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Subject: Southern Belles, Cheerleaders and The Battle of Gaines Mill rss

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It took but a few minutes to explain Battle Cry to players who were not frightened by hexagons. On one side we had a seasoned gamer who not only knew the Civil War well, but was also a proven Memoir '44 veteran as well as serving member of the US Army. A true Southern Gentleman, he offered to take the Confederate cause at the Battle of Gaines Mill. I staffed the other side with two new Union players who could serve as sounding boards for each other. Not only was Lee outnumbered, but he also suffered from a nasty flu. I myself did not play so I could advise players should they encounter cards or situations that were confusing.


I helped teach McClellan's troops how to take advantage of excellent defensive terrain and the peculiarities of artillery while Lee probed for a way around the thick woods to bring his weapons to bear. The wiley old fox surprised the unsteady Federals and turned their left flank, but I helped them regain their line and established an artillery position to throw the Rebels back (despite some very angry stares from General Lee).


The source of General Lee's flu - his Southern Belle - soon arrived as McClellan's troops fortified their dominating positions. She was even sicker than he was, so she decided she would just watch the game while drinking tea and cuddling contagiously. This, however, did not last long as the simple rules and Lee's devious schemes quickly drew her into the battle. Before long, she was secretly making the majority of decisions for the South.


Using carefully choreographed advances, the Rebels were able to force Union troops off their positions, buying time for others to gain position. McClellan chafed under the constant retreat flags, and his men ended up spending most of their effort simply trying to regain their firing positions, each time suffering stronger fire from improved Rebel positions. In the meantime, Lee's careful manipulation of retreats prevented his units from suffering more than isolated volleys in return, and his use of move and cover allowed him to regain position while keeping McClellan off balance.


As both sides gained good firing positions, the attrition became horrific and Union lines began to wither as their weaker command cards began to take a toll.


The decisive moment drew near as substantial gaps began to appear in the Union line and a Confederate breakout was imminent. Emergency supplies of fast food were rushed to the front by Federally Funded Cheerleaders.



A ferocious volley crippled the Union right and Lee launched a decisive assault to turn that flank. However, invigorated by junk food and the Federally Funded Cheerleaders, McClellan played a medical card to rally a decimated unit to full strength, surprising the advancing Rebels and stopping them dead in their tracks.


Unable to push past the rebuilt unit, the Confederate attackers were trapped short of their objective and in the open. The Union forces piled in on the helpless Rebels with a point blank counterattack using murderous crossfire, and the entire assault force disintegrated. Union victory was now certain, and - accompanied by Tax Dollar Cheers - Federal trash talking began in earnest.


The Feds poured on their final volley, but the decimated Rebel units somehow managed to survive. Suddenly, Lee unveiled a surprise which - as The General his Southern Belle had so carefully calculated - had an 80 percent chance of success. The dice favored Lee, and the result was a dramatic last-minute victory for the diseased and battle weary South!


Once again, the crafty general had engineered a brilliant victory, dropping his enemies from the euphoric heights of victory into the catastrophic depths of despair in a matter of minutes!
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Later that same evening, we played Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game. Here's the report:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/340483
 
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Like your pictures and the story!thumbsup
 
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Bernd13 wrote:
Like your pictures and the story!thumbsup
Yay! Thanks for the support... it makes it worth it!
 
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