New Peninsular Campaign Players sought

So, the time has just about come. I’m looking to recruit some players for another go at the campaign using the online system I’ve been tinkering with on and off for “some time” (aka about 8 years).

I’ve tried this before (as you can see from the blog here!) and unfortunately the system had a few bugs which took some time to resolve, and it stalled when we found a lack of time to actually game out the battles. Losing several months of development on a memory stick and changing jobs while undergoing house renovations didn’t help either.
I’m hopeful that this time round a) we all have plenty of time!!! and b) technology can play it’s part and allow remote gamers the opportunity to play the battles they’re involved in using Tabletop simulator or similar. Additionally I believe I’ve squashed all the bugs that were immediately apparent in my localised testing and hazy recollection of what went before. (That’s not to say there won’t still be issues!)

The scenario will once again be the Peninsular, although a fictionalised French invasion in 1808 with the Anglo Portuguese already in theatre in Portugual. Manoeuvre elements are Brigades or batteries, and because the system tracks individual men in their constituent units (battalions, companys, squadrons etc) any battles that occur can be fought using a variety of rulesets and scales.

Turns will be run automatically every other day (ie 2 real days per campaign day), and in most cases will involve logging into the website, sending a few messages to fellow players, reading their messages and trying to figure out where your units have marched off to 🙂 When a battle is due to be fought, the system will pause until we can enter the result. As above, I’m aiming to have this done fairly rapidly to keep momentum and interest.

The overall “end game” will be governed by the French ability to capture Madrid and Lisbon. If they do that, they win. If they cannot do that, then peace will break out at some point to ensure that the campaign doesn’t go on as long as the real thing. However the main thing is for people to have fun.

Ideally, I think we need to have 2 British players, 3 Spanish players, and 8 French players. Each player will be furnished with a secret set of personal objectives, such as “be the first Marshal to write to Napoleon claiming Madrid”, or “Ensure that Spanish units are present at all battles where allies are victorious”. I’m not planning on having a hierarchical player command structure (although if there’s enough interest it might be an interesting exercise), and I’m hoping that the players will indulge in some light roleplay to liven things up.

If you are interested in taking part, please email campaign [at] notanotherblog.uk and let me know.

What did you do during the COVID-19 outbreak daddy?

If I had children, I’d imagine that this question might get asked at some point. And well, the answer would be “not a right lot”, although it has proved useful in a number of hobby related ways.

  1. It has prompted me to get this blog going again, which is no real feat in itself, except WordPress has moved on since I was last tinkering with it and with a new domain comes a whole new install. Still trying to work out the kinks in the old stuff.
  2. I’ve spent a lot more time than normal (which is saying something) looking at screens of one sort or another. This made me realise I should be spending more time looking at figures and brushes and paints than trying to view the world solely through pixels. Thus my painting output has registered above the “negligible” level it’s been residing at recently.
  3. It’s made me look at alternatives to figure gaming generally, having bought a couple of solo playable boardgames over the past 2 years they’ve been useful and I’m now investigating the possibilities posed by Tabletop Simulator which is a PC piece of software which allegedly will allow you to play traditional wargames over the internet, perfect for social distancing.
  4. I’m reinvigorated and re-enthused to work on the campaign system. More on this hopefully over the coming weeks.

For now, here’s a couple of images of things I’ve painted in the past week.

15mm Blue Moon Carriage passengers being robbed.
15mm Blue Moon highwaymen.
Properly finished and based 15mm Blue Moon Musketeer figures