Roll Those Cross Sabers!
2015 was the poorest attended Battle Cry ever. I think the Saturday morning is a good slot for the least complex of the Richard Borg series of wargames, but maybe that 9AM start time is a little early after a week of tournaments. I’ll have to mull it over—perhaps some sort of Mulligan round earlier in the week. Feel free to write me if you have any thoughts.
The event was once again blessed with scenarios from designer Richard Borg. This year the semifinals and Final featured two new scenarios which no one, not even yours truly, had seen before. If you’d like a copy of these scenarios or the ones we used last year, send me an email at the below address.
We got to the single elimination portion of the tourney with only two 3-0 players. Your humble GM was one of them, but he ran up against three-time former champ Jeff Cornett in the quarterfinal and chose a poor time to lose his first game.
The first semifinal found Jeff playing the Confederates in the Camp Allegheny, West Virginia scenario against Mike Stanley. The Confederates were behind fieldworks, but the larger Federal forces had greater freedom of movement and were able to concentrate against the rebel right flank and garner five flags through a combination of eliminated units and occupied buildings and fieldworks. Mike’s victory once again put a CABS member in the Final (Mike’s no slouch at the gaming table, although he doesn’t get the pub some other CABS members get. Ahem.)
Meanwhile on the other side of the bracket, Joe Harrison, a veteran Command & Colors player, was trying his hand at Battle Cry for the first time in recent memory He had a perfect opponent in the first round to help get him through some of the rules—Aidan Powers, our young hero from two years ago (See the 2013 Battle Cry report). Unfortunately it wasn’t Aidan’s year and he was gone after two games (Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us). Meanwhile Joe got on a roll and made it through the other semi, beating William Kendrick five flags to two.
Joe & Mike met in the Final in the other new Richard Borg scenario, Mesilla, a battle which took place in New Mexico in July, 1861 and resulted in the establishment of the Confederate Arizona Territory. Unfortunately for Mike, the game did not model history and this time the Union forces prevailed. Joe attacked the more lightly defended Confederate right and won in relatively short order, although what looked like a runaway wound up being a tougher fight than anticipated when some good rebel die rolling knocked off a few union units and turned a rout into a very close Union victory, five flags to four.
Talking after the game, Mike and Joe realized that they had just played each other in a Command & Colors: Ancients game over the internet on Vassal, part of a ccancients.net tournament. They had been using screen names in that contest, and didn’t make the connection until their post-Battle Cry discussion. (Joe won the Ancients game, too. A gamer by any other name.)
(Thanks to Mike Stanley for his help with this report)