Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Elite Dangerous launching

Today, December 16, 2014, is the first day of Elite Dangerous 1.0. See the official Trailer (best in full screen mode) and enjoy!

The galaxy is waiting!

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Friday, 5 December 2014

The combat of Dessau(I)

The combat of Dessau has begun. See below the first moments of the fight.

The 10e Hussards Regiment charges the Cossack screen
The first Prussian reinforcements arrive, escorting the baggage train
The Cossacks fall back and the 1st Kurkmark Landwehr Cavalry Regiment charges the Baden Dragoons 
The Baden Dragoons routs the Prussians (is a French turn)
The 10th French Hussars join to the Baden Dragoon to pursuit the routed 1st Kurkmark Landwehr Cavalry
... but the Prussians evade by falling back to the cemetery
Part of the Prussian reinforcements (Schoon's cavalry) runs to the center, while the rest (Kroos's Reserve) escorts the artillery and baggage train
The Delmas's 9th División arrives in forcé in front of Polnitz
Watch this space!

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Thiessen. The full report

I have uploaded the full Scenario and the After Action Report (AAR) of the combat of Thiessen (September 4, 1813), finished with a French marginal victory of the Bertrand's Italo-Wurttemberg forces over the Bulow's Prussian Army of Silesia. According to Lasalle rule-set, the battle finished in a similar way to the real life, when the Prussians reached their Morale Break level and  failed the subsequent test.

You can watch the development of the battle by following the instructions to use the visor.

Next thing, the combat of Dessau, in the previous days to the battle of Lepzig!

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Visiting Sol in Elite Dangerous

The launching of Elite Dangerous is scheduled on 16 december and meanwhile the proccess of design and testing continues.
You can see below a view of Galileo station orbiting Mars

and a view of ALKAID the home star of ALKAID EDICIONES

Right on, Commander!

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Cossacks and their reaction to enemy fire in Lasalle

One of the main advantages of solo playing, is that you can change the rules if they do not work. During the play of the Dessau Scenario for Lasalle, I found an anomalous situation: a sort of stalemate between a Cossack screen and some advancing French infantry units. However, this is not a bug or hole in the Lasalle ruleset, but a situation derived from my home-rule about Cossacks. Lasalle does not reserve almost any role for these irregular cavalry units (they can not charge regular units ) and in the section about the Russian Army, Sam Mustafa says:
"Orders of battle for Russian armies frequently list numerous Cossack regiments, sometimes brigaded with other cavalry, or often attached to a corps cavalry structure in some way. To what degree this was theoretical remains uncertain. The Cossacks may have been present, but most likely did not participate in much formal combat. Nonetheless, I know better than to design a Napoleonic game without letting the Russian player have his Cossacks!"

I love Cossacks, so my home rule about irregular cavalry units is addressed to overcome that problem, allowing these oportunistic horsemen of the steppe to charge regular units in some situations. However, the presence of Cossacks in the battlefield, can lead to some absurd collateral situations, such the one described above. But irregular cavalry units, like the Cossacks, Kalmuks etc., usually do not stand in front of enemy fire. and many memories of the time, talked about the Cossacks being dispersed after some volleys. Therefore, I have been forced to introduce a new home rule to take into acount

Irregular cavalry units facing fire
When an irregular cavalry unit suffers a casualty from enemy fire (infantry or artillery), it immediately undergoes a Discipline Test with a -2 modifier. If it passes (i.e. it rolls a six), then it may remain in position facing the fire. If it fails, it must immediately make a fall back movement, running for a distance 2D6 BW away from the enemy.

I expect to test this rule in the Dessau scenario.
Watch this space!

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dessau for Lasalle. The deployment

The forces are on the table and ready for the fight for the Dessau bridges.

The French advance-guard is approaching to the Prussian rearguard
The Reserve and Landwehr forces of the Prussian rearguard  deployed before Polnitz
The Landwher forces near Jonitz, watching the main bridge over the Mulde River
Dessau for Lasalle is a Scenary heavily randomised for the arrival of reinforcements so ...watch this space!

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Elite Dangerous. Beta 3 launchig

Frontier Developments follows its planned launchig Schedule for Elite Dangerous, and the beta 3 version has been released at October 28.
The upgrade includes more stars and the introduction of minig as a new activity in addition to the more usual of trader, pirate, mercenary and discoverer.
You can see below some screen-shots of my last activities in the Elite Universe.

A Coriolis station
A police spaceship watching near an orbital
Landing into a rich and luxurious spacial station
A new model spatial station
Right on, commander!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Dessau for Lasalle. The final terrain

This time there are only small differences between the schematic table map and the final look of the table map.
Below you can see the Scenario map and three pictures showing the table from different points of view.

Next time, the battle!

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

150,000 visitors!

Today, this blog has reached the 150,000 visitors!
We started in April 16, 2007, reaching the first 50,000 in July 13, 2010 and the 100,000 in May 29, 2012.

He (or she) come from Italy. Now for the 200,000!

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