Tuesday, April 25, 2023

An Update!

 Wow - it has been a long time since I updated my blog!   I don't know how that happened, other than, well, one gets busy and time goes by before you know it.

So, what have I been working on?

The biggest project is that I wrote a new set of rules and released them - Battle Command Musket to Rifle (1700-1900).   These were released in January 2023 and are available through the Piquet wargames website:   https://www.piquetwargames.com/product-page/battle-command-musket-to-rifle-1700-1900

I'll go into a lot more detail about these rules in future posts, but here is the summary:

Battle Command Musket to Rifle 1700-1900 introduces many more command decisions, while maintaining the fog of war through the use of a deck of sequence cards. The Action Matrix allows players to seize opportunities to emphasize specific actions, sometimes having to make a very hard decision on whether to use the card for only one Command group or to instead use the card for a much larger portion of the army. This allows players to get inside the command loop of the enemy and by the choices made, make the enemy face tough decisions of their own.


Armies with a better CiC will have opportunities for more flexibility and better choices than armies with lower rated CiCs. Battle Command is a fast, fun game that emphasizes command and fog of war more than any other game in the Field of Battle/Piquet stable of games. The decisions can be hard, but the rules are not.


Periods Covered
• War of Spanish Succession 1701-1714
• Great Northern War 1700-1721
• Jacobite Rebellion 1745-1746
• Seven Years War 1756-1763
• American War of Independence 1775-1783
• Napoleonic Wars 1799-1815
• Mexican-American War 1846-1848
• Anglo-Sikh Wars 1845-1846, 1848-1849
• Crimean War 1853-1856
• Franco-Austrian War 1859
• American Civil War 1861-1865
• Austro-Prussian War 1866
• Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871
• Russo-Turkish War 1877
• Anglo-Zulu War 1879
• Anglo-Sudan War 1881-1899

I've completed new armies, rebased everything to my new 2 stand per unit standard, completed major portions of other armies, completed playtesting and development of a new WW2 game we'll be publishing....and other stuff as well.

I'll post more details with photos of the new armies, units, games, etc.

There has been loss in our group and at home over this time period.  Terry Shockey passed away, which effected us all.   Terry was a sweet man that loved wargaming and all that went with it.   We miss him very much.    My wife Lisa and I lost our Jack Russell terrier, Toby, to cancer in March.   That was a hard loss as Toby was intertwined in our lives.   He was also a constant presence at our games, always finding an open chair to hop up onto so that he could survey the tabletop.   

We had planned on waiting to get a new pup, but an opportunity presented itself to get a new 8 week old Jack Russell Terrier.  A 10 hour drive to the breeder and we met our new puppy.

World - this is Henry!

Henry is a curious, loving shorty Jack.  He's so very smart....which gets him into problems at times!  I'm sure you'll be seeing more photos of Henry as he gets initiated into game days.

Speaking of game days, our next group game day is in about 2 1/2 weeks, period yet to be determined.  I'll make sure to post photos.

That's all for now.   More to follow!