Rome will get the boot in Pendragon

I’m not really a wargamer. I’m a euro gamer tourist in wargame land. The COIN series of games from GMT are aimed at people like me… who don’t take well to serious hex and counter warfare, but enjoy the strategic historical aspects of wargames. These games bring more traditional boardgame approaches to this subject matter.

COIN has, by all accounts, been a pretty successful venture for GMT. To date, there have been five published COIN titles, with three more in the chamber. Andean Abyss takes on the post-Escobar Colombian cartel situation. Cuba Libre tracks la revolucion of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. A Distant Plain took us into the headlines of the Afghan conflict. Fire In The Lake had us running through the jungle in the Vietnam War. Liberty Or Death is all about the American Revolution. The three new titles are Colonial Twilight, Falling Sky, and… as of yesterday… Pendragon!

Pendragon is all about the fall of Roman Britain, from the initial tribal raids up until the establishment of their successors.

Shrouded in mists of myth and legend, this story so foundational to many national groups has been subject to many different narratives and interpretations.


With games like this, one of the things that excites me the most is the inclusion of a fully fleshed out solo system. I don’t have a group that could support 4 players on a title like this. At most, 1 or 2… so good bot rules are important. Pendragon, like all COIN titles, comes with that.

“In Pendragon, 1 to 4 players each take the roles of one or more Factions in Britain: the post-Roman army in Britain seeking to maintain imperial order; the landholding aristocracy of the Briton tribes aiming at recovering their independence while preserving their lands and wealth, the Germanic groups looking for new opportunities across the North Sea, and the non-Romanized Celtic peoples from across the Irish Sea or from the cold North eying the disintegrating provinces with appetite.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Pendragon, or want to pre-order a copy from the P500, visit the GMT website.

One thought on “Rome will get the boot in Pendragon

  1. ^ Your first paragraphs pretty much sums up why I enjoy the COIN series so much, and why I’ll almost certainly always be a tourist in war game land.


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