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May face-to-face game at Little Gaddesden - Napoleonic

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May face-to-face game at Little Gaddesden - Napoleonic

Post  Martin on Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:45 pm

May’s game will be a large Napoleonic-era battle played on the Metz map.

The basic unit of manoeuvre will be the brigade, consisting of a varying number of infantry battalions or cavalry squadrons. Most brigades will be organised in divisions of two or more brigades, and the divisions will be grouped in corps. Artillery batteries will also be represented. Most players will be corps commanders.

The essence of the game is on managing the battle effectively. The system recognises that armies are complex (and to a degree bureaucratic) organisations, and that it takes time for orders to be implemented. Thus a simple single brigade advance or attack, without artillery preparation, might take place with only a small delay. But a big attack involving perhaps two divisions with cavalry support can easily take well over an hour to plan and communicate to the commanders involved. It gets worse - a brigade or division which is planning its part in an attack, will be forced to abort its preparations if it becomes engaged. Its senior officers cannot do two things at once, and the current fight will always take precedence. Either the whole attack will need to be postponed or called-off, or it will need to go ahead without the participation of these particular formations.

Of course the big complex prepared attack is likely to be more effective, but only if it’s not overtaken by such events. So there is a tension between taking the initiative and proper preparation. In this game you really can get inside your enemy’s decision loop; perhaps by putting them off-balance by launching a succession of minor attacks.

As ever, it will assist in finalising the scenario if we have some idea of the numbers attending. Please therefore complete the doodle below if you are interested in this game.

http://doodle.com/poll/r6i2wxu9uu38i2sn

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Post  Uncle Billy on Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:34 pm

The system recognises that armies are complex (and to a degree bureaucratic) organisations, and that it takes time for orders to be implemented.
How long does it take to empty the city of its silverware? Priorities need to be implemented.

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Post  Martin on Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:52 pm

Yes indeed. Any corps which includes Uncle Billy has an additional amount of time added to all activities to allow for silverware acquisition, valuation, and subsequent sale to business 'associates'. In addition, such activities naturally take precedence over mere military manoeuvres. Ammo allocations are also reduced to take account of the required wagons.

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