Lock 'n Load Tactical Core Rules

Lock 'n Load Tactical Core Rules v5.1 Rev70

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Welcome to the Lock ‘n Load Tactical system! (LnLT) For over 20 years the Lock ‘n Load Tactical system has entertained gamers with its ease of gameplay while having an attention to battlefield conditions and tactics.

The LnLT system has set a new standard in Squad-level gaming with scenario-based gameplay. Its innovative gameplay mechanics, unparalleled artwork, historical scope, and accessibility have entertained veteran and new gamers alike. Over that time, our rules have grown, too, introducing new unit capabilities and concepts; they have also matured in their presentation.

The LnLT version 5.1 (v5.1) rules combine the soundness of its design with its ease of play. This version benefits from all the fine-tuning accumulated over the past 20 years. Our goal is to present the rules in a straightforward manner without disrupting their existing structure and foundation. For clarity, some rules sections have been modified not with content but with a new structure, e.g., additional subsections, more bullet points, or more images and examples—and even in-depth examples. Additional cross-referencing of rules expanded unit-image diagrams, large font size for easy reading and a detailed Index and Glossary have also been updated.

Other new additions to the LnLT v5.1 rules are numbered examples within each rules section and throughout the manual, to make referencing certain sections and subsections easier. The LnLT rules manual has received high ratings and praise for getting players into the game and out of the rules.

Changes to the rules can be easily spotted as they have been highlighted in blue text. We encourage new players to read the two gameplay narratives (for infantry and vehicles/ordnance) found at the back of the book before reading the rules, to familiarize yourself with how a scenario plays in an intuitive and observational manner. The LnLT v5.1 rules can be used with any previously published module, including the LnLT Solo system. The Core Rules have seven additional sections adding an additional 110 pages. The additional sections are listed below.

Additional Manual Sections Found in the Core Rules:

  • Infantry Gameplay Narrative
  • Vehicle & Ordnance Gameplay Narrative
  • Outline of Play
  • Charts and Tables
  • Rule Reference
  • Starter Kit TEC’s, Scenarios, and Game Tables
  • Starter Kit Counters and Maps

The LnLT Core Rules can be viewed and downloaded via the Online Library including our Bootcamp Training Videos.

Please Note: There is no difference between the Printed, PDF, or Online Library Editions except were noted. The LnLT Core Rules do not include any printed versions of our game map, counter sheet, or player aid cards. Our printed edition of the game map, counter sheet, and player aid cards are available within our LnLT Starter Kit product. The LnLT Starter Kit included with LnLT Core Rules is a Print and Play Edition.

Additional LnLT Resources

LnLT v5.1 Print Edition Available -


Rev65: We updated some minor typos and updated the Player Aid Cards to the latest rev27. This is the current edition being printed.

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LnLT v5.1 Bootcamp Training Videos -

LnLT v5.1 Preview -
Battlefields & Warriors - https://goo.gl/xMA9UC

LnLT v5.1 Preview Videos
Moe's Game Table -

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    We corrected some types and errors in the rules.

Latest reviews

This new version adds three important novelties : fires starting and spreading in and from hexes, off-board artillery fire missions types, and hull down positions for tanks. The rest are mostly clarifications, and they are welcome. All interesting and useful modifications.
Sharp and continually on point by staying up to date. Well done to all involved. Thank you for your attention to detail, and commitment.
Must have resource for all players. Ideal for popping onto your tablet to use as a reference
Complete, colorful and readable rulebook for free. Super impressed, and well put together rulebook. I grabbed the hardback based on the PDF (totally not needed, but I like books). I found the font size easy to read, colorful pages engaging, and the additional narrative tutorials very effective. Great job and great support!
Fantastic. It is much longer than anything before it (I've been playing since first edition LnL), but it is very comprehensive. It leaves very little for the reader to have to figure out on their own.

The manual is very well cross-referenced AND very redundant, the latter which helps with rules-retention and makes things easier to find during play (ie. "This paragraph talks about this rule, but where was that ONE line that pointed out this one exception that applied to this rule, etc etc").

Love the new Laying Smoke rules. It makes Laying smoke ever so slightly more efficient than before.
"Lock N Load Publishing" Has done it again, a complete and concise set of rules that is unparalleled today. While 4.1 was clear enough and didn't give me a severe headache, this one is no contest, this is the BEST rulebook I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Thanks for the hard work LNL! This is an amazing feat, and for that I'm giving this a solid 5/5. I wish you all the best of luck in the future.
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About LnLP

Welcome to the official Lock 'n Load Publishing Community page. Here you will find the latest information on our released and upcoming games.

We enjoy designing, developing, and publishing some of the best strategy games in the world. Lock 'n Load Publishing has published over eighty products, including our fan favorites Nations at War Series, World at War 85 Series, and Lock 'n Load Tactical series. We have expanded the publishing line now to include novels to go along with our game series in Paperback, EPUB, and Audiobook lines.

As Lock 'n Load Publishing moves forward, it intends to continue to broaden its product lines. We thank God for blessing us and allow us to follow our passions and thank you for support in our endeavors.

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