Tuesday, 7 October 2014
I have been somewhat remiss with my blog of late, not in terms of blog posts per se, but in being able to blog about suitably grand, not to say megalomaniacly huge, games as is my usual wont.
The reason has been that my uni club, lead by my fellow ex Naval Officer and all round good egg Caesar, signed up to play test Sam Mustafa's most recent rule writing project, Blucher.
Being accepted into this select fraternity of 'Honour' playtesters required the invoking and swearing of the most terrible and inviolate oaths to not divulge anything about the rules or game development, electronically. Which has been pretty damn hard, frankly, as its been very interesting...
But to return reluctantly to my point, it has taken valuable wargaming time away from my usual pastime of organising unfeasibly large games, hence the dearth of posts, and a couple of tediously wordy fillers-in just to keep my blogging juices flowing.
However Sam today authorised the 'selective leaking' of this pre-proof illustration of the Austrian Army list, really I think just to gauge reaction to the presentation.
Please don't ask me why there are 2 illustrations of the Johan von Klenau, both different. Perhaps Sam has a really high opinion of this General, or perhaps like those other Austrians, the Strauses, there were 2 or 3... I know not - and it is a pre-proof!
As for the Blucher game itself, I'm not sure how much Sam wants us to give away...its a grand tactical game system, both for a mini campaign and battles, with the Brigade as the base unit. Whilst we approached the campaign aspect dutifully as a tedious chore, actually we had a lot of fun, and have enjoyed several evenings just playing through several campaigns...The 100 days campaign in particular is a scream and actually a good refresher on the strategic options open to the 3 commanders.
Anyway, that's it - leak duly leaked, and, for what its worth, my recommendation for what I have no doubt will become the default Napoleonic grand strategic ruleset - remember where you heard it first....
Post scriptum - this is the corrected version:, with only one of the Klenau brothers (?):