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pushing tin10 Apr 2020 11:53 a.m. PST

An account of our latest 'wargaming from a distance' PBEM scenario, this time in the Peninsula using BBB rules.

Wargaming from the other side of the hill.

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Whirlwind10 Apr 2020 12:32 p.m. PST

Nice pics, but the link doesn't work for me.

pushing tin10 Apr 2020 1:16 p.m. PST

try this one

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Marcus Brutus10 Apr 2020 8:10 p.m. PST

Considering how small the battle of Vimerio is I am curious about your choice of rules. Why BBB? Isn't that set designed for very large battles (like Wagram and Solfino etc.)

La Belle Ruffian11 Apr 2020 6:11 a.m. PST

Thanks for sharing these – BBB is on the list for me to try out.

pushing tin11 Apr 2020 1:27 p.m. PST

Thanks. BBB actually is quite scalable and they are a great ruleset. A stand can represent anything from c.500 (or even less sometimes) to 2500. I've played at either end of this scale and they work fine for both.

A small battle like Vimeiro is ideal to complete in a few hours (at least in normal circumstances, as a PBEM it took a few days)

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2020 11:32 p.m. PST

Lovely report, thanks, Matt!

Marcus Brutus: BBB was indeed created to make it feasible to fit the biggest battles into a typical club night, on a typical 6'x4' table. It does that by having elastic ground, time and troop scales which all shift in rough proportion according to the size and duration of the battle. As Matt says, people have exploited this to use it for smaller battles too.

I started out with a rough cut-off of 30,000 on at least one side as the smallest battles I would bother with. As I was focusing on larger actions, I ignored small scuffles like Balaclava initially, but as time went by, scenarios got written for these too and have proved to be excellent games as well. The little Montebello 1859 game has turned out to be an absolute classic and the one I always recommend as a starter 'training' scenario. Right now we are fighting Nachod 1866 as PBEM – see turn-by-turn AAR here:
https://colinthewargamer.blogspot.com

Hope this helps!
Chris

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