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ACG French and Indian War Game

After some polling in the gaming forums, enough members have expressed interest in the idea that I'm happy to launch a French and Indian War game. I'm also more than happy to moderate it - though as allsirgarnet said, if anyone else has a burning desire to, I'll be happy to take a command instead.

After the success of his Waterloo campaign to date, I'm likely to crib from his d-percentile system, while players will simply give their orders in suitable mien. As we're centuries before the portable radio, I'll also be using IM's to pass information to the appropriate players, after which they can run messages through me (50 words or less) that will arrive at their appointed destination in due course - unless they're waylaid, naturally

The fog of war will be an important obstacle to deal with here, although at least all sides should be equally hampered by it.

At this point I intend to start in 1755 with Braddock's Expedition to reclaim Fort Duquesne - although his intention to reclaim Fort Niagara subsequently is known and will presumably be a consideration as well. If all goes well, the theatre and commands will increase - as we presumably depart further and further from the historical course of events.

With considerable help from Janos, I have a working OB for both sides, and the present force lineup (not including strengths) will be:

General Braddock's Expedition:

Lt Spendelowe's Sailors (detachment)
Sir Peter Halkett's 44th Foot (regiment)
Colonel Robert Dunbar's 48th Foot (regiment)
Captain Rutherford's New York Independent Company
Captain Gate's New York Independent Company
Captain Delamere's South Carolina Independent Company
Captain Orde's Royal Artillery Train
Captain Stewart's Virginia Light Horse (detachment)
Captain Polson's Virginia 'Carpenters' Independent Company
Captain Mercer's Virginia 'Carpenters' Independent Company
Captain Stevens' Virginia Rangers Independent Company
Captain Hogg's Virginia Rangers Independent Company
Captain Waggonner's Virginia Rangers Independent Company
Captain Cocke's Virginia Rangers Independent Company
Captain Perronee's Virginia Rangers Independent Company
Captain Dagworthy's Maryland Rangers Independent Company
Captain Brice Dobson's North Carolina Rangers Independent Company

NB: The above is historically attested, the following is extrapolated from descriptions of Dunbar's column - it is believed to be historically similar to the composition of the 'support' column not involved in the actual battle, and should be composed of enough strength to emulate this.

Colonel Washington's 3rd Virginia Militia (regiment)
Captain Abernathy's Virginia Militia Independent Company
Captain Bolton's Virginia Militia Independent Company
Captain Eccleston's Maryland Militia Independent Company
Captain Farnesworth's Maryland Militia Independent Company
Captain Morrison's Irish Militia Independent Company
Captain Serris' North Carolina Militia Independent Company
Captain Willoughby's North Carolina Militia Independent Company

Colonel Contrecoeur and Captain de Beaujeu's defenders of Fort Duquesne:

Captain de Beaujeu's French Marines Independent Company
French Marines Independent Company
Monsieur Dumas' Canadian Militia Independent Company
Canadian Militia Independent Company
Canadian Militia Independent Company
Monsieur Langlade's Artillery (contingent)
"King" Shingas' Native Delaware Allied Warband
Native Huron Allied Warband
Native Iroquois Allied Warband
Chief Pontiac's Native Miami Allied Warband

As there isn't a handy corps-structure available as in Waterloo, I suggest that we compose a list of interested players for each side, assign a Colonel Contrecoeur and General Braddock and allow them to allocate their forces as they wish (secretly if they'd like).

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Janos
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MajorSennef
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Impressive, Khryses.
I'd like to express my interest in a French/Indian command in your game.
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Thanks MajorSennef - I'll start the listings above.

It's good to have you on the French/Indian side - as the British/Colonists have a teensy little 3-1 advantage over the defenders here, they'll need some capable commanders to give them a fighting chance
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I am interested in commanding a Virginia militia unit.
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So noted - welcome to the war, both of you

We're probably looking for at least three people a side (ideally more for the British) before we can get underway - I'll ask at that point if anyone would like to throw their hat into the ring as commander.
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I will take a command in the British Order of Battle.
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I would be interested in commanding a one of the North Carolina Units!
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I have no idea how to play but I think this is really cool and my grandmother lived on the actually battlefield. When her dad built the house (1890's) they found a bayonet. So cool


Can someone direct me to a rules page so I can read up haha
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I'd be interested in the Huron Warband.
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I have no idea how to play but I think this is really cool and my grandmother lived on the actually battlefield. When her dad built the house (1890's) they found a bayonet. So cool


Can someone direct me to a rules page so I can read up haha
...rules? What are these rules of which you speak?

Okay maybe that's a slight exaggeration - basically the way we play this is that the players sort out their places in the ToE and issue orders to the units under their command, while following the general instructions of their superior officers - generally speaking.

The general - in general - tries to take a general overview of the situation and give orders to his commanders rather than their respective units. In allsirgarnet's Waterloo campaign (which is structured similarly) MajorSennef plays Blucher and I'm one of his Corps commanders.

So Blucher might spot an opportunity from his position, and send a messenger to inform me and order me to seize it. In practice, this means he sends a PM with 50 words or less to the GM (allsirgarnet there, me here), which the GM takes note of, calculates how long it will take to get to the assigned destination (or if it will make it at all, as units have a habit of moving) and delivers it to the Corps commander in due course.

At this point the commander (potentially you, here), receives a message from his superior - timestamped usually - instructing him to go about a certain course of action that may no longer be viable, depending on how long the message took to arrive. This sets out his objective, but it is up to him as to how he'd like to achieve it and he sends orders to his troops through a pm to me (again).

The actual calculation of battle results and what not are done by me - generally the results are conveyed to you by way of a brief description of what you can see.

My apologies if this is unclear at all - I'm fairly feverish so I may have missed something.

For the record in consolidating the system I'll use, I've gone for a three-tiered turn-type.

Strategic Turns: 1 day
Tactical Turns: 1 hour
Battle Turns: 15 minutes


Generally speaking, Strategic turns are for when the armies are maneuvering toward one another, Tactical turns are when they're preparing for battle and Battle turns are for once the shots are fired.

As an aside, this is based on your units perception of events. In the case of an ambush, one side may be on Tactical turns while the other is still blithely issuing day-long orders, though once the first shots are fired or the first enemies are sighted both sides will revert to battle turns.

I'll get to work on a map in a short time - in the meanwhile, with three players a side (and counting, with Legionnaire expressing interest) I'd suggest both sides work out amongst themselves who they're placing in command - Major General Braddock for the British, Colonel Contrecoeur for the French.
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Strategic Maps

Okay people, I've been doing a little digging around and have found a couple of maps of our general area of operations - these are most certainly on the strategic scale, I'll keep working on the battle maps.





Any others people might suggest?
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I nominate MajorSennef for Colonel Contrecoeur.
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Not a problem, so noted - we'd probably be running short of commands on the French/Indian side, but still plenty of room with the Brits.

Roster:

British (4)

Janos
Torien
SoccerDJ
Minuteman21

French / Indian (3)

MajorSennef - Captain Contrecoeur (nom)
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...yes it turns out that Contrecoeur was a captain, but still in command of the other captains at Fort Duquesne (de Beaujeu, Dumas, Langlade).
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