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Post  Master of Europe on Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:47 am

Ok so I’m back here after a long absence and I was thinking about running a early WW1 Western Front Kriegsspiel, it would be at the point where the German Army started to invade Belgium. I am not sure of commands and such yet but if you are interested can you post down below as that wouldn’t help me a lot.

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Post  Martin on Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:27 pm

Hi Bob

I would potentially be interested. Can you provide some more details please?

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Post  MRM on Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:45 pm

I would be interested.

Good to see you back.

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Post  Master of Europe on Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:33 pm

Hey
So I’d like to have at least 4 people so every army gets a commander. We would have German, French, British and Belgian forces. I’d like to run it on the forum, perhaps in game management. Each side would get a forum and orders would get PMed to me. I haven’t really decided on objectives yet. Combat would be decided by me. I’m planning on once a week turns. So lemme know if you interested. MRM nice to meet you. If you want to command an army let me know which one you would like.
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Post  MRM on Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:02 pm

I will take the German command since Martin will probably want to be the Brit's.

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Post  Martin on Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:18 pm

Hi Bob

I am intrigued. Can you provide some more details please?

* Will the manoeuvre elements be division, corps, or army?
* Will the game cover the whole western front, or just say the area N of Verdun.
* What scale will the map be?
* Is this a hex-based game?
* Given the relative size of the armies in 1914, it looks as if the British and Belgian players would have much less to do than the French and German - is that right?
* Will there be a political element - eg what will be the command-relationship between the French, British and Belgian payers?

Hope that gives you a flavour of what I'm after Smile

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Post  Master of Europe on Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:31 pm

Hey Martin,
1. Im planning on manoeuvre elements being armies.
2. I’m not entirely sure yet. I am still in the process of finding a map.
3. See 2
4. I hope. It all depends on the map.
5. More or less yeah. I’m trying to balance things out though.
6. Yep. The way I am planning the scenario is that there is no clear commander of the Allied forces.
MRM great! I will let you know once things start to move into place.

Edit: I think I may have found a map. http://www.gmtgames.com/1914oao/1914OaoMap1.jpg
Lemme know what you guys think.
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Post  Martin on Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:18 am

Thanks. Do keep posting as you develop the idea.

That's a very nice looking map btw.

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Post  MRM on Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:11 pm

Nice map.

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Post  Master of Europe on Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:53 pm

Will do Martin
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Post  IncompetentIdiot on Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:50 pm

No kriegsspiel experience here, but I'd be interested in participating.

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Post  Master of Europe on Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:58 pm

Great. The game is almost done and I will let you guys know when it is finished. I’m going to make the unit level corps for more freedom of movement as well as more people can participate
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Post  King_Rufus on Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:01 am

Me too please bounce bounce
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Post  Iconoclast on Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:40 pm

I would be most certainly interested as well. Given that there is a free spot left. Would also be a CoS for someone if necesssary :-D
Nevertheless, I would prefer a German Command.

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Post  Master of Europe on Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:37 pm

Loving the interest. We currently have 5 people which is enough for a full Allied Command and a German overall commander and a German Army commander. I would like to get to 8 people to start
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Post  Iconoclast on Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:45 am

The OaO Map btw is a work of art, have been considering buying this gem for quite a while now, very interesting perspective on things.

I will ask someone from my club if he likes to join, if that's okay.
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Post  Master of Europe on Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:27 am

That’s perfect.
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Post  Claretveins on Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:55 pm


Please count me in if there are spaces left.
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Post  Master of Europe on Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:30 pm

Will do
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Post  Iconoclast on Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:09 pm

Any Update on the Progress?

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Post  Hannibal on Fri May 11, 2018 5:45 am

I am currently reading a book on the 1914 campaigns, I'd be interested to join in if there is a space free.
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Post  Iconoclast on Mon May 14, 2018 5:10 pm

@ Hannibal

What book are you reading? Is it recommendable?
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Post  Hannibal on Tue May 15, 2018 4:49 am

It's "Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914" by Max Hastings. It's a well-written lay history. I've found it great for someone like me who knows very, very little about 1914, but I'm not sure it would be particularly useful for planning a kriegspiel. By this stage, I imagine you would have already discovered everything that Hastings discusses, as it's a general history which covers all fronts, on the political and ground-level military levels as well as the strategic and only goes to a certain depth.

One of his main emphases is that while few generals covered themselves in glory, the Germans especially were far too ambitious. The scale of European warfare had far outstripped European communications and transport capabilities, making it impossible to launch Napoleonic offensives across the north of France and achieve total victory in a few months.



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Post  Iconoclast on Wed May 16, 2018 1:10 pm

Thanks for the Feedback. I haven't read a book on the opening campaign and was already thinking about looking around for one. If you say yours is drawing with a broad brush, I will probably skip this one.

Thanks for the write-up.

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