As with all systems that
SOTG play 1588AAT is a skirmish game, it uses Warhammer Historical's
Legends system. I was very involved in the development of Legends of the
High Seas and have always enjoyed playing games with this system since
it first came out as Lord Of The Rings and there are few better skirmish
systems so why reinvent the wheel? So you will need LOTR or one of the
Legends series to play, plus our ammendments.
Essentially 1588 And
All That will provide rules for What If? scenarios assuming that
some of the Spanish Armada managed to land on England's shores. A
popular, if diminishing, interpretation of the possible outcome of a
Spanish invasion is that the Spanish would have been easily
victorious. The Army Of Flanders, commanded by the Duke Of
Parma, was indeed a formidable army, possibly the finest in the
world and Parma himself had proved himself to be an excellent
leader. The Spanish were a force to be reckoned with. However the
popular myth that the English were not ready for an invasion and
could not have fought well against the Spanish is just that, a myth.
The evidence suggests that many thousands of men were well organised
and trained in the use of weapons, granted, some counties were
better equipped and trained than others (notably the southern
maritime counties) but all counties had men under arms who were
ready to meet the invaders.
The Spanish would have
faced terrible logistics problems, and the men of the Army Of Flanders
were already of low morale due to poor pay and conditions. Parma himself
had made clear his doubts that the invasion would not work. He hoped for
a fast strike towards London forcing the English to come to terms. In
our world this doesn't happen and small bands of Spaniards are forced to
fend for themselves, sallying out from precious strongholds, seeking
supplies and booty and trying to survive until the Armada can be
reformed to reinforce them.
1588 And All That will
also provide rules and army lists for gamers who wish to play 'real'
Border Reiver games, where the names and families of the
English/Scottish border marches raid and feud against each other. So
enjoy our new endeavour and we will see you at some shows with 1588 And
All That in 2009.