Sunday was a shorter day than Saturday, and the weather was considerably worse, but as we were mainly doing sessions inside, that wasn't a particular problem. I did manage a walk to Knuston to get some fresh air first thing and after another vast breakfast, it was time to get going again.
War Plan Red
First up was Marks ambitious game covering a fictitious UK-US conflict in the 1920s. I was on the good guys team, taking on the perfidious colonials who'd had the temerity to sink one of our destroyers! Something about violating coastal waters. Bah, we will soon show them.
That was a lot of fun, but I was never quite sure if Mark intended us to end up fighting Trafalger in the North Atlantic or not. It was a good run through to get a hang of of the command, mobilisation, search, movement and surface combat mechanisms, just a shame we didn't get much air action.
Mark had brought along a copy of Memoir 44 as he'd never played it before, and Mike and I volunteered to run a couple of sessions. I've really missed playing the CnC games as they don't work well over Zoom, so I was looking forward to this. I know you can play them online but it really isn't the same and doesn't incorporate my mods or an opportunity to use toys and Hexon. If I'm going ot play computer games, I'd rather play on my Xbox.
Changing Horses - the reality
After Sunday lunch, John put on a talk/discussion session picking up on the themes covered in the plenary game. How exactly does a small country extricate itself from an unwinnable situation, and how to individuals deal with some of the moral compromises which may be required?
This was very interesting and thought provoking, and the discussion ranged across the varied experience of the Axis powers in particular. It also touched on some of the issues raised in the previous days Baader Meinhof game of individual and collective responsibility, and acknowledgement of the mistakes of the past.
Great stuff and an excellent way to end the weekend.
Well, what can I say. What a great weekend. It was fabulous to see so many old friends face to face, play some thought provoking games but also to have a laugh. My particular thanks go to Bob, Tim and John for organising it so well, but particularly the staff at Knuston Hall who were so well organised and with such slick processes in place to keep us safe and well fed.