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It was one of those gaming sessions that we play wargames for: a mix of a complex, epic wargame that produces a great storyline with a bunch of fun wargaming mates that enjoy the trash talk/horrible defeats/glorious victories that any such epic gaming experience produces. We’ve melded two long playing (15 year+) EiA wargaming groups: Bob the Source’s and some remnants of Don Peterson’s group…plus 1 newbie: a very strong group of gamers.

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A few words on the players... Germanies played by very experienced players from Bob the Source’s group – and that should make for a good game. You need strong players playing the Germanies. Dee took the Brits. I’m not sure Dee had played the Brits previously, but he’ll do fine; he’s got the constitution for it (he doesn’t rattle and he’s a long time WiF player). Bob the Host took the Turks. Bob is one of the strongest wargamers I’ve ever played with. Bob the Source took the Spain; he knows EiA as well as anyone, develops a plan and works it. Lt Jason, the newbie, took Russia. Russia is probably the best for a newbie to play: you get to experience everything in the game and really can’t get in any serious trouble until after the 2nd Coalition War. I took the French. I’ve played them twice before – as 1792 France (which is an ENTIRELY different beast than 1805 France).


This pig gave his life so that EiA Sawatdee could forage well

We assembled on a beautiful Saturday in late December in the shadow of wrecking ball (lastTwins/Vikings game in the Metrodome tomorrow). Bloodie mary’s were broken out, a pig was sacrificed and initial wars decs were written:

Spain dec’s on Brits
Prussia dec’s on Brits (a thing for minors)
Turks, Russia and Austria dec’s on France
France dec’s on Austria

A few surprises here: Spain intended to go aggressively after the Brits and the Turk’s will be in the Coalition. So, a good ole 5 on 2 – with Spain only at war with Britain. France will have its hands full.


"The boys assemble; time for some EiA..."


"...and we're playing on Bob the Host's shiny new oversized EiA map..."


"...and Lt Jason even brought me an X-MAS present. Life is good."


Initial deployments. Bob the Source, playing Spain, wanted to try something to arbitrage British uncertainty during the Brit’s VERY vulnerable period in the game. The French were all ears. We setup with each fleet counter (eight in all) in different spots. Why not stretch the poor Brits? The Brits responded with blockading a few big fleets and putting the glorious Lord Nelson off the coast of Britain with 50 ships.

One funny incident occurred when the Turks set up their fleet, loaded with troops bound for North Africa. France decided to blockade them. The look on the completely surprised Turks face was priceless. I'd call it one of shock. MUCH laughter. A panic’d Turkey cried out for some immediate talks with the French. After a quick conference, the French decided to call off the blockade.

On land, the lowly Austrians deployed in Illyria (4 corps, joined by 2 turks) and on the border of Prussian (there with their Prussian blood brothers). The French deployed 4 corps in the north and 4 corps in the south. Russia committed 4 corps to Coalition.

JAN 1805

Naval Moves:

France and Spain stayed in ports, with the Brits blockading a few of them and keeping Nelson with 50 ships off the coast of England. A British controlled Portuguese fleet said north and blockaded the Dutch.

Land Moves:

The French decided “to go vegas” and split the Coalition defense by moving its real army towards Vienna via northern Italy. The Coalition stayed in their barracks (blaming a shortage of funds). Spain began its LONG campaign against Portugal. Turkey moved on Egypt and Carthage.



Lovefest diplomacy between Brit (left) and his Prussian ally

FEB & MAR 1805

Turkey began its building of the Ottoman. Spain, forgetting to bring its siege engines with him, batted his head against the walls at Lisbon and Gibraltar. Due to the French/Spanish naval deployments, Gibraltar was under extreme threat. At least the Brit had it fully garrisoned with a depot. So, as long as it would not be blockaded, it was invulnerable to the Spanish horde besieging it.

Napoleon began by moving north of the alps thru Tyrol and placing a screen at Linz - which would hold the door open to Vienna in case of opportunity presented itself. It did. The Coalition played both turns conservatively and stayed on the defense. March rolled around and France decided to take a shot at Vienna: placing Napoleon’s 100 factors in the middle of 250 Coalition factors. At one point, 6 French corps were within spitting distance of 24 enemy corps.

Vienna was fully garrisoned. 50/50 for NAP to break in and France made their roll. Siege combat ensued. Austrians had placed Guard along with a big infantry corps in Vienna and consequently had a morale of 3.7! Napoleon lead 4 corps…79 factors with 4.1 morale. Austria had about a 1/3 chance of breaking the French in 2 rounds; if Austria couldn’t do that, they would likely be killed to the last man. Napoleon rolled the BIG “6” in the 2nd round and shouted with glee: bearskin hats would be nailed to the wall (4 dead AU guard) - along with a portion of horse meat (3 dead AU cav). Consequently, the ladies of Vienna welcomed the French with open arms and what not.

On the seas, the “standoff” continued with Spain & France looking for an opportunity to create havoc and Nelson guarding sea zones.

Recap of the opening three months: Vienna sacked. Brits under siege on the seas. Turks building the Ottoman. Russians sending help to the Coalition. France lost about 5 SPs, while the Austrians suffered about 30 SPs losses.


Ladies of Vienna ravished by French horde

APR > JUNE 1805

Russia moved on Sweden, and despite facing André Masséna at Stockholm, prevailed. Turkey added to its conquest of North Africa with Trip & Cyr.


Nelson disgraced by the hot hand of a rabid Spanish admiral

Spain had a hell of fun time. The Brits ran the gauntlet of the Spanish coast (unblockaded Spainish & French fleets there) and eliminated a 1 point Spanish Fleet blockading Gibraltar. That’s when the fireworks on the sea began. Off the coast of Cadiz, the crazed Spanish Admiral demanded an engagement with the Brits. 43 Spanish/French ships met Nelson and 50 ships. Dice were rolled…13 evil empire hulks to the bottom and only 6 British boats burned.


Furious fleet actions off the coast of England

So, what do you do when you get your arsed whipped in the first engagement, why, according to the rabid Spanish Admiral, you double down! A fleet of 60 Spanish/French intercepted Nelson and 44 ships. Dice were rolled. Spain tossed a “6”, Brits a “1”. An explosion resulted. I think somewhere in the laughter and cries the Spaniard shouted “Oh dear, my lilly livered buttocks are aflame!” 15 burning brits vs 4 FR/SP losses. With blood in the water, the Spaniard could not be restrained. In June, A fleet of 55 FR/SP ships engaged Nelson and 59 ships. Nelson rolled the dice….15% losses inflict….the rabid Spanish tossed a die…”6”. More shouting. 12 more burning brit boats, vs 9 losses for the evil empire.

At that point, Britain had lost control of the sea. The Brit held a conference with the Russia. Shortly thereafter, the Russian fleet appeared in London. FR/SP fleets scurried into Spanish ports. The Med had become a FR/SP lake, with Malta under the French banner and Gibraltar painted in Spanish yellow (British relief of the siege there failed with Spanish Bob tossed another “6” to break in and then won the siege battle). Meanwhile, in the main theatre of operations…

Napoleon, thinking that discretion might be the better part of valor, pulled out of Vienna thru Bavaria….but did leave a back door open to the brothels of that fine city. Perhaps the Coalition would rest on their laurels thinking Vienna was now secure. In the North, the Coalition was finally getting their forces together. However, the allies maintained a defense position - given that Vienna had been occupied – and the Brits were under stress - apparently a severe cash shortage preventing campaigning.

In June, with that back door open (and the Coalition seemingly breathing relief), France doubled back with a weak force and once again moved on Vienna. Again, the city was sacked, costing the coalition probably close to $150 for the two turns - and likely causing a dreaded "militia only" build for Austria. Concurrently, NAP and the main French army slide north, planning to move first in July and strike a stack of 6 prussian/russian corps before they could concentrate.

JULY 1805

We decided we could get in one more turn for the day (we actually played about 6 hours and did manage to complete the first 7 ACTION FILLED & COMPLEX turns of the game – a great pace). Turkey completed its conquest of North Africa. After 7 long months, Spain finally conquered Portugal.


NAP turns north

Napoleon looked north, after moving the main French army to Bavaria (while leaving a token presence in Vienna) (France had moved last in June). The main Prussian/Russian army at Magdeberg was within range of most of the French army (minus a corp in Brest and a few screening corps here and there). Napoleon ordered a concentration at Magdeberg. 123 French factors met 103 Prussian/Russian lads. Chit pic’s were both outflanks. Davout reinforced, along with a Ducth corps (another 30 SPs). Despite horribly low French rolls, NAP was “victorious” on the third round, losing 15 and inflicting 19 losses.



NAP vs the lowly Prussian/Russians


The Turk intervenes

At that point - after watching the French hold Vienna twice in the first 6 months and now likely to take Berlin in September - Bob the Turk could no longer sit still. He declared, “Ok boys, I’m going to make a tactical intervention”. Much laughter. Bob the Turk then provided some "operational consul, coaching and direction". Consequently, the Coalition left its barracks, put up a wall of corps around the French and sought to slow down a rampaging Napoleon that had been successfully fending off 2x to 3x its size.


NAP surrounded by a sea of girlie mon prussians

Recap of Session: Brits pressed hard by rabid Spanish admiral: 33 British ships sunk vs 26 SP/FR. Spain had a good session (portugal, Gibraltar and political points). Turks did fine - Ottoman in place and a part of grand Coalition. Likewise with the Russians (control of Sweden and his 49 ships plus 12 Sweds are in HIGH demand). Brits managed a VERY difficult naval situation well. Germanies back on their heels, after losing Vienna twice. France rocked: income/manpower base now of $160/57. Losses? FR 25 SPs...Coalition 70ish SP loss.

However, the cold winds of winter and change are blowing hard. France's turn in the barrel approaches...

Next session JAN 25.


End of session in Northern Europe. Not a great photo - but gave me an idea how to take a picture of the entire map in sections, put together in Illistrator
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David - Thanks for the nice wrap up. Looks like a great time!
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Go Turkey!
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Thanks for the recap. Sorry that I didn't see the crushing of the Brit navy.
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Another great quote in addition to Spanish Bob’s “lily-livered buttocks” proclamation; happened while the Evil Empire was asked to leave the room.

Prussia was directing traffic around Vienna and trying to decide where the Turks should end up. Turkish Bob stepped in: “Force march? You want me to force march? I’ll force march. The Turks are here for no reason other than to die.”
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A restart? Previous game was into 1808. What prompted the restart?

You guys are playing really fast, getting much more action into six hours than we ever do in Portland. Then again, you probably have to move fast given the outside temperature. Must be stimulating!
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Primarily we got of it what we wanted: re-familarize ourselves with the game. 2nd Coalition war had finished and France was going to go down very hard. After that happens, a different type of game emerges. Additionally, it was already pretty clear that three countries were significantly ahead a few countries were significantly behind.

Yes, we do play fast - which is great. When we do have the big action turns (battles, moves), we then slow it down to enjoy the opera as it unfolds.

Battle resume tomorrow
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