|The usual suspects gather early...|
|...in anticipation of another Game Night!|
Last Friday our club had it's monthly game night. As usual, we had three games. This time, I was among the game masters. As usual, you may clix pix for BIX PIX in this report.
My offering was a preview of the Thirty Years War skirmish game that I will be running at the upcoming Huzzah! Wargame Convention on Saturday morning using my home brew rules, Smalle Warre, a system I'll eventually put on this blog to share, but more about my game at the end of this post...
|Look for this sign at Huzzah!|
And Mark, of Come on my Brave Fusiliers! Blog fame, ran a War of 1812 game using Fife and Drum rules and his spectacular 28mm Knuckleduster Figures. For a more detailed report, I encourage you to visit his blog (link above).
This brings us to my game. Those with strong constitutions may continue. Others may wish to down their gin rations before continuing...very well, we'll proceed.
This is a game that I've run before, dusted off, tweaked, and brought forward to inflict on the unsuspecting denizens of the Huzzah! convention. The game description is below:
Croats and Cuirassiers and Reiters--Oh my!
Smalle Warre / 28mm Thirty Years War Skirmish (home rules) 6 Players
On 8 November 1632 “an advance party of about 100 men under Oberst Brandenstein found the main bridge over the Saale poorly guarded and captured Naumburg only hours before two Imperial regiments, De Suys’ foot and Bredau’s cuirassiers, arrived on the scene"(Richard Brzezinksi, Osprey Books). This incident of “small warre” would lead to the epic Battle of Lutzen eight days later. This scenario asks, “What if Imperialist elements had arrived sooner?” Up to 6 players get to find out. Convention-tested home brew 17th Century skirmish rules, 28mm figures, and buckets of dice.
I've been running this system at conventions and club games for about ten years. Most recently, I've revamped the reference sheets, which seemed to work well in the game. But I digress. Back to the game...
Above: The setup: Imperial start zone to the left and Protestant to the right. There are two opposing hills one on each side, worth 2 points each, and in the middle of the table there are three 1 point objectives, making 3 swing points up for grabs--a formula for a brawl!
|The Imperial Croats start by themselves on the table.|
Above left and right: Early moves. The Croats move to an objective, but then the Protestants bring up some Reiters to contest. In the foreground the Imperial "Red" Cuirassiers make their appearance. These were part of Rob's command, with whom General Dice was not riding this night. To say that his dice were "cold" would be an understatement, and these cuirassiers, in particular, were nothing short of cursed.
Above: Mid-battle and things are getting interesting as opposing lines come up and cavalry engagements cross back and forth over the center. A sequence of mirrored events occurred when Protestant Reiters fruitlessly chased the Imperial Croats and the Imperial "Blue" Cuirassiers could not engage some Protestant Reiters who also chose discretion as the better part of valor.
Above left: The expert German Musketeers come up to shore up the Imperial center. Above right: Protestant dragoons dismount and prepare to support with fire.
When game night ended, it was a dead tie as far as victory points went. Even my clever tiebreaker mechanic did not produce a decision. Both sides agreed, however, that the Imperials had taken more lumps and probably would not prevail were the game to go on for a few more turns. Thus, we called it "advantage" Protestants by mutual consent. I would like to thank the players and in particular Rob, who wins the good sportsmanship award for maintaining his good attitude in the face of an awful run of luck. Although I will have six players at the Huzzah! convention, I would say that I'm comfortable with the play balance based on this four-player version. This game also gave me the chance to exercise the system before the convention to ensure that it will run smoothly there.
If you're in the New England region and going to be at Huzzah! on Saturday morning, drop by the table and say hello.