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Tango0121 Oct 2023 8:48 p.m. PST

"It's a club tradition that we refight Camerone near the anniversary using the excellent scenario from Tim Tilson's Colonial Campaigns book Maximilian in Mexico. The book used The Sword and the Flame rules but I use Bloody Big Battles instead…"


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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2023 9:27 p.m. PST

Tres bien!

Durban Gamer23 Oct 2023 3:44 a.m. PST

Interesting. Didn't know BBB would work for a small action.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2023 3:55 a.m. PST

A key feature of BBB is its elastic scale. I made it that way so it could stretch enough to work for the biggest battles, but evidently it works in the other direction to shrink down to small ones. Did you see my report on Bruce's BBB Isandlwana game as well?
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kevin smoot23 Oct 2023 7:43 a.m. PST

Interesting. Reminds me of Pinnacle's old Fields of Glory rules in that sense

Tango0123 Oct 2023 3:36 p.m. PST

Thanks

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Durban Gamer24 Oct 2023 4:08 a.m. PST

Chris, on shrink-down, could BBB work with small 2-stand units on a 3x2 foot table? If so, would one need to halve all distances? I'm interested because this would make BBB good for 6mm gaming of smallish actions?

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2023 4:22 a.m. PST

In principle, yes, it would work.

If you simply halve everything, that would work for anything within the normal range of BBB.

At the extreme ends of the scale, you start to get some distortion that has to be adjusted for. Eg, with very large scales (say a base is 4,000 men and a 12" grid square is 7 or 8km across), artillery starts to act like airpower, so you have to limit visibility. With very small scales (say, 25 men a base, where 12" is <1000 yards), you need to do the opposite and increase the weapon ranges.

I wouldn't generally recommend 2-base units being the norm (even though it worked for Bruce's Brits at Isandlwana). You might do better to treat your bases as double bases, so two actual bases on the table count as a 4-base unit, and use some kind of marker to track casualties.

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