Arrr… I thought you would find your way here eventually… Well this is the page where you can download the main rules for Three Plains the game.
But first a word about the game itself, before you dig into it. As you know already (if you read the site’s homepage) Three Plains is an old world fantasy tabletop wargame and plays similar to Fantasy Warhammer from Games Workshop, god rests its soul…
So if you like that sort of game, you have come to the right place. If not, buckle yourself in kids, you’re in for some ‘Depth’, because Three Plains is not just a game you can pick up and play after browsing through the rules once. More on that later though…
For those who are still here and reading we should be all on the same page now. Three Plains may be like Warhammer Fantasy, but it has its own gaming system, it’s scaled at 15mm instead of 25mm, and it’s more reliant on Units of Infantry and Cavalry tactics, rather than being character driven like I felt Fantasy was.
Depending on the size of the game you play; should take 2 players 1 to 2 hours and the game should be played on a board sized 4 to 6 foot.
Just some Friendly Advise before you get Started!
Saying the game has ‘Depth’, is really just a nice way of me saying it’s complicated. So I have written a Pick-up and Play version of the game. It’s only six pages long and allows you to play a basic game of Three Plains.
I strongly recommend you read through that first and use it for your first game, only referring to the main rules when you have to. Then slowly you should naturally migrate over to the main rules once you have found your footing. Also checkout the Play Through, which takes you through step by step how a small game of Three Plains should be played from start to finish.
Your Frist Army and Game
A game of this size can seem a little daunting at first, but start small. Aim to build up to 2 500pts armies (one for you and your friend), which take around 4 hours or two free mornings to make up. Later as you and your friend get into the game, you will naturally want to add more units to your base army.
Now finding somebody else to play with; that shouldn’t be too hard to do if you are part of a Wargaming Club, but if I were you, I wouldn’t dump the 130page rulebook in their hands and tell them to go away and read it. You’ll never see them again! Instead, just walk them through their first game with you, to see if both of you like it or not. Then you can see if you want to invest more time into it, which I hope you do.
Well that’s it from me, enjoy and have fun!
Main Rules Downloads
The Three Plains Main Rulebook V.3.8
Pick-up & Play Three Plains Rules V.0.5
Three Plains Play Through for V.0.4