Grognard Wargamer Thread!

#5998

Rod could go incognito and use a pseudonym, like Rodrigo Humilde or Roderic Modest.

#5999

“Carlos Danger!”

#6000

It’s something I’ve wanted to do as sort of a demo thing for like a decade but if I didn’t have the time back then, I sure don’t have the time with a young child.

Also “if done well” carries a lot of weight there!

P.S. Thanks for Stavka/OKH!

#6001

Don’t know if grognard wargamer means hex and counter type only, but thought I would post this here as well.

Cold Waters is 50% off on Steam for a couple of days ($19.99).

I’ve had it on my wishlist for a long time. I remember early on it had a lot of fanfare, but then some mixed reviews.

Is it a must have for military sim types?

#6002

I think it is a very interesting sim, but some find it very unforgiving, like in this review

Mission design in the old Microprose games wasn’t precisely fair and it seems that the tradition continues to the dismay of some. These days I don’t have the time to be grinding through a huge number of deaths in a game as the days of spending 8 hours trying to beat one of these missions are gone. I don’t think that to be a problem with the game design though :)

#6003

Once you learn to dodge torpedoes the game shines.

Until then the missions last as long as your countermeasures.

#6004

Don’t Tread on Me, the American Revolution Solitaire Board Game, by R. Ben Madison

After playing through The White Tribe several times, including the playthrough earlier in this thread, I decided that I would give some of R. Ben Madison’s other games a try. Madison has a “British Wars Trilogy,” which covers the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Falklands, all from the perspective of the British. I’ve decided to tackle them chronologically.

Don’t Tread on Me takes the perspective that the American Revolution was Britain’s Vietnam War, and adapts David Kershaw’s Vietnam Solitaire system to deal with eighteenth century counterinsurgency warfare. In order to secure the American Colonies for the crown, the player must keep Liberty low, by controlling a majority of the five spaces on the board (representing New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolinas/Georgia), including whichever space the government back in Britain wants the player to hold (the “Target Space”).

Don’t Tread on Me’s phases work as follows:

  1. Force Adjustment: The player receives his allocations of pounds from Parliament, and then checks the turn record track for any news, which will trigger an event.

  2. Smugglers Phase: Smugglers and Privateers form crucial building blocks for the American rebellion. Each turn, Smugglers move from the Caribbean to sea zones bordering the various colonies. When a Smuggler occupies a sea zone, they provide arms and equipment to the rebels, allowing the creation of one Continental Army unit per Smuggler. As the game progresses, the Rebels obtain Privateers, which act as Smugglers that can fight back against any British efforts to blockade the colonies.

  3. Naval Phase The British may sortie naval units to attack Smugglers or Privateers. In order to attack, the player must pay the cost indicated on the fleet (1 or 2 Pounds), and then roll equal to or below the units strength (3 or 4). If successful, the Smuggler/Privateer is eliminated. Privateers get to take a shot first, and hit on a 1 or 2, sending the British unit to the harbor before it gets to shoot. In addition, once the French intervene, the British may send a naval unit to shadow the French fleet, which makes it harder for the French to intervene in battle.

  4. British Ground Phase: In this phase, the British implement winter attrition on the Continental Army, parole prisoners of war, and purchase troops. Hessians (black counters) must be purchased first. Hessians generally anger the Americans, and do not contribute to control of a state, and so are less useful overall than Regulars, Cavalry, or Loyalists. British units can then move within a state, or force march to move between states, at a risk that the unit will be eliminated.

  5. Battle Procedure: We take a short detour from the phases to discuss battles. Battles occur when Rebel and British ground units occupy the same county within a colony. In battles triggered during the British Ground Phase, the Brits have the initiative and get to choose the order in which battles resolve. In later phases, the Rebels have the initiative, and battles are fought top to bottom on the map. Before each battle, the Brits and Rebels call for the militia, the results of which are based on the state’s loyalty to the crown. Units have three strength points, which determine their strength in each of the terrain types (Wilderness-Farm-Town/Fort). Per standard wargaming convention, SPs are added up, an odds ratio is established, and a die is rolled on the combat results table to determine what happens. Stacks can be eliminated, retreat (with or without pursuit), counterattack, or result in an exchange (eliminating the lower strength side and reducing the higher strength side equal to the strength points of the lower strength side

Understanding the retreat rules are vital for the player. When the British retreat, they follow a priority list. First, if the French Fleet is adjacent, the British may not retreat by sea, and are eliminated if retreating from a county marked on the map with a blue die. Second, the British retreat to a county containing friendly units. Third, the British retreat to a county containing units of both sides. If a British unit is in a loyalist stronghold (marked with a Union Jack on the map) they may retreat to sea. If none of these conditions are met, the British units are eliminated. Rebels may retreat to an empty county, and thus are spared elimination–although they scatter if they are retreating from the lowest numbered county, and go back to the force pool.

After a battle, if the British win, the state becomes more loyal (+1 loyalty), unless Washington is present. If the Rebels win, the state becomes less loyal (-1 loyalty).

  1. Place Rebels Phase: Committees of Safety (COS) and Continental Army Units deploy on the map. One or Two COS units are placed per turn via die roll. After that, Continental Army units are placed in colonies adjacent to sea zones with Smugglers. Smugglers in the North Atlantic always place Continental Army units in the Target Space. Battles occur.

  2. Rebel Campaigns In this phase, Rebels launch a major campaign or two minor campaigns, based on die rolls. In a minor campaign, the rebels place a Continental Army unit in the higher numbered colony, and a COS unit in the lower numbered colony, gather their forces, and battle Brits in the state. In a major campaign, the Rebels gather forces from across the map, and potentially roll through the major campaign state into the target state. We will engage campaigns in more detail as they occur.

  3. Logistics Phase: In states where the British have “Lobsters” (red colored British units), the player may spend one pound to increase loyalty by one. The British may then move any of their units to any county in any colony for one pound each.

  4. Liberty Phase: The British tally up colony control. If the British fail to control a majority of colonies, or fail to control the target state, liberty advances by one. If the Rebels control Quebec, liberty advances by one. If Liberty reaches 9 or higher, the rebels win. At any time during turn 14 or 15, the British player may concede American independence in exchange for a Marginal British Victory (the historical result). Otherwise, play continues until the end of Turn 16.

  5. Random Events Phase Assuming the British do not lose the game due to Liberty, a set of random events happen, which are generally unfavorable to the British.

At the beginning of the game, New England is both the Target State and a hotbed of revolution. It will be almost impossible to hold New England and control a majority of colonies, given constraints on the British. The board begins as follows, with the British about to be ambushed by Rebels in Massachusetts:


(Sorry about the reflection from the overhead light off the plexiglass.)

I will try and do a few moves every day, but may be distracted at some points. I’ve played around with the system a bit (and suffered some catastrophic losses until I figured out the retreat rules), but have not played a full game to completion yet. My apologies for any rules errors as I play through.

#6005

Turn One, Early 1775

His Majesty’s Government, concerned with the increasing unrest apparent among the King’s subjects in the American colonies, turn to a vocal back bencher, Charles Foster Kane, to act as Viceroy for the American Colonies. Despite the lofty title, the task is a thankless one. Kane is offered a small stipend from Parliament to defend the colonies, given little control over operational objectives, and expected to control what may be an uncontrollable revolt. Viceroy Kane is directed to maintain British control over New England, the stronghold of the Rebels. This is a tall order, made taller by the events of early 1775.

Force Adjustment

  1. Viceroy Kane receives five pounds from the UK government to begin shoring up the defense of the colonies.
  2. Unfortunately, His Majesty’s Government does not anticipate the drive of the Rebels, who are planning an ambush in Massachusetts. As a result of the Shot Heard Round the World, the British Ground Phase is skipped this turn, and the rebel army in New England will ambush (and likely massacre) the British there.

Smugglers Phase

  1. The Smuggler in the Caribbean moves to Long Island Sound, promising to supply a potential Continental Army Unit in New York.

Naval Phase

  1. Hearing rumors of Smugglers in Long Island Sound, just outside Viceroy Kane’s headquarters, Kane orders Howe to patrol the region, at a cost of 2 pounds. Unfortunately, Howe is unable to catch the Smugglers, and returns to Harbour without a victory.

British Ground Phase

  1. Skipped This Turn.

First Battle Phase

  1. The Rebel units in Massachusetts ambush the British. The Rebels (5 SPs) are supported by 3 SPs of Militia, for a total of 8 SPs to 5 for the British. The Rebels roll on the 150% odds table, but roll a 2, resulting in a Counterattack by the British. In a counterattack, the new attacker rolls on the 100% table, regardless of the true odds. The Brits have a chance! Unfortunately, the British play right into the Rebels hands, walking into an ambush that eliminates the British Units, which go to the Prisoners of War box. Because the Rebels won the battle, New England’s loyalty is reduced by 1 (now at 2).

Place Rebels Phase

  1. A Rebel Committee of Safety is formed in the Tidewater in the Carolinas.
  2. Smugglers provide support to the Continental Army in New England, creating four units (3 in Maine, and 1 in the Connecticut Coast). A Continental Army unit is also deployed in the British stronghold in the Hudson Valley in New York.
  3. No battles occur, as no Rebel Units occupy a space with British Units.

Rebel Campaign Phase

  1. The Rebels initiate minor campaigns in New York and Pennsylvania.
  2. A Continental Army unit deploys to New York, joining the unit already in the Hudson Valley.
  3. A COS deploys in Pennsylvania, and moves to occupy the area Around Philadelphia, which contains both a British stronghold and the Continental Congress.
  4. No battles occur.

Logistics Phase

  1. Nothing happens this turn.

Liberty Phase

  1. The British control Virginia, and all of the other states are either Rebel controlled or uncontrolled. Virginia gets +1 loyalty (to 6), No change in Carolina, and Pennsylvania, New York, and New England all get -1 loyalty (to 6, 9, and 1, respectively). Pennsylvania gets an extra -1 for the presence of the Continental Congress (to 5).
  2. Because the British do not control three states, including New England, Liberty increases by 1 (to 1).

Random Events Phase

  1. Tar and Feathers: Rebels agitate for mob violence in Virginia, but the lack of an organized Rebel unit in the state means that they are unable to drive Loyalists underground.
  2. Southern Reactionaries: Slavery supporters in the Continental Congress drive a wedge between North and South. The Southern States become less loyal to the crown, seeing that Congress will protect slavery. The Northern states become more loyal to the crown, as misgivings about slavery dampen enthusiasm for the revolution. Pennsylvania, always a bellwether state, follows the northern states and becomes more loyal to the crown. (+1 loyalty New England, New York, Pennsylvania, -1 loyalty Virginia, Carolina).
  3. Frigates Diverted: No effect, as no frigates are in play.

The situation at the end of Turn One:

Looking over the situation, Viceroy Kane plans a counterattack in turn two. Kane will attempt to drive the Continental Army out of New York, and the Rebel Committees of Safety out of Carolina and Pennsylvania. Control of New England is likely lost, so Kane will attempt to regroup in New York, suffering an increase in Rebel’s demand for Liberty in Turn Two.

#6006

Operational Art of War IV on sale at 34% off on Steam for Midweek Madness. It’s been sitting in my Wishlist for a while – I’ve got at least two previous versions (original and Century of War) sitting in a storage closet somewhere. At $26 this seems like a decent price. We’ll see how much I actually end up laying it, but I’ve had fun with the earlier versions.

#6007

Good luck! Very poor DPI scrolling/rendering issues on Windows 10.

#6008

Flashpoint Campaigns also appears to be on sale, and as far as hex-based, turn-based wargames go, I think there are very few finer. I have experienced no issues with it on Windows 10 at high DPI.

#6009

Turn Two, Late 1775

Force Adjustment

  1. His Majesty’s Government sends me 10 pounds, bringing my total to 13.
  2. Enlistments for Continental Army soldiers expire this year, so in the Liberty phase some will likely return to the force pool rather than reenlisting for another term of service.

Smugglers Phase

  1. There are no Smugglers in the Caribbean, so this phase is skipped.

Naval Phase

  1. I will pay 2 to attack smugglers in Long Island Sound with Howe. I need to roll a 4 or below, and I do, which sends the Smuggler to the Caribbean.

British Ground Phase

  1. Time to stock up on units. I am going to want to fight battles in New York’s Hudson Valley (Farm Terrain), Pennsylvania’s Around Philadelphia (City/Fort), and Carolina’s Tidewater (Farm Terrain). I have $11 to spend, and must buy the four Hessians first, at $1 a piece. That leaves me with $7 to spend on additional units. I can get British Foot (Strength 1-2-3) for $1, and British Horse (4-4-3) for $3. I’ll spend the rest of my money on 4 British Foot and one Horse. I’ll deploy the British Horse, one British Foot, and 2 Hessians (3-1-2 and 1-3-2) into New York, for a total of 10 SPs vs. 4 Continental SPs. In Pennsylvania, I’ll deploy two British Foot for 6 SPs vs. 1 COS SP. In Carolina, I’ll deploy a British Foot and the 3-2-1 and 2-3-1 Hessians for a total of 7 SPs to 1 COS SP.

  2. Pennsylvania: There is one loyalist and two rebel militia, resulting in a final 7 to 3 ratio. That is 200%. Rebels get a column shift for Congress, moving it to 150%. I roll a 5, which results in a Defender Retreats-Pursuit. I will decline to pursue, which puts the defenders in Schuylkill Valley. I win the battle for +1 loyalty, and put Congress to flight for another +1.

  3. Carolina: I will move the Loyalists (3-2-1) into Tidewater and place the British Foot in Charles Town (to secure a retreat location). I roll on the militia table, with a -1 because the Americans are eager to fight the Hessians. 1 Loyalist and 2 Rebels, resulting in a total of 8 to 3, for a roll on the 200% column. I roll a 2, which triggers a rebel counter attack on the 100% column. The rebels roll a six, which eliminates all my units. Rough outcome in Carolina. Loyalty -1.

  4. New York: I roll another 1 Loyalist/2 Rebel militia, for a total of 11 to 6, putting me on the 150% table. I roll a 5, for DR-P, which results in the Rebels retreating to the Hudson Highlands, a wilderness space, and +1 loyalty in New York. I will pursue with the Hessians and the British Horse, giving me 8 to 5 odds. I roll on the militia table again, and this time get 2 loyalist militia to zero rebel militia. That puts me on the 200% table. I roll an EX result, which eliminates all 5 SPs of rebels, 2SPs of my militia, and the 3 SP Hessian Unit. I get another +1 loyalty in New York.

Place Rebels Phase

  1. I roll a 6 for COS placement, which places 2 COS in the Target State (New England). There is only one left, and it goes to join the Continental Army massing in Maine & Nova Scotia.

  2. Smugglers land four more continental army in New England. Two deploy to the Connecticut Coast, and another 2 deploy to Maine & Nova Scotia. Among the Rebel leaders deployed in Maine are Benedict Arnold and Light Horse Harry Lee.

  3. No battles occur this phase.

Rebel Campaigns

  1. The rebels roll double twos, for a Major Campaign in New York. That places a Continental in New York, and triggers the move of all but two continental units from New England to New York (ick). Rebels attack my stack in the Hudson Highlands, with a 25-5 advantage (before militia). 2 loyalist and one rebel come out, for a total of 25-7. That moves the odds down to 300% from 400%, which helps a little. The Rebels roll a 1, which results in a British Counterattack at 100%! The British Roll a 3, which allows them to retreat into Hudson Valley (and reduces loyalty by 1). The rebels attack the Brits in Hudson Valley, which, with Militia, is a 22-11 attack (at 200%). The Rebels roll a 2, for another British Counterattack. The British roll a 6, which eliminates the rebels! Thanks to the Rebel’s overzealous and incompetent generalship, New York is saved! The COS go back to the force pool, and the Continentals go to the Prisoners box. Loyalty increases by 1.

Logistics Phase

  1. The only action here is to roll to see where congress reconvenes. I roll a 6, which means Congress remains in Flight, which reduces Liberty by 1! This is a big victory, as this is the only way in the game, as far as I am aware, to reduce Liberty.

Liberty Phase

  1. The enlistments for the two remaining Continentals in New England may expire. Enlistments expire on a 1-4, and I roll a 1 and 2, returning those units to the force pool. If only I had a unit in New England, then I’d meet my control requirements!

  2. I control only two states, so Liberty increases by 1 (to 1).

  3. New York and Virginia are British controlled, and increase their loyalty by 1. New York has Hessians in it, which reduces loyalty by 1, for a wash.

Random Events Phase

  1. Indians Attack: The Cherokee move into Carolina, reducing loyalty by 1, but giving me the Cherokee unit (2-1-1).
  2. War in India: The British remove a unit from besieged Boston to reinforce India.

Viceroy Kane’s victory over the Rebels in New York is little noticed in the halls of power in Parliament. Of course good British Soldiers (and some Hessian Mercenaries) would rout those filthy colonials! Parliamentary leadership shifts its focus to securing New York, seeing it as a flytrap for Rebel Activity. Viceroy Kane looks forward to more funds (12 pounds) and the chance to sweep the Rebels out of Pennsylvania and Carolina, and potentially occupy New England.

#6010

Really great AAR, @CF_Kane!

#6011

Thanks. I can’t quite hit your level in the Vietnam 1965-1975 thread, but I do my best. (That thread is incredible, by the way).

#6012

Shucks, thank you, Sir.

#6013

Also enjoying this, much as I greatly enjoyed the Rhodesia one before.

#6014

Turn Three, Early 1776

Force Adjustment

  1. His Majesty’s Government allocates 12 pounds to the American Colonies this turn.
  2. Boston, besieged by Washington and some (apparently off map) rebel units is evacuated. The remaining units there go into my force pool (adding a 3-3-3 and a 3-3-4 Foot), a new smuggler is placed in the Caribbean, and Washington is now available to command the Rebels.

Smugglers Phase

  1. Smugglers deploy to Chesapeake Bay and Cape Fear.

Naval Phase

  1. Viceroy Kane sorties two Naval vessels to the North Atlantic (4 and 3 strength, costing 3 pounds) and one to Chesapeake Bay (costing 1 pound). The North Atlantic Squadron sinks one smuggler, leaving one in the space, headed for New York. The Chesapeake Bay squadron does not encounter any smugglers, leaving one there to land a continental.

British Ground Phase

  1. 1775 proved a difficult year for both the Rebels and the British forces. An amnesty and prisoner exchange was agreed to, returning all of the captured Rebel and British units to their respective force pools.
  2. Viceroy Kane spends all 8 pounds on British units, placing the 3-3-4 Foot and one Regular in New England (Rhode Island), 3-2-1 and 3-1-2 Hessians in New York (The Frontier), a 3-2-1 Loyalist in Pennsylvania (Around Philadelphia), a Regular in Virginia (Hampton Roads), and A Hessian in Carolina (Charles Town).
  3. I will move the Carolina units, a Hessian and a British Regular, to Tidewater, which is occupied by a Rebel COS. I will move the Cherokee Unit to Charles Town to secure any potential retreat.
  4. Washington is placed in Pennsylvania, which is the only middle state (New York, Pennsylvania, or Virginia) with Rebel units.
  5. The only combat is in Tidewater, with a 5-1 advantage prior to Militia. The Rebels have two militia turn out, making it a 5-3, or 150%. I roll an EX, which eliminates the Hessians and all Rebel units. Loyalty in Carolina moves up 1, to 6.

Place Rebel Phase

  1. A COS moves to Hudson Valley in New York, where it will be at an 9-1 disadvantage prior to Militia. Bold move!
  2. A 2-2-2 Continental deploys in New York, in the River Forts. A 3-2-1 Continental deploys in the Hampton Roads fort in Virginia where it is at a 6-1 disadvantage. A 2-2-2 Continental deploys in Charles Town, where it is at a 2-1 advantage. A 1-3-2 and a 1-2-3 Continental deploy in Massachusetts.
  3. Washington moves to New York, to take command of the largest Rebel Force.
  4. Battle firsts occurs in Hudson Valley, New York. Loyalists turn out in force despite the presence of Hessians in New York, with the final strength totals being 10-2, for a Roll on the 400%+ column. The Rebel COS is eliminated, but the presence of Washington prevents any increase in Loyalty in New York. The Rebel controlled press issues stories about Washington leading the militia in a heroic delaying action that allowed the Continental Army to retreat in good order, despite the fact that no Continentals were even in the vicinity of the battle.
  5. The next battle occurs in Hampton Roads, Virginia. 2 Rebel Militia and 2 British Militia turn out, leaving the final total at 8-3, for a roll on the 200% column. The result is an exchange, which eliminates the Continental Unit and Militia, as well as the 1-2-3 Loyalist occupying Hampton Roads. One British Foot remains, and loyalty increases by 1, to 7.
  6. The final battle of this phase is in Charles Town, Carolina. A 2-2-2 Continental Army is attacking 2-1-1 Cherokee. 3 Rebel Militia come out, making the Rebel odds 400%+. The Colonials incompetent leadership puts the Cherokee to flight, but are unable to destroy them. The Cherokee move to Tidewater, supporting the British Foot there. Loyalty goes down 1, to 5.

Rebel Campaigns

  1. The Rebels begin a major campaign in Carolina, deploying a COS and 2-2-2 Continental to reinforce Charles Town. No extended support is available, because all Rebel Units are deployed in territories containing British units.
  2. Battle occurs in Tidewater, where 5 Rebel Strength Points contest 3 British. The militia come out even, making the total 6-4, or 150%. The Rebels walk into an ambush, cunningly planned by the Cherokee, who are familiar with the terrain (counterattack result). The British and their Cherokee allies inflict a resounding defeat on Rebel forces, eliminating all units. Loyalty increases by 1 to 6.

Logistics Phase

  1. The Continental Congress attempts to reconvene. Congress reconvenes in Pennsylvania, reducing the loyalty of the state by 1 (to 7).

Liberty Phase

  1. Despite Viceroy Kane’s efforts, he only controls Virginia and Carolina, which gives the Rebels hope. Liberty increases by 1 (to 2).
  2. Loyalty in New York is reduced by 2 (to 10) thanks to Washington and the presence of Hessians. Pennsylvania is reduced by 1 (to 6), due to the Continental Congress. Carolina is a wash, as it is British controlled, but has Indians present, and those modifiers cancel out. Finally, Virginia is British controlled, which increases its loyalty by 1 (to 8).

Random Events Phase

  1. Quebec Invaded!: The Rebels send all three remaining Continental Army units on the map to invade Quebec and rally support among the Canadians. The march does not go well, and one rebel unit is massacred by British-aligned Indians, while another suffers major losses due to small pox. At the end of the March only the 1-3-2 Continental Army under General Stark is left, attacking superior British Troops, totaling 6 SPs. The Continentals roll on the 50% table. Unfortunately, General Stark’s leadership is as poor as the results of his Army’s forced march suggests. He attempts to assault a defended position head on, resulting in the elimination of his forces.
  2. Ships of the Line Sent Abroad: The Ships of the Line under Admiral Howe are sent to fight the Spanish abroad, leaving only the two frigates remaining to interdict smuggling efforts in Late 1776.

Early 1776 went quite well for the British. Although the Brits were not able to maintain control of New York, major losses were inflicted on the Continental Army, as its ill-fated campaigns in Carolina and Quebec resulted in substantial losses. Viceroy Kane hears rumbling that the newly reformed Continental Congress is preparing to declare independence from the Empire. Her Majesty’s Government is certain that the Rebels will be crushed, as they cannot stand up to British Regulars in the field.

#6015

Peter Perla on wargaming. Good stuff. It starts at 10:50, definitely skip to that, the rest is intro guff.

I didn’t know about the US military’s reinvigorating wargaming project, at half a billion dollars a year.

#6016

Most if not all of Matrix’s stuff is on sale this week. I caved and picked up TOAoW4, Strategic Command WWII: World at War, and Drive on Moscow.

#6017

Turn Four, Late 1776

Force Adjustment

  1. His Majesty’s Government sees fit to send 12 pounds to Viceroy Kane.
  2. The Continental Congress declares independence from Britain! Loyalist forces flock to support the King, resulting in the creation of a new Loyalist regiment (2-3-1 Foot). The Lord of the Admiralty sends an additional Ship of the Line to support British forces. Finally, the new Rebel “Government” sanctions piracy, resulting in the placement of a privateer in the Caribbean.
  3. The target state for this Turn is New York.

Smugglers Phase

  1. A Privateer is deployed to the North Atlantic, where it will attempt to deliver supplies to New York. A smuggler sails for Cape Fear, looking to support the Rebels in Carolina.

Naval Phase

  1. Viceroy Kane spends 4 pounds to authorize the release of one Ship of the Line and two Frigate squadrons to hunt Rebel Smugglers. Two Frigate squadron deploy to the North Atlantic, and the Ship of Line deploys to Chesapeake Bay.
  2. The Rebel privateer is eliminated in a tense battle in the North Atlantic, though one smuggler managed to evade naval patrols.
  3. The Ship of the Line in Chesapeake Bay managed to eliminate the Rebel Smuggling operation there. No Continental Army units would muster in Virginia this year.

British Ground Phase

  1. The Rebels and British exchange prisoners (1-2-3 Loyalists and 2-3-1 Hessians to the Brits, two sets of 2-2-2 Continentals to the Rebels).
  2. Viceroy Kane decides that the American Colonies will be controlled through maximal deployment of British might, rather than through pacifying the locals through trade, and elects to spend the remaining eight pounds for this year on units. Britain purchase a 2-3-1 Hessian, a 1-2-3 and 2-3-1 Loyalist, a 4-4-3 British Horse, and a 3-3-3 British Foot.
  3. New England sees no new Rebel Units and no movement. 3-3-4 and 1-2-3 British Foot units occupy Rhode Island.
  4. New York sees the arrival of the 1-3-2 Hessian and the 1-2-3 Loyalist. British Horse deploys to the Hudson Highlands, 2 Hessian Units to the Frontier. The Loyalists and British Foot to the River Forts, and the remaining two Hessians to Hudson Valley.
  5. Pennsylvania deploys one unit of British Horse and the 3-2-1 loyalists there to Schuylkill Valley to fight the Rebel COS.
  6. Virginia sees no new units.
  7. Carolina sees the deployment of the Cherokee Over the Mountains, the 3-3-3 British foot in the piedmont, the 2-3-1 Loyalists in Tidewater, and the 1-2-3 British Foot in Charles Town.
  8. The only Battle is in Pennsylvania, where 7 British SPs face off against 2 Rebel. The rebels gain 3 militia support, making it a 1-1 Battle. The Attacking British are forced to retreat to Philadelphia. Loyalty decreases by 1, to 5.

Place Rebels Phase

  1. A Rebel Committee of Safety forms in the Over the Mountains region of Carolina, incensed by rumors of Cherokee presence.
  2. Two Continental Army Units deploy in the Piedmont Region, 5 SPs to challenge the 3 British SPs there.
  3. One Continental Army unit deploys in New York’s Hudson Highlands, bringing 1 SP against 4 British SPs there.
  4. Two 2-2-2 Continental Army units deploy to New England, one in each of the Connecticut Coast and Maine & Nova Scotia Regions.
  5. Battle occurs in New York. Militia support favors the British, and the Rebels attack on the less than 50% table. The rebel unit is eliminated and the British maintain control of New York. Washington prevents the British from gaining additional loyalty.
  6. Battle Occurs Over the Mountains in Carolina. Rebels have plenty of militia support, and roll on the 200% table. The Rebels eliminate the Cherokee units and subtract one from loyalty (to 5).
  7. The British then attack in the Piedmont. This time militia support the British, and the rebels are left attacking on the 100% table. In a bloody battle, the Rebels manage to eliminate the British forces and take control of the Piedmont region, with only the 2-2-2 Continental Army unit remaining. Loyalty goes to 4.

Rebel Campaigns

  1. The Rebels launch a major campaign in New England. Three Continental Army Units and a COS march on Rhode Island. The Rhode Island residents generally support the British, resulting in only a slightly unfavorable balance of forces for the Brits. The Rebels roll on the 100% table, and are forced to retreat. New England’s loyalty goes up by 1 (to 3), and the Rebel Campaign ends.

Logistics Phase

  1. Nothing interesting happens here.

Liberty Phase

  1. Enlistments expire, and one of the New England Continental Army units melts away.
  2. The British only control two states, which is not enough to prevent the spread of Rebel sentiment. Liberty increases by 1 (to 3).
  3. Loyalty in Virginia increases by 1, to 9. Pennsylvania and New York see -1 loyalty, to 9 and 4, respectively.

Random Events

  1. I roll two dice on the table going forward, due to the failed invasion of Quebec.
  2. Tar and Feathers: Mob violence drives Loyalist supporters in Pennsylvania and Carolina underground, reducing each of those state’s loyalties by 1 (to 3).
  3. Southern Reactionaries: Slavery supporters gain more power in the Continental Congress, angering the Northern States. Virginia and Carolina lose one loyalty each (to 8 and 2). New England and New York gain one loyalty (to 4 and 10). Pennsylvania feels the pull of the Northern States, and likewise sees a loyalty increase (to 4).
  4. Frigates Diverted: Rear Admiral Graves and his Frigate are diverted to battle the perfidious Dutch, they will not be available to hunt Smugglers next turn.

So far things have gone relatively well for the Redcoats from a military perspective. Unfortunately, Rebel units are able to hang on in New England, Pennsylvania, and Carolina, frustrating Viceroy Kane’s efforts for control. While some backbenchers in Parliament denounce Kane’s performance in the colonies, cooler heads prevail in His Majesty’s Government, and they promise an increase in funding for 1777. At the same time, rumors indicate that the French may throw their support to the Rebels through additional Smugglers through a fictional Spanish corporation, Hortalez et Cie.