Thursday, March 29, 2007

63 figures...and counting!

I got a chance to go over BAR, and I must admit to being intrigued. The idea of maneuvering a 63-figure battalion has me itching to give this a try. However, until the Landgraf's drafts arrive, I will have some of the Prussian battalions demonstrate to me.

A note about the rules: they are not presented in the common manner. After the introductory information, unit composition, and army building guidelines the rules are laid out alphabetically. Yep, that's right, alphabetically: from Aides de Camp to Wargames Tables.

This is not a criticism, just an observation. The rules are intended to be played with the Quick Reference Sheets, and not the book. But I wonder that this might be a set that needs to be taught by someone experienced with them, rather than learned straight from the book. Hopefully I will get a chance this weekend to try.

I almost broke out Microsoft Excel to start scheming my armies. Oops, don't let the Landgraf see that! But I have always been a little like Hal Thinglum in his sadly defunct MWAN, in that planning, plotting, and scheming new wargames armies and their organization has been a big part of my enjoyment of this hobby.

Now the tough decision will be to rebase any of my existing figures!

2 comments:

Bill Protz said...

Hi Ed,
Just follow the sequence of activities per turn shown in the upper right hand corner of page 1 of either set of Quick Reference Charts.
Bon Chance,
Bill Protz

Ed Youngstrom said...

Thanks Bill, I see that.

But it took me a few minutes to figure out WHY I would need to "morale, if needed."

No criticism intended, just observation: these are rules designed to be played with the QRS, umpired/helped by someone already familiar with them. I didn't even realize there were playing cards involved until a few moments ago!

Ed

I have zero problem with that, but suspect it will be difficult for some people to pick up without live guidance.