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Last Hussar17 Aug 2013 2:38 a.m. PST

It occurred to me there must be a number of the 'non-headline' battles (ie NOT Waterloo, Gettysburg etc) battles that get fought time and time again, purely because they are given as 'Starter Scenarios' in the back of rule books.

Which battles do you think get most fought, and do these outnumber the 'Biggies'?

Militia Pete17 Aug 2013 3:48 a.m. PST


yoakley17 Aug 2013 4:29 a.m. PST


Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2013 7:44 a.m. PST

Usually between my buddy and his wife … evil grin

Martin Rapier17 Aug 2013 8:16 a.m. PST

My standard Napoleonic rules test scenario is Bussaco, so I've played that more than most.

Mons seems a popular one for WW1, bits of it at ay rate.

And everyone loves Froeschwiller for the FPW.

Mooseworks817 Aug 2013 9:10 a.m. PST

Rorkes Drift, Helms Deep, Mons Graupius.

ancientsgamer17 Aug 2013 10:56 a.m. PST

Quatre Bras (although really part of the Waterloo campaign)

The Alamo gets done quite a bit, at least at conventions…

Tralfragar for ships is popular among that set of gamers.

Princeton or Saratoga for AWI.


Cowpens I hear about a lot, and the hunts for Bismark and Graf Spee.

PraetorianHistorian17 Aug 2013 3:21 p.m. PST

Nobody mentioned Normandy or the Bulge? Always see those at conventions.

MiniPatton17 Aug 2013 4:19 p.m. PST

Market Garden is another.

PraetorianHistorian17 Aug 2013 5:58 p.m. PST

Oh god, Market Garden….you are absolutely right. I remember at Historicon I once saw 2 of them going on at the same time with 2 different sets of rules.

emckinney17 Aug 2013 10:21 p.m. PST

Remember the OP--"NON-headline" battles. Trafalgar, Bismark, Normandy, Bulge, and Market/Garden are all right out.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Aug 2013 9:46 a.m. PST

Battles that are often fought, but not "big headlines"?

As most games will try to intrigue their players, I assume they will specifically pick scenarios that connect to their readers via some headline, even when they are not big.

If size would be a matter, all Napoleonics would play Leipzig, Wagram or Borodino, instead of "minor" affairs like Waterloo (or Gettysburg, for that).

zardoz1957 Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2013 8:49 p.m. PST

I've played Albuera a number of times with several rule sets.

uglyfatbloke01 Sep 2013 5:55 a.m. PST

Villers-Bocage is pretty popular, but I don't think it compares to the big jobs in popularity. Do the same battles turn up regularly as scenarios in Rule Books? Of course some rule sysems have books dedicated to a particular battle – Rapid Fire and FoW with Arnhem books – so those actions do get played a lot, so maybe they are more popular overall than Borodino or Gettysburg. terrain may make a difference – who has enough trees to do justice to 'The Wilderness' and even if you do, is n't it a Bleeped text to administer.

PVT64110 Oct 2013 1:34 p.m. PST

I like to run The BAttle Of Brandywine, but the crossing at the Ford with the Hessian and British line. Everyone always plays Cornwallis' sweep around the left.

vanier11 Oct 2013 2:38 p.m. PST

omdurman,khartoum,rorke's drift,isandhwana for me

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Nov 2013 10:12 a.m. PST

Fontenoy in 1745 or Mollwitz in 1741, noting that both are the basis for two of the popular Charles Grant scenarios.

Dave Crowell14 Nov 2013 12:40 p.m. PST

Coronel and the Falklands get a lot of replay. Much easier than Dogger Bank and Jutland.

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