Impetus is a set of wargaming rules that allows you to play battles from the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods. It is produced by the same team that. Impetus can be played with 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm (1/72) and 25/28mm scale miniatures, and you won’t even need to re-base your armies. Impetus – Our popular system for ancients and medieval wargames goes digital! tournament rules that are collected in pdf called Advanced Impetus available.

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Back to the Ancients Discussion Message Board. Since then, I found myself playing Impetus almost exclusively.

Here are my thoughts on the blog concerning Impetus. What are the prevailing thoughts on Impetus now that it’s been out for awhile? Is everyone playing Basic Impetus or the full rules system?

I also am a big fan of Basic impetus, though mostly I use that for both solo gaming, and for introducing folks to both wargaming as well as ancient gaming, and for coaxing some of the Warhammer folks into historical dargame.

I ran the ECW version, Baroque, yesterday and we had a very enjoyable game from start to finish in about three hours with units per side.

We found Basic Impetus a few years back after most of us sold wwrgame our Ancients and Medievals. After a couple of games, we graduated to Impetus as it had more period chrome. It’s been played regularly, and exclusively, ever since.


My young son cut his teeth on Basic Impetus with Wars of the Roses Lancastrians, and now at eight is a capable player of Impetus who appreciates the subtleties, even at his young age.

We also have embraced Baroque, which most of us consider is even better than Impetus. I can’t see us ever replacing it as we’re of the “Don’t mend a wheel unless it’s broken”…. I’m a big fan of both regular and basic Impetus. An elegant system the flows along smoothly offering interesting tactical flexibility along with looking great on the table with it’s scenic bases.


They are refinements to the system and improve the game. The updates don’t effect the basic rules. In the Impetus only Light Cavalry and Skirmishers could evade. The evade was automatic.

Now CL LC and S troops have to pass a discipline test to evade with certain bonuses and Wrgame cavalry are also permitted to attempt to evade. Lots of little subtle changes that make the games more interesting and fun to play. Basic Impetus 2 is a very different game from the earlier versions of Basic Impetus.

Yes, there are a lot of minor changes which alter plusses and minuses, some in a good way, others not, but there are a impetua of quite fundamental changes which alter the game, in my opinion, quite dramatically. Having to dice to evade is one. This double bite at the cherry, I suspect, will alter the balance quite a lot.

I see also that pila and PBW inpetus become more powerful too in a similar way. But it remains the best simple aka elegant apporoach to ancient wargaming around.


I’ve tried most of the others and they don’t hold a candle to BI — even if at our club we will stick with the earlier 1. The upgrade of PBWs is a good thing in my opinion. Hopefully this gets rolled over into Impetus.

Not so sure that archers getting a pre melee fire is necessarily a good thing. With the protected flank rules now in effect archers of good quality are pretty decent at holding their own.

We will see if this gets over into Impetus since the firing charts are very different between the two games. Looking forward to playing more games of Basic Impetus 2 and hopefully using it for campaigns in the near future particularly.

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We’ve played the full version in our group for quiet some time now. Impetus has encouraged many veteran ancient gamers back into the period which says a lot about the game in my opinion.

I prefer full impetus, it returned me to ancient gaming 4 years ago……four new armies since then! Sorry – only verified members can post on the forums.

I agree with pretty much all you wrote. I see also rulees pila and PBW have become more powerful too in a similar way But it remains the best simple aka elegant apporoach to ancient wargaming around. Any word on when Impetus 2 will be released? I have read that Impetus 2 is slated for release for imoetus …. Herce Salon de Guerre.