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CLWG March 2017 Meeting – What you missed

3rd Red Army boards the train at CLWG March 2017

Today was the CLWG March 2017 meeting, with 11 people attending and two game design sessions. The first session was a tryout of the Siberia section of Bernie Ganley’s Russian Civil War megagame. The second was Andrew Hadley and Bruce Walton’s  In the Hands of the Many megagame tryout. See below for some pictures and a little offside report, more offside reports later.

Games at CLWG March 2017

Russian Civil War

We were trying out a stripped down and streamlined resource allocation system for Bernie’s forthcoming megagame. We had the Siberian end of the game. A long thin strip of railway from just West of the Urals all the way to the Pacific Coast. There were four factions represented, the Whites, Reds, Greens (some Cossacks and also a Right SR provisional government) and Blues (foreign interventionists, Czechs, Poles, Japanese and a French General).

8th Red Army captures Cheliabinsk in Russian Civil war tryout at CLWG March 2017 meeting (photo: James Kemp)

8th Red Army captures Cheliabinsk in Russian Civil war tryout at CLWG March 2017 meeting (photo: James Kemp)

3rd Red Army boards the train at CLWG March 2017

3rd Red Army boards the train at CLWG March 2017

Getting ready for the Russian Civil War tryout at CLWG March 2017 (photo: James Kemp)

Getting ready for the Russian Civil War tryout at CLWG March 2017 (photo: James Kemp)

Broadly the system seemed to work in producing a minimalist accounting system for resourcing our revolutionary armies (and the counter-revolutionary ones). More to follow on this, I wrote a longer offside report on the train home.

In the Hands of the Many

This was another megagame tryout, this time of the Pelopennesian War in ancient Greece. The CLWG March 2017 meeting wasn’t the first time we have tried some of the mechanisms for Andrew Hadley and Bruce Walton’s game. Although there have been previous reports of this game I hadn’t played it before, so it was all new to me. I ended up representing Oligarchy and playing a philosophical game. It sort of worked, and I gave Bruce some feedback on bits I thought could improve during the game.

The political philosophy 'spider' from the In the Hands of the Many tryout at CLWG March 2017 (photo: James Kemp)

The political philosophy ‘spider’ from the In the Hands of the Many tryout at CLWG March 2017 (photo: James Kemp)

Military map from the tryout of In the Hands of the Many at CLWG March 2017 (photo: James Kemp)

Military map from the tryout of In the Hands of the Many at CLWG March 2017 (photo: James Kemp)

Offside Reports

I need more offside reports (and onside reports) for the blog. So if you were one of the people at CLWG March 2017 meeting then please send your articles in!

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