Thursday, May 13, 2010

San Jacinto

The San Jacinto game currently under development, Remember the Alamo!, is a two-day simulation. Many players may want to just play a stand-alone Day Two or the Battle of San Jacinto part of the game. April 20th or Day One is provided because that is when the two armies first met face-to-face and the scenario challenges players to deal with the decisions both historical commanders had to make that day. Much was at stake. Santa Anna was much the aggressor on Day One and had the Texians penned against the bayou where a bold attack could send them swimming for their lives but, whether he knew it or not, he was out numbered and he knew Cos would reinforce him in the morning. Sam Houston, on the other hand, could bring on a general engagement on Day One and satisfy his eager-for-a-fight, revenge-hungry troops and maybe even settle the matter then and there before Cos arrived or at least beat up the Mexican forces a bit. But he may not have been confident in his and his raw army’s tactical prowess against a professional field army and, if he suffered a defeat, there was no good place to retreat. In any event, actions taken on Day One would have an effect on Day Two. (Sam Houston counter by Tom Cundiff.)

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