I received my pdf copy of the new Dux Britanniarum rules from Too Fat Lardies today, ahead of the official hard copy release tomorrow. I must say I think their preorder deals were great - a hard copy, pdf copy, A3 map, pack of cards and a free figure for GBP25.
I'm very excited by these rules. I've long been fascinated by the post-Roman period in western Europe, ever since I spent a good year writing my Honours Thesis on Armorica in the fifth century, back in 1997.
I printed off the rules and bound them at work today. First impressions, after a quick read on the bus, are very favourable. The book looks fantastic, and the sections I've read so far are well written and clear. I particularly enjoyed reading the section on character generation for your warlord and two other 'big men'. Amongst other things, you have to roll to establish your leaders' reputations at the start of the game, which are expressed by a cognomen to add to their name. Many of these extra names are just for flavour - you might end up being called 'the Flatulent', for example. Other names reflect a reputation that has a bearing on the game, eg if you end up being 'The Generous' or 'The Bad' or such it will have an impact.
Sadly, this may mean I need to buy more figures. Don't tell the Duchess.