G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Overview

“The standard by which other Victorian Science Fiction rules are measured.”

G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. is twenty years old this year and is still going strong.  It definitely falls in the category of “oldie but goodie.”


“I think that those who think of themselves as well-rounded war gamers will have a copy of GASLIGHT in their collection”   -“Bowman” on The Miniatures Page GASLIGHT message board.


Since my group isn’t able to play often, the fewer rulesets we have to remember, the better. The increasing scale of A&EbG, GASLIGHT, and BBG allows us to use a consistent set of rules, at whatever level we wish to fight.”  -Tommy Boyd on the GASLIGHTrules Yahoo group.  The GASLIGHTrules Yahoo group has been replaced by Groups.io (see link on the right)


It is well known for VSF, but it is also a great set of rules for Pulp games.  Players command some number of Main Characters and Extras, possibly equipped with fantastic vehicles, weapons, or conveyances.  G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. scales from a game using just four or five figures to a side to games with dozens of units per side.  They pit their forces against enemies, aliens, or strange creatures, hoping for glory and fame — and just living through the event.


See two short videos that Chris created when we published The G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Compendium in 2010.


The G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Compendium includes material from four books:  G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. (for skirmishes), Battles by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. (for larger battles), Adventures and Expeditions by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. (for role-playing), and To Be Continued… by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. (for Pulp).  All the systems are completely consistent, allow players to tailor their G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. VSF or Pulp games to their liking.  In addition, The Compendium includes new rules for airship fleet battles and more detailed rules for aerial vehicles in G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. or Battles by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.  The vehicle hit charts have been revised and combined, and there are specific vehicle hit results for walking, driving, flying, and legged vehicles.  The record sheets used during play have been completely revised.


Chris Johnston made these nice G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. tutorials:

  • PART I:The first tutorial is designed to show people how to set up their first G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. game.
  • PART II: The second tutorial walks you through several turns, illustrating the basics of the game.


You can purchase G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. at many fine hobby retailers:

You can purchase G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. figure at Brigade Games.