It originated as rules for simulating firefights in science fiction role playing games, but soon grew into a set of stand-alone skirmish rules. Laserburn uses 15mm. I’ve been wanting to revisit one of my favourite old-school gaming rules from back in the day, Laserburn. I’ve kept the rules safely tucked away. Laserburn is a s sci fi tabletop wargame from the UK. . Documents Similar To PDF Laserburn Sheet. Weapons Middle Earth Wargames Rules ().

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My first memory of Laserburn was when my cousin Carl bought a copy of the rules set from I think the Virgin Games store in Birmingham. The rules are for 15mm and 25mm miniatures skirmishes, sold as having a RPG element, but I think this was a bit of a sales pitch to widen its appeal. The book is very similar to the TnT rules and solo dungeons; A5 pamphlet style, 40 pages with a cream-coloured card cover.

Illustrations are hand-drawn line art and the typsetting reminds me very much of paragraphs stuck llaserburn and photocopied. If the copier density was set a little too high, you would see vauge lines bordering the said paragraphs. The rules were cheap — just a few quid apiece, for the main rules set and supplements. Authored by Bryan Ansell and Tony Ackland the god-like figures of Citadel and Games Workshop fame and was essentially the forerunner to Warhammer 40K; re-reading the rules I get the feel some elements of the game found their way into the later WH40K.

Weapons such as bolt rifles and hand flamer are examples of this. My copy of Laserburn with its quick reference cards and hand-made weapons effects templates. Hand-drawn tables… no Microsoft Word here but probably easier to lay out with a pencil and ruler…. This was advertised inbut eventually became the first edition for the WH40K universe.


Because the game encourages laserburrn use of templates to determine hits, Carl had cut some card templates for eg. Because of this, I ended up eules the game using 25mm miniatures, rather than the 15mm version, of which I had a load of Traveller boxed sets.

Image link — www. I set up a game with my brother using these figures and remember once you got the hang of the rules, it was quite a reasonable system to use. I love the photocopied-bound-with-a-bit-of-card and plain line art, the font used reminds me of the early Citadel catalogues I used to spend hours pouring over, planning my next purchases.

Because of these production values and hence cheap book prices, I was able to expand my RPG rules set and if anything, gain a lot of inspiration in other games.

Laserburn – The Oldhammer Wiki

On another trip to Virgin Laxerburn, as the RPG section was gradually winding down, some Laserburn supplements became available from stuffed in a back room somewhere I guess which I eagerly purchased as it was the first and last time I would see the LB books on sale in a store. The other books are very similar in production values and in some ways to illustrations mirror what miniatures were available at the time.

Above — Advanced Laserburn and Aliens page. Laserburn is still available — along with additional supplements over at Alternative Armies. Well worth a look if you fancy exploring the world of Laserburn and mm skirmish gaming. The art was mostly Tony Yates and Tony Ackland.

We did a western gunfight game at about the same time: I illustrated that one. We are still sculpting, writing and drawing: Thank you for the laserubrn words Bryan, its very much appreciated! Laserburn still holds a lot of fond memories for me and I have taken great pains to look after my copies of the rule books for many years. I let some slip through my ryles on ebay the other day — gutted?


Unfortunately it seems to be really hard to get hold of published Laserburn scenarios. I look occasionally and though it seems to be relatively easy to get hold of the rules and supplements, adventures are usually nil. Good luck in your search!

Laserburn – the ancestor of Warhammer 40K

Brilliant cheers, yeah I lasegburn gutted there were 3 original scenarios going on ebay a few days ago but I missed them. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

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