Saturday, September 8, 2012
Not In Over 30 Years (Yikes!)
I played a game over at Curt's last night using his beautiful 28mm Napoleonics - a bridge demolition scenario from about 1808 with the Brits hoping to hold a bridgehead long enough for their engineers to set their charges properly.
This morning I realized that this was the first time I played with 25/28mm Napoleonics (a scale and period I would describe as bread and butter of wargaming) since I was in high school. Now I feel old (this was when Carter was president and likely Joe Clark was Canadian PM). Napoleonics since then- yes (many, many 15mm games but not for 15 years). 25/28mm in the intervening years yes - but with Ancients, Medievals, Seven Years War, Colonials.
Long story short, it was fun. Sylvain and I had two brigades - 6 battalions, a Dragoon regiment and a battery- facing a lone British brigade (3 battalions and a horse battery). Sylvain took a beating before I arrived, but we had pushed the British back on the bridge and they would lose most of their troops on the wrong side.
The rules were a Heinz-57 mix concocted by Curt and Stacey - not perhaps the way I would have done it , but they gave a good game for a Table Top Teaser scenario. If some else does the work and the rules get the job done then I'm a happy camper. To me getting he job done means that they give a good game that is intuitive enough to use and has the appropriate rewards for table top decisions.