Sharp Practice: Advanced Orders Now Being Taken

Exciting news from Lard Island: with advanced orders for Sharp Practice now being taken.

Sharp Practice is the TFL large scale skirmish game designed for use from the Napoleonic era to the end of the catalytic wars.

Here's what Big Rich had to say about the release:

The rules are at the printers, the cards are being produced, the Poker Chips are en route and the Game tokens are rolling off the production line.  That can only mean one thing: Sharp Practice will be released on St George’s Day later this month and we are now taking advanced order.

And what spankingly good advanced orders we have for you too.  You can, of course, get the rule set on its own, but there are also five bundle deals which you can select from which provide some assistance when playing the game.  Let’s take a look at what these bundles contain.

The Rules

It's a 120 page book which contains the rules and Army Lists for five different conflicts.  These are the French Indian War, the AWI, Peninsular War, ACW and Indian Mutiny.  

However, the rules won’t stop there.   We have lost of other periods ready as free downloadable Army lists covering stuff like Garibaldi in Italy, Napoleonic warfare, Revolutionary Wars in Italy, US Mexican Wars and a whole host of other exciting stuff.

The Cards or Poker Chips

You can choose whether you want to use a card deck or pull chips from a bag or cup.  It’s entirely up to you which you use.  You will need ONE set or cards or chips to play a game.  You do not need one per player.  

The poker chip set are 34 tokens in engraved MDF which are very easy to paint up and look superb when they are done.  The cards are a proper poker standard set with rounded corners and come in a tuck box.  As it happens we got 40 cards to a deck as this suited the printer card sizes so the card deck is slightly larger.

Game Tokens

A set of 18 acrylic tokens to indicate when units Present (ready to fire a controlled volley), when they are firing an uncontrolled volley and when they are broken.  We have played many many games and this set of 18 tokens have been all we needed for any game situation.  No need to duplicate unless you are really going to push the boat out on game size.

We will be posting photos of all of the items as they arrive from suppliers, for now you’ll have to trust us as to the fact that they are all designed for purpose and rather swish.  Here’s the bundles in detail.

The Bundles

Bundle 5

The monster of a bundle with everything anyone would wish for on the Sharp Practice front.

  • Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
  • Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
  • MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
  • Game Token set in acrylic
  • Free PDF of the rules.

At £38 this saves you £21 as a bundle.

Bundle 4

Chips with everything  (as per Bundle 5 but no card deck)

  • Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
  • MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
  • Game Token set in acrylic
  • Free PDF of the rules.

At £34 this saves you £19 as a bundle

Bundle 3

Card Sharp (as per Bundle 5 but no Poker Chips)

  • Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
  • Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
  • Game Token set in acrylic
  • Free PDF of the rules.

At £35 this saves you £19 as a bundle

Bundle 2

Rules & Chips

  • Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
  • MDF Poker Chip Set of 34 Chips
  • Free PDF of the rules.

At £28 this saves you £17 as a bundle

Bundle 1

Rules & Cards

  • Hard Copy rules with 120 pages packed with army lists, scenarios and, of course, the game rules.
  • Bumper Card Deck of 40 cards
  • Free PDF of the rules.

At £29 this saves you £17 as a bundle.

These bundle orders are for the hard copy rules with extras and they PDF comes free as a “thank you” for placing an advanced order.  Please note, the free PDFs will be sent out on the 23rd of April, the release date.

We will be releasing the PDF bundles on the 23rd of April which will cover the PDF versions of the rules along with bundles of hard copy cards, chips and tokens, so if that’s your bag keep your eyes on the web site or Lard Island News for more details.

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TFL January Sale

News from the front: the TooFatLardies are having a January Sale. Here's what Rich said on Lard Island News:

"It wouldn’t be January without a Sale, and this month we have not one but two great deals on offer.  Firstly we have all of the Sharp Practice range available at 35% off list price, that’s the rules in hard copy or PDF format and all of the supplements.  You can find them on our web site here:  Sharp Practice

"Secondly, we have a focus this month on I Ain’t Been Shot Mum, our hugely popular Company sized rules for the Second World War.  The rules and all of the huge range of supplements are available at 20% off for the rest of January.  Our IABSM products are listed here:  IABSM

"There’s never been a better time to get hold of two Lardy classics!"

You can click on the titles in bold to go straight to the TFL online shop.

Playtesting the new Napoleonic Rules at Lard HQ

I went over to Lard HQ last night to try out the new TFL divisional level Napoleonic rules that are currently in playtesting.

Although the game shares the same activation dice system as Chain of Command, everything else is new. The basic infantry unit is the battalion: three to seven bases of four figures each, with each figure representing about 120 men. Horse are organised in a similar fashion, with guns being either grouped into batteries or, a nice touch this, integral to the battalion they support.

As you would expect from any new Lardy product, although it has a familiar feel to it, it is a genuinely different game, not just a re-hash of one system to another period or scale.

In last night's game, Mr Clarke and myself played the early French (I forget the exact date), versus Alan playing the dastardly Austrians, no doubt seeking to strangle our infant republic before we had a chance to assume our rightful position as masters of all Europe. Our task was to wrest control of a ford and a bridge held by a smaller but still substantial enemy force. Here is the set up:

The French are to the left, the Austrians to the right. Mr Clarke's big battalions will cross the bridge and hit the Austrians in the built up area (the big house with four windows). I would hold the left flank in case the Austrians counter-crossed the ford. There were a lot of Austrians in front of me:

As the game started, Rich duly advanced his men over the bridge and headed for the built-up area.

His plan was to line up his multiple battalions and hit the town all at once, but unfortunately one of his units took an excess of heavy artillery fire on the flank, and then routed back across the bridge. This caused a massive traffic jam on the bridge and severely unnerved the rest of his troops, meaning that rather than hitting the town all at once, his battalions were fed in piecemeal.

An initial assault was repulsed, then he fought off an enemy cavalry charge as the enemy sought to take advantage of the resultant confusion, then his next assault was successful...but the time taken for all this had given the Austrians time to reinforce the town and slowly Rich's men started to be pushed back out again.

Meanwhile, on the left flank, the Austrians had decided to counter attack:

I had turned to meet them, and then let a couple of battalions cross the ford before marching forward to take it myself: neatly splitting his force in two.

At that point, unfortunately, the game had to end as we were out of time. The Austrians were declared the winners, as Rich's attack was about to fail utterly and things had not yet got properly started on my flank. All agreed that it was a close run thing: with Rich being literally at match point a couple of times before Alan's Austrians, holding on doggedly, managed to turn things around.

It was a great game and a really positive try-out for the rules. Everything seemed to work just fine, and I found that I could quickly pick up the basic mechanics without difficulty. I would love to try this out using 15s rather than 28s and, perhaps more importantly, I think the game would work brilliantly for the whole of the 19th century...well, through to the end of the Franco-Prussian War at any rate.

My thanks to the Lardies for their hospitality. I'm off to look at Napoleonic figures in 15mm now!