Turn Three, Early 1776
- His Majesty’s Government allocates 12 pounds to the American Colonies this turn.
- 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 deploy to Chesapeake Bay and Cape Fear.
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Washington is placed in Pennsylvania, which is the only middle state (New York, Pennsylvania, or Virginia) with Rebel units.
- 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
- A COS moves to Hudson Valley in New York, where it will be at an 9-1 disadvantage prior to Militia. Bold move!
- 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.
- Washington moves to New York, to take command of the largest Rebel Force.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Continental Congress attempts to reconvene. Congress reconvenes in Pennsylvania, reducing the loyalty of the state by 1 (to 7).
- Despite Viceroy Kane’s efforts, he only controls Virginia and Carolina, which gives the Rebels hope. Liberty increases by 1 (to 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
- 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.
- 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.