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


The Chileans arrive

Views from the Alliance Heights


The Chileans advance


View from the Chilean lines

The Allied defenses

The Chileans reach the heights

view from the right flank 

The general overview of the battle. Desperate attempts by the Chileans to storm the heights.

The conditions towards the end

One Chilean unit occupies a redoubt




2 comments:

Chris BBB said...

Love the terrain system. Having just recently been persuaded of the virtues of battlemats, I now find myself tempted to invest in a load of felt!

Chris

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