|Today's game not quite 1/2 way through. The rules differences are not obvious from a static picture.|
When I began this WWI bicentennial thing I was picturing a generic toy soldier game along the lines of a 40mm version of my late 19thC Square Brigadier which was of course initially inspired by Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame (Eg see the game shown below.) and thats what the last, very enjoyable, game was played with.
|A cardtable game from a year ago.|
Last summer the sight of the glossy 40m toy soldiers on the table got me thinking briefly about Charge! and my old "With MacDuff" Colonial games but that approach appeared to require more figures than I wanted to paint and I couldn't figure out how to merge that sort of game with the grid which I find useful so I put it aside.
As I wrote yesterday, the thought came back and I suddenly glimpsed what seemed a workable way to merge the ideas. Six enjoyable turns into a test game today, I realized it was working even better than anticipated. I stopped to tweak a few bits and simplify the sequence. A while later I hit update, reopened the file and 90% of the updates had disappeared. Grrrrr!!!
So, instead of finishing the game, I copied the page to Google Docs and reentered the updates. The formatting went whacky again when I copied it back but there is a lot to do yet anyway. If I'm not mistaken this will take over the niche that has been empty since I gave up on MacDuff and 54mm Colonials will be asked to cover a wide variety of scenarios, missions and troops over the next decade.
But first I need to ensure that the basics do work. The game will resume in the morning and I'm looking forward to it.