Saturday, July 31, 2010
Designed by Manny Aguilar, Indian Summer tells the story of the Civil War in the west. A work in progress, this will be a large game, befitting a large topic, featuring some 600 counters and a 22" x 35" map. Borrowing ideas from Miranda's They Died With Their Boots On, Indian Summer employs a leader-draw mechanic to activate commands or groups of units under a leader. The player is challenged to manage available resources and reinforcements in order to control sections of the "western" states of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas and the Indian Territory during the period June 1862 to September 1863. Counters in the game represent historic infantry, cavalry, artilley units plus leaders, supply depots, wagon trains and more. A heroism draw aspect provides for unexpected events and capabilities for both sides, making Indian Summer not only a highly realistic simulation but an exciting game as well.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
On 30 May 1453 church bells pealed throughout Europe signifying the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. The winds of Islam were blowing in the direction of Eastern Europe while the nations of Western Europe warred among themselves in what would be called the 100 Years War. In Eastern Europe one nation fell after another to the Islamic onslaught washing through Bulgaria to the shores of the Danube River. At the Danube stood the last Christian bastion of Wallachia. In 1456 a prince took the throne and proclaimed that Wallachia would be Christian and free. This prince became known as Dracula.
"Son of the Dragon" is a simulation by Dennis L. Bishop of the six year campaign waged by Wallachia, led by Vlad III Draculesti (Dracula), against the entire Ottoman Empire led by Mehmed II Fatih (The Conqueror). The map represents Wallachia, Transylvania, and part of Moldavia scaled at approximately 27 kilometers per hex, and each combat factor represents approximately 2000 to 4000 soldiers. Also included are individual counters representing Dracula, Mehmed II, and their generals. There are counters representing the Danesti family who competed for the Wallachian throne as well as the Draculesti family who attempted to hold the throne, King Stephen III cel Mare of Moldavia, Prince Stephen I Bathory of Transylvania, the leading boyar families (landed gentry) and Armas (newly landed peasants). The Saxon merchants are also represented as are plagues which are lethal to anyone in cities when the plague strikes. The system currently also will have cards that do not make the game a card driven system, but reflect events occurring outside the map area that affected events on the map.
It is at this crucial time in history that White Dog Games introduces a discussion in a Consimworld folder (Individual Games/Era of Gunpowder/Pre_Napoleonic) of the development of the simulation that will continue until it is published as a folio game with huge 5/8th inch, thick counters that colorfully portray the historical personages and uniforms of those who participated in this little known war that decided the fate of Europe.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Remember the Alamo: San Jacinto April 20 - 21, 1836 is really two "Print-n-Play" games in one covering the two days of fighting (April 20 and April 21). Each game can be played separately or linked together. Units are company level with individual artillery pieces. Order of battle contribution by Dennis L. Bishop. The 165 counters by Tom Cundiff include assault, disrupted and barricade markers. The 17x22" map by Richard Dengel represents the San Jacinto battlefield with clear, road, ridge line, swamp, woods and bayou terrain. Additional scenarios provided to complement the basic, historical game include King of the Ridge Line: Day Two and a scenario for Day Three, Santa Anna Attacks, among others. Two-player and well-suited for solitaire. Price: $12.75 (Texas residents $13.80). Cover art by Mike Mirfin.
A company of hispanic texians or tejanos fought at San Jacinto in the Texian army. They were led by Captain Juan Seguin who had been in the Alamo shortly before its fall along with Antonio Cruz. Company I is represented in the game Remember the Alamo! San Jacinto April 20 - 21, 1836 with its own company counter. (Game counters by Tom Cundiff.)
Company I, Second Regiment Texas Volunteers
Captain Juan Seguin