Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A Warm Afternoon in the 1750s
A small classic set piece to give me a chance to both parade the troops and to let my son play a few moves. He has been showing some interest in "daddy's real games" so it's getting to be time to introduce slightly more complex rules. We set up this battle today and managed to get in a few turns before his attention moved off to other things.
We used Grant's rules and I let him measure and make the die rolls. He enjoyed calculating the artillery "sleeve" mechanism where figuring out the difference in two D6 rolls involved a lot of finger counting and such.
I'm pretty convinced that gaming helped me resist some of the more destructive aspects of high school when I was a teen, so I'm hoping it can give my son something similar. If not, at least it will give him a reason to blow a bit of that discretionary income he hopefully will have.
But I'm just happy that I will have a regular face-to-face opponent someday, and maybe, just maybe, it will become a splendid life-long hobby for him as it did me.
We did not have my good camera with us today so all these pics were taken with my phone...but at least we recorded it for posterity. I eventually finished the game solo, and it was a victory for the Konigreich der Bleiherzen despite a furious assault and determined end game charge by the Grand Duchess' Cuirassiers....for the Bleiherzeners, some small revenge for being disappointed in their recent attempt to capture the Grand Duchess' coach!