The book comes in three formats, hardcopy at £14.99, paperback at £5.99 and as an ebook at £2.99, contains 102 pages and over 70 black and white photographs and over 20 diagrams. This is not a glossy coffee table book stuffed from cover to cover with wargamers eye-candy. It is more of a functional book, on wargaming and on portable wargaming in particular hence its attractiveness to those wargamers who wish to spend more time at the wargames tabletop rather than at the coffee table.
The contents listed are:
A brief (and incomplete) history of gridded wargames
Some basic rules
Grids: Hexes and Squares
Units ... and how to represent them on the tabletop
Going Solo and the Sudden Death Option
Portable Wargame Rules: Late Nineteenth Century (including Colonial)
The Portable Wargame in Action: The hunt for the Mahdi
Portable Wargame Rules: Early and Mid Twentieth Century
The Portable Wargame in Action: Soviet Combined Arms Assault
Appendix: Some thoughts on wargame design
This book should prove to be an interesting read but perhaps will be more useful as a guide to tabletop operations whether you are a hex or a square man, 6mm or 20mm, lead or plastic. It will matter little whether the reader is a complete novice or a grizzled veteran or somewhere in between in that the book will provide a template for the sort of game that you want to play, and 'fun', did I remember to say 'fun'.
I am a veteran wargamer of the somewhat grizzled variety but I fully hope to make use of this book and that I hope to play more than a few 'portable wargames' in the coming weeks and months. At this point in time I have at least two different hex table options as well as the possibilities of square grids; I have figures in the lead/plastic pile, in several scales/sizes just waiting for a paintbrush; and a couple of good gaming buddies who are more than happy to roll the dice.
I will blog further posts on progress just in case any of you have yet to make your mind up.