RAPID FIRE! Rules

Rule Book Contents:

  • 120 full-colour, custom-designed pages
  • Comprehensive basic and advanced rules sections
  • 15 pages of pictorial organisation charts for major nations
  • Vehicle and gun charts to support the above
  • Numbered rules set out in a clear order of play for easy reference
  • Rules explanation backed by 100 + photos and 30 diagrams
  • Two scenarios, that you can re-play, illustrating the rules in action
  • Advanced rules for everything from medical support to naval combat
  • Practical tips and hints to help you on the table-top
  • Some other questions you may have
  • To view a sample page click here
  • To view a sample order of battle click here

Rapid Fire rules front cover

Downloads to complement the rules:

Download documents are in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. If you don’t have one already a free pdf reader this can be downloaded from Adobe by clicking here and following their instructions. We have added dates on the downloads so you can easily determine if you have the most up to date version.

Rapid Rule Responses

Richard has produced a list of rule queries and our ‘official’ interpretations.

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Points Values and VG Charts

Vehicle and gun lists, which although vital to games, take up a lot of space and may include large sections that are irrelevant to some players. VG charts providing details of the most common vehicles and guns used by the WWII Allied and German armies in June 1944 (the general theme of the rule book) are included. More comprehensive lists are available as a free on-line resource. The lists are added to and updated and ultimately we intend to cover every weapon and mode of transport used by anyone, anywhere in WWII. All VG charts follow basically the same layout as those in Rapid Fire! However, as we know that many players like to attach points values to each weapon, vehicle and unit, to help balance opposing forces and determine who has won or lost a game, we have also added points information to the on-line charts. If you require gaming details or points values for any vehicles, guns or units that aren’t included here please let us know. We may already have them in the pipe-line, and if not, we’ll add them to the on-line information. Click on the links below to download the relevant VG charts.

British and Commonwealth

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American
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Russian
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French
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Polish
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German
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Italian
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Japanese
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Hungarian
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Romanian
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General information about points values
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Aircraft Charts

The following downloads contain information and Rapid Fire! capabilities (and points costs) of the aircraft that may be used. Click on the links below to download the relevant aircraft charts.

British aircraft

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American aircraft
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Russian aircraft
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French aircraft
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Polish aircraft
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German aircraft
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Italian aircraft
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Japanese aircraft
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Hungarian aircraft
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Romanian aircraft
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Playing Aids

Click here to download the playing aid described.

  • The Rapid Fire! playsheet

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  • The ‘Risk Zone’ template

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  • Expanded sequence of play with notes – A useful ‘aide memoire’ from Chris Leach with prompts for relevant components of each stage of a turn.

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  • Consolidated errata and rule clarifications – A list from Chris Leach which builds of the earlier ‘Rapid Rule Responses’.

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Questions that you may be thinking about the updated rulebook?

Is it just the same old rules?

No. The book is packed with loads of brand new rule systems, plus refinements of old ones, all carefully organised and clearly explained.

So, if I already use Rapid Fire! will I have to learn a whole new set of rules?

No. We think we’ve managed to keep the best of the old rules, blending them into a set that current users can quickly adapt to.

120 pages? Won’t it be slower to play?

Nope. Rapid Fire! is all about fast play and the new set is no exception. We’ve used the extra space to make playing Rapid Fire! even easier and to give players more options.

Will there be ‘grey’ areas?

We’ve spent a lot of time making these rules ultra clear, without bogging them down in too much ‘legal language’. The Order of Play tells you exactly when to apply each rule during the game, while the many photos, diagrams and tables – not to mention the play sheet – help you to understand the systems and start playing: fast.

The old set included some early war scenarios. Will this one?

We’ve concentrated on rules rather than scenarios in the new Rapid Fire! and have ‘themed’ the two demonstration games and the majority of the illustrations to the popular 1944 period. The rules, of course, cover the entire conflict: 1939-1945.

Am I ‘on my own’ once I’ve bought your rules?

We hope not. The newly revised Rapid Fire! web site will continue to grow and include playing aids, articles, news and masses of other material to enhance your games and wargames modelling. And Rapid Fire! is widely used, so finding opponents shouldn’t be a problem.

Errata and Corrections

Even Steven Spielberg managed to get his beach defences the wrong way around in Saving Private Ryan and inevitably a small number of typing and formatting errors have come to light in the rule book and on the playsheet. These can be downloaded on the errata and corrections pdf file. The playsheet pdf download has been amended to remove these gremlins.

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