|The 2nd Battalion of the Highland Brigade goes in !|
In short, I didn't know exactly what I wanted, I just knew very clearly that I wanted it.
|The Black Watch attacked after heavy losses in a prolonged firefight but were met by a hail of 5's and 6's and repulsed.|
It wasn't lost time though as identifying and marking wrong choices helped make it clear what my subconscious actually wanted. Based on past experience, there were times that I was as addicted to chrome, fiddly bits and artificial friction as many other gamers, but these days the shine is off all of that and I want a game that runs quickly, provides a satisfying balance of my decisions vs unpredictability and feeds my imagination.
In the end of course, I manged to roll things back to more simplicity than I thought I'd be able to stand but of course, it worked! The damned Rebels fought better than I had planned for but that's a good thing as it shows I can't get my own way in a solo game unless I take to cheating.
|The Grenadiers and Fusiliers seized the Stone Inn that overlooks the bridges.|
- My usual card draw for initiative.
- 'A' moves or shoots then both sides resolve close combat then 'B' does the same (essentially the engine behind Hearts of Tin and Sq Brig ).
- Variable length moves for easy friction.
- Simple to hit die rolls with few modifiers but saving throws. Essentially my old rally roll but rolled right away so that some hit are removed at once while the rest are just out for the rest of the turn.
- Melee includes defensive fire and close range firefights as well as charges. Again as per HofT and Sq Brigadier.
- No morale tests. (Morale being included in combat resolution which includes musketry, morale, and the threat or use of cold steel, in one mechanism) and in the Rally or Saving throw mechanism.) Units below 1/2 strength are penalized.
- Standard Units: 8 inf, 1 gun, 4 cav. (Some in this game were 12 but they were too big for my table and the ranges)
The rules as used for the last 4 turns are here.
|The Rebel forces rallied but there were not enough men left to reestablish a stable bridgehead so they pulled back.|
HOWEVER, I leave for Huzzah in 10 days and there are a few things to do to improve the look of the game as well as player aids to print, packing to be done and on and on. There is also a matter of a prototype figure to be painted and brought along to take part in discussions about next year's joint game which Rob and I are already discussing. Lots to do!