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The Guns of 2014 EiA Sound Off...


EiA Sawatdee

As the gaming calendar rolled over from 2013 to 2014, it was time for our 2nd session of our current game on a cold Saturday in January. The situation, as we last left this story: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1094292

Essentially, the Coalition back on its heels, still smarting from a twice violated Vienna and naval superiority seriously questioned.

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1st Mn appears at EiA Sawatdee: Mark (left), The Russian (Lt Jason) and Michael (right)

The Russian, Lt. Jason, had invited a few members of our gaming group,First Minnesota Historical Wargame Society, over to attend (great idea!). First time some of these boys had seen EiA being played, so it was great opportunity to infect a few new gamers with this masterpiece of a game. A WiF/EiA friend of ours, Matt, also stopped by to say hello. So, a good mix of gamers talking wargaming, listening to tunes, having a few highballs and what not, and, most importantly, pushing counters on yet another miserable cold day in the epically long winter of 2013-2014.

We break the game down after each session (probably takes 15 minutes if that to write everything down – and we take pics). So, first 30 minutes is set up time (doesn't take long at all), some good BS, and the making & serving of a few traditional Bloody Mary’s.


AUG & SEP 1805


Yet another BIG Naval battle in 1805 engineered by the rabid Spanish admiral

The action began where it left off – with the rabid Spanish admiral, Bob the Source, barking at the sailors of the evil empire, calling them to action, sailing from our ports in Spain and France and quickly precipitating a BIG naval action off the coast of France (which, as usually, we had almost no chance of winning). As the joint Spanish/French fleet slammed into the British/Russian fleet, the Russians were forced to declare war on Spain or leave the stack. Russia held true to his commitments and proudly declared war on Spain. It would turn out to be a VERY expensive decision…

Again, the great Nelson totally flubbed his rolls, while the Spanish/French fleet rolled high. Both fleets lost 14 ships and the Brits won the tie (they were the defender) and avoided yet another humiliation at the hands of the rabid Spanish admiral. But, the naval phase was just getting started…

As a Russian fleet sailed to invade Holland, the Dutch fleet sortied and intercepted the Russian bear on a "1": a great shout went out throughout the kingdom. The Dutch admiral counted masks and determined he would be at significant disadvantage. What to do......

Time to break out the secret weapon – a lucky cup from the host’s glass/cup cabinet. After much hunting for the special particular cup, one was finally selected. A dice was placed in said cup...let's call the cup "THE FRICKIN MAGICAL DUTCH CUP". The Dutch admiral placed a die in the cup, started a jig and began shaking the cup and pleading for intervention from the luck gods.

After much taunting, he slammed the cup on the table…and out pop’d a “5” to win the wind guage. Again he went to the cup for naval fire…another “5”. Russians were completely defeated (Russia lost 3 ships, while 2 Dutch ships went to their grave). Much shouting.


Holland (admiral pictured left) inflicts devastating naval defeats on Russian, utilizing Bob the Host's secret nephew and niece lucky dice rolling cup..THE FRICKIN MAGICAL DUTCH CUP!...it would produce six "5s" in a row for the giddy Dutch admiral.....yeeeeeehaw

While on land, the Germanies kept concentrated in the North European plain (Austria in Bohemia and Prussia in Berlin). France moved to meet an invasion & concentration in Amsterdam by four Russian corps (just enough to suffer a significant defeat, but not enough to carry the day), while shifting significant forces to Italy to clean up a Turkish infestation. Spain moved a force into France and the Brits kept a cautious eye on invasion threat.


Coalition concentrates its horde

OCT 1805

On the diplomatic front, Prussia dec'd on one of the few remaining neutrals, Duchies and Turkey jumped on Naples.

On the seas, the Dutch fleet again intercepted the Russia fleet on a "1" (wisely not using "The DUTCH CUP for that...abiding by Bob the Host's "Conservation of Luck" principle). Again, he broke out the FRICK MAGICAL DUTCH CUP and rolled it's sixth straight "5" from the cup. Another naval black eye for the Russian bear. While Russia did manage to gain a very small measure of revenge with a defeat of the upstart dutch fleet, the shame had been inflicted.


NAP takes out the trash in Amsterdam

On land, France took a few Austrians prisoner at Nuremberg. Russia took Bavaria. NAP managed to break into Amsterdam, inflict battle losses and a surrender of 20+ russian troops (including 6 cav) and Bagration (who joins Mack in the growing Coalition prisoner of war camp), while the Russian fleet looked on sadly from the docks. The Spanish added to the humiliation by also grabbing a boy in dark green and slapping him silly:


Rabid Spanish admiral takes a Russian prisoner


The cost of a few nights in Amsterdam

At this point, the Russian no longer looked amused and simply stated, "I've lost $250 already this session". The Brit responded, "Don't worry, I'll give you $10 back this interphase". Much laughter.


NOV 1805

The concentrated three corps against the remain turkish force in Italy. The main highlight in November was the lowly turk giving the arrogant French a bloody nose in Milan. Glorious details below:



...other than that, a rather quiet month with winter approaching. Germanies inch'd forward and French screened.

DEC 1805

With the close of the 1805 upon us, the fall of snow (both outside and inside - winter attrition was in effect everywhere), things began to quiet down on the main northern front. Action shifted to Italy, with the French and 4 corps cleaning out the boot any remaining turkish influence a series of three successful siege battles.

The seas finally settled down - I believe it was our first turn of the game without a naval action! Bob the Turk tossed together an interesting analysis of the ship action in 1805:



With the sun setting early on this January Saturday, we decided to call it a day, even though would had only played five months. But, they were a jam packed five months, so, the pace (about an hour a turn) in first two sessions of the game has been fine when all of Europe is on fire.

Our first EiA session of 2014 was in the books...

End of Session Analysis

As usual with this group, another GREAT day of EiA gaming: many laughs, lots of action. Next sessions are scheduled for FEB 22 and MAR 22.

France has a decision to make:

1. Fight to win the war (losses have HEAVILY favored France - and economics (the minors situation)...why not quit while ahead?
2. Surrender and take the lumps and keep building for 2nd Coalition War
3. Try to win the surrender by how & who gets a surrender and on what terms

Brits? Have finally initiated their ship building. Built 6 in Dec. What about Denmark? And how to insure not being taken down after 2nd Coalition War?

Russia? $250+last session pissed away in Amsterdam (many can say they have done that at least once in their life)...wily Turkey strong to the south...what happens in the next few years - and, most importantly, how to win post 2nd Coalition War?

Germanies? What's the plan? While Germanies and French bash each other, the other players grow stronger. What's the goal after 1st Coalition War and prior to 2nd Coalition War?

Spain? Will the fever (for rabid naval combat at LONG odds) break prior to Spanish fleet being lost? What of Italy? And, Africa? Should Spain ever give back his prized Russian prisoner?

The Turk? Now what - with Ottoman conquered and being kicked out of Italy? What about that weakened Russian to the North? What about the 2nd Coalition War? How to keep anyone from noticing the favorable VP situation for Turkey?


Should make for an interesting session a week and half from now...

Sit Reps below:


End of session map situation


Sit Rep Jan 1806
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Good analysis and write-up, thanks. Very interesting. Pls provide more detail on land battles (strengths, chits) if possible.
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Thanks. Will try to keep better track of that.
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The "Debacle at Milan" report says the dutch absorbed most of the casualties for the french/dutch stack ... how?

I assumed they provided the first dead cavalryman, but other than that, there is still proportional losses. Did the dutch die from starvation?
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Dutch Cav took "the break" loss. And the 2 pursuit losses (6 inf)...1 loss in the combat rounds..french took a handful of inf losses.
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