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khanscom13 Oct 2021 4:32 p.m. PST

Looks like we'll be playing Cowpens this weekend. Still have a pile of Stone Mountain Americans to be painted, but there are always too many distractions…

Jeffers14 Oct 2021 11:17 a.m. PST

Cowpens was the first AWI battle I fought. It was on a coffee table in a caravan in Cornwall using card strips and Newbury Colonial rules. May 1983 and I was 16. Seems so long ago and only yesterday!

historygamer19 Oct 2021 6:01 a.m. PST

How did Cowpens turn out?

Jeffers19 Oct 2021 11:59 a.m. PST

Can't for the life of me remember! Considering the rules I was using I probably only managed three turns before the holiday ended.

John the OFM19 Oct 2021 12:20 p.m. PST

I ran a Cowpens game, using The Sword and the Flame rules.
Tarleton committed no blunders, but it was still a close Patriot victory.

Jeffers21 Oct 2021 11:01 p.m. PST

As a rule, I don't like refighting actual battles but I once put on a disguised Trenton for the club. The rebels became loyalists and the Hessians continentals, although I decreed due to the surprise attack they would move as Hessians (as per Loose Files). It actually played out like the original, with Rall even pegging it leading a counter-attack. Apart from setting up the starting positions I did nothing to stage manage the result, although I did warn ‘Rall' that the odds were stacked against him and he would do well to improve on the original. It helped that nobody else was familiar with the AWI, but I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out the way it did.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2021 3:37 a.m. PST

Going back a week: I can't recommend the SYW con enough! If you want to go, you should make the trek. It's a very special little convention, and much of the core cadre now lives hundreds of miles away but keeps coming back anyway. A few of us trek all the way from California.

I am ironically not much of a SYW fan, but I do like AWI games, and I play in Mike Wedding's annual Guns of Liberty game every year. I'd love to see more.

historygamer22 Oct 2021 4:20 a.m. PST

I sooooo want to go to that con, but it is at least a 10 hour drive one way.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2021 11:35 a.m. PST

If you make the drive, I'll bring the whisky. :-)

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