06 July 2010

Electorate of Zichenau and Grand Duchy of Stollen Poised for Battle. . .

Contact: Katrina-Bettina von Heffelfinger
Die Krankenstadt Tageblat
4 Schlossplatz
Krankenstadt
The Grand Duchy of Stollen


For Immediate Release:

ZICHENAUER AND STOLLENIAN TROOPS POISED FOR BATTLE
Opening Shots of Campaign Expected Shortly

Krankenstadt, Grand Duchy of Stollen, 06 July 1770 -- Correspondents for Die Krankenstadt Tageblat report that the Zichenauer and Stollenian armies, under General de Latte and General von Tschatchke respectively, have reached the Teodorstal Valley in southwestern Stollen where both are converging on the villages of Effibriest, Instetten, and the small outlying farm of Crampas.

Main Armies Not Yet in Position

While the main bodies of the Zichenauer and Stollenian forces are still moving up, de Latte and von Tschatchke each appear to have detached advance guards, to seize and hold two of the three built up areas on the field of battle until the main armies arrive on the field. Exact orders and troop dispositions remain unclear at the present time. However, local residents report sighting Zichennauer and Stollenian skirmishers along peripheral field pathways and lurking within the copses and underbrush that dot the Teodorstal Valley.

Coming Game to Be Solo Affair with Attention Paid to Generating Random Events

While correspondents report that that approaching game will be a solo affair, attention has been given to devising random event charts. It is intended that these will help produce some unexpected surprises on the tabletop given the solo nature of the planned game. Not only has a chart been drawn up to determine precisely where the respective Zichenauer and Stollenian forces will enter the table, but a second chart has been developed to determine tactical choices and general orders on the field. A third chart will also be used to generate a random event or two.

No D20s Will Be Used in the Playing of Teodorstal Valley Game

All dice rolls will be made using good old fashioned six-sided dice before play commences. Another sheet will be used to keep track of turns with each half-turn receiving a checkmark as completed. No decision has yet been made on whether the opposing commanders will roll for initiative at the start of each turn or not.


Battle of Teodorstal Valley Based on Recent Tabletop Teaser

Finally, the coming skirmish and subsequent battle, to be fought on a 6'x10' table, are based on the Tabletop Teaser, devised by C.S. Grant and C.M. Grant, featured in Battlegames #19. The teaser features a preliminary clash by small advance guards on Day #1, followed by the arrival of the main armies on Day#2. The Zichenauer and Stollenian forces have been adjusted to fit what is available to generals de Latte and von Tschatchke with regards to painted miniatures. While not a large affair, it is nevertheless anticipated that the coming action and battle will be as colorful a spectacle as any seen in the pages of Charge! The War Game, or more recent similar titles. Watch for early artists' renderings of the battlefield in later editions of Die Krankenstadt Tageblat.

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7 comments:

Capt Bill said...

Reich Duke Wilhelm von Beerstein has inducted Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II of Stollen into the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Tankard. Our roving Ambassador, Brigadier Graf Heinrich von Maltzmann will deliver our award and seek ways to assist you in this latest act of aggression...

Bluebear Jeff said...

I am certainly looking forward to seeing your "artists' renderings" of this coming encounter . . . and, of course, to reading the exciting accounts of the action.


-- Jeff

tradgardmastare said...

I look forward to the game very much...
Alan

A J said...

Hetzenberg awaits the clash, and wishes success to Stollenian arms!

Mosstrooper said...

Hussar !!! can't wait for battle report !

Paul Liddle said...

Bring it on!.

Fitz-Badger said...

Letter to the editor:
Looking forward to the coming reports on this affair.

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