Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kabienttskriege era board game

"Warfare in the Ancien Regime" playtest board
Dear Reader,

Today I wanted to show you guys a bit of what I've been working on over the past few months. While the majority of my time is spent feverishly writing my MA Thesis, and preparing for comprehensive exams, I've been working on something else a little too.

The picture you see above is a early development hand drawn board of what will (hopefully) someday turn into a board game. It is being produced under the working title of, "Warfare in the Ancien Regime," and is supposed to replicate warfare in Europe between 1648 and 1789.

"Warfare in the Ancien Regime," is designed to provide players with the challenges facing national leaders in the Kabinettskriege era. With limited financial and military resources, you must carefully plan your wars and national budget, lest the peasants grow too unhappy!

It is a grand strategy war-game, designed for between 2 and 9 players, although solo play is possible. Each player takes control of both the army and navy of an Kabinettskriege era state, and attempts to achieve their objectives before the oncoming of the Revolution. Numbers, generalship, and military infrastructure all factor into the battles. Once an enemy army is driven from a particular province, the player must attempt to siege the fortification of the province, to fully secure it.

"Warfare in the Ancien Regime," is a turn based game, with each turn divided into four phases, or seasons. Winter is the time for building fresh armies and fleets, or disbanding superfluous military strength. Spring is the season for launching new offensives, and armies gain movement to represent the long strategic planning of the winter months. Summer is the time to consolidate and defend the holdings gained in Spring, while Autumn is the time of returning to winter quarters, to ensure that military costs will not be to great!

The game also features random events, which may delay or hasten the oncoming of the Revolution, such as, "Marie Antoinette says, 'let them eat cake,'" or Thomas Paine authoring the Rights of Man.

At this point, I have playtested the game 7 times with people in various environments. All seem to have enjoyed it, and we are currently in the process of attempting to create a balanced system, regardless of the number of players or choice of nation.

This is the last that you will hear about this boardgame on Kabinettskreige, which is designed to be a historical blog, but feel free to check out the progress on Warfare in the Ancien Regime, a blog dedicated to promoting this game.

Thanks for Reading,

Alex Burns


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