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Wargame Construction Set III: Age of Rifles 1846-1905

DOS - 1996

Alt name Wargame Construction Set III: Das Gewehr 1846-1905
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Historical Battle (specific/exact), Turn-based, Wargame
Publisher Mindscape, Inc., Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Perspective Isometric
4.47 / 5 - 30 votes

Description of Wargame Construction Set III: Age of Rifles 1846-1905

1996, the year Wargame Construction Set III: Age of Rifles 1846-1905 was released on DOS. Made by Strategic Simulations, Inc. and published by Mindscape, Inc., Strategic Simulations, Inc., this strategy and simulation game is available for free on this page.

As pointed out in the comment, you can find additional resources on Age of Rifles on this site :

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Comments and reviews

Raider 2021-03-15 0 point


What are the additional files at the bottom of the screen?

I just double click START THE GAME.bat and everything works fine. All the scenarios are there including the Little Big Horn and the other scenarios you mention.

Montmorency 2021-02-15 0 point

Update - I did not see the added files at the bottom of the screen so after installing them everything is up and running fine including the expansion scenarios. So nice to be playing this wonderful game for the first time in about two decades.

Montmorency 2021-02-14 0 point

Thank you very much Turtler for your link. I downloaded it but the only problem is that the DOS display screen is small and will not allow me to maximize it when I right click the bar at the top. Is there a fix for this or a way around it? Also I am hoping to download or install the rarely mentioned expansion AOR Campaign disk. That is over 92 scenarios including the French Foreign Legion and the Battle 0f the Little Big Horn! I believe a long time ago I saw a website where a community offered mods from the builder that offered other Boxer Rebellion scenarios and the Boer War. Also the Alamo and the War of Texas Independence would be nice.

Raider 2021-01-21 0 point

Thank you very much, Turtler for the download link and assembling the complete version of this fantastic game. The version you uploaded works greats and has hundreds of scenarios.

Thanks again. You made my day.

Skip 2020-08-13 -1 point

I have downloaded several scenarios but can't get them to appear for choosing w/in the game menu. Help?

KC 2020-01-06 0 point

Now I have downloaded the other version of Rifles, not the ISO version, and I am having the same problem. The game loads, but then when I try to open the game, rifles.exe, I get an error stating no such file or directory exists. There are only four files you can open, and one is a readme.bat, and I have tried opening all four with no luck.

I am using DosBox, and I have tried using Boxer and am using a Mac.

Usually I can get a game to work with some imagination, but this time I am stumped.

KC 2020-01-06 0 point

This ISO version doe snot work with DosBox. It loads, but then afterwards it states there is no such file or directory.

Bolitho 2017-03-10 2 points

Turtler, you just made my day. I remember playing AoR for weeks on end on my 386 or 486. A long time ago that was. Thanks mate.

Turtler 2016-02-25 0 point

To everyone looking to get this game, I managed to jury rig a fairly easy to launch and very, very complete edition of the game. You can download it from the link here.!ywk1BTJS!v99DfIhMJDz6o1orOSEfRxcc2-sxLL7jFLTkdOmQtxM

Hope you guys enjoy!

Regarding the casualty rates, I think people tend to overstate just how exaggerated they are. Certainly it is for the American Civil War and the like (and while I can understand some of the logic behind why an attack against a square with two units in it does more, the exact degree causes problems).

But from what I know, it seems to have hit a lot of the others dead on. In particular for things like the Colonial and mid/late 19th century European Wars. If anything I'd argue it might even be a bit understated against groups like the Zulu.

It also helps that most of the casualties you see aren't just killed, but also the wounded and missing.

ia 2016-02-21 0 point

AOR website with lots of information:

vdv 2016-01-16 -1 point

AOR runs with DOSBOX

David 2014-04-30 -3 points DOS version

I downloaded and installed AOR through D-Fend, but it will not run. Other games run (but not all). Any suggestions?

Nicolas 2013-08-22 1 point DOS version

A site dedicated to this unforgettable game

Ant 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version


A Wise Old Man 2013-02-19 -1 point DOS version

The casualty rates could have only been achieved in real life if each shot was a combination of wide-field fragmentation projectiles all laced with cyanide *and* anthrax. Not even the Andromeda Strain could have produced such ridiculous numbers. I think there may have been a tweak to reduce each weapon's damage, but the dips at SSI should have known better.

Jorgusson 2013-01-07 -1 point DOS version

I partly agree with AndyfromVA, but I think that it is still good game.

AndyfromVA 2012-02-20 0 point DOS version

I bought this when it came out. I loved much about the game, especially the versatility of the system. But there was one major problem - the casualty rates were abysmal and very unrealistic. This ruined the game for me.

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DOS Version

ManualEnglish version 9 MB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Wargame Construction Set III: Age of Rifles 1846-1905, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

PatchPatch 1.4 English version 445 KB PatchPatch 1.4b English version 815 KB PatchPatch 1.402 English version 431 KB MiscCampaign Disk English version 3 MB

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