Hard copies are now sold out but the fully illustrated PDF of the original rules is still available at £7.
This will take you to a Paypal link. Once I have been notified of the purchase I will invite you to join a Dropbox folder from where you can access the full rules.
Comitatus is a complete set of wargames rules designed to simulate warfare in Europe and the Mediterranean from about AD 250 to 1100. They have been primarily designed with Barbarian Migrations period in mind but the scope of the rules covers Dark Age warfare through to the period of the First Crusade.
The cover art work and quick reference sheet with a summary of the rules may be freely downloaded below.
I made some changes to the original rules in 2021. The amendments may be freely downloaded below.
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What are people saying?...
“It's clearly and beautifully illustrated with a mix of diagrams, examples and tabletop action. The games I had with the original set were fun, fast and plausible. It's not just for aficionados of the period but good for newcomers too! It's an excellent set of battle rules with a proven system by a respected and knowledgeable author.”
"Simon (the designer) started his design approach by considering how ancient battles were described by the ancients, rather than worrying initially about weapons, ranges, and the usual minutiae of Ancients rulesets.
One of the interesting features of the design is the emphasis on leaders, which usually come "embedded" in a comitatus (bodyguard) unit (which, for a major leader, can consist of multiple elements). Leaders can inspire, rally, direct fire, and motivate troops; and can challenge other leaders or seek them out in melee. There are even rules for how the comitatus behaves when its leader is slain.
There are a lot of innovative concepts here."