Eagle Eyes"
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Or the life-like hair and beard!

Looks just like Dr. McCoy from one of the later Star Trek films(!)
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Not action figures but stuffed animals. Fuzzy Heroes. Back in the 90's there were actually events for this at GenCon.
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alfredhw wrote:
Having actual rules seems almost against the spirit of the thing. I never had action figures growing up, but it seemed like the games kids played with them were a glorious mixture of cooperative storytelling and Calvinball.


This.

Sometimes "paper, scissors, rock" if they needed a little help deciding who won a given fight.
 
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Hadik wrote:
These are for Lego figures... and a hoot to play.

http://consortiumgames.com/minifigz/Minifigz.pdf


Ok, those are good. Any game that can say

"There is no such thing as winning. Enjoy!"

is in fact a winner. arrrh

Thank you for that link.
 
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