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Posted by Matt Schultheis - December 18th, 2010

Romans vs. Germans Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - September 25th, 2017

Photographs from our recent Romans vs. Germans game are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to Tony for taking the pictures.

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Lutzen Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - August 28th, 2017

Photographs from our recently completed Lutzen game are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to Dave for taking the pictures.

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Brandy Station Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - August 28th, 2017

Photographs from our recently completed Brandy Station game are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to Dave for taking the pictures.

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Sangin Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - August 24th, 2017

Photographs from our recently completed Sangin game are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to John for taking the pictures.

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The Great Italian Wars Campaign

Posted by Matt Schultheis - July 29th, 2017

We’d like to offer to the NJMS members a new campaign, THE GREAT ITALIAN WARS, maybe not the usual game. While the intent is to create tabletop miniatures games, the campaign will be an e-mail game involving diplomacy, intrigue and assassinations.

Set in the era of the Renaissance of Machiavelli, Henry VIII, the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, all your favorites are here! A good number of rules are added to Machiavelli to try to put the player in the role of leader of the Country or State. While taking and holding real estate from your neighbors, just about as important is how you and your country are perceived by the rest of the world. The highest Prestige might determine who will win.

Initially we’d like to get input on four questions,

1. Who is interested in playing?

There will be space for 8 major players: FLORENCE, VENICE, MILAN, PAPAL STATES, OTTOMAN TURKS, IMPERIAL (Holy Roman Empire), HUNGARY and of course, FRANCE.

Additionally, if there is demand, we could include 4 additional smaller states, GENOA, SIENNA, SAVOY and FERRARA & MODENA.

To assist in deciding if you’d like to play and which country would interest you, all of the files have already been posted to the NJMS FaceBook Page and may be downloaded now. Please let me know ASAP if you’d like to play and which country.

2. Could you attend a training session that will be scheduled to familiarize the players with the tabletop rules, BIG GUSTAVUS?

Looking to have this scheduled for SEP 9th, the week after Labor Day at my place, starting at 10 AM.

For those who may have played these rules before, this training game will demonstrate the differences in the early period covered by the rules. First thing will be, where did all the muskets go??? This period is still pikes, arquebus, and heavily armored knights. The game will be core armies of Florence vs. Milan, representative of the Italian States armies. The rules are pretty fast moving, and should finish in about 2 hours.

The campaign game materials may be different to what you might be used to, so I’d like to keep some time after the training session for any questions you might have.

This would serve to clarify as much as possible all aspects of the campaign. Also be a good time to start the diplomacy side of the game.

3. To obtain the Machiavelli rules, it will be necessary for the players to first register and join the BOARDGAME GEEKS website. https://boardgamegeek.com/. This doesn’t cost anything, and is a great site that would interest any wargamer. The Rules download https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/99949/ah-machiavelli-rulebook-2nd-ed-1983 also has charts and map included in the ruleset.

John Greer will serve as Game Master, assisted by Rich Kane as tabletop RULES MARSHAL, and assisting in other Game Master tasks.

We’d like to get this started as soon as possible.

Other Files:
THE GREAT ITALIAN WARS BANNERS v 1.3

THE GREAT ITALIAN WARS v1.3

XI. PLAYER ARMY ORDERS OF BATTLE 1.3

VIII. PRESTIGE RECORD SHEET 1.3

VII. PROVINCE SUMMARY 1.3

VI. MERCENARY MANIFEST 1.3

V. DIRECTORY OF CARDINALS 1.3

IV. LEADERS DIRECTORY 1.3

III. MILITARY INNOVATIONS

II. ARMY COMPOSITIONS 1.3

I. RANDOM EVENT CARDS MANIFEST 1.3

Marlborough Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - February 22nd, 2016

Photographs from our recently completed War of Spanish Succession game are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to Dave for providing the pictures.

Corunna Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - February 15th, 2016

Photographs from our recently started Battle of Corunna game are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to John for taking the pictures.

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After Action Report – IJN Supply Mission in the Blackett Strait & Kula Gulf

Posted by Matt Schultheis - December 9th, 2013

Armed with more definitive intelligence, the USN was able to pinpoint the IJN route to Kula Gulf, but there Intel deserted them – the actual destination of the IJN was unknown – was it to Kape Harbor on Kolombangara Isl., or Hathorn Sound to supply the Munda Pt. airfield? Commodore Shcwartz and Cpt. Kane chose to concentrate their force and head straight down the middle of the Gulf.

Adm Davazuki chose to split the IJN forces in order to deceive the IJN – he went with two DDs and the supply vessels SE along their course to Hathorn Sd. while Cpt. Scotamoto took two others N to Kape Harbor. On a critical turn, the USN detected a deception in the North force and stayed on course to what they were pretty certain was the convoy with DD escorts. The next turn the IJN attempted to continue the deception [not realizing that it wasn’t working] and ended the turn too far divided. As the USN closed in, they outnumbered the escorts 4-2 in DDs, and the other two IJN DDs were just a bit too far away to help.

A fortunate opening salvo from the Fletcher devestated the Akatsuki, and started a fire in the main magazine [doesn’t that always ALWAYS happen with naval games????], and on Turn 2 she exploded in flames seen back in Pearl Harbor as Adm Davazuki went “up with the ship”. The Akitsuki gave the USN lead Fletcher-class DDs solid hits and close calls with torpedoes. Unfortunately, Commodore Schultz also threaded the needle with torpedoes and scored hits on two transports, sinking one and damaging another [honestly, how many 1s and 2s CAN that guy roll???].

Meanwhile, as the IJN second force closed in, Cpt. Kane concentrated on the transports damaging their superstructures and their gun mounts. A lucky shot against his Fire Direction Center was quickly repaired thru “Yankee ingenuity” in his words. A few turns of indecisive salvos resulted in a bit more damage all around, but only one US DD was in serious shape. Damage control parties were unable to repair the bulkheads, and the O’Bannon began to list heavily.

Unfortunately, the arrival of the second IJN force couldn’t change the position advantage of the USN – they had blocked the route to Hathorn Sd., pinning the IJN against Arundal Isl, and the convoy turned back towards help with Cpt. Kane’s ships in hot pursuit.

At this point we called the game. The USN won a morale victory by earning more points in the surface battle and sinking crippling half the supply ships. The loss of the O’Bannon, a brand-new Fletcher-class DD eliminated any chance of a full strategic victory for a USN critically short of DD’s already. With most torpedoes spent, and the convoy in a bad position, it seemed that the IJN DDs would cut their losses and take off.

The IJN ended up losing two desperately needed DDs, including the brand-new Akatsuki and the venerable Akitsuki. The supply convoy was successfully intercepted with loss as well.

A good game with the victory going to the USN who outguessed the IJN and relied upon concentration of force for their results! I’ll try to run more of these games in January if not sooner, perhaps at 7th Dimension when there’s space.

-Alex

1777 Philadelphia Campaign Photos

Posted by Matt Schultheis - September 27th, 2013

Photographs from our recently completed 1777 Philadelphia Campaign are available to view in the photo section. Thanks to Tony for taking the pictures.

Report on the Battle of Milford Haven

Posted by Matt Schultheis - December 29th, 2010

Dateline: Milford Haven, Wales

January 27, 1475 A.D.

From the King’s Herald

The Cousin’s war had raged for twenty years. Richard Duke of York, Queen Margaret, Edward Prince of Wales, Henry the Sixth, Edward the Fourth, Edmund the First, and George Plantagenet had all perished leaving the crippled Duke of York Richard the last heir to the throne from the House of York.

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