Friday, April 28, 2017

BBB Tacna as an Active Learning Component

These two last weeks I used BBB battles as active learning components in my IR 311: Wars Beyond Europe course. You can read more about the educational part at a post at the blog Stohasmoi: What do We know about IR.

While I ran Tuyuti and Tacna, the Tuyuti scenario did not work. There are clear balance issues that need to be fixed by me (As the creator). Fixes I am thinking towards is a) making duration longer b) giving the Parguyans a general.

Tacna on the other hand went very well. 3 students took the role of the Chileans, while two took the role of the Allies. I used the 6 turn variant (A fix for the asymmetry of the original scenario and it worked well). In general the Chilean palyers were more unfamiliar with war-games and thus were too cautious. The Allied players are more familiar with war-games and also friends and thus were able to coordinate better. Thus the game ended with the first victory of the Allies in a BBB Tacna scenario, with the Chileans only taking 1 of 4 objectives.

Some pictures

the set-up using my new terrain system

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Last Century of the Ottoman Domokos 1897

Yesterday, me and Onur, joined by Emir later on, played the last scenario in our Last Century of the Ottomans Bloody Big Battles Campaign. This was the battle of Domokos during the Greek-Ottoman War of 1897 (also called the "Unlucky" war by Greeks). We played the game at the Karargah Club grounds at Atashehir in Istanbul.

Prince Constantine ,CnC of the Greeks forces riding towards the front line at Domokos.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter gaming at Diavivastis!

With friends organised via the Diavivastis Facebook page, we got together for an evening of war-games at the hospitable Kaissa Peristeriou. We played a game of Kiss me Hardy, and I introduced them to To the Last Man, a Theater level war-game for the Western front in World War 1.

In Kiss me Hardy Yiannis and Panagiotis were given command of  two British 74 guns ships, the HMS Thunderer, and the HMS Revenge. Against them I took command of the 130 gun Spanish ship Santissima Trinidad. So a classical game of British pluck vs.  Spanish power.

The Spanish had the goal of escaping from the British, while the British had the usual; "sink-capture-drive from the seas" the enemy ship.

The opening scene. The Santissima is close to you, the two british ships further back.