|Just arrived yesterday! (H'mmm. I took these photos with my|
smart phone. They really don't do their subjects justice.)
|Comparison of format size. All three volumes are|
The first (pleasant) surprise was their format size - very close to A4. The picture here was to compare with the format of The Portable Wargame series. The hard cover copies I bought weren't cheap - Bob was right about that! The prices, though, seemed to me commensurate with the production quality. Overall the books look and feel superb. The pages open reasonably flat without trouble. But then game the second surprise: glossy paper.
|One of the battles in the Winterish War.|
The Trouble in Zubia book, though nominally 32 pages, numbers the pages 1-24 for the narrative and the brief closing bibliography. But the 8 pages of front matter - Title page, Little Title page, etc, including an Introduction, have their own page numbering in lower case Roman numerals. The larger A Winterish War follows the same system of pagination.
These are nice books just to have, let alone to read! I think maybe Bob has discovered a new genre for the coffee table. I also think either or both would make a fine gift for a young person with an interest in war games or history.
Now, these are narratives rather than 'how to', but with sufficient information in terms of background, geography, forces and characters that one could easily adapt the campaigns according to one's own set up, rules preferences and soldiery.
Overall, I am impressed with the content, presentation and quality of the finished product. Bob: congratulations! I'm glad I got these. I'd recommend them highly to anyone.
|Bright and colourful: Trouble in Zubia.|