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ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

There will be a participation game covering all three days of Gettysburg at Colours 2017, Newbury UK, Saturday 16 September.

Anyone interested in joining in, or watching, or just in meeting members of the BBB team, will be very welcome.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

skirmishcampaigns24 Aug 2017 8:05 p.m. PST

All – BBB is brilliant for Gettysburg. One weekend we played it three times.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 9:25 p.m. PST

I would prefer one big game in three days at the regimental level.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 1:15 a.m. PST

Rallynow: for sure, a huge long game can be a grand occasion. I'd guess you're probably in the majority and most wargamers actually would prefer a game with 17 players lasting 17 hours on a 17' table. You're in luck: there's a hundred rulesets that will let you do that.

But there aren't many rulesets that will fit 3 days of Gettysburg on 6'x4' and enable 4 players to finish it in 4 hours without losing all the flavour. With BBB it can be done, without feeling like an over-abstracted boardgame; and it gives a different experience, as when you're commanding multiple corps you get to make decisions of a different order from when you're pushing individual regiments and batteries around.

Each to their own, and best of luck to you with your big games!


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Royal Marine Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 1:41 a.m. PST

I see the makings of a dissertation: "Tactical, operational or strategic where do commanders best implement their own level of training, capability and understanding?"

This can then be supplemented with: "What are the main characteristics of command, leadership and management and how do these fit into tactical, operational and strategic events?"

BTW BBB is Hoofing.

Old Pete03 Sep 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

Saw the Bloody Big Battles Gettysburg at Claymore last month. Have to say I was not impressed, visually it was well plain awful. Still each to their own I suppose ?

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 4:52 a.m. PST

Royal Marine: Looking forward to your dissertation on commanders' abilities and where best to deploy them. "Those who can, do; those who can't, design wargames …"

Old Pete: The display at Colours will be by a different group; you may or may not find it equally awful. I haven't seen the Claymore layout. What was your objection? Was it that 6mm just doesn't do it for you, or were there things you thought could have been done better regardless of the scale? Either way, sorry you were disappointed, especially if it put you off learning about the actual BBB gameplay and scenario design.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

Royal Marine Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

This might provide a better BBB view of life: link

"Those that can, play"

Old Pete05 Sep 2017 4:17 a.m. PST

Chris I have no problem with 6mm figures, Claymore Gettysburg used 15mm figures and I did not find it visually pleasing. As regards your rules, they have had good reviews they obviously have a good following so folk obviously like them.

I have re-fought Gettysburg on more than one occasion in 15mm using my own figures and rules 'Give them the Cold Steel' and also using 'Fire and Fury' brigade level rules.

At present I am painting Dixon figures for use with Sharp Practice and Perry AWI for use with British Grenadier rules. Some time in the future I will no doubt quite happily have a go at your rules.

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