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Reisswitz Press Prepares for Lift-Off


It isn’t often that a new publishing house dedicated to historical wargaming is launched, but that is precisely what is about to happen as Reisswitz Press prepares to publish it’s first set of wargames rules, Pickett’s Charge by respected game designer Dave Brown, the man behind such classics as General de Brigade, British Grenadier and Battlegroup Panzer Grenadier.

For the uninitiated, the Reisswitz name comes from the author of what are widely viewed as the first set of modern wargames rules; the 1824 Kriegsspiel which was adopted by the Prussian Army and led to an explosion in military gaming which became popular with military men and enthusiastic civilians alike.   Indeed it is testament to von Reisswitz that his rules are still being used today and, probably more importantly, that the hobby he did so much to launch goes from strength to strength.

Most wargamers, especially readers of Lard Island News, will be familiar with TooFatLardies.  As game designers and publishers we have long been convinced of the importance of history within our wargames; with a large dollop of Clausewitzian friction and an emphasis on command decisions being our trademark.  The founding of Reisswitz Press will allow us to publish wargames rules which fall outside the traditional scope of Lard but which share our dedication to historical gaming.

What is more, Reisswitz Press is an opportunity for us to work with some of the most dynamic and influential people in the hobby.  As we have seen, Dave Brown needs no introduction and we have been very pleased to work with Henry Hyde who has done our graphic design and layout on this project and to use the artwork of the peerless Don Troiani on the cover.

picketts-charge-cover-smallOver the coming weeks, as we move towards our launch publication date, we’ll be keeping you informed about Pickett’s Charge with articles on design and reports on games.  We are also looking to produce a range of short videos to show the rules in play.

Finally, once we publish we will see the TooFatLardies web site expand to cover Reisswitz Press, with the new logo taking its place proudly along side the TFL banner.  But, before that can happen, we need your assistance.  TooFatLardies is well known for its “strap line” ‘Playing the period, not the rules’.  Now we need a similar pithy phrase which will sum up just what Reisswitz Press is all about.  Can you recommend such a line?  If so, reply to this article and we will see what we like.  Hopefully we’ll have something suitable in place by the time Pickett’s Charge is launched.

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32 Responses

  1. How about
    “Because gaming history is fun!”

  2. Don Shailer says:

    Reisswitz Press: Bringing reality back to wargaming!

  3. History repeats itself, on a gaming table.

  4. Justin Tonna says:

    Re-making history in miniature

  5. Nathan Goodyear - Custard Guzzler says:

    “History in the Making”

    “Making of History”

    “Making your own History”

    “Offense is the best defence”

  6. Brent Oman says:

    “Reisswitz – Not for Half Wits”

  7. Robert Johnsey says:

    Oh no! even more temptation. I’ve nearly finished my core forces for SP2 Peninsula and was going to do French & Indian next – now you come up with this. When am I ever going to get time to do DB and CoC?

  8. Matt M says:

    “History in your hands”?

    “Game the war, not the waffle”?

    “When in Caesar’s shoes..?”

    “What Would Patton Do?”

    “Great games of Great wars”?

    “Exceptional games of exceptional times”

    “Reisswitz, right price”

    “Reisswitz curry sauce please”

    “Weigh your options; wage the war.”

    “Good rules, good fun, good history”

  9. Big Rich says:

    Brent, that made me laugh out load. Thanks for brightening up my day.


  10. Jimbo says:

    Unlikely to be found in the non-friction section…

  11. Robert Johnsey says:


  12. Kevin Major says:

    Play the rules, live the period! YB

  13. Jim Hale says:

    Old Wars, New Approaches

  14. H Zubi says:

    “Playing the period RULES!”

  15. Ian Jackson says:

    Clearing the Fog of War

  16. Robert Johnsey says:



  17. Dave Webster says:

    … for when size does matter.

  18. David Schaffner says:

    Gaming, Back to the Future.

  19. nheastvan says:

    Games inspired by dead Prussians

  20. Dave Callen says:

    “Looking forward to playing the past”

  21. Ian Jackson says:

    This is not a game, this is a war exercise

  22. Dave Callen says:

    Placing you in the crucible of the past

  23. Dave Callen says:

    Taking the test of history

  24. Dave Callen says:

    Giving history the thrashing it deserves

  25. Dave Callen says:

    Giving history the thrashing it deserves

  26. Nicholas Caldwell says:

    “The rules to play the period”

  27. Clay Cooper says:

    Reaching for History, Games of Historical Immersion, When the History Counts, Where History is Our Priority

  28. Tom S says:

    Rolling through History
    Pulp Friction
    From Prussia with Love

  29. Mick says:

    “Play the Period, dont just read about it”
    “Rules for thought”
    “Buy the books, feed our children”

  30. Tom S says:

    “Puts the Krieg in spiel”
    “Pulp Friction”
    “From Prussia with Love”
    “Past Masters”

  31. Jon says:

    History is in your hands…

  32. Last Hussar says:

    Gaming History, not the rules

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