Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Excommunicated on Turn 1

My first foray into playing Here I Stand via PBEM using Cyberboard/ACTS is going well, except for the small detail of getting excommunicated by the Pope on Turn 1. I'm playing as France, and as you might notice from the map above (click on it), my loyal forces have besieged the decadent Papists at Ravenna in Italy. An unfortunate side effect of the excommunication is two zones of unrest in southern France, disrupting supply to my forces in Italy. Time to crush some peasants! The evil Hapsburgs have taken advantage of my southern endeavors by quickly gobbling up Metz and Liege to the north, so I'll have to do something about that next turn. Unfortunately, the English have already crushed my Scottish allies. So, essentially, its me vs. the World (reference the diplomacy track top right), except for the even more evil Ottomans, who no one wants to be friends with anyway.

At a turn per day, this method of gaming, though slow, is good fun. Particularly when you're learning a game it gives you time to look up rules to make sure you're doing things correctly without irritating everyone at the table. Also, you don't have to wait until you have enough interested players with a day to kill before you can play the game. If anyone wants to try any card-driven wargames this way, just let me know.

Now to go process ordering my troops out onto a final glorious German death ride in Diplomacy!

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At 8:35 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger scott said...

I would be up for some card driven goodness; but I assume I need to have a copy of whatever is going to be played? Beyond that I assume no special connectivity or program needs at a turn a day or equivalent?

At 9:41 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

The Cyberboard files are a free download from GMT, as are the game rules. ACTS and Cyberboard are both free downloads. ACTS has full card text, and CB actually has card images. Really all you require is the interest, time, and motivation to play.

Games I feel confident enough to play right now are Wilderness War, Twilight Struggle, Here I Stand, Napoleonic Wars, and very soon Successors.

I've been wanting to try Paths of Glory and Barbarossa to Berlin, but the brain can only absorb so many rules at a time right now... For the People will happen someday... perhaps when I someday retire from the day job.

At 9:47 PM, August 19, 2008, Blogger Carlos said...

First of all, it was fun seeing you (an Irishman) refer to you opponent as "Papist".

But I have always been intrigued by the system of Here I Stand and it's companion games. I must try it sometime. Thanks for the session report Ben.

At 12:04 AM, August 20, 2008, Blogger Mark said...

I am always interested in playing Twilight Struggle over Vassal or FTF.

At 3:40 AM, August 20, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

On an unrelated note, Dennis' gamertag is Uethym.

My gamerscore is higher than his.

At 10:19 AM, August 20, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

SABG has played Here I Stand once or twice (about 18 months ago). I'd be up for playing it again, FTF. (Perhaps the 3 turn tournament game, just to keep things to a reasonable 5 hours or so). Or we could do an SABG version via ACTS. We'd probably be able to get the full complement of 6. Perhaps we'll let Ben finish his game first.

At 10:42 PM, August 20, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

The tournament game sounds good, as it skips some of the early game complications and gets straight to the bloodbath. There is a WBC-official houserule or two from the designer to balance the scenario, but it looks pretty sound overall.

PBEM HIS is something I wouldn't mind doing anytime we can get 6 players.

Why oh why do I have the South Park Imagination Land song in my head tonight...

Hooray, another friend has now been added to the SABG Clan on XBL.

At 10:44 PM, August 20, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

I wonder if Jon is back.... with BSG in hand perhaps?

At 3:16 AM, August 21, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Imaginatioooon, Imaginaaatttion

Dennis and I discovered that we are really really good at throwing interceptions.

I'm pretty sure it was around 10 combined interceptions in the game we played yesterday.


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