Simplicity in Hexes

A page for my adaptation of Neil Thomas' Simplicity in Practice rules. The rules have been made even more simple (I think anyway!) and have been converted to use with hexes and the scenarios from Neil's One-Hour Wargames. Essential for small 18th century wargames.

The first draft of the rules are here and the first consolidated FAQs are here.

....and now for the Emperor's Balls! A campaign game using hex maps and OHW scenarios.

Map files:

OHW 20
OHW 10


Version 3


nobby said...

Thanks for posting this.

I like hex grids and the OHW rule sets and although I am not a H&M player these are very interesting.
I mainly play his 'Machine Age' rules and intend to use OHW when I go back to medieval.

arthur1815 said...

I must second Nobby's gratitude for your posting of this splendid little mini-campaign. One of my friends has just painted up some 18th century style armies of RISK figures. This offers them ideal employment!

Norm said...

Most excellent and a ton of work on your part. Great idea to do the red / blue campaign ladder, linking into the OHW, I am going to browse through the OHW scenarios now.

Old Trousers said...

Thanks Norm and thanks Arthur. Still some work to do on the basic rules but I'm pleased how easy it was to produce a ladder campaign out of the OHW scenarios. It is amazing what you can do when you spend a weekend away with a copy of OHW!



Maudlin Jack Tar said...

Chapeau! as they say in Aix-En-Pains. Wonderful piece of work that I must try. The map resource is lovely too.

Old Trousers said...

Many thanks Jack, and there is more to come!



Marcello said...

Thanks! As a (very) newbie wargames player, I love the idea of fast rules for hex battlefields!

However, I have to ask a very basic question (sorry, I am not accustomed to rules for hex games, and english is not my first language...): the rules say "Any unit moving may change their facing as they move by one vertex.". This means that:
1) a unit can change its facing by one vertex BEFORE moving into another hex, or
2) a unit can change its facing by one vertex only AFTER it has moved in the new hex?

Noel said...

Jay, your Simplicity conversion is an excellent vehicle for fast play - one of the best I've seen for many years. I use alternating rows of dots instead of fully drawn hexes. I've developed a Napoleonic version, and this play-tested very nicely in 3 1-Hour Wargame Scenarios at the Durban Historygamers Club recently. Each game took almost exactly an hour, with 6 units on each side.

Will be following your blog developments on Simplicity with great interest. You have a winner here with potential for many periods!

Old Trousers said...

Hi Noel,

Many thanks for your comments, I'm pleased it is working well for you!

I have some more ideas up my sleeve for a few weeks time so hopefully they will be of interest.



nundanket said...

Just discovered this - haven't read your blog for a couple of months or more. Look a handy set of rules. Another nudge for me in the direction of hexes.

Old Trousers said...

Thanks for your comment, let me know how you get on. I will be doing a fair bit more on this later in the year so hopefully another nudge for you!



Peter said...

Really like the approach you have taken with this campaign mechanism and the supporting narrative. I must have missed this when first posted. Excellent stuff.

Old Trousers said...

Thanks Peter, glad you like it. All the best, Jay