Thursday, July 12, 2007

Another Playtest Battle Looms --

This coming Sunday should see another "Tricorne Wars" playtest. This time we may have a new player as well. I say may because we are currently suffering through a very nasty heat wave.

How nasty . . . well we are getting some all-time record highs here on Vancouver Island. Not just all-time highs for the date . . . all time highs for any date.

One of the results of this is that I have not been able to do all that I'd like in terms of work on the rules . . . the computer room is the warmest room in the house . . . so I've mainly been reading down in our "basement".

Well, it isn't really a basement, but it is about halfway underground, so it is cooler than the rest of the house . . . which wasn't all that cool today.

Hopefully Sunday will be cooler . . . a lot cooler.

-- Jeff


Snickering Corpses said...

Ouch....sorry to hear about your heat wave. Meantime, they have snow in Brazil.

I hope your game does go well, though, and I look forward to reading the battle reports.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hi Jeff,

I can certainly empathize with you on the temperatures. We are getting a break right now here in Central Illinois (low 80s), but temperatures will climb passed 90 F. again by the weekend. The solution? Lots of iced tea, lemonade, or whatever one's particular "iced poison" happens to be. Hope the approaching playtest goes well. I'm certain it will be lots of fun.

Stay cool,


Unknown said...

His grace has had his general staff examine the Tricorne Wars document, and requests clarification of a few points:

1) Staff calculations seem to indicate a preferred ground scale of approximately 1/800, given a standard company frontage of approximately 100 feet. Is this calculation correct?

2) En passant of company organisation, the author remarks that each stand represents a company, but the stands "represent too many men for the company size of most countries." Why should this be so? Is there a maximum number of companies per battalion?

Grateful for your assistance we remain, etc.

MurdocK said...

well Jeff the weather here at the battle site has turned.

A wicked thunderstorm last night (2 am had the whole house up!), and now more thundershowers all day today should make for cooler conditions overall come sunday.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Herzog Ignaz,

I've written "Tricorne Wars" (as stated) much more in the vein of a game than a simulation.

For the purposes of our local group, I've written the rules for clarity. A "company" does not exactly equate to a historical company, it is (as I mentioned) a term to use instead of "stand".

Now, in fact, it probably is not far different from the companies of some of the nations involved in the SYW. But other nations had smaller companies -- so please don't take it to refer historical companies.

I don't think that I actually ever calculated the actual ground scale. Again, I was more concerned with play than simulation.

Also I must note that these rules are very much in a state of flux -- which is one of the reasons for playtesting.

Sunday (as usual) I will not be playing in the game -- but will be watching and taking notes.

And, yes, I know that the organization of the rules needs much work . . . their current form stems from the order in which thoughts occurred to me.

I hope these answers help.

-- Jeff

Les Princes du Lichtenbourg said...

Jeff are these house rules? If yes would you mind sending a copy?


Les Princes du Lichtenbourg said...

jeff the cases :