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Warren Bruhn
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November 1810 through March 1811: War in Italy, Scandinavia, & Bessarabia

Had what is probably our 18th or 19th session on Sunday, February 10, 2013. I’ve lost track of how many sessions we’ve had over the last three years. Eight players were present, including Raven Z., who is available to take over Austria if Thomas gets a 6 month chemical engineering contract in another state. Raven acted as chairman, moving us through the turn sequence as he learns the game.

November 1810

Britain declared war on Russia! Britain dropped from I10 box to I5 (broke alliance). Russia did not call any of Russia’s many allies. So Britain couldn’t call allies.

Turkey surrendered conditionally to Spain! Turkey dropped from N8 box to N4. Spain picked Algeria and Royal Marriage, jumping from the D3 box to the D8 box! Britain allied with Spain and Austria. Spain also allies with Turkey. Spain now in the D10 box!

Baltic Moves:

Britain put Nelson and Wellington on at London, and moved 3 fleets with 90 ships, 3 corps. and those leaders to the sea zone between Stockholm & Copenhagen. The Russian fleet in the Baltic did no move out to sea. The confused British player thought that the Russian fleet was in Riga, and assumed that it was locked in the ice for the next three months. But the befuddled British player discovered later during the winter, when some Russian corps left East Prussia, that the Russian fleet was in the Prussian port of Konigsberg.

The other two Russian fleets, along with the Swedish & Danish fleets, attempted to leave the Black Sea, but were denied access into the Dardanelles by the Ottoman Sultan. The Tsar was apparently not very happy about that. Russian corps streamed northward toward the lightly defended St. Petersburg, probably relieved that Wellington & Nelson had not sailed into the Gulf of Finland. Bernadotte appeared to command the one Swedish corps at Stockholm. The other two Swedish corps were at Odessa.

Wellington and three British corps landed at Copenhagen, and failed in an attempt to breach.

Italy:

And Austrian force of at least three corps under the Archduke Charles marched south from French controlled Venetia to attack two Spanish corps in the mountains at Florence. Charles chose Eschelon, while the Spanish corps commanders had spread out into a cordon. The die modifiers were +1/-1 in favor of the Austrians. The Austrians started with 20 factorss, the Spanish with only 14, but the surprise was that the Austrians had 4 infantry, 10 guard, and 6 cavalry, a high morale force indeed! That and the die modifiers saved the Austrians from the bad chit pick, and neither side broke the first day. On the second day, the Austrians tried a probe against a Spanish defend. The Spanish broke in the third round. Both sides had lost 5 factors each. The Austrians laid siege to Florence, but didn’t attempt to breach.

Spain moved surviving corps south into the Papacy, and the Naples corps were at Naples under Cuesta. Two Spanish militia in Florence starved, and then the rest of the Spanish garrison, all regular infantry, attacked the besiegers. The Spanish broke in the third round, but not before inflicting some casualties.

December 1810

Russian moves:

Russia, to the stunned amazement of other players, declared war on Turkey! Russia dropped to the N2 box (broke Turkish alliance). Turkey called France as an ally, and France responded to the call with a DoW on Russia, dropping France to the D4 box. Russia did not call any allies.

Russia attempted to sail the Swedish and Danish fleets toward a port raid against the Turkish fleet in Constantinople harbor, but discovered that the fleets couldn’t get into the Dardanelles without Turkish permission. Several Russian corps made it to St. Petersburg to defend the capital, although the British couldn’t get through the ice to attack the place anyway. The Tsar sent the two Swedish corps on a death march in the snow to attack Ismail, losing 7 factors on the way attempting to forage. The much reduced Swedes breached Ismail, lost another 2 factors, but broke the same round that the Turks broke, so failed to take the city. I don’t remember if we gave the Turks the +1 PP for winning that siege assault combat.

Italy:

Spain landed 3 corps from Algiers and Barcelona at Naples, gathering a substantial army. The Austrians brought more corps to Florence and achieved a breach, and 9 Spanish infantry surrendered. The Austrians detached a garrison.

Scandinavia:

British fleets moved into blockade at Copenhagen and Stockholm, while another sailed to Portsmouth. Two other fleets moved out from London with corps that had moved there the previous month, and took station in the Skaggerak. One corps under Beresford landed at Christiana, Norway and detached a garrison. The other landed at Malmo, breached, and wiped out the 4 Swedish infantry garrison in two rounds, losing one British.

At Copenhagen the British achieved a breach and fought a bloody assault. The Danes lost 5 in two rounds, but the British lost 6 and broke in the second round.

Econ phase:

Going into the econ phase, the positions on the political chart were as follows:

Austria - N8
Britain - I7
France - D4
Prussia - N4
Russia - N2
Spain - D9!
Turkey - N5

Spain scored a remarkable 14 VP, while France scored 10. Britain subtracted one from Russia. Turkey ceded Tunisia to Spain, apparently part of the deal with the conditional surrender the previous month. Russia ceded Finland to Prussia, no doubt to keep it out of the hands of the British.

Lunch Break!

We had expected the fighting in Italy, and had brought food for the occasion. Napoleon made some spaghetti sauce with ground beef and mushrooms. The Tsar had brought salad with sun dried tomatoes, peppers, and parmesian cheese. The King of Britain had brought a bottle of Italian wine from Piedmont. And other kings had brought bread.

Over lunch we talked about other wargames that we liked. There was a non-Italian follow up libation in the form of a half gallon of Pirates’ Reserve Stout from Santiam Brewing Company in Salem, Oregon. This is an intensely flavored black stout aged in oak rum barrels, and dosed with toasted coconut.

January 1811

The Tormazov leader became available for Russia.

Nelson took two fleets of 30 ships each to blockade the recently discovered Russian fleet in Konigsberg. The British moved two more corps from Portsmouth and London to the sea zone off Karlskrona.

France moved three fleets with three corps on board to Cadiz.

Black Sea:

Turkey moved feudal corps north.

Russia retreated the Swedes from Ismail toward Odessa, again foraging in the winter, which caused one Swedish corps to be eliminated on a die roll of 6. The Danes in Copenhagen were no more fortunate, losing 4 to besieged foraging on another die roll of 6.

Scandinavia:

Britain landed two corps at Stockholm, and moved Wellington and the cavalry corps from Copenhagen to Stockholm. Wellington chose Eschelon while King Bernadotte chose Escalated Counter-attack. There were 20 British infantry and 8 cavalry against 7 Swedish infantry and 2 cavalry. The British lost 1 infantry while the Swedes lost 5 in the battle, breaking in the second round, and then the pursuit wiped out what was left of the Swedes. King Bernadotte was wounded for two months and was captured. The British failed to achieve a breach at Stockholm.

The British achieved a breach at Copenhagen, and were lucky enough to kill 8 infantry and capture the last when the Danes broke in the second round. The British lost 2, and detached another to garrison.

Britain completed the conquest of Norway.

Italy:

Things quieted down a bit as Austria secured Florence, completing the conquest of Tuscany, but refrained from attacking southward due to winter supply costs. The Spanish gathered an army together under Castanos.

February 1811

The French moved three fleets and three corps to French controlled Malta.

The Swedes at Stockholm lost 3 out of 15 garrison to besieged foraging, continuing the foraging trend. Britain failed to breach Stockholm, rolling a 1. The Swedes tried a sortie, but lost another of the garrison on a roll of 6. Britain completed the conquest of Denmark.

The Austrians took Bologna.

March 1811

Black Sea:

The French moved 3 corps to Constantinople, joining another corps that had arrived earlier, as Turkish corps continued to move north, crossing the Russian border at Odessa. Most of the Russian corps are still in the far north, prepared for a fight against the British.

Sweden:

The Swedes lost another 3 to besieged foraging in Stockholm. The British, joined by the corps from Christiana under Beresford, breached Stockholm, killed the 8 Swedish infantry in two rounds, losing 2 British infantry, and detached another infantry to garrison Stockholm.

3rd Battle of Florence:

88 Spanish and Neapolitan factors at 2.8 morale under Castanos launched an attack on 108 Austrians at 3.3 morale under Charles at Florence. Castanos chose Escalated Assault, while Charles chose Escalated Counter-attack. It took 3 rounds for the Austrians to break the Spanish, but the morale loss of the Austrians was high enough that there was no pursuit. Casualties were quite lopsided, as only 20 Austrians were lost compared to 30 Spanish and 10 Neapolitans.

This battle certainly changes the odds in Italy, but Spain is not throwing in the towel yet. On the contrary, there are more Spanish corps, and perhaps a Portuguese corps, available to be thrown into Italy. The Austrians completed the conquest of Romagna.

Econ Phase:

Going into the econ phase, the positions on the political chart were as follows:

Austria - D2
Britain - N2
France - D3
Prussia - N6
Russia - I10
Spain - D2
Turkey - N6

I don’t remember the VP totals or percentages. The player for Turkey is keeping track of that with a table. Hopefully he will post this. Britain subtracted a couple of VP from Russia this phase. We know that Britain is in dead last now, something like 63 VP short of what Britain needed to accumulate by this point in the game. Austria is next to last in VP accumulation, but is now making serious gains. Turkey and Spain and France are doing quite well on VP accumulation. Prussia and Russia are not doing too badly either.

We haven’t finished with the March 1811 economic phase. Unless the positions are affected by some ceding of minors late in the econ phase, we anticipate that the positions on the political status chart at the start of April 1811 will be as follows:

Austria - N10
Britain - N3
France - D3
Prussia - N7
Russia - N1
Spain - D1
Turkey - N7

Lots of diplomacy was taking place as the session ended, some in the driveway, and some over the game map. More diplomacy is occurring via email in the days after the session. Britain is discussing getting out of the war against Russia, because it was not Britain's intent to have multiple players gang up on Russia. The Russian DoW on Turkey in December 1810, which also brought in the French, was a great surprise to Britain.

Austria and Spain are having a fantastic war in Italy, featuring great carnage, but the Austrian Kaiser is reportedly following events in the north with great interest. The King of Prussia has been slowly rebuilding his army and political status for the last 16 months, and may be anxious to do something. He probably doesn't want us to forget that Prussia exists!
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Re: Portland 2013 - War in Italy, Scandinavia, & Bessarabia


Nigel, that's a GREAT old cartoon! I tipped you enough GeekGold to bring you up to 8, so now you can buy another microbadge. I recommend the "real ale" microbadge:

http://boardgamegeek.com/microbadge/13148



Can you find some Napoleonic era political cartoons to post?
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WoW! Many thanks, Warren! If a find something appropos I`ll definately post it. Look forward to your next session report.
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Beware the return of `The Bear` though, eh?
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We ALMOST were about to have a session in back to back weeks. That would have been an amazing first for our group. But, as usual, life happened. So our next session may be on March 3. We'll see...

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