This is probably the last BBBB playtest I got in for 2017. I play-tested Kresna Gorge. A Bulgarian victory. I will probably have to adjust the objectives, but beyond that no other fix seems necessary to me (the 2nd Playtest should clarify things). I was surprised by how little issue the terrain created within each of the rough geographical sectors of the region. Moving between sectors is a pain, but within sectors, things were less of an issue (beyond the gorge acting as natural fort). You do get a feeling of how much of a gamble King Constantine took when he decided to strike the Kresna Gorge.
Here are some pics of the setup and battle.
Bottom of photo is east, top is west, left is north (Old Bulgaria), right is south
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Another updating on the play-testing of the Bloody Big Balkan Battles supplement for Bloody Big Battles. I ran a 2nd play-test of Chataldja, while Chris Pringle completed a play-test of Bizani and argues that a 2nd play-test would not be needed. I am thus considering Chataldja closed for play-testing and Bizani conditionally closed. This is an important milestone as all 1st Balkan War Scenarios have been play-tested.
Sarantaporo: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Dioran: 3 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Kilkis-Lahana: 2 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Lule-Burgs: 3 Playtests (2 Me, 1 Morten Kristien Andersen)-CLOSED
Kirkkilise: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Yiannitsa: 2 (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Prilep: 2 Playtest (Me, Me and Nacho)-CLOSED
Monastir 2 (Me and Morten, Me)-CLOSED
Kumanovo: 2 (Me , Me and Onur)-CLOSED
Chataldja: 2 (Me, Me and Mehmet Batuhan)-CLOSED
Bizani: 1 (Chris Pringle)-Conditional CLOSED
Kalimanchi: 1 (ME)
Kresna Gorge :0
Secret non-Scenario Project: 0
That means that there are three scenarios left to play-test (plus the secret non-Scenario project) or 5 playtests. My hope is to be done with these in the next six months.
Last Sunday we met at the Kararagh Club in Istanbul for a game of Kiss me
Hardy, the Too Fat Lardies rules for naval warfare in the Age of Sails. The
scenario was fictional inspired by the Caribbean Campaigns during the
Revolutionary Wars. During the war of the Second Coalition, somewhere close to
Les Saintes, a Spanish and French squadron try to attain junction, while the
British are trying to stop them.
There was a recent ruckus caused by this article by the owner of the very nice Baccus miniatures 6mm range. Now those of you that follow this blog know that I have dabbled in 6mm in the past, both ancient and in Napolenics, and specifically the Baccus range. Their stuff is phenomenal and worth their price. The main reason why I do 19th century in 10mm is because a) Onur preferred it b) Pendraken does a better job at covering more conflicts.
Now Baccus have been some of the most aggressive exponents of small scale gaming. And by aggressive, I mean sometimes obnoxious. There is no question that they are right that there is a 28mm bias in the industry, and among wargamers. Simply put my expectation from my anecdotal evidence is that people who game at the smaller scales are more interested in grand tactical and operational gaming. But I have found that most wargamers I have met tend to be first and fore-most adherents of the ooh shinny doctrine. This is not a good or bad thing, but it means that smaller scales will always be a niche hobby in a niche hobby. This is simply because you cannot match the painting detail of 28mm with 6mm or 10mm. Now believe me, if you have the time and skills you can do exceptional things at 6mm and 10mm (see this work of Javier for example ), but the same person could do even more amazing things with 28mm.
("Objectivity is not possible, but honesty is possible". I must be honest. The following post is written from a liberal cosmopolitan perspective. Bear that in mind. Also this is no way a through or complete treatment of the issue, nor an academic treatment. I am not writing ex cathedra here.)
The event celebrated
The protagonists on the ground for the Kingdom of Greece
“Ochi” Day (No day/ HμέραΟχί) is the state celebration for the decision of the authoritarian
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Greece, Ioannis Metaxas, to refuse the
ultimatum given to him on behalf of the authoritarian Prime Minister of the
Kingdom of Italy, Benito Mussolini, which demanded that the government off
Greece permit the entry and occupation of key geographic positions within the territory
of its dominion, by the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy and its Albanian
In an attempt to fight a bit my gaming/painting ennui I decide to host a game demo day at the Karargah Club. My intention was to demo SAGA, Kiss me Hardy and Perfidious Albion. In the end I ran demos of Saga and Perfidious Albion. I had a good time and remembered how much I enjoy SAGA as a system (I have not played a game in almost 4 years)
For starters I ran a 4 point Saga game with War-hammer Proxies (the club has an majority of members who play 9th Age)
Highborn Elves (Vikings) vs. Sylvan Elves (Anglo-Danish)