Jay's Wargaming Blog


If you have any resources – rules, toolkits, books, board games etc. – which you have found useful for solo wargaming I would be delighted to hear from you so that I can add it to the list below. Email me with your ideas at:  solowargamer@hotmail.com

Rulesets & Toolkits:

  • Richard Borg’s Command and Colors system. This is my current games system of choice for solo play (as of 2014). Periods covered include Ancients, Napoleonic, Samurai, ACW and WWII. Richard’s games use a card-based system to determine the options for both sides, and can be played with very little adaptation as solo affairs. Although they’re designed for “block” wargames, it’s easy to replace these with figures. The best place to look for further info about the games system is probably the Boardgame Geek website here – http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Command_and_Colors_system
  • Two Hour Wargames. Jim from the Yahoo discussion group says: “I would highly recommend the Two Hour Wargames rules. They are designed to be played head to head, same side against the rules, or solo. I have played a number of them, all solo, and had a great deal of fun with them all. The rules range from Ancients up to SF. They also have an active Yahoo group with over 3000 members.” You can find the main website here – http://store.twohourwargames.com/
  • Piquet. A core ruleset with period specific supplements, Piquet uses a card-based system to reflect “fog of war” and chance, and as such is recommended by several solo wargamers. Bill from the Yahoo group writes: “A great set of rules in my opinion… My friend and I use it for our SYW games… I have had a couple of solo games and found it very good at making the choices for you. I would urge you all to try it, if you get the chance.”  Piquet is available here: http://www.piquetwargames.com/.
  • Mythic. An RPG generating toolkit which can be adapted to the player’s requirements. Often cited by solo gamers as a good resource for campaign and battlefield scenarios. The review on RPGnet adds: “Mythic is a game that is fun, quick, simple, customizable, modular, requires any number of players (or one player “Solo”), on-the-fly adventure generator, and allows you to turn any other RPG system into a supplement. I would recommend this to the novice and to the experienced role-player.” You can find Mythic online here: http://www.mythic.wordpr.com/page14/page14.html

Books and Periodicals:

  • Lone Warrior, quarterly journal of the Solo Wargamers Association, is highly recommended. To subscribe, email lonewarrior@kc.rr.com, or write directly to Rich Barbuto, 1707 Ridge Road, Leavenworth, KS66048, United States.
  • Guide To Solo Wargaming by Stuart Asquith, Argus Books 1988. A useful paperback introduction to solo wargaming, it includes a number of useful solo gaming ideas and scenarios ranging from skirmish level actions to full blown battles and campaigns. A revised edition has been published by Caliver Press and is available from their website – www.caliverbooks.com.
  • Programmed Wargames Scenarios by Charles Grant, WRG 1983. Published by the Wargames Research Group, it contains eighteen battle scenarios and two mini-campaigns, all designed for the solo player against a “programmed” opponent. Army lists for the scenarios are provided for Ancient, Horse and Musket, and Modern eras.
  • Setting Up A Wargames Campaign by Tony Bath, WRG 1986 (3rd Edition). One of the classics of wargaming literature, this provides a sound introduction to the logistics of setting up your wargames campaign. Many of the ideas can be readily adapted to solo gaming.
  • Solo Wargaming by Donald Featherstone, Kayle and Ward 1973, edited and republished by John Curry, 2009. The original solo wargames classic, now reproduced in a new edition by John Curry. Full of good ideas and (inevitably) a fair bit of dated material, this is a must for any solo wargamer’s bookshelf. Available here: http://johncurryevents.co.uk/


  • Free Wargames Rules website. Not specifically for the solo wargamer, this highly recommended website nonetheless represents a fantastic resource, listing a huge number of free rulesets to download and use for inspiration: http://www.freewargamesrules.co.uk/


  1. I have been solo gaming for many years and found your website – good work. But going though your resource list and it is exactly the same as mine – small world yeah

    Comment by Max — April 8, 2011 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  2. Actually that’s a useful prompt for me to try to add to this section – I don’t think I’ve done much with it since I first set the blog up. Of course the big gap is in the book department – if only we had a few more titles to add, eh?

    Comment by Jay — April 9, 2011 @ 5:19 am | Reply

  3. I decided years ago that if I wanted to play minis solo, the best place to get an opponent AI was in some of the better PC wargames that gave good enough feedback on what exactly happened to the units (not RTS).

    Right now Im learning to program the Tiller campaign games. Their AI has to be programmed for each scenario, but Im organizing a number of people to program and share scenarios.

    For more details see my hobby website: http://gbisset.bravesites.com

    Comment by George Bisset — April 2, 2013 @ 11:50 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Judy — March 31, 2014 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for letting me know Judy. As you say, if anyone else could provide some additional feedback that would be good.

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      Comment by Jay — April 3, 2014 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

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  7. Hi there,

    In a change of pace from the spam comments, is the solo wargaming Yahoo group dead? I’m trying to get into the hobby, but the link here doesn’t seem to work. If it is dead, are their any successors?

    Comment by Zack — September 23, 2014 @ 4:34 am | Reply

    • Hi Zack, sorry for the long delay in replying. Some of the links to various Yahoo groups were broken as the addresses have changed. Should all be up and working now.

      Comment by Jay — October 3, 2014 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  8. Hi I have clicked link for Commands & Colours system on Boardgamegeek ( I am a beginner and interested in solo wargaming) – however, the game reviews all state 2 players – please could you let me know how suitable they are for beginner solo play – many thanks, Brian

    Comment by Brian C — July 4, 2016 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

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