Didn't quit though, or change rules 1/2 way, just dropped the special scenario rules and pushed on. The resulting game was quick, bloody and a bit exciting in a nerve wracking way but the Yanks liked it well enough, especially as only 2 chance cards popped up out of 15, both in their favour and both right near the end when they were most useful. Their first win at Crysler's Farm, ever (well on my table anyway).
Yesterday I reset and played it again. There are still some niggling rules issues and the pictures are particularly fuzzy again all but overall the game was an enjoyable nail biter/roller coaster down to the last card but with a slightly more appropriate feel for the period.
|Game 2, end of Turn 2. The Yankees are slowly clearing the wood and are bringing artillery up to support the attack in the middle.|
In the end there are 3 things with the rules that I need to attend to.
- The first was a simple transcription error when I made the quick summary. Infantry that moves 1 and fires is supposed to roll 1 die instead of the 2 rolled by stationary units. That was pure typing error not decision. I played it as written in the summary but like it better the way it is in the main rules which is how I usually play it.
- The second was the last minute reintroduction of the 1/2 caualties for cover rounded up or down depending on the cover. This works well enough for units that roll more dice and can take more hits but I already rejected the method for this game last year and went with the cancel 1 hit for cover method. Thats what I used in tbe last game and I have no idea why I switched when typing the summary but that will be put right.
- The third item has to do with the recent (in terms of games played) removal of a win/lose/tie melee resolution rule. I can't remember exactly why I decided to drop it but I miss it and am inclined to restore it as taking the decision to stand in a losing melee out of the General's (ie player's) hands.
Lastly, the sharp eyed, nothing better to do sorts, might notice that the recent clarification in my mind about where this is all headed, has finally pushed me to carry out a long contemplated touch up the facings and trim on my "started as Cristinos, became Mexicans and then the San Carlos Grenadiers" unit so that they match the 1820's US style of the Lafeyette County Volunteer Rifles and those old, not quite accurate Victorian era prints of the War of 1812.
That clatification of plans will be covered ere long in a more comprehensive look at the year ahead.