Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Triples report – part 2 – Rollbahn Ost

The main ‘business’ of the weekend for me was running this year’s Wargame Developments game Rollbahn Ost.  The WD team – John A, Martin R, Jerry E, Nick M and myself – ran the game at least 17 times, with three players each time.
I designed RBO as a ‘one off’ game, as I’d noticed that the 70th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa (22 June 2011) fell on a Wednesday – the night the Sheffield club meets.
We played it a couple of times on that date, and it was suggested that I take the game to Wargame Developments’ Conference of Wargamers last July.  I did so, and having planned to run it two or possibly three times, ended up running it no fewer than eight times!  As we needed a ‘show’ game for Triples and The Other Partizan this year, I redesigned the game to make it more presentable.
At Triples RBO was very well received and we had a lot of nice comments from players – several of them other game designers.
The game ‘rules’ will appear in full in a forthcoming issue of Nugget – the journal of Wargame Developments.
Your correspondent running the game on Sunday morning
The game setup
The table setup
Martin (right) runs the game while Jerry (in the stylish orange fleece) looks on
Could that be Wg Cdr Luddite making a poor job of hiding behind the flipchart stand?
Jerry runs the game


Pete. said...

I definitely had fun playing it through- regardless of how abysmally I did.



Tim Gow said...

Unlike the real thing, taking part is quite fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

I am looking forward to seeing the rules for this as I reckon it will make a great club night game.

My only question - is the wearing of an orange fleece obligatory?

All the best,

Army Group South

Tim Gow said...

David Crook
Orange fleece wearing is entirely optional - and frankly not recommended.

Chris Kemp said...

There seems to be a lamentable lack of ties and polished shoes at wargames shows nowadays :O)