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ferg98130 Dec 2012 6:17 a.m. PST

Afternoon all

I am planning on putting on a quick brigade level peninsula game for my non wargaming buddies in an attempt to bring them to the dark side.

Any tips to keep it quick and exciting?


MajorB30 Dec 2012 6:35 a.m. PST

When you say "brigade level", do you mean the smallest unit is a brigade or that each player commands a brigade?

If the latter, I'd recommend Black Powder.

ferg98130 Dec 2012 7:22 a.m. PST

Sorry I should have phrased it differently.

Each player will command a brigade


abelp0130 Dec 2012 7:23 a.m. PST

Black Powder.

ferg98130 Dec 2012 7:42 a.m. PST


That's the rules sorted. Was thinking of setting some terrain objectives so both armies just don't sit and stare at each other for the entire game


Gemini Serpentes Inactive Member30 Dec 2012 7:47 a.m. PST

powder cache is an objective fav of mine

Joep123 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2012 7:56 a.m. PST

I'll second Black Powder rules.
If I recall right there is a Napoleonic scenario in the book that you could use as a base.
How about a Rearguard action by one side or the other, with a phased withdrawal.
Powder cache sounds fun too.
Also; print out copies of the Quick Reference sheet.
And…if you could find a way of identifying each Regiment, that would help the players feel a link to their units.
Have fun.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2012 8:01 a.m. PST

Napoleon at War would be a good choice.
The game moves along quickly.

Lord Raglan Inactive Member30 Dec 2012 8:02 a.m. PST


Keep an eye on my new Peninsular War blog: link

Its not much at the moment, but it will grow quickly over the next few months with all kinds of stuff that may interest you.


ferg98130 Dec 2012 9:51 a.m. PST

Cheers for all the replies

Raglan I'll be following closely over the next few months.

Musketballs how would that play out?

Joep *so far* all of my battalions are identifyable, then again I've only got 4 that are fully completed!


Whatisitgood4atwork30 Dec 2012 8:37 p.m. PST

I'm not so sure about Black Powder. It seems that each player commands several brigades (3 or more) in BP – more like a division than a brigade.

If each player is commanding a brigade, then we are talking about perhaps 4 battalions and a battery per side? Perhaps a regiment of cavalry? I am not sure BP would work well that small.

MajorB31 Dec 2012 6:20 a.m. PST

I'm not so sure about Black Powder. It seems that each player commands several brigades (3 or more) in BP more like a division than a brigade.

But the OP stated that he wants to introduce non-gamers to the delights of gaming, so handling a brigade each would be a good starting point and make the game more social.

ferg98131 Dec 2012 7:02 a.m. PST


Hoping to have 2/3 players per side. Potentially 2 Brigades each, bearing in mind I'm not made of money!


pbishop1231 Dec 2012 8:10 a.m. PST

For quick and exciting, BP is fine. From there, I'd progress to General de Brigade.

ferg98131 Dec 2012 8:19 a.m. PST

BP it is then!


pbishop1226 Sep 2013 4:50 p.m. PST

General de Brigade.

Marc the plastics fan02 Oct 2013 3:51 a.m. PST

I plan to use BP instead of GdeB to get my friends – who are not big Napoleonic fans – into the game/period. Simple (ish) mechanics mean easy access on a Friday night. To me, GdeB feels like it needs a day, so once I have ocnvinced them of Naps place as the one true period, then I will see if I can migrate them onto GdeB over a whole day#'s game

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