Sunday, July 10, 2016

SYW Mini Campaign Begins

Tomorrow is the first of two wargaming classes I will be overseeing at a summer camp in Manhattan Beach.  I have 11 students for tomorrow, but none of my helpers are available, so I'll be going it alone.  We'll see how that works.

This week will be a small SYW campaign.  An aggressive Prussian army will be attacking a smaller yet very determined Russian army.  My figures are based for the Die Kreigskunst rules.  The units have been given a point value based on their size and morale.  Both sides will be able to select brigades totaling up to 2,500 points.  The Russians, being the defenders, will have a lot more freedom in placing their troops initially.  The Prussians will be more limited.

The brigades will be represented by cards until they come into 12 inches of an enemy.  At that point the figures will be placed on the table.  I am hoping this will create a fog of war for the kids and force them to be more strategic.

This is a map of the table which is about 12 feet by 4.5 feet.  There are six towns on each side worth a set number of points.  These will be the objectives of the game.  The Russian towns are worth quite a bit more than the Prussian ones.  This is to serve as a handicap for the Russian players who are considerably outnumbered.  They will be on the defensive.  Points will also be awarded for destroying enemy brigades.

I am curious to see how this works our.  We have five days to play; three hours each day.  I'll be posting pictures as the week goes on, so please check in and follow along with us.

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