To start the New Year properly we have a brand new game report of For Whom the Bell Tolls, written by Ken Newall and reporting from his solitaire game featuring a variable start to the revolution. Thanks to Ken who allowed me publishing his reports here. Enjoy the read!
The epic Grand Campaign game of MtV/OT by Todd Jahnke reached May 1917 this Summer, with the Allied pounding furiously at the southern coust of Austria-Hungary while burning through their equipment at the Western Front. As usual, you find the reports for May I and May II in the Archive. Thanks to Todd, and enjoy your read!
We are grateful to announce that Eric Pierce has graciously given permission for his MTV Battle Scenario “Battle of Liege” to be published on these pages. The less-than historical achievements of the German side in the initial moves of several “March to Victory“-playtests have been discussed for years on- and offline. As usual, several fixes has been advanced and rejected.
Today Eric, one of the designers originally involved in the great War Series, shares his take on a more balanced (if the term is approriate for a steamroller stomping a small neutral neighbour into submission within a couple of weeks) approach to the first moves of any “Great War” game. Wether it manages to resolve the issues plaguing the German Juggernout – find out for yourself!
…gnaweth at my posessions, just as it eats everything else. We had some water damage in the cellar, a broken pipe leaking directly into the box with my Europa-games carefully propped up on plastic boxes to protect it from water on the floor. When I came into the basement and noticed, the whole box was mouldy and most of my Europa-games are now a soggy slush of paper. And so it goes.
The insurance will cover the damage, thereby relieveing me from my new years resolution on selling them all on Ebay.
So, a little bit of Second Front may be salvageable, and so might be some maps and rules here and there, but most of my Europa is gone – making me realize again I didnt play those games actively in over a decade now. And since there are a lot and more personal pages now hosting game reports – wordpress enabling mortals to throw up a reasonably well-looking page in some hours – I think the Generalstab slowly ceases to be relevant and useful. I wont take the site down just yet, but dont expect a lot of updates coming. I might publish some more of Eric Pierce OBs – if I get his permission – and clean up the archive (in which some game reports are still a mess), but I dont have any bigger plans anymore. Which is not a bad thing itself, I will concentrate (yet again) on the military database. Maybe one day I can show you :)
thanks to the kindness of Eric Pierce, I was able to add his well-reasearched new Order of Battle for the Soviet Union in the Winter War (1939-40) to the Academy pages. Of course its inofficial (When did the last official material get published anyway – 2002?), but in Eric´s words its “pretty close to what A.E. Goodwin would produce”. Which means it takes into acocunt all the new research and sources that have been published in the past twenty years and should be up to date, and on the same level as the TW OBs (if they ever see the light).
I took this as an opportunity to clean up the War Academy main page and insert some pictures. Hope you like it,
Today I have the pleasure of presenting a game report from Over There that has been in the making for more than ten years now. The first moves of Todd E. Jahnkes “DJ05” game report were recorded in 2004, and he and his game partner have reached the Autumn of 1916 in a truly epic game, event though they managed to skip though a couple of turns in the mud and winter months.
If they keep up the pace, they might even finish before Total War finally gets published.
Have a look for yourself, you can read the full report here.
I’ve filled the gaps in Alan Tibbetts Second Front game report and put up a few more turns, other than that real-life keeps me to busy I’m afraid.
To begin the new year I’ve cleaned up some areas of the archive and asked by mail for some more game reports, which will be put online as they arrive. Alan Tibbetts report has been completed into the Fall of ’44, and I’ve fixed the missing images from the german glossary. More to come, as usual :-)
Apart from some minor repair I’ve done there’s new stuff in the Zentralabteilung. Unfortunately, the small glossary I’ve written is intended to trranslate into German some of the stranger terms from the Europa-Community, so it will be of little use to you English-speaking folks. Still it was lots of more work than I exprected.
Other than that, I am working on updating the neglected link-list and commenting the more interesting of them. And then there’s still this article on the Spanish Civil War, half ready… Oh well, the world will not end waiting for another half year for my wisdom to spread, right?
Oh, and lest I forget: I’ve taken a look on my providers statistics, and they say the Generalstab has app. 350 hits per month. Even if I attribute two thirds of them to myself and some robots, thats still more than I thought. And its only the redirection that they’re counting, I have to ask my university wether they keep track of the hits I’m receiving there – which would be the more interesting data.
The Kriegsarchiv keeps growing, the newest two additions beeing two WOR-Reports (from the Glory-Series), submitted by Robert Williams and Dean T. Moon, both of whom I’d like to express my gratitude here for their well-written and enjoyable reports. Still to come are two more essays for the Kriegsschule, and then I’ll start to clean up in some rather quiet areas of the Generalstab for a while.