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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Sep 2015 4:48 p.m. PST

I've kicked this idea around before, and it came to mind again.

Anyone ever tried Semi-Solo gaming?

Basically you enlist a part-time opponent. Give him/her the scenario and then ask them to draw up general deployment. Not down to the last iota, but the 3rd Brigade on the hill securing the flank, 2nd and 4th in the valley behind the stream, and the guns on the opposite ridge. That kind of thing.

They lay out an initial plan which you execute against yourself. When you get to major decision points, snap a pic of the table, mark up who is where, and get a new plan from your opponent.

This assumes you're playing one or two turns a night over a few days or weeks….

Mako1116 Sep 2015 5:02 p.m. PST

No, but I've thought about it.

The AAR posts that the guy recently did for the Cold War game, using Google Maps looks like it'd be perfect for that.

You could even do simultaneous movement with that technique.

Ironwolf16 Sep 2015 5:06 p.m. PST

Crispy, I have done this before but used my wife and kids. lol I'd give them the rough information on the battle and each units strengths & weaknesses. Have them set up the units on the tabletop. then draw tokens from a bag that were marked for each unit. So when I drew one of their units, I did their move/shoot. When I drew a token for one of my units, I did the same.

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cfielitz16 Sep 2015 7:35 p.m. PST

I have a campaign in progress using this method. My friend is the C in C of the armed forces of a fictional country. I gave him the units available to him and he the invasion plans. So far, we've had some opening shots, but no major battle. I am waiting for his plans for the first battle.

Pedrobear16 Sep 2015 7:43 p.m. PST

Did that with my pal who lives 10,000 km away. Exactly as you described.

Took 4 shots of the table in the cardinal directions from the point of view of the command figure, so if he wanted a change of view he had to move.

JonFreitag17 Sep 2015 6:31 a.m. PST

Yep. I recently finished such a game spanning three months from April to July. Each of the army commanders issued orders, watched the battle unfold, and took follow up actions as situations warranted.

The battle refought was the 1809 Battle of Raab. The scenario and initial call for participants can be seen

here, Scenario: link

and here, Call for Commanders: link

If interested in following the battle, enter "Battle of Raab" into the search box on the blog, Palouse Wargaming Journal,

The results will bring up each episode.

I have had requests from others to do something like this again.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian17 Sep 2015 9:55 a.m. PST

I'm game to try this

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