The numbers are beginning to climb again as we had 13 gamers in attendance Wednesday night.
By: Stephen Berry
The Magnificent 7 (Asthon Arnold, Mike Hayman, Stephen Berry, Jon Comeaux, Willard Fann, Eric Syrdal and Trevor Antcyak) played 11/1807 through 3/1808. Five months in one night is actually a pretty good pace for an EIA game considering the amount of warfare which took place. Winter inactivity and (finally) well-solidified (finally) kept the pace up.
The game began with two treaties which helped to clarify the diplomatic situation in Europe: France (at war with Austria and Prussia) made an informal peace with Austria and Turkey (at war with Russia, Austria, Spain, and Britain) called an informal peace with Russia. Russia then declared war on Austria, whose grip on Italy and Germany seemed too threatening to the Czar. So the crazy situation we had before settled into two seperate and basically clear-cut wars: Austria v. Prussia/Russia/Turkey (fought in northern Germany) and Turkey v. Spain/Britain (fought in North Africa). France is apparently sitting this war out, letting the others beat the snot out of each other as he rebuilds his battered army.
Archduke Charles led the Austrian army to crush the Prussians before Russian aid could arrive; however Blucher arranged this defence in a cordon to meet the Austrian outflank. Only an ill-timed and ill-advised commitment of the Prussian guard saved Charles from certain defeat. As a huge Russian raced across Poland, another Turkish force swept through southern Hungary, capturing several garrisons.
Meanwhile, Spanish marines landed in Cyrenia and Tripolitania, conquering them from Turkey. Another British force landed in Egypt, despite the hordes of Turkish cavalry rallying to its defense.
We are about to begin April, 1808 and both sides are emerging from their Winter camps for a final, apocalyptic struggle for northern Germany. Can the Archduke Charles save the Habsburg Empire from the massive Prussian/Russian/Turkish horde? Can Napoleon bear to stay on the sidelines? How many Austrians will rot to death in the dreaded Turkish prisons? Stay tuned!
Editor's Note: Another development is that the Czar of Russia (Ashton Arnold) has abdicated the throne, to be replaced by a new Czar (Michael Hayman). Mike will now assume the role of Mother Russia. That should keep the game spirited and lively!