Yeah, mechanically, what I am thinking is merely using the Vassal Module to “push the cardboard”. All other bookkeeping/accounting will be done in PM threads to which that country’s player and I will have access to. Since the Corps/Fleet contents are limited information until “contact” is made, it defacto makes me the eye in the sky on that data.
Other builds (depots, individual infantry point or Militia builds) will just be placed in those locations in Vassal.
Vassal will just be a big map. I’ll have a master file, and send a copy to whoever’s turn it is to do whatever, qc it for accuracy, and then move it along.
When I used to play EiA PBEM, various moderators would request to be cc’ed on diplomatic emails - for entertainment purposes. I don’t really want to restrict players to Forum PMs for Diplomatic communications, but if they did use the PM function for most Diplomatic communications (say a France - Austrian Embassy Thread and added me as a “cc”) it would certainly make it fun for me and help me with the storytelling aspect of things.
I plan to get a little Jorge Luis Borges meets Thornton Wilder with the storytelling/game as History aspect of things, inventing Apocryphal characters and events to tell the events of the alternate timeline the game will create through the eyes of a Grenadier Captain, a Jesuit Envoy to the Austrian Court, a Mistress of Tsar Alexander II, etc. That sort of thing. So being in on the diplomatic wheelings and dealings should be fun and add spice to that. Though bear in mind, I won’t give up diplomatic information or intelligence to anyone’s advantage or detriment.
OK, it’s time for the discussion thread. I’m already there. Stand by…