EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Global Wargame

While some of our armies parade on shelves or rest in their barrack boxes, others are engaged in a battle that spans the globe.
Those who follow the blogs of the Duchies of Stollen & Alzheim
 (links:  Grand Duchy of Stollen  Duchy of Alzheim )
may have noted talk of 2 PBEM Charge! games being hosted by Greg.  Since I enjoyed playing in the games and am the stay at home one with time on his hands, I offered to take a turn at hosting and they rather rashly agreed.

Ahh bold young lads, listen to your mothers and beware the Recruiting Sergeant!

 Here's what they have signed up for.

Instead of a well known set of rules and a clear scenario with a chance to write turn by turn unit orders they have only an undependable summary,  order of battle with vague arrival times and only a handful of cluttered photos on a blog and the occasional brief report to go by and have to issue mission orders to Brigadiers and trust them to carry out the orders, only intervening if right in the thick or observing something in a photo, or hearing reports that suggest they need to issue new orders, encouragement, advice etc.

They have graciously agreed to share the game with the blogosphere through a  page attached to my blog. (see list of other sites on sidebar or use this link:
http://gameofmonth.blogspot.ca/p/battle-of-rushvi.html )

I will be posting to the page after every turn. My hope is play 1 turn each morning and each evening but there may be delays if I need to wait on a crucial decision while family, work and a 12 hour time differential provide "friction". The game is set for 15 turns or 7-8 days if all goes well.

Meanwhile, if I continue to enjoy this as much I am at the moment and aren't lynched by the players I will be calling for volunteers for a future game.
(Cesar still interested in another? )



10 comments:

  1. Looks great Ross. I migh take a pint from the recruiting Sergeant!

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  2. Please keep me in mind for this sort of thing. I would love to participate. Long time blog follower.

    Ken

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    1. Absolutely Ken. I rarely comment but I follow your blog as well.

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  3. This sounds like a fascinating project, Ross. I like the idea of playing with very limited knowledge of the situation that would normally be fully clear if one was standing by the tabletop. I had a similar experience in a game run by young Kinch and it was a great experience. I will be watching it with interest.
    BTW, I ran into someone here in Barrie who remembers you from your gaming circle in Montreal - name of Charles (I am going to mangle the last name) Macedo? He wasn't sure if you would recall him but he certainly remembers you and visits your blog from time to time.
    Cheers,
    M

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    1. thanks Mike. I have to confess that I remember some of the old group better than others, esp the ones that I've seen off and on since I left Montreal .....39 years ago!? Yikes!

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