Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Very Pleasant Surprise --

Today (Monday) was Thanksgiving Day here in Canada . . . and for me it has ended with a very pleasant surprise. Some British gamers tried out an early version of "Tricorne Wars" and sent me a report.

The very first sentence of their email gave me great pleasure --
"We gave these rules a try last night and had quite a lot of fun."

They then followed up with a number of questions . . . which pointed out to me a number of things I had failed to cover . . . (thank goodness for playtesting)!

They also asked if they had interpreted certain things correctly (they had); and criticized the (lack of) organization to the rules. I certainly had to plead guilty to that one. Currently they are in a sort of "stream-of-consciousness" state of disorganization -- more or less written down as I thought of things.

Finally, they commented on several things that they really liked about the rules . . . and these were, in fact, the key heart of "Tricorne Wars". This made me really happy; and very thankful for a group of gamers in the United Kingdom.

I'm hoping that someone took a few photos and/or will send me an account of the battle . . . but whether that happens or not, please allow me to say a hearty "Thanks, guys!" to them.

-- Jeff


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...


Congrats on the playtesting feedback! And think of it as "a state of DISCUSSION" rahtern than a state of disorganization ;-)

Enjoy the day,

Stokes Schwartz

Bluebear Jeff said...

Thank you, Stokes.

One of the things I like about so many wargamers is their sense of compassion. (Well, not always when rolling dice . . . but the rest of the time).

And, yes, I've been exchanging emails with Paul Robinson and we have DISCUSSED and clarified a number of issues . . . but the rules are still in a very disorganized state. However, I'm working on the new version and, when it is ready, hopefully many of the problems will be moot.

-- Jeff

PS, I'll shortly enjoy my bed . . . it's about 3:45 am and my bedtime is nigh.

MurdocK said...

Was it the Grimsby group that did the playtest?

I see over on Grimsby's site a lot of tricorne troops, your other note said that it was a 'colonial' battle...just curious if you have an insider ring of playtesters going on here.

Poruchik said...

Congratulations! I look forward to seeing them in publication someday!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hi Jeff,

Looks like your blog is back in business! Please continue with your postings and thank you again for the article.

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

Bluebear Jeff said...

You're welcome, Stokes.

What may have happened is that my wife re-set some stuff on the computer (well, it IS her computer; mine is currently off-line). Anyway, Javascript was turned "off". As soon as I turned it "on" for my blog, the blog re-appeared.

-- Jeff