FATE and Destiny




Data is used in the computer game:

Panzer Command

Updated 3/28/2020

Panzer War is a World War II tank miniatures game rules system.   
Airland War is a Modern Combat tank miniatures game rules system.   
Seas of War is a WWII naval miniatures game rules system.
Fate and Destiny is a science fiction miniatures game rules system.
Panzer War has been made into a computer game Panzer Command: Winter Storm by Matrix Games.

Panzer War History:
The first Panzer War rules set was published in 1979.  A production run of only 250 sold out in the next two years.  The second version is the one most people who have played it are familiar with.   Panzer War (II actually) was a well produced multi-colored version and was published in 1981.   The data charts over the next ten years have been updated as new information came to my attention.  About 1,000 copies of this rules set were produced and this is no longer available.   Lessons learned with the system led to the modern version called Airland War, published in 1990.  Thanks to the Cold War ending this did not do as well as Panzer War.  This system also is no longer being sold. 

In the intervening years the improvements in the game system were made and a play test version called
Panzer War III has been played since around 1993.   However, it was never published as it became much more complicated.  I had plans on writing my own computer version of the game to handle all the bookkeeping.   Well, I never got around to do that (since it is more lucrative to write software that does other things) but gamers still need a rule set.  So this site will be dedicated to distributing a free version of the game.

That's right.  This entire rule set is
FREE . This is not a stripped down version of something we want you to buy. 
Note -
Panzer War and Airland War are copyrighted material.  All rights are retained by the author, Steven Lorenz.  These rules can be freely copied and distributed in order to play the game.  However, no fee may be charged over and above that to cover the cost of reproduction and distribution. Nor can an electronic version of these rules in the form of a game using the material herein as a basis be sold commercially.  In other words anyone is free to copy these pages as much as they want they just can not produce and sell a product copied from these pages.
At Origins 2006  Panzer Command was released.   This uses Panzer War data and rules as a basis.  If you can't find players for a miniatures game a computer version is your next best choice.

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Download the Rules or Scenarios

Download Panzer Rules 5.14 pdf   last update 8/18/2013
Download Airland pdf    last update 7/19/2012
Download Tables pdf    last update  01/24/2007
Download Terrain Rules pdf   last update  2/1/2006
Download Aircraft Rules Module pdf   last update 5/14/2005
Download Points System pdf       Spreadsheet      last update 3/14/2005
Download PW MS-Access Combat Program  by Jeff  updated Mar.,5 2014
Download Armor TO&E      last update 6/19/2006
Download Cavalry TO&E      last update 6/17/2006
Download Infantry TO&E        last update 6/9/2006
Download Artillery/Bomb Templates last update  8/30/2003
Download Tucheban Scenario  Scenario
Download Voin Scenario  Scenario
Download Assal Uttar Scenario  Scenario
Download Joe W,'s Scenarios    Joe's scenario pack #1  6/20/2006
Download Eddekhila Scenario    updated May 22, 2006

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0.0 Introduction

Panzer War is a set of war game rules simulating World War II armor warfare in the most realistic and accurate manner of all rules. The game is designed for play with 1/285 scaled models.   Each player can assume the command of a  platoon or company of troops.  Panzer War includes rules covering weapons, tanks, armored vehicles, troops, trains and planes used during the conflict from 1938 through 1945.   The scale being one vehicle model for one real vehicle and one infantry stand per infantry squad.   Panzer War may seem complicated at first once the basic rules are understood and experience is gained they will become second nature to the players.  After familiarizing themselves with the basic rules players should move on to more advanced rules one step at a time.  Most players come to Panzer War after they have graduated from some other introductory system. 
And yes, there are a lot of charts and tables.   But it only has enough charts to achieve its level of realism, no more, no less.  And I would like to come back to Austrian Emperor Joseph II's famous observation of Mozart's first Viennese opera,
'Too many notes, my dear Mozart'

0.1 Equipment
Besides scale vehicles and troops players must acquire a metric measure,  a six side die (D6) and at least two ten-side dice (D10).  Additional equipment such as scale houses, trees, buildings, bridges and terrain boards can be used to enhance the look of the game.  In fact it may improve play to use either sand tables, terrain boards or carpet/felt playing surface. Additionally clear acetate overlays may be required to be made of artillery effective areas.

1.0 Scale
While the  game was designed to be played in either 1:2000 or 1:1000 ground scale with 1/285 scale models there will be a set of companion rules to allow for play in other scales.   These others scale are played at 1:250 or even 1:100 scale using 15mm or 25mm scale models.  All distances will be given in Game Scale Units (GSU) so that no calculations have to be made.  Players should be familiar with the metric distance system as all measurements are in this system. If the rules say something moves '100' then all that has to be measured is 100 millimeters no matter what scale one is playing at.  Since models are considerably out of true scale measurements between figures should start from the center of the measuring unit to the edge of the turret or superstructure roof or troop base.  x


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