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Back at it. When we last left the story...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1053244/eia-sawatdee-ses...

... the coalition (brits dr., prussian bob, austria bob, russia dee) and evil empire (france casey, spain jason/chris and da turks beber) were on the verge of their first big battle of the 2nd Coalition war. Saturday was another beautiful fall day. Hell, the football gophers, who haven't been the Rose Bowl in my lifetime, are actually doing ok. We began to straggle in a little after 10 AM. We had a sub (Chris C) for the Spanish Bull. Chris C, a friend of Austrian Bob, turned out to be a keeper: well schooled in EiA, stands his ground in diplomacy and fun gamer - will fit right into our Sawatdee tribe.

Before we jumped into action, Bob showed us his EiA counter set: all EiA pieces on scrabble tiles. Pretty cool:


Bob's EiA wood tile counters

And, we talked La Grande Guerre 14-18 : made plans to play. Can't wait. The last copy of the game we had been waiting for had just arrived (we got two copies for the group so far). Consequently, we broke that out the newly arrived copy and gazed upon the beast yet again. Great looking game.


Yudenich awaits some action

A little after 11AM, France showed up. We then broke out the blood mary's. Eventually, someone barked "Let's begin!".

July 1807

The action kicked off with the eastern front. The Turks moved against the Austrian and engaged them in the Military District. Turkey went with an outflank vs the Austrians counterattack. Turks won BIG when the outflank force arrived after the 1st round; inflicting a 75% pursuit (20 pursuit losses) and capturing Mack in his night shirt. 48 Austrians (including 6 cav) were vaporized. The turks suffered a minor losses (20). Turkey was pleased.


The Turk after kicking some Austrian butt

France moved first (in order to not leave 4 spanish corps hanging) during the land phase and concentrated with the Spanish force (4 corps) in southern France (Lyon). This 17 corps force was now equal distance from the coalition's army group north and army group south. The coalition pondered its choices.

The Brits advocated forcefully for concentrating everything on Nap...EVERYTHING! Much discussion. The coalition decided to capitalize on the opportunity. 20 coalition corps jumped NAP, his 13 corps+4 Spanish. The Brit, like a true EiA British player, tried to sell the coalition on not needing the British cav corps (other opportunities in Spain & Africa were crying out to be exploited). However, the coalition would have none of that ("Are you &$#%! kidding me, Dr?!" and "It would be very bad form, Dr, to pull your cav out of the action when we're about to fight the BIG battle.") Good laughs.


The battle of 37 corps

278 Coalition forces (45 Cav) at 3.5 morale vs 235 evil empire (french & lowly spanish) - 31 cav at 4.0 morale. Coalition went with outflank vs evil empire attack. Because Austrian Bob was rolling the dice, the coalition failed its outflank roll and subsequently lost the battle. Coalition lost 62 SP (including 5 cav) vs france/spain loses of 16 SP. A big victory for NAP; although, little pursuit. The Austrian tale of woe would soon continue...

August 1807

The peace phase began with Turkey giving Russia a conditional. Austria unleashed a raft of sh*t on the Russian. The first official crying-like-a- school-girl/you-stabbed-me-in-the-back babble had begun within the coalition. The Brit knew more gold would be required to help hold the Coalition together. France smiled.

After the chatter died down, Russia took a royal marriage, Tunisia and Bessarbia.


Field Marshall Prussia Bob planning Army Group North moves

In the land phase, the coalition moved first. Much discussion again. Prussia Bob said, "This is exactly the type of an EiA session that you invest hundreds of gaming hours to experience.". We couldn't agree more. Really beefy strategy, complicated tactics and a great group of gamers.

The pace of the game really slowed down. Of course, probably due to the number of corps involved in very intricate maneuvers. But I think more to explain the slowing pace, was that we were enjoying it so much. Each side would take turns at the board, planning out their next turn (which, of course, wouldn't survive the next turn!). Groups of 2 and 3 were conducting diplomacy and war planning here and there (the balcony, the World in Flames room, the living room, etc). The food (newbie Chris C even brought a damm vegetable plate!) and wine flowed freely. The music was playing. Prussian Bob's brother (a non gamer from Spain) attended part of the session. He commented, "This isn't anything what I thought wargaming would be: you guys are having a blast.".

After much contemplation, someone in the coalition stated, "Well, if we're going to win the battle, then we should fight him". Too much wine had flowed.

Anyways, we decided to split the difference: divide our force in the front of that girlie mon Napoleon: a force of about 150 would hit NAP and the rest would run north to Paris - let's put the evil empire on the horns of a dilemma - now that we've sucked them to the south. The thinking was that, if things went well - or, we trapped the french out of position - we might be able to take Paris for the interphase.

141 (3.6 morale) coalition forces faced off against 219 evil empire boys (4.1 morale). Coalition again went Vegas with an outflank. NAP again went with a counterattack. Austrian Bob was banned from any tossing of the dice for the coalition. Accordingly, the outflank force arrived on time. France & Spain ended up with 63 losses, while the coalition endured 58. With a mutual break, the coalition fell back into the mountains again.


NAP screened

The evil empire then moved. France decided to hit Army Group South in the mountains. 159 french & spanish faced off vs 78 coalition factors. We knew we would be significantly outgunned (since we'd reinforced army group north). Our 78 would have to pull a Thermopylae. At that point, I think Russian Dee cried out to the dice gods "The mountains will save us!". The coalition decided to gamble with a defend, thinking the French would continue with their conservative choices. He surprised us by taking Echelon (gutsy choice). The Coalition took yet another pounding: 41 SP losses vs 21 for france & Spain.

So, thru the first two months of pounding in the west, the Coalition had lost 161 factors, while the evil empire had lost 100. In the East, Turkey had surrendered to the Russians, but was having its way with the Austrians.

September 1807

The coalition called a time out for a long strategy session. Decisions...decisions. Austria begin by giving the Russia a tongue lashing for taking a conditional from the lowly Turk. The discussion continued with Austrian Bob advocating something. The Brit shouted "After your miserable die rolling you're not going to decide frickin squat. And, you're cryin like a stuck pig." Much laughter.

At some point we invited Spain to a conference and delivered an ultimatum. He calmly listened and then told us to go pound sand. The new man had earned his first diplomatic stripes within our Sawatdee tribe.

So, despite Austrian Bob berating the Russian, Kutuzov decided to move his main army west thru Austria. It would take three months to arrive, but, it would make a great x-mas present when it showed up on the front in December. Austrians would concentrate its force vs the Turks. Brits would commit its BEF somewhere designed to inflict some pain on the evil empire. And, most importantly, the coalition's Army Group North would concentrate at Paris. The coalition had survived its first 2nd war wobble.

After that, the turn began with Austria going unstable and waving goodbye to Sardinia , Naples and Romagna...ouch. The coalition entered Paris (to much fanfare) and successfully screened it from liberation (much rejoicing). The turkish plague continued its march West with successful sieges at Eszek and Ofen.


Blucher enters Paris


British Expeditionary Force eyes some juicy targets

We finished off the turn with a few odds and ends. Someone said in a loud voice "Well, that's not going to be my problem" (not even sure what in reference to, but, it caused quite a laugh). The Brits positioned corps (even the boys from Piedmont) on ships throughout the med to set up the arrival of the BEF...somewhere... arrrh ...and managed to prevail at the siege of Turin. Prussia conquered Switzerland; I believe completing the stripping of all minors from the French except to small ones under siege.

Big event was the French losing all its income (and only raising 12 manpower due to so much of his provinces currently coalition controlled) with an occupied (yet festive) Paris. Spain decided to lend its formerly rich neighbor $40 to prevent bankruptcy.

With winter quickly approaching (according to both the game calendar and The Night's Watch), we decided to break early (around 5ish) and surprise our wives (and such) with a little Saturday night what not. Fantastic gaming session. We penciled in NOV 23 to resume. Should be snow on the ground by then. Could be a long, cold, hungary winter for NAP and the evil empire if they fail to liberate Paris soon.


The tribe playing EiA on a Saturday in the Fall: happy as pigs in sh*t

And, an award given for the session. Congrats Casey.



Also, we are still familiarizing ourselves once again with the EiA rules. Consequently, we went in search of one integrated errata file (a debate about screening corps and trivial combat had triggered the search). Errata file is posted here: http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.ee6b552/840

Finally, keep tuned to the general EiA Sawatdee thread for in between session trash talk and what not:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/13927212

Until Nov 23...
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There's an errated online rulebook here http://eia.xnetz.com/rules/eiarules-with-errata.html
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Thanks.
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Great report as usual, really catching the moods and attitudes cool

What happened in september with the french stack and the 37 coalition survivors from the mountain battle in august? How many infantry reinforcements did the survivors receive, and did the french pass up on the opportunity to finish off this small elite stack? One more hit could decide the war, I think, unless they received a lot of infantry or Charles managed to withdraw. Paris was lost for september anyway.


How do you calculate morale? Stack morale seems very high for the Evil Empire with 4.0 and 4.1 while including 4 spanish corps? They must be seriously understrength. 35 spanish inf/cav would drag morale to 3.9.
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As for the Sea Legs Baltic Porter beer label:

In Denmark (which is partly in the Baltic area) a traditional drink is half-and-half: Half Porter, half Carlsberg. Some people enjoy that with a Red Aalborg Snaps on the side.
Good with spiced marinated herring on rye bread with raw onions on top.
But when you drink porter, you don´t really need to eat.

I myself wouldn´t get anywhere near any of the things mentioned above - a bit too Manly for my taste gulp - but right now is the season for it.
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allanw wrote:
Great report as usual, really catching the moods and attitudes cool

What happened in september with the french stack and the 37 coalition survivors from the mountain battle in august? How many infantry reinforcements did the survivors receive, and did the french pass up on the opportunity to finish off this small elite stack? One more hit could decide the war, I think, unless they received a lot of infantry or Charles managed to withdraw. Paris was lost for september anyway.


Yes, it was a HIGH quality forced that limped away (behind the mountain line), but, reinforced by Austrians. French/spanish decided not to pursue it - doing so would have probably cost them Paris for 2 interphases - given army group north (which will now be a decent size).


allanw wrote:
How do you calculate morale? Stack morale seems very high for the Evil Empire with 4.0 and 4.1 while including 4 spanish corps? They must be seriously understrength. 35 spanish inf/cav would drag morale to 3.9.


We calculate per the rules - french inf 4.0, british inf 4.5, british guard 5.0, etc. I'll try to get a split on the french/spanish factors involved.
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Herr Dr wrote:

We finished off the turn with a few odds and ends. Someone said in a loud voice "Well, that's not going to be my problem" (not even sure what in reference to, but, it caused quite a laugh).


Maybe from here??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrRrst1i0g

BTW: I, in no way, support Hitler or what he did...
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1076542

Session V posted.
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