Gamers CWR goes to Antietam!!

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Re: Gamers CWR goes to Antietnam!!

This is the new Line of Battle series that can use the older CWR rules of the new LOB rules that Dean has just finished.

Here is the link to the None But Heroes game description and preorder page.

http://www.multimanpublishing.com/preorder/viewGame.php?id=86


Here is the link to Dean designer notes.

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?233@502.d3o6aAajvY2.122@.ee6db90!enclosure=.1dd44f69

The LOB rules are great.
I got to play a little bit of the This Hallowed Ground II with the new LOB rules at HomerCon this year. I can't wait for this one to come out.
 

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Re: Gamers CWR goes to Antietnam!!

I just finished reading the Line of Battle rules through for the first time the other night, and overall, I'm impressed. I *did* miss some of the detail, but then realised the details are still there, they're just not in your face, but tucked silently in the various charts.

I'm thinking of giving A Fearful Slaughter a run with LoB, mainly in part to see how the poorer overall morale units fare with the new closing rolls/charge rules.

I have a feeling this rules set could really make some of these larger battles much more playable>time- and rules load-wise< than previously was the case.
 

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I participated in part of the AFS LoB playtest, a few moons and rules revisions ago.

I do not think you will be disappointed. It was the full CG and the Sunken Road played out very well.

Keith
 

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I've gotten up to 9 AM so far (just as the forces come into general contact all across the board) so I presume that the streamlined combat system will really start to shine now. It's been pretty nifty so far, with smaller firefights erupting at the various outposts, allowing me to ease into the new system a bit before the majour bloodshed begins. My largest problem thus far has been hammering off the rust flakes from the olde RSS system from my brain as I play LoB. LoB plays alot easier once you remember it's not RSS vX, but a new self-contained system.

I am playing with the Random Events Table, despite Dean's admonitions that LoB isn't designed for it, but this is Shiloh, after all...I'm also using the detailed artillery ammo rules (6 shot, 3 canister) because I'm anal retentive. I also worked up a set of Loss charts for the scenario (6.2; "Take Your Damned Regiment Back to Ohio!") because, while I don't mind using the strength counters and will use them, I always liked the charts AND it's a bit easier to keep track of wrecked status. I've done a little freelancing and have A,B and C morale units wrecking beyond 50% losses and (with several exceptions based on the published standards) D, E and F units wrecking at (or just before <<e.g.,3 losses of a 7 SP regiment>>) 50% losses, again based on the fact that this is Shiloh.

Cleburne has come to a Natural Stoppage after driving 3/5/T away from Shiloh Church, but doesn't have the strength (or morale) to enter the EZOCs locking the church down. Fortunately, Johnson's Brigade is coming up on his right to wrest control from the battered remnants of 3/5/T and 1/5/T to thier right.

Pond got hit with a Fluke Stoppage (Random Event) when he was halfway across the creek on his way to Ben Howell field and has 4/5/T coming on to his front.

Shaver is attacking across R/1/1s front (due to another random event) just after he cleared his first objective field (Lost? Review?), so R/1/1 is waiting for them to pass and will slip into the void he left.

Wood, after getting tangled up with 1/5/T and suffering an equal mangling, is limping towards his second objective once he clears that E morale regiment from his front. The brigade from 2 Corps is backing up Wood and is trying to cross the stream without wading through the Marshes below Shiloh Church.

On the Union side, 1/6/T is afront Shaver and is pretty beat up; Shaver should be able to eject them easily enough, their best hope is to filter back behind 1 Ts line and reform.

1T is formed up in strength at the final two fields the CSA is headed for (Woolf & ???) and is attempting to get their artillery in place to make any CSA attacks *painful*.

Sherman, as given his irascably stubborn nature, has ordered 5T to push the Confederates back to the line of the stream and creek below Shiloh Church, with 4/5/T being fresh on his right and pushing the first of Pond's two regiments on the near bank back across the creek and in position to light up the remaining regiment next turn. (An interesting situation to occur if/when Pond's units are pushed across the creek; with the Marshes and EZOC rules, creeks and streams will become formidable defensive barriers)

3/5/T has seen the (E morale) regiment on its right fall back disorganised, leaving some 500 yards between 3/5/T and 4/5/T...willl, can?, the Confederates exploit this opening?
 
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Well, I played up 'til the 10 AM turn. Around 9 AM all the Confederate formations excepting Cleburne fluked out (an amazing battery of 3s and 4s rolled for stoppage...), along with Sherman's counterattack. Cleburne ended up fluking the next turn due to a random event, so after everyone failed attack recovery at 10 AM, I decided to restart (since Attack Recovery can only take place on hour turns and the scenario ends at 11 AM). Casualties were pretty heavy: 3400 US, 2550 CSA and the game flowed well....unlike my restart, which was hit by a CATaclysmic event just as the opposing lines were poised for the major assaults on Shiloh Church, Lost and Review Fields. All counters eventually present and accounted for and NO cats were hurt in any sort of reprisal actions...
 
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