I bought a book on the Wars of the Roses, which I hope will compliment and expand the GMT game Blood & Roses.

I have a few other source books on this war, so when I read them, I should be more informed about this whole dynastic war.

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Comment by Roger Morley on March 1, 2014 at 2:08pm

Wayne - I do try to read up about any of the battles I play out in a game, but this does not always happen due to time restrictions, but I do find it helps to immerse myself into the period and to what exactly happened and to who.

Joseph - they sound like two good books, so I will have to keep and eye out for them. My UK suppliers are still waiting for the game to arrive from GMT......:(

Comment by Joseph on February 28, 2014 at 5:10pm

Try Allison Weir's book "The Wars of Roses". The best book I've read on the subject. Covers it all: the corruption, battles, betrayals, and politics.

There is also David Santuuste"s "Edward IV". Even though the title makes this book seem like a bio on Edward IV, it is really a military history of the period.

Received my game from GMT: "Blood and Roses". Bringing it to Monstercon in May.

Comment by Wayne Rotella on February 28, 2014 at 4:42pm

So I am not the only one that likes to read about a subject AND play a game before/during/after reading? I have always been interested in English/Welsh/Scottish/Irish history (trying not to offend) and when I saw this GMT title I had to have it. I keep pulling it out and looking at it and am looking to get it on a table in March. The components are great and the rules look well put together on first scan.

Comment by Roger Morley on February 28, 2014 at 3:27pm

Sounds a good game, Pete. I may have to look it up!

Comment by Pete O'Brien on February 28, 2014 at 4:53am

I've just bought and played 'Richard III' by Columbia and as well as being one of the best looking games, it also gives a great sense of the changes of allegience that occured during the period. It is Parsecs ahead of the early block games and esily on a par with GMT.

Comment by Roger Morley on February 27, 2014 at 8:17am

Absolutely agree. I am waiting for the game to arrive in the UK, but I will not play it straight away, as I want to read up about this war, plus I tend to leave playing new games for a while, until all the errata/living rules have been published.

Comment by Brendan Clark on February 27, 2014 at 6:48am

Looks like a fascinating read, Roger. I've got Philip A Haigh's 'Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses' which is coming off my bookshelf after several years of gathering dust. For me, a great combination is a good book and a good game... GMT's Blood & Roses is due to be delivered on Monday. :-) So I'm looking forward to some reading and gaming B&R after the playtesting for GMT's Hoplite is completed in a couple of weeks... 

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