Series Games

I’m a big fan of series games. The idea of learning a single set of base rules that will allow me to play multiple games on topics that I enjoy really appeals to me. This is especially true of games with substantial or detailed rulebooks. If I’m going to invest a lot of time and energy learning a big set of rules I’d like to be able to play more than just one game with them. I doubt very much that I’d bother trying to learn the La Bataille Règlement de l’An XXX rules if I knew I’d only be able to play Quatre Bras.

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Fire Strength in BAR

Last week I posted that my summer plan to learn the Règlement de l’An XXX ruleset for La Bataille was put on hold as I learned and explored the Battles from the Age of Reason series. One of the things that I really like about BAR, and La Bataille as well, is the way that the fire strength of a unit is determined during fire combat. Not only does the raw strength of a unit go into determining how much lead you’re throwing at your opponent but things like unit formation and national doctrine also play a role.

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Summer Plans

First off a brief introduction.  Hi.  I’m jk.  While I won’t be posting at the same frequency as our esteemed host my goal is to have something posted here every week or so.  I can’t promise that it’ll always (or ever, for that matter) be interesting, but I’ll do what I can.

One of my gaming goals for this summer is to play a fairly decent sized La Bataille scenario using the Règlement de l’An XXX ruleset (the “full regs”).  My initial foray into La Bataille started several years ago with a game of the 2nd edition of Quatre Bras that left my opponent and myself with a seriously negative opinion of both that particular game and the system as a whole.  It was so bad that my buddy ended up selling off his entire La Bataille collection and I shelved my game with the intention of ditching it some time in the future.  I really wanted to enjoy the system, as it appeared to have a lot of interesting aspects to it, but it just didn’t work out.  In retrospect there are several things that we did in preparation that really hurt our chances of enjoying the game but that’s a story for another time.

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