Sunday, November 19, 2017

Play-testing Bloody Big Balkan Battles:Update

Another updating on the play-testing of the Bloody Big Balkan Battles supplement for Bloody Big Battles. I ran a 2nd play-test of Chataldja, while Chris Pringle completed a play-test of Bizani and argues that a 2nd play-test would not be needed. I am thus considering Chataldja closed for play-testing and Bizani conditionally closed. This is an important milestone as all 1st Balkan War Scenarios have been play-tested.

Sarantaporo: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Dioran: 3 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Kilkis-Lahana: 2 Playtests (Me)-CLOSED
Lule-Burgs: 3 Playtests (2 Me, 1 Morten Kristien Andersen)-CLOSED
Kirkkilise: 2 Playtests (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Yiannitsa: 2 (Chris Pringle)-CLOSED
Prilep: 2 Playtest (Me, Me and Nacho)-CLOSED
Monastir 2 (Me and Morten, Me)-CLOSED
Kumanovo: 2 (Me , Me and Onur)-CLOSED
Chataldja: 2 (Me, Me and Mehmet Batuhan)-CLOSED
Bizani: 1 (Chris Pringle)-Conditional CLOSED
Breglanitza: 0
Kalimanchi: 1 (ME)
Kresna Gorge :0
Secret non-Scenario Project: 0

That  means that there are three scenarios left to play-test (plus the secret non-Scenario project) or 5 playtests. My hope is to be done with these in the next six months.

As for the Chataldja play-test, like the first one it ended in Draw. Mehmet helped in the first day of battle by commanding the Ottoman defenders while I took command of the Bulgarian attackers. In the first play-test I decided  to mass on an attack on the north flank of the ottoman position which netted the Bulgarians a draw via Ileri Tabiya. In the 2nd playtest I decided to focus on the south flank.

Bulgarian moves (Yellow first playtest, Red second playtest)

The Bulgarian were able to take two forts, and this attain a victory, before a desperate Ottoman counterattack took back one fort and made the final result a draw. So the Bulgarians can win but they will need to focus on one of the two flanks, sacrifice many units, and have some luck. Here are some pictures from the 2nd Playtest.

The set up. Sea of Marmara towards bottom of photo, Black sea up of photo

Forces deployed, Bulgarians (proxied by 1877 Russians) to the left, Ottomans (proper) to the right

Situation at end of 1st Turn
Situation at end of 2nd Turn

Two Bulgarian armies focusing on the attack

Situation at end of 3rd Turn

Situation around Turn 7

Situation at Turn 7


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