Monday 19 July 2021

Five Games That Made Me The Gamer I Am Today: (6) The Men Who Would Be Kings

Although you were only supposed to pick five games that made you the gamer that you are today I couldn't help but pick a sixth for an 'honourable mention'...

6. The Men Who Would Be Kings by Daniel Mersey (2016)

As regular readers of the blog will know I played a lot of The Men Who Would Be Kings pre-Covid lockdown with games set in the Sudan, Zululand and on the North-West Frontier. I have always found the period fascinating and did dabble with The Sword and the Flame a decade or so back but found The Men Who Would Be Kings to be a simple but elegant set of rules that provides a fun and frequently tense game playable in an evening.

The game, based on Dan Mersey's Lion Rampant system, TMWWBK formed the foundation block of my gaming that has taken me to Revolutionary America (with Rebels & Patriots) and Peninsular Spain (with Sharp Practice) and I think for that reason it deserves an honourable mention in making me the gamer that I am today...


  1. Good choice. I ended up with seven sets of rules, so you're doing better than me.

  2. Mersey’s LR, TMWWBK, and RP are all now standard with my friend and I. Your description is spot on.