The weather forecast for today was dreadful, heavy rain and thunderstorms, but in fact it dawned with just a bit of light drizzle so I went for a run into Irchester and back. I don't know what particular sacrifice to the weather gods had been made, but it was very effective. The weather just got better as the day progressed, which was good for the amount of time we were spending outdoors.
After a vast breakfast, it was off to the first game of the day.
This was Ian Drurys game of counter insurgency in late 1950s Algeria. I always like Ians games and often end up playing the myself or adapting them for other periods. Briefly, it is aimed at company to battalion level operations with units representing platoons or heavy weapons teams.
What a great game, I really enjoyed that and I'm looking forward to it being published in The Nugget. The game itself is fun, and the mechanisms are applicable to lots of other periods too.
A Battle of Monsters
Tim and Nick put on a game covering Villiers Brettoneux in 1918, which absolutely wasn't an excuse to play with 1/32nd scale tanks on the lawn at all. The game covered a big Allied infantry attack supported by ten tanks, but the Germans in turn had half a dozen A7Vs to support their defence.
For Whom the Dice Rolls
I was keen to observe Graham's new Spanish Civil War rules in action. I've been following their development on his blog, but it isn't the same as seeing them played. I dropped in after the WW1 tank game to watch for a while.
Cleudo Baader Meinhof Wagen
A game in the best possible taste covering everyone's favourite Red Army Faction terrorists in the 1970s. This was essentially Cleudo, but instead of accusing Colonel Mustard in the conservatory, we chased our anarchist pals around 1970s West Germany as they attempted to expose the Third Reich fascist continuity at the heart of the Bundesrepublik.