Sunday, January 28, 2018

Waterloo 20 with My Wife

Night, June 16th. Through heavy fighting, the Allies have been forced out of Quatre Bras and the Prussians from Ligny.

I've persuaded my wife to do some reading on Waterloo. She's chiefly reading Bernard Corwell's Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles and may progress on to some other works, including a volume of personal accounts of the battle. To help her understand the situation and choices facing Wellington and Napoleon during those four days, we're playing through Waterloo 20 from the GMT Fading Glory set.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Arrived: Ligny 1815 - Last Eagles

Honestly, it's a disease. An addiction. But I had to have it.

Also, I didn't realize until looking at the map for this how close Fleurus is to Ligny.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rising Eagles - Learning the Ropes

The Coalition Advanced Guard and 1st Column advance on Telnitz, their orders objective. Davout's III Corps has Defend orders.

This first game I'm playing of Rising Eagles is very much a learning game. Entering the 8AM turn I'm trying out some combat for the first time - and learning an important lesson!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Austerlitz - Rising Eagles

Scenario 1 covers Davout's defense of Telnitz and Sokolwitz on the French right

Grogbrother Jim has been expressing cautious optimism about Hexasim's Eagles of France series this weekend. He's specifically playing Fallen Eagles, which covers Waterloo. I have Rising Eagles, their Austerlitz game. Given Jim's praise for his early attempts at the system, I thought I ought to finally get it on the table and give it a try.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Romans in Hispania - Cantabrian Wars

I don't have any operational treatments of Hellenistic warfare (computer or boardgame), but AGEOD's Alea Jacta Est is a very good operational game covering a pretty broad swath of Roman-era war. At the moment I'm trying the Cantabrian Wars scenario, a ten year long series of campaigns by the Romans to subdue northern Hispania.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting Serious about GBoH Alexander

Five sheets of counters for this and my wrists are starting to show signs of RSI finally from years at keyboards. Progress has been slow but I am determined. Issus and Raphia call.

Fontenoy 1745

After several weeks playing the hypothetical Melle scenario from BAR Fontenoy, David and I set up the Fontenoy historical scenario from Vae Victis' The Victories of Marshal De Saxe. to play on our next gaming night.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

TOAW IV and the First Balkan War

While I'm admittedly most interested in the history of and gaming of the period 1680 to 1780, my interests do extend beyond that at least a century in either direction. To wit, I grabbed Matrix's recently updated The Operational Art of War IV specifically for the pre-WWI and WWI scenarios.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Kriegsspiel Blocks

It has to be a good day when a bag of Kriegsspiel blocks shows up in the mail.

Monday, November 27, 2017

John Tiller Software Sale Items

John Tiller Software is right now doing something I've not seen them do before: having some items on sale! If you're a veteran JTS player, now is a great time to pick up a game you might not have. If you've never played but think you might like to give these games a try, you can grab a title for a few dollar less right now.  Go on, you know you want to!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Shooting Blanks at St. Quentin

The 1st Band of the French Companies has nearly cleared the island. Imperial forces are on the move.
I learned something very important today about the JTS Musket & Pike engine that I didn't know. It took several hours of playing the St. Quentin scenario. I've never run into it in other scenarios and never suspected it was there.