Thursday, December 30, 2010
Franco-Prussian War Practice Game
Hi Kids, A couple weeks ago I ran a practice game of Larry Brom's "Chassepot & Needlegun" rules for the 1870 Franco-Prussian War in the Basement of Heaped Miniatures. I had signed up to run the game for the Catawba Gamers at their December meeting, and figured I better have at least a loose grasp of the rules before letting those hardcore gamers run wild. The situation was the mythical French breakout from the fortress city of Metz, the Frogs trying to escape off the board to the north, pushing through the blocking Prussian units. The game seemed to run pretty smoothly, and the overwhelming weight of the more numerous French units slowly crushing the Prussian defense. The Prussian highlight of the game (at least in my humble opinion): Scott Johnson charging the French artillery early in the game, getting blasted on the way in and still managing to wipe out the French battery! Blue Max'es for everybody! I learned a few things, too: I need a bigger table.