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).
French / Indian (3)
Any questions or suggestions?