Not Quite Mechanised (NQM)Posted: January 15, 2016
I first met Chris thirty five years ago (!) at the inaugural Conference of Wargamers. The conference was organised by the late Paddy Griffith and was entitled ‘New Directions In Wargaming’. It was held at Moor Park College near Farnham, Surrey, over the weekend of 23rd to 25th May 1980. Even then Chris was trying to devise a wargame that allowed players to fight wargames at the sort of level that military historians wrote World War II campaign histories about, and over the years this endeavour coalesced into what became NQM (NOT QUITE MECHANISED.
Eventually Chris turned his pile of notes into a set of rules entitled PANZERBLITZ … OR NOT QUITE MECHANISED … and I am lucky enough to actually own a copy of them. (I actually own Copy No.1 of 20, and it occupies a special place in my collection of wargame rules.)
As stated on the cover, the rules came with their own ‘Free Playsheet’.
Since then the rules have continued to evolve, and the current draft of the rules (or what Chris prefers to call the NQM Umpire Guidelines) can be found on his blog. His blog also contains the battle reports from his ongoing re-fight of the German invasion of Russia … although the tabletop Germans were – until recently – doing better than their historical counterparts.