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1979
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12 and up
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The Sword and the Flame
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"Being a set of introductory rules for the conduct of miniature battles of the British Empire"

This one set of rules enables the miniature wargamer to play in six different Colonial periods - Pathans 1878, Zulus 1879, Boers 1880, Egyptians 1882, Dervishes 1884 and African Exploration (only in the 20th Anniversary Edition). There is no need for additional supplements or game cards.

By utilizing half-a-dozen or so six-sided dice (d6), about a dozen 10-sided dice (d10), a tape-measure and a standard set of playing cards, this was the first published set of rules to incorporate:

- Variable move distance
- Specific casualty determination
- Random movement and firing sequence

Figures are individually mounted, but movement, morale and combat is by the unit, with the basic unit being the 20 figures infantry platoon (or Pathan clan, Zulu Iviyo, Dervish warband), 12 figures for a cavalry troop and 4 figures for an artillery battery. Units are then added to make larger forces (company, battalion, Pathan/Dervish tribe, Zulu Ibutho, Boer Commando, and cavalry squadron). Each unit has an identifiable command figure.

TSATF has been described as a semi-skirmish game. Unit movement is determined by die roll, different types of units under different circumstances rolling differing numbers of six-sided dice. Random card draws decide which units move first, and also determine the effects of fire and combat.

"The Sword and the Flame 20th Anniversary Edition"
Included in the updated 20th Anniversary Edition are many new features such as Pinning defenders, Two ranks firing, Overhead fire, Pass-through fire, Limited ammunition, Volley and independent fire, and a Rules synopsis page. The 20th Anniversary Edition is an improvement over the original edition.

The Sword and the Flame is designed for use with 25mm figures, but it can be easily suited for 15mm and 20mm miniatures.

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Rules Expansions:

Alternative Periods:

  • The Sword in the Forest - French and Indian War
  • The Sword in North Africa - French Foreign Legion
  • The Sword and the Pike - Early Renaissance
  • The Sword, Cross and Gold - Aztecs and Conquistadors
  • Flames in the Punjab - Sikh Wars
  • The Sword in India - Indian Mutiny
  • The Sword Gone to Texas - Wars of Texas Independence
  • The Sword in Canada - Riel Rebellion
  • The Sword in Mexico - Maximilian's Intervention into Mexico
  • The Sword in the Caribbean - Pirates
  • The Sword in the Philippines - Moro Rebellion
  • The Sword In Gaul - Caesar's Gallic Wars
  • The Sword in Palestine - WWI in the Desert
  • The Sword to Adventure - Skirmishes and small wars 1908-1931
  • The Kris And The Flame - James Brooke adventure in the South China Seas
  • The Sword in the Caribbean - Pirate Forays Along The Spanish Main

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1 Making native move platforms
While playing The Sword and the Flame, normally its easier, and its certainly faster, to move a whole unit at once. Here is a simple "How to" document describing the steps for making move platforms/trays for 20 figure native units.
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2014-04-14
8 Official Errata
Here is the newest errata for TS&TF-20AE Only one item was added, but it was a critical item that has been overlooked for a very long time.
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2008-03-07
5 TS&TF Scenarios
Included in the ZIP file you will find eight SAND! episodes. Each episode (or scenario) will cover either a Dervish or Zulu engagement for players to setup and enjoy. The Read_Me.pdf file contains more information.
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