Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign

It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.

To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Work in Progress but Time is Running Out

Two weeks from today I leave for Huzzah!.

While I could pack up and go tomorrow, there is still  a lot I'd like to do to get ready and it looks like the next week at least will  be ideal for much needed yardwork and gardening. Two expected down days have been compromised by  unexpected domestic duties. There has been some time to work on honing my 54mm rules but not enough time to get play more than a turn or two. 

I really like the way the game is  heading though with a blend of old and new ideas but soon I need to haul my mind away from matters toy soldier and back to preparing terrain and figures for Huzzah.

Don't be fooled by the absence of a grid, this game is intended to be able to played either on or off grid.

Having gotten the scale monster our of my head for a bit, I've settled on a 4 figure "company" as the basic unit. (Essentially what fits in a 4" square.) This may be independent or be grouped into "battalions" of 2-4 companies. A couple of these plus a Brigadier make a Brigade. How it all works is mostly still in my head but the on line rules have been kept up to date as new ideas get added, tested and rejected or expanded.

If I get at it early maybe I can finish the actual playing Friday morning before its warm enough to get back to work outside.

10 comments:

  1. Ross, great photo of your game table.

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    1. Thanks. A lot of old stuff that has held up well with the occasional touch up so fits a bit like a comfy old shoe.

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  2. Ross Mac,

    The photo of the table looks like your battle is in full swing, with lots of action going on.

    I am preparing for the game I am going to put on at COW2019 ... which is in early July. Like you, I start early in the hope that I will get everything done well in advance, but somehow it never quite happens that way, does it? There is always something that you have either forgotten or are not quite satisfied with ... and it seems to take up the last week or so before the game getting all the ducks in a row.

    Experience shows that the game will turn out all right in the end ... but it is sometimes difficult to remember that in the latter part of the preparation stage.

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. I have occasionally felt well prepared for a convention game but those rarely went as well as hoped unlike some others that exceeded expectations.

      All one can do is what one can...then be prepared to improvise!

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  3. I agree, great look to the table. I have three games to run at Histioricon, and one really needs a lot of work, and should be pl;ay tested this month. I am having a hard time seeing how I will get that done, but I am sure that I will...

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    1. and I'm sure it will turn out great. Nothing like an experienced GM to make it work on the day.

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  4. Darned yard work--always comes at the worst time: May through about November :)

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    1. November? I try to draw the line there! A month when its too cold outside and not snowy enough to interfere.....most years...

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  5. Did you get in the Friday morning game?

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    1. I played a turn or two inbetween sending my brain down various rules rabbit holes. Finished it off today. Post in a day or two.

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