Chainmail – rules for medieval miniatures (3rd edition, 2nd printing), softback miniatures rules by Gary Gygax & Jeff Perren
Chainmail was a set of medieval miniatures rules dating back to 1970. The rules were originally published in a couple of wargames rules. Then Guidon Games published two standalone versions before this third edition was published by the new business started by Gygax and his friend Don Kaye – Tactical Studies Rules, or ‘TSR’.
Most of the rules are for straight medieval wargaming, but Gygax added a ‘Fantasy Supplement’ at the back of the book to allow gamers to “refight the epic struggles related by J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and other fantasy writers”. You can see many familiar D&D races, monsters, spells etc in this Fantasy Supplement, and the combat tables were certainly an important step in the evolution of Dungeons & Dragons. Dave Arneson (who wasn’t involved in the development of Chainmail) argued that the Combat Matrix was the only real influence of Chainmail on D&D, but that would seem to be debateable…
The SPECIAL condition copy is generally in VERY GOOD condition, but note that a label in the top right corner of the front cover has been (not entirely successfully) removed at some point, and a previous owner has typed his name, home town and postcode on the bottom of the inside front cover.