Saturday, June 6, 2009

Reading, Raiding, and 'Rithmatic

The Markgraaf has been pretty busy remodelling the basement (a.k.a. "The Mancave") and taking care of my brother. John's operations to repair his right wrist and left elbow went well. Some of the pins come out next week, and he's well on the road to full recovery.

So.....I was reading my copy of Brig. Grant's excellent booklet, "Raid On St. Michel", and I had one of those Eureka moments that happen so rarely. "Raid" is an excellent read, but it's kind of like eating a potato chip - it's tastes good, but one is not enough. Then I got to thinking (generally others can tell I am thinking by the burning smell that would remind one of cobwebs and old sawdust going up in smoke.) "Hey! Wait a minute! I've got 'Scenario's For Wargames', 'Programmed Scenarios', and 'Scenario's For All Ages' around here! Now that I've got a framework for minicampaigns, I'm only limited by my own imagination! Let the evil laughter and creepy organ music begin!"

Anyway, so now I'm pouring through the books; linking scenarios, and calculating how many troops would be needed for both sides. The results of these mental gymnastics have been put into a notebook. And on that glorious day when the "Mancave" opens for business, I'll have a narrative that will be worthy of those wargamers that have inspired me. Looking forward to the good times.


Bluebear Jeff said...


While I'm planning on doing "Raid" when I have enough painted troops for it, I'd love to have more such 'connected' scenarios.

Please share with us the names of the scenarios that you come up with as linking. I have both of the books that you mention, of course . . . as well as the BATTLEGAMES book (and his "Scenarios for All Ages").

-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

I have all of those except Raid (it's on my list of items to purchase, maybe for my birthday later this year...), too. So I would be interested to see how you do this as well.