Gary Barr
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Just finished another year of my Vassal debut with this fascinating game.
A year of fluctuating fortunes for the Allied cause.
Bourbons started year with a mean event card which sent Eugene off to the War Council for a year (ie he sits off-board -unless Vienna attacked) Sods also stole initiative this year getting to play first on Campaign phase.
Lots of maneuvering in Hapsburg territories with French capturing a couple of Fortresses rather easily and cutting supply to the Austrian force (now sans Eugene) at Trent.
Vienna has Bourbon force looming forcing Baden to move to the Austrian Capital (the capture of which can lead to Bourbon auto-victory).
Early in year the Duke attempted to by pass fortified lines at Namur but failed. French besieged and took Linz and Almeida in Portugal (now declared for Allies).
Duke again moved on Namur full of vim and vigour and this time managed to bypass lines.
The French decided to fight and at last I felt glory would be mine ! but first warning was French play of a Command Dispute Card cutting the leadership benefit of the duke and Overkirk by 2 this left 10 French dice versus 11 Allied (a narrow margin) and damn it all the French inflicted 3 hits to a mere 1 by Dukes army ! An ignominious retreat by the Duke once again with a Demoralized army......................
Lord Galway then took up the gauntlet moving on Antwerp which was garrisoned by a full strength Spainish Corps.
Thankfully he managed to reduce the 2 strength Vauban fortress and evict its garrison before years end gaining 2VP (sadly this merely off-set the Bourbon VP gains elsewhere).
France had launched the Toulon fleet again but this year fickle fate saw it wrecked and control of Med stayed with Allies (as is only right and proper).
This allowed Allies to roll for Hapsburg Spainish Uprising event but did not occur.
Both sides took niggling losses in the sieges of the year and spent several actions restoring Corps or Transferring reserves.
End of year sees Allies massing in Flanders despite Dukes inglorious actions but with Bourbons strong in Spain and threatening Vienna.

Again Duke needs to up the ante (ie actually bloody do something !!) in 1706 instead of this 'one step forward two steps back' nonsense.............................................

Really loving this game, simple without being simplistic, full of incident and flavour with lots of decisions of caution vis risk and strategy for both players.

Overall situation end of 1705


Further Turn AArs at sgtsteiner.blogspot.com
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Yes, quite a good game. Look forward to seeing how this one plays out.
 
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Looking like I will have to force a decision in Flanders to annoy French and pull them from other regions.
Just need the Duke to get his rear in gear for at least one campaign year !!!!
 
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Seems like Marlborough needs to shoot for that "Famous Victory" and may need Eugene with him in order to get it. But it's tough on that side in that only Marlborough and Eugene get the bonus for besieging. Slows progress elsewhere to put them together.
 
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Yes Duke needs to perform but Overkirk as sub cmdr is nearly as good and doesn't need Austrian troops with him. Never had an opportunity to transfer any of the white coated legions as French too active near Vienna.
I like these sorts of decisions this game throws up.
 
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Very interesting, thanks!
But I wonder, why French didn`t attak Duke after he have lost the battle? Army is demoralised, chances are high.
 
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The Duke still had a large army so I think they feared being repelled ?
 
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Sgt Steiner wrote:
The Duke still had a large army so I think they feared being repelled ?
The Duke have lost one or two dice (3 hits), so it will be 11-12 dice and hits on "6" only. Burbons has 11 dice and hits on "5,6". I think it`s good spread, isn`t it?
 
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My opponent apparently didnt think so I am glad to say
 
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