Lets be perfectly clear….

I’ve said this a thousand times over the years, but I just want to get it out there one more time tonight in case there is still any confusion.

TAC II is a labor of love project for me, I have been working on this project since 1983.  I have invested thousands of hours over the last 30+ years and spent more than a few dollars along the way as well.  All for the love of Micro Armor gaming.  I want to share this project with anyone that wants it for their personal gaming use.  The sole purpose for this project is to promote modern 1/285th scale wargaming (although TAC II can be played in other scales as well).  I hope to do my little part to make Micro Armor gaming as popular as it was when I started playing in 1979.

I had originally intended TAC II to be a project only for my own use, and it was for about 20 years or so.  Then about 7 years ago I thought it would be nice to offer it to anyone else that wanted it also.   An email exchange with GHQ (the original co-publishers of TACFORCE,, the system upon which TAC II was originally based) confirmed that they were fine with me distributing what I had created and they were of the same opinion as me, anything we can do to promote the hobby would be a good thing for everyone involved.

Every single bit of data that is downloadable from the site is 100% free to anyone that wants it*.  There is nothing for sale on this site all. I do not know who downloads which files, or how many times a file gets downloaded,,, none of this matters to me.

I know that there are a lot of rule systems that you can use for Micro Armor gaming,,, some of them are free and some cost money.  I do not care what system you use as long as you play.  I have never intended for TAC II to “compete” with any other game systems, as a matter of fact, when I started working on this project in 1983 I was not aware of any other similar product being available,, and that’s why I started this project.

So, everything here is free, take what you like and use it if you find it useful.  If not, please drag the files to your recycle bin and feel free to examine some of the other options available such as:

Micro Armor The Game, Modern (or WWII if you are so inclined)
Armor Heavy Team
Fist Full of TOWs
Team Yankee (yes, it can be played in 6mm)
Prowling Panzers
,,,, and others I cannot think of at this moment.

So,,, to sum up.  Get some rules and play.  I do not care if you buy them from someone, download them from me or someone else, borrow rules from a friend, or make up your own … just get some rules, some dice, some minis, a tape measure and some cotton balls for smoke (I use a lot of those when I’m playing) and just start playing.


* The only minor deviation from that statement is that I have, at my own expense, had 10 copies of the free downloadable PDF rulebook printed and bound and I have made them available at my cost to anyone that wants a copy,, saving you a trip to Kinkos or Staples to get it printed yourself.  I’ve given a few copies away to friends, so even if I sell the remaining copies I will be in the red on the deal … but that’s fine, as I said, I’m promoting the hobby and this is not a for-profit venture.

6 thoughts on “Lets be perfectly clear….

  1. Hey Allen,

    I *really* appreciate the work you’ve put into making the game, and the fact that you make it free is awesome! I would love to get more people playing the game, and have a community. If there is anything I can do to help I’m more than willing to do so.

    Thanks again for all the hard work!


  2. Just wanted to say, I didn’t really like GHQ’s rules for modern combat, it wasn’t what I was looking for, then I found your little demo video on how combat was resolved, and I was like “This is what I was looking for!” Really love your work and appreciate all the work you’ve put into this. A quick side note, any chance of you doing up stuff for WWII? And maybe also ’47 stuff that GHQ has done up? Keep up the great work!


    • David, thanks for the comments.
      I’ve thought about doing some WWII stuff, it really would just be a matter of doing vehicle cards for WWII vehicles and maybe some supplemental rules …. but two thoughts occurred to me that persuaded me to not follow through
      1) There are lots of good WWII systems already out there.
      2) I spend a lot of time keeping up on “what’s new” (as much as I can) and as much as possible I try (important word “try”) to be a modern armor expert ,,,, but I’m far from an expert on WWII armor,,, I can identify the popular ones (Sherman, T-34, Tiger, Panzer IV, etc) but beyond that I really do not have a lot of knowledge about them. … so I might be the wrong guy for that job.


      • Thanks for replying! I understand, but I am disappointed. Wanted to play everything under one rule set. If not yours, then, can you recommend a rule set that is close to yours then?


  3. Allen I try to promote Tac II as often as I can , I often list as one of my favorite system and Mention you offer it totally Free . I really appreciate all your products and have been a happy costumer for over a decade. I don’t really get into discussions. I simply want to make people aware of your great products……..Mikey

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  4. Allen, I have played since 1980 and the rules available were from England till TACFORCE came out. I used TACFORCE till it became obsolete because of no updates and switched to Close and Destroy. As you i updated it as I could but some time ago I switched back to your TACII as i so enjoyed TACFORCE, so keep up the good work……..Jason

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