I don`t play peak training myself, but now I really want to do it! Today I`d like to introduce you to one of the most anticipated Wargames rule versions of recent times – Sharp Practice 2 from Too Fat Lardies. As a former American Civil War re-enacter (16th Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery), I have found that the greatest confusion occurs in the fog of a pre-planned and choreographed battle! I definitely check these rules. Released in 2016, Sharp Practice (version 2) is a wargaming rulebook for big skirmishes during the Black Powder Period. This includes everything from the French and Indian War to the American Civil War, but could realistically be used for small skirmishes even before the FIW. You can expect to use around 50-100 templates per page and probably use motion shells. Games can be played with most board sizes, but I think a 6×4 works well. Rules and a card activation game are available for around £33 at £toofatlardies.co.uk or $42 at brigadegames.com in the US. The second part is about unit statistics and their cost in points, special rules and things they can and cannot do. In this case, we have the French army in its glory years, so it is a well-trained and motivated force of regular soldiers. Despite all efforts, SP1 is often considered a Napoleonic skirmish, and while there are a few brilliant additional books that set the rules in the context of the Wars of the Roses and the American Civil War, the “Napoleonic” badge remained. Of course, there`s the name, which is more reminiscent of Sharpe`s popular novels and movies, and it must be said that the drill section of the book went into detail (in the best sense of the word) about infantry and cavalry exercise in the Napoleonic era. In SP2, the cover of the book states very clearly (in bold): These are rules of war for major skirmishes during the Black Powder Era, from 1700 to 1865.
The term has been used by judges in Canada; In one case, a Canadian building authority gave the example of a “harsh practice” for a party to “exploit a clear omission on the part of the opposing party in a proceeding.”  According to another source, a decision of the Court of Appeal of Canada, judges should not lightly accuse defence counsel of harsh practice and should generally not make such an accusation solely on the basis of written statements.  Also in R. v. Badger, the Supreme Court of Canada has prohibited the government from engaging in “close relationships” with First Nations in the implementation of treaties. Thank you for your thoughts. I love Sharp Practice and I`ve never had a boring game, but I think a lot depends on the script design. For TFL games, it`s definitely worth taking the time to design a storyline that offers different objectives and interesting terrain. In addition, it is a set of rules that benefit from being played often, as it takes a little time to become familiar with the rules. As with any other battle game, Sharp Practice gets better with the terrain. Use a lot of land, use a nice field.
The rules suggest setting up the table and then determining the scenario you`re playing, unless you have a very specific scenario in mind. Sharp Practice is available directly from Too Fat Lardies ( toofatlardies.co.uk/product-category/sharp-practice/ ) from GBP 18.00 for PDF rules or GBP 25.00 for the printed fullcover printed rulebook in colour, as well as a variety of rule packs with cards, tokens and/or tokens. The fog of war or friction coupled with random activations, turns, and command cards really ensures that no game is like the one you`ve had before. You can`t count on your troops to do exactly what you told them to do every time. Command cards, which initiate special rules, help distinguish units in a predominantly human-versus-human war, where only training and passion can count. While there are a few rules that cause confusion (mainly each unit has two activations, while leaders can give an order per command initiative), overall, it`s an excellent set of modern design rules. The authors of TooFatLardies are available on Facebook and Twitter and respond quickly to questions or comments. Try it – you won`t be disappointed. That`s my quick introduction to the little rules of Sharp Practice 2. The rules have been greatly optimized since the first edition, with a fast-paced game system where the action is connected almost from the beginning, and a command and control system that keeps you focused on the big decisions while the simple but subtle rules keep the game going. Harsh practice or harsh manipulation is a pejorative term to describe sneaky or cunning behavior that technically conforms to the rules of the law, but borders on unethical.
  What the authors did here was to take it all apart, examine each aspect for improvement and update it. Then it was put back in place. So all the good things are there, a few things have even been added. Some things were dropped (like the different rules for drummers, drummers, fifers and criers), but they were really a bit too granular for such a game and didn`t add much at the end. The “blind” system has been abandoned but replaced by mechanics that do very similar things and are probably better than the deployment point system. To add another tactical layer to all this, the deck has not only leader cards, but also command cards. A lot, actually. They can only be used on one side at a time, are set aside after hanging around, and players can do all sorts of clever tricks with them. People familiar with the chain of command or Dux Britanniarum will recognize this as a combination of the chain of command dice mechanics and hand cards in Dux Brit. Simply put, Sharp Practice`s control cards accumulate over time and the more a player has available, the more things they can do.
These actions include bonus dice in melee or shooting, activating special period-specific rules, interrupting opponent actions, etc. Anyone who has read Sharp Practice 1 knows that this set of rules was well detailed, clever and funny, but also a little difficult to penetrate. With Sharp Practice 2, the authors managed to “pimp” a set of rules that met the requirements of the time. In color, great production value (well, the image quality could be better sometimes), there is even “Wargamers porn” in there! The layout of the book is very solid and clear, although some rules can still be found in surprising places. Nevertheless, Lardies` rules seem better and clearer with each set of rules, especially since Dux Britanniarum. This one even has a very good clue! In my opinion, these rules push things *FAR* beyond the areas where it`s fun. I`m jumping into one of these games and I feel like no matter how skillfully I play, I can easily lose. At this point, I really don`t want to play.
Of course, unlike Dux or Chain of Command, the current incarnation of Sharp Practice must appeal not only to people who are new to the game, but also to people who know and love the first edition of the rules.