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Whirlwind09 Jan 2019 11:17 p.m. PST

Please see link for an AAR of my second game of a battle from Bob Cordery's Portable Napoleonic Wargame, this time trying out the brigade-game rules for a clash set in the War of 1812. It also has a "first-thoughts" mini-review at the end.

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arthur181510 Jan 2019 12:23 a.m. PST

An informative review that raises some points that I'd want to address with house rules. Thank you!

Bob the Temple Builder10 Jan 2019 4:15 a.m. PST

Thanks again for such a fair review of these rules.

The basic concept behind all the Portable Wargame rules is the 'plug in, unplug' nature of its mechanisms so that players can adapt them to suit their requirements. Therefore it would be quite feasible for players to use the order system from the corps-level game with the brigade-level rules if they want to. Likewise bonuses and penalties can be changed without the whole things falling apart.

One of the biggest complaints that I receive is from players who want every possible (and sometimes improbable) contingency covered in the rules. My usual answer is to quote Fred Jane (‘Nothing can be done contrary to what could or would be done in actual war') and suggest that they use common sense to decide when something happens that is not covered by the rules … or to use Joseph Morchauser's 'Let the dice decide!'.

Whirlwind10 Jan 2019 5:04 a.m. PST

The basic concept behind all the Portable Wargame rules is the 'plug in, unplug' nature of its mechanisms so that players can adapt them to suit their requirements. Therefore it would be quite feasible for players to use the order system from the corps-level game with the brigade-level rules if they want to. Likewise bonuses and penalties can be changed without the whole things falling apart.

Quite so, and you make this very clear throughout all of your books. Every combat factor or modifier is ultimately a matter of choice, or taste.

Allen5710 Jan 2019 8:17 a.m. PST

Great looking game. Did you make the terrain tiles or purchase them? I could use some squares myself.

Whirlwind10 Jan 2019 8:49 a.m. PST

It is an old Monopoly board divided into 6cm x 6cm squares, roughly painted in a soil colour, then two mixes of random static grass and flock in the middle of each square, earth flock along the grid lines. It was all made up from bits I had lying around from other projects. It took about an hour or so to make.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2019 10:02 a.m. PST

Great game and AAR – I have to find some old game boards now!

Allen5710 Jan 2019 2:07 p.m. PST

Darn, I just threw away some old boards. Never thought of a use for them.

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