Last week five players in our club sat down to play-test a new campaign system for Altar of Freedom. This game covered three weeks in May 1863, with Grant, Pemberton, and Johnston maneuvering between Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi. We put an additional twist on the game by making it a full double-blind. This meant the players would be maneuvering through the Mississippi woods blindly, relying on a GM for scouting reports. Communication between players was also restricted to written notes, delayed by a turn. I think the outcome of the campaign reminded us of one simple truth--fog of war rocks.
Time is working against Napoleon in his bid to complete the campaign by capturing both major Danube crossings. Will the Emperor attack in haste with piecemeal forces? Or might the Austrians view the long, snaking column of French troops as an invitation to make a forceful counter-attack?
With just a few days remaining in the campaign, the French have finally captured Ratisbon, one of their two objectives. But to replicate Napoleon's historical success, our French players would somehow need to also affect the capture of Landshut with only four days to go. The entire Austrian army stands in their way on the road to Landshut, setting the table for what should be the campaign's ultimate showdown. When and where will the epic battle happen?
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