For the ACW, we have Richard Morrill's blog, The Rat Report. Quotes we liked:
- "The simplicity of the mechanisms hides a great deal – these are subtle and elegant rules."
- "We felt the battle really played out as we would have expected and gave a good and accurate representation of an ACW battle between the forces we had."
- "We didn’t find anything we didn’t like and we will be playing them again soon. I really do feel these rules are excellent."
I'm looking forward to meeting Richard when we welcome him and some dozens of other like-minded souls to our first BBB convention, "Bash Day", in Oxford on Sunday 10 April. If you'd like to join us and fight some historical battles, sign up here.
Meanwhile, in distant Manchuria, Alan "Shedman" reports on the battle of Hyicho-Ri in his Two Marshals blog. Apparently this is a standard scenario he uses to compare the performance of different rulesets. His verdict on BBB:
- "Overall a great set of rules - not too many modifiers, some nice touches [...] and easily picked up by the players."
I'm particularly pleased to see Alan's RJW experiment working because it's a war I have not yet visited myself with BBB and I definitely want to do so.
As for my own activities this week, like Richard I was fighting the ACW. Andy Bailey, "The Attention Deficit Historian", has written a draft BBB scenario for Chickamauga. This is by my reckoning the ninth biggest and third bloodiest battle of the ACW, so obviously a must-do for BBB, and I was really happy to see Andy's work. We had a great time with it. It's a confused mass brawl in the woods, but with low enough troop density and enough trails through the trees to allow some swift manoeuvre, a bit like The Wilderness. I won't file a detailed report this time, suffice to say that our Confederate assault started out looking good but then the tide turned and we got convincingly crushed.