Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Texas Glory!

Jose and I finished our first game of Texas Glory online using Vassal. We played the 1836 scenario. Jose led the Texans and I led the Mexicans. Jose quickly grasped the importance of holding the river crossings which serve as choke points. The decisive battle took place at Bastrop where Sam Houston (after narrowly escaping a band of Comanche warriors) held off my army for several turns. The game ended with me holding a line running from Bastrop to Victoria.

This is a game of maneuver and asymmetric forces. The Mexicans have large numbers and excellent command and control. This is balanced by the supply and terrain rules which make it difficult to mass their armies. The Texans have the advantage of being on the defensive. They have to make use of the terrain to bottleneck the Mexican army and launch hit and run attacks. Time is also on their side as all they have to do to win is hold out until the end.

Overall this is a solid game with excellent replay value. There are a set number of turns and low unit density ensures that games will be shorter than 2 hours. The mechanics will be familiar to anyone that has played other Columbia Games. I feel this is one of Columbia’s best games. Ted suggested having a Texas Glory gaming tournament. If we did that, we could invite Dan Mings, the lead developer and an Austin resident.


At 8:47 PM, February 04, 2009, Blogger Carlos said...

First of all, Mark, it sounds like you did a good job holding Jose off. For anyone who has never played a war game against him let me tell you that he is an excellent opponent.

I'm glad that we got another game of Texas Glory. I am intrigued by the suggestion of a tourney. How do you envision carrying it out?

At 7:26 PM, February 05, 2009, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

The key to any tournament IMO is to do the whole deed in a single day.

Taht would mean we'd have to come up with a short scenario.

Assuming 4 folks, everyone would play the other 3 folks once, being sure not to play all 3 games as the same side.

Then victory would be decided by the best the sum of the best two scores.

3 rounds could be done in an afternoon if we get a short scenario.

At 8:01 PM, February 05, 2009, Blogger Mark said...

The 1835 scenario lasts about an hour. I think that would fit.

Carlos, unfortunately it was Jose who held me off. My job was to sweep and clear Texas but I didn't do so well.


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