Thursday, July 29, 2010

Son of the Dragon

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.

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