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 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Does this really make sense?

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:09 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 2685


Silencing a battery or encouraging a battery to pull out appears to be very variable, historically. It might occur within a couple of minutes of counter battery fire or take as long as 90 minutes. And while batteries might fight on with 30%, 40% or on one occassion 60% casualties, 10% was usually en...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Does this really make sense?

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:41 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 2685


Like everything about what happens in the game, a lot depends on the "distance" and "time period" youy view the results over. Regarding the artillery crew, I offer the following interpretation. The crew took 100% casualties --- they were not necessarily killed, some where, most ran away for the dura...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Game Engine Questions/Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:22 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 1654


I believe a common trait among gamers is that if there is more detail to the calculation, there is more precision in the result. I'm not sure that is true. I'm also a big picture person, so don't think the goal of any system is to have every event conform to some historical benchmark -- which incide...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: A toast

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:43 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 3318


Congrats and thanks to Gen Walter, who indeed sets a high standard for command.

Best wishes to Gen Miller as he embarks on his latest adventure.

Lt Gen Bob Breen
Commanding XIX Corps, AoS
"Defenders of the Right"

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Demise of the Roleplaying Clubs

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:57 am 

Replies: 55
Views: 14073


I support Jeff's observation about the size of the HPS games. I'm also in the camp of preferring smaller scenarios. I probably average 2 active games at a time and 2-3 turns per week. I recently concluded a Corinth Campaign that lasted around 18 months -- I would not do it a again -- it's just too l...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Demise of the Roleplaying Clubs

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:42 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 14073


...two other ideas for some of the things surfaced in this post. Without getting too complicated, I would suggest that there might be some value to redefining the requirements for the various ranks to include a contribution to things that are viewed as important. The key is to make whatever addtions...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Demise of the Roleplaying Clubs

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:37 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 14073


I think the structure of the club is very good. I like it. I am not a fan of "role playing". I enjoy competitive games. I like to understand why things happened the way they did and what could be done differently to influence the outcomes -- both in the real battles and in the games. I enjoy playing...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: What do Objectives do for the Game?

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:34 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 4235


I have absolutely no idea what the upcoming HPS ACW titles are. But the one it should be is the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of '62 and '64. I think the mix of battle sizes and the mix of who is on the offense would make it most interesting. Probably some possibilties for a number of what-if scenario...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: What do Objectives do for the Game?

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:17 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 4235


A couple comments about the 5% suggestion. It was not completely arbitrary. In looking at historical battles over the years, my sense is that the victor incurred around 20% casualties and the loser around 25% -- hence the 5% suggestion. There were clearly many excepions. The reason for associating 5...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: What do Objectives do for the Game?

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:31 pm 

Replies: 22
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I think this is a very good question and I would like to see some of the experienced scenario designers outline some guidelines about how to populate a map with useful objective hexes. From my own limited experience they can be useful to induce one or both sides to take up the offense. They can infl...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: I CAN NEVER PLAY BATTLEGROUNDS AGAIN

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:20 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 6005


I'm a dabbler in all this, but I have two CD drives on my PC and if I recall I had to have the BG CD in the drive I origianlly loaded the program from for it to run. I don't know why or whether it is relevent, but something else to consider. If everything else does fail, why not just get an older PC...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: CSA General Promotions

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:18 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 1649


Congrats to both.

Gen Zodda and I just completed a 5 game Corinth scenario. Believe he was a Major when it started. I told him it would make him a General.



Lt Gen Bob Breen
Commanding XIX Corps, AoS
"Defenders of the Right"

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: BGG Anyone the complete full3 day Scenario

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 6:49 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 1424


A suggestion. Unless you have other experience, you might want to start with something a tad smaller then the full battle. Out of the Mist is good scenario in BGG -- and it will give you some practice for the bigger game -- of course we all know the rebel strategy is to win on the first day and hold...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: 1st HACW - Reports

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:08 pm 

Replies: 194
Views: 38692


The 12 turn Battle of Iuka between BG Ted Huffman and LG Bob Breen has ended in a Draw. The game was very much of a linear fight in the woods with the Union taking a couple of the forward victory hexes and some rebel guns, but the overall casualties were a virtual tie in terms of points. The union l...

 Forum: Mason Dixon Tavern   Topic: Southern raiders-Help!!

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:00 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 1052


So now Commander Kozial is fighting the entire Southern Army brain trust!

I guess that would make the odds just about even [:D]

Perhaps Commander Kozial should post his strategy at the Union War College!



Lt Gen Bob Breen
Commanding XIX Corps, AoS
"Defenders of the Right"
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