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Offline syrinx0

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #60 on: November 19, 2023, 01:01:53 AM »
Gaming with written orders always made for an interesting campaign.  At least every other turn some one would *-up their orders spectacularly.  It was usually the ones that took the least amount of time to write their orders and skipped details. If you gave a city name we honored that but if you only wrote 7 North & 3 East (instead of 3 North & 7 East)... oh well. Those were fun games.
2024: B: 0; P: 43; 2023: B:77; P:37;

Offline has.been

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #61 on: November 19, 2023, 11:22:09 AM »
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Gaming with written orders always made for an interesting campaign.  At least every other turn some one would *-up their orders spectacularly.  It was usually the ones that took the least amount of time to write their orders and skipped details. If you gave a city name we honored that but if you only wrote 7 North & 3 East (instead of 3 North & 7 East)... oh well. Those were fun games.

My wargaming memories are full of such... muck ups?
One Vietnam game had the Free World Force leader in contact, via a Bird Dog spotter plane,
with his artillery support. The spotter told him that he could see infantry (dark green uniforms
& floppy hats). The player assumed it was the NVA
 & promptly called in the artillery on those given co-ordinates.
What he had forgotten to do was:-
a) Double check the co-ordinates (They were his!) and
b) Remember that in this game he was Australian, (Dark Green uniforms & floppy hats)
 lol lol lol lol lol lol

Offline syrinx0

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #62 on: November 22, 2023, 03:35:05 AM »
Yeah, friendly fire sometimes had serious unintended consequences.  lol

Offline Zingara

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #63 on: December 04, 2023, 07:06:04 PM »
Orders come in yet? I look forward to reading of the chaos that ensues, I mean, the climactic, epic tale of heroic deeds and exploits.

Offline has.been

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #64 on: December 05, 2023, 04:57:13 PM »
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Orders come in yet? I look forward to reading of the chaos that ensues, I mean, the climactic, epic tale of heroic deeds and exploits.

The MAP will be going out soon. The orders will (hopefully) come back before Christmas & then I'll sit down & play through the battle.
I would expect to be able to provide the AAR before the year ends. :)

Offline has.been

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #65 on: December 23, 2023, 01:54:47 PM »
Despite the best efforts of 'Real Life' to bugger things up, we are approaching
the BIG BATTLE.

This has been sent out to the players.
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Update of the situation.
Sir James, having failed in his surprise attack on the Midlander town of Newby,
withdrew to the east & took up a strong defensive position on the hill, Sahah-Lyve,
which he fortified as best as he could.

The Lords of the Midlands managed to disengage from their campaign against the
Northern Rivalords, but the Riverlords shadowed the retreat.

Sir Richard held to his vow to support his ally, Sir James, & re-enforced him on the
eastern bank of the River Little.

The Lords of Westeros, having received from the Midlanders an agreement that
'All lands up to the River Hindecks as well as between the Mountains and the Sea'
are the estate of Westeros, then moved their troops up to the River Hindecks.

The Orkal tribe, into which Sir James has married his own man (Lucky Phillip),
may have moved nearer to Sir James.

The ford at the southern edge of the battlefield has a shrine to Our Lady, which
gives the Battle its name.
'Hill beside Our Lady's Shrine', becomes 'Hill B'Lady' , or 'B'lady Hill', or  'Bloody Hill'
There may soon be another reason for this field's  epithet.

I require players to:-
To send (by 01.01.24) orders for their troops.
Which MAY include conditionals. (e.g. 'If ...happens, retreat all troops).
I will use these orders to play through the battle.
Anything either not covered, vague or confusing in your orders I WILL interpret as I see fit.
If you wish to include (in the best tradition of WRG) signals you MUST say what the 'signal'
is to be.

As soon as I have players' orders I will sit down & work through the fray, then post the
AAR here on LAF.

What happens after the conflagration ???? I have no idea. lol lol lol
That too will be interesting.
Will one Lord/group of Lords become all powerful?
Will the Christian knights so wound each other that the natives could expel them?
Will there be a stalemate with all forces withdrawing to lick their wounds over winter?
Let us find out.  ;)


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Re: Casevil
« Reply #66 on: February 11, 2024, 09:48:31 PM »
First profuse apologies for the delay in the latest update to Casevil.
Christmas & New Year problems were expected, but I gathered
several others too. Mainly a problem with my ancient camera.
Having set up the game for the BIG battle (more of what that
entailed later) AND taken lots of pictures of key points in the action...
the camera decided it did NOT want to pass them on to the computer. :-X :?

This meant clearing my table again, setting up pictures, again, and
tracking down my spare memory card. Ah well it is now done. :)

This was to be the biggest battle EVER in this campaign, & the chances
of getting all the players to my house for a huge skirmish game was minimal.
I decided to run it as a TEWT (Tactical Exercise Without Troops) based on
orders given by the players. This turned out to be optimistic at best, foolish
would be a better word.  lol
To give me guidance for players' decisions, I decided to dice up traits for the
different Characters. This did make my life a little easier, as I didn't have to
think what the player would do in that situation, merely refer to their traits.

First off I recommend you look again at the Map of the battlefield.

Now to the action!

006,7,8,9,10 = Sir Guillaume D'Aundy & Sir David De Brooke (The Lords of Westeros)
                       force march to the battlefield.
                       Sir Guillaume had sent an envoy to the Rivalords with generous offers
                       for their help in the fight. The head of the envoy being thrown in front
                      of the column upset the troops, but showing great composure Sir Guillaume
                      merely said, 'I'll take that as a no then' 8)
 

Offline has.been

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #67 on: February 11, 2024, 10:21:52 PM »
The Midlanders (Sir Robert & Sir John) were pleased to see the Westeros troops
arriving early to fulfill the terms of their new treaty. As they march past the
right flank of the Midlanders, to advance upon the ford,
Sir Robert ordered his Herald to blow a tribute in their honour, forgetting that
he had told his own soldiers that upon a signal (he never specified what that was to be)
they were to advance! 
011 = The Herald blowing the fateful trumpet.
On the other side of the Battlefield, Sir Richard had decided that his position was too
exposed. He ordered his troops towards Sir James' men on the hill. He intended to
cover Sir James' left flank.
04 + 05 = The move towards Sir James.
As his men climb, Sir Richard spots the enemy's center right in a chaotic advance.
This he takes to be a mistake by the enemy & orders his men back to the ford.
12= Sir Richard observes the enemy advancing in some disorder.
13= Westeros troops reach the ford before Sir Richard, but are slowed by crossing.
       They are unable to get numbers across quickly enough.
14= Having regained a degree of control, Sir Robert turns his men towards the gap
       that is starting to open between Sir Richard (moving back to the ford) &
       Sir James (Dug in upon the hill) Sir Roberts men wade across the river. It
       is slow progress, but at least they are unopposed.

       It is at this point that Sir John decides to advance & help his fellow Midlander.
 15=This is noticed by the watching Rivalords

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #68 on: February 11, 2024, 10:32:56 PM »
The backs of all of the Midlander & Westeros troops was too tempting. The Rivalords advanced.
6996 = The Cavalry, followed by
6998 = the heavy infantry, then
6999 = archers, & finally
7000 =  the light infantry

7016 = In an act of desperation, to gain time to allow his infantry to regroup, Sir John
            orders his cavalry to charge the entire Rivalord host. :o :o :o
            The 'Death Ride' does by time, but at a terrible cost.

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #69 on: February 11, 2024, 10:41:07 PM »
Sir James has bided his time.
Now with Sir John engaged with the Rivalords, he does two things.
1) He abandons his earthworks on the hill (they face North West & Sir Robert is now
     to the South West AND across the River! To move downhill against Sir Robert.
2) He releases the Orcal Tribesmen he had hidden in the Holly Wood against poor Sir John.

001,2,3 = The Orcal poor out of the woods

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #70 on: February 11, 2024, 11:07:22 PM »
Sir James leaving his 'beloved piles of sod' (Comment from Sir Robert who thought it unlikely)
caught Sir Robert away from his troops, as he was scouting a way to attack the hill.
017 = Sir Robert fights for his life.
          Outnumbered he manages to kill two assailants & drive the third off, but is wounded
          and unhorsed in the melee. Timely arrival of his men allows him to retreat down the hill.

As the light starts to fail, the battle is coming to its deciding stage.
After much hard fighting at the ford the morale of the Westeros troops falters.
They start to retire & Sir Richard rushes forward to force Sir Guillaume into
hand to hand combat & hopefully break the enemy.
018 = Sir Guillaume is not ready to fall under Sir Richard blows. He nimbly side-steps
          Sir Richards vigorous attacks and manages to stab him as he lunges.
The Westeros troops are heartened by this & rally on the road near the Mallow Marsh.
019 = Sir Richards bodyguards carry him, despite his protests, to the safety of the
         coast, where he can be taken onboard  his ship, the Codpiece.
020, 021 = Sir John meanwhile is surrounded by Rivalords to the front &
                 Orcal tribesmen coming against his rear.

Offline has.been

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #71 on: February 11, 2024, 11:40:00 PM »
In desperation Sir John turns his weary horse to face the mass of Orcals.
He orders his Sergeant,  'Simon. Hold those damn Rivalords as long as you can'
Then with a wry smile adds, 'I'll deal with the Savages'.
Lowering both his visor & lance he charges. :o
What can he expect but death?
He aims for the large warrior leading the tribesmen & impales him!
Shattering the lance as he does so.
Slowing the horse down he unsheathes his sword & raises the visor to look for another target...
but all he sees are fleeing Orcals.
(That was the King & their morale broke at the shock of it).
He returned to the Rivalord fight, where nightfall saved his battered force.

Sir James has survived the battle with most of his forces in tact, but the death of the
Orcal King may cause him problems. He did marry off his lieutenant to the Kings daughter.
Lucky Philip might be the next Orcal King, & how far can he trust him?

Sir Richard, though wounded, is safe & will recover. His forces were weakened by all the
fighting at the ford, but accounted themselves well.

Sir Robert cursed the series of events that cost him victory. He did count himself lucky
to be only (lightly) wounded though the state of Sir John's force worried him more.

Sir Guillaume & Sir David lost troops, but had honoured their treaty with the Midland Lords.
That has gained them a lot already.  Sir Guillaume rued not getting a death blow in against
Sir Richard. Next time...

Forces have retired (some limped) to winter quarters to lick wounds & plan for the Spring.
Players will each be receiving a FYEO (For Your Eyes Only) report in the next few days.
Keep watching for updates.


 

Offline Westbury

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #72 on: February 12, 2024, 01:25:26 AM »
Damm that tricky dicky, I nearly had him  lol
Thanks for the efforts Pete.

Offline flatpack

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #73 on: February 12, 2024, 06:13:48 AM »
That sounds like the best game Iíve never played  lol lol
Cheers Pete.
Flatpack

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Re: Casevil
« Reply #74 on: February 12, 2024, 07:15:07 AM »
Thanks Ian & Bob. I hope you enjoyed it. lol lol lol