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180 10/8/2018 9:37:00 PM 1756 Late Season France End Turn Deck was reshuffled.

179 10/8/2018 9:36:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message Also, you had two Massachusetts Provincial regiments to move back to Albany with Murray, not just one.


178 10/8/2018 9:23:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message The move file you sent me states (and shows) that you are building the stockade in Canajoharie, which is now unoccupied. I assume that it was your intention to place it in Oneida Carry East to provide winter shelter for your troops there, as stated in the Game Log, and will make that adjustment in the Game File.

177 10/8/2018 9:47:00 AM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #9: 1 / Fieldworks
Play before Battle if you have Drilled Troops. If defending, place marker--attacker shifts 1 column left. If attacking, remove defender's marker. (Marker also removed anytime owner chooses or if attackers win.)

Message from Britain:
Activating Murray and Force in Hudson Carry North. Murray and the following regiments move south, returning to Albany for winter quarters.
45th Warburton's, 2 New York Provincials and 1 Mass Provincials.
176 10/8/2018 9:40:00 AM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #16: 1 / George Croghan
British frontier trader provides scouts.
Play after activating a Drilled Troops unit or a force that includes Drilled
Troops.
The unit or force does not have to stop after passing through Wilderness
spaces.


Message from Britain:
Johnson orders the building of a Stockade in Oneida Carry East
175 10/8/2018 9:39:00 AM 1756 Late Season Britain Message 3 Regulars restored to full stregnth in Hudson Carry North
174 10/8/2018 9:38:00 AM 1756 Late Season Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from Britain:

173 10/8/2018 9:38:00 AM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #48: 3 / Victories in Germany
Play after 1755. French may not play after Quiberon or if Quebec is British controlled. Roll a die and restore to full strength that number of reduced Regular or Light Infantry units.

Message from Britain:
Darn Surrender card. I did not see that coming. Johnson was hoping to get an Iroquois Alliance and/or Mohawk Alliance starting the next year...brrrrr....
Rolling to restore some of the Regulars in Hudson Carry North.
172 10/7/2018 8:28:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #6: 3 / Surrender!
Play in place of a roll on the Siege Table. At Louisbourg, you must already have Siege 1 or 2. Capture the fort or fortess intact. Enemy player places defenders at his closest unbesieged fortification.

NOTE: The deck will be reshuffled before next turn's cards are dealt.

Message from France:
I'll play this for the Ops points, and use it to activate Montcalm, who will move as follows:

- Leave the Marin CdB to serve as the wintertime garrison for Fort Carillon.

Montcalm will then use boat movement to move with Levis and the balance of his forces (3x3-4, 3x2-4, 1x0-4, 1x1-6 Indian, & 2x0-6 CdBs) back up the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River-St. Lawrence corridor to Quebec, where he goes into winter quarters.
171 10/6/2018 2:33:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message So sorry, the last card was played as an Operations..
170 10/6/2018 2:33:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #15: 1 / Lake Schooner
Play when enemy moves into friendly fortification space along lake connection (Ontario or Erie shore, or anywhere from Ile-aux-Noix to Hudson Carry North). Enemy stops in the previously occupied space.

Message from Britain:
The first snow flakes start coming down in Canajoharie. Wind in their faces, Johnson and his two regiments slowly move west along the Mohawk River Valley to stop in Oneida Carry East where it is believed Johnson will setup winter quarters.

I just got Liberty or death a couple of weeks ago, and I have been itching to try it. Ive gone thru the tutorial and playthrough and it looks really amazing. Are you familiar with it?
169 10/6/2018 12:59:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message The Indians would just as soon stay home and await the coming of winter.

I'll restore an Abernaki and Caughnawaga unit, and bring in a new Potowatomi in Pays d'en Haut.

168 10/6/2018 12:44:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from France:
Rolling to determine if more Indians will join the French cause.


167 10/6/2018 12:44:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Event #24: 2 / Northern Indian
Play if you control Montreal. Place BLUE or--if you have a fort at Niagara-- BLUE/ORANGE Indian units totalling half a die roll (rounded up), or a full roll if French VP >4. Place units at their settlements. For every 1 you could place, you may instead restore 2 to full.

Message from France:
I'll play this for the Event.
166 9/30/2018 1:30:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message Dunbar moved to Shepperd~s Ferry and Stockades in Woodstock and Augusta are demolished by the British.
I am sending the VLOG file now
165 9/30/2018 1:21:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #52: 1 / Call Out Militias
Place 1 Militia unit into a Militia Box or restore 2 to full strength.

Message from Britain:
Hi Jefferson, Indeed Fort Cumberland is a little further upstream on the Potomac. That would make an interesting expedition on bike from Buffalo down the susquehana and then the potomac upriver...

Winter is approaching and upon learning of the defeat in Ticonderoga, local citizens of the general Albany surrounding region stock up on ammunition in preparation for possible Native and French Raids.
164 9/28/2018 12:11:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message Actually, I have to correct myself. The fort at Will's Creek was Fort Cumberland, not Fort Frederick. According to its Wikipedia entry (link below), though, Fort Cumberland was merely a wooden palisaded fort, not stone like Fort Frederick. Thus, it seems that in game terms, it shouldn't be more than a stockade.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Cumberland_(Maryland)


163 9/26/2018 11:22:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message Wikipedia has an interesting article as well, which indicates that this fort wasn't actually built until 1756-57, so the designer slept by having this fort complete when the 1755 scenario begins.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Frederick_State_Park

162 9/26/2018 11:17:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message For a look at what you destroyed in Will's Creek, check out these links:

http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/fortfrederick.aspx

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41006-d2301462-Reviews-Fort_Frederick_State_Park-Big_Pool_Maryland.html [with 84 photos!]

TripAdvisor rates Fort Frederick as being the # 1 attraction (of two) in the town of Big Pool, Maryland! Woo hoo!

161 9/26/2018 11:08:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message I'm still dropping the ball on the VPs, because I forgot about your destruction of Fort Frederick at Will's Creek (which, as you noted in Post 148, gives +1 VP to the French). So the total does now stand at FR8. Here's a corrected version of the calculation:

Post 115: reached FR4.

Post 144 (Battle of LRN/Braddock Ambush): up +1 to FR5.

Post 148: British destruction of Fort Frederick at Will's Creek (+1 VP for French, moving total to FR6).

Posts 152-53 (British repulse at Carillon): French up +1 to FR7.

And now capture of the Winchester stockade, +1 VP, which brings us to FR8.

It's too bad this game doesn't have a VP counter, like "Thirty Years War" and "Virgin Queen" do.


160 9/25/2018 11:37:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message Yes, as I now re-read that rule, I believe you have parsed it accurately. There is only one bullet point where it indicates a column can continue, and it isn't the one I was relying on here.

Thus, I will stop in Winchester, and leave the fort intact (but switched to the French side, of course). Woodstock survives until another turn.

I will send you a corrected game file, which will also correct the VPs. These now stand at FR7.

159 9/25/2018 9:04:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message Hi Jeff, I did not see that coming! Silly of me. Despite this surprise according to 6.51, "A unit or force using any kind of movement to enter a space occupied by unbesieged enemy units or fortifications must stop and take the appropriate action as listed below:"
Thus Winchester would be the final stop of the force, reverting Woodstock to British Stockade.
Please let me know if you agree with my understanding that the force can only capture one stockade in this action phase, and if so, would you like to Capture or destroy Winchester?
158 9/24/2018 12:04:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message Oops, I got a little confused about the VP count there. It now stands at FR8. I believe it has advanced as follows:

Post 115: reached FR4.

Post 144 (Battle of LRN/Braddock Ambush): up +1 to FR5 (I forgot to note this in the log).

Posts 152-53 (British repulse at Carillon): up +1 to FR6.

And now +2 VPs, which brings us to FR8, rather than FR9.

157 9/23/2018 11:45:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message With Braddock understandably deciding to stand on the defensive in Carlisle at the western edge of the settled area of Pennsylvania, Dumas swings his force south down the valleys of the Alleghenies and next appears before the smoking ruins of the fort at Will's Creek (today's Frederick, Maryland), where Dunbar and a small group of officers are overseeing the last of the destruction. Upon the approach of Dumas's little army, they mount their horses and gallop away to . . . (remains to be determined by you, per Rules 7.64 & 7.91), but we suspect down the Potomac River road towards Shepherd's Ferry, whence they can hope to either reach Braddock at Carlisle or just continue on down the river to Alexandria).

Dumas and his force camp briefly next to the ruins of Fort Frederick at Will's Creek, then cross the Potomac and head south into the upper reaches of the Shenandoah Valley. Their objection now is Winchester, the northern end of the fort line the British and colonials have constructed to protect the Virginia frontier.

With the leaves beginning to turn color at the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge, Dumas's force reaches Winchester, where the stockade falls without resistance (the Virginia Provincials being in Carlisle and the Militia not deploying in the face of French Regular troops [Rule 6.51, third bullet point]). He allows the Shawnees and the CdBs to loot the town and surrounding farmsteads, whose inhabitants all fled east across the mountains on hearing of his approach, while his Marines burn the stockade to the ground.

That accomplished, Dumas then leads his small army further down the valley to Woodstock, where he finds another now-abandoned colonial stockade. This time, however, he does not burn it, but raises the fleur-de-lis flag of the French king from its flagpole, and pauses to give his exhausted troops a well-deserved rest.

The fall of the colonial stockades at Winchester and Woodstock nets the French another 2 VPs, raising the total from FR7 to FR9.

156 9/23/2018 3:56:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message Braddock does not attempt to intercept. Will Beaujais and Dumas move further?

The losses from the Ticonderoga battle are the following:

* 3-4 45th Warburton's in Ticonderoga reduced.
* 3-4 40th Hopson's in Ticonderoga reduced.
* 3-4 90th in Ticonderoga reduced.
* 2-4 New York Provincials in Ticonderoga reduced.
* 2-4 New York Provincials in Ticonderoga reduced.
155 9/23/2018 12:06:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #10: 1 / Fieldworks
Play before Battle if you have Drilled Troops. If defending, place marker--attacker shifts 1 column left. If attacking, remove defender's marker. (Marker also removed anytime owner chooses or if attackers win.)

Message from France:
I'll play this to activate Dumas, who will lead another heterogeneous French force consisting of Beaujeu, the 1-4 Marine, the 1-6 Langlade CdB, and the 2 x 1-6 Shawnee Indians down the eastern slopes of Laurel Ridge North, where their initial destination is the wilderness community of Raystown.

You have the option to intercept an interception with Braddock and his regiment of Virginia Provincials, who are now (pending the arrival of reinforcements) the sole guardians of the colonial western frontier.

154 9/23/2018 11:37:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message Definitely worth the gamble, and the result was a very near-run thing. I will reduce the following units to satisfy my losses:

1 - La Reine
2 - Repentigny CdB
3 - Royal Roussillon
4 - Lery CdB
5 - Marine

Not the least aspect of Montcalm's skill in command was his ability to effectively weld together such a remarkably diverse command, the likes of which was certainly never seen by him in European combat!

Please identify your losses so that we have a complete record. Also, as noted in an email I just sent, I believe you inadvertently sent me the wrong move file.

153 9/22/2018 12:23:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message It is almost fall, rain slowed the march to Ticonderoga , and having been notified of the British movement, Montcalm outsmarted Abercromby and succesfully held his troops organized to fend off the British attempt at breaking their defensive lines. Both Sides lose 5 strength. The French win a VP and the British retreat back to Hudson Carry North feeling bitter that victory was almost at grasp had it not been for Montcalm's excellent leadership.
152 9/22/2018 12:16:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from Britain:
The French at strength 21, have a +2 for Montcalm leading
151 9/22/2018 12:15:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Britain:
The British at 23 Strength roll first with a -1 penalty for not having Auxiliaries with them.
150 9/22/2018 12:11:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #4: 3 / Campaign
Activate any two leaders and their forces. Select them, then complete all actions by one before the other. No one may move more than once. Both may naval move.

Message from Britain:
1. Johnson and the 35th Otway's leave Schenectady and arrive in Canajoharie where the Rhode Islander Provincials greet them with relief that reinforcements have arrived

2-Abercromby and Murray and all Troops after having trained over the last few weeks for battle in Hudson carry North; take the initiative hoping to gain favorable terrain and march north to Ticonderoga and attempt to engage Montcalm and Levis into Battle.
149 9/16/2018 11:47:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #38: 2 / Provincial Regiments
For each Raided marker within the Northern and Southern Departments, the French player eliminates one unbesieged Provincial unit belonging to that Department.

Message from France:
I'll use this to build stockades at Laurel Ridge North and Naioure Bay.
148 9/9/2018 1:35:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message The Fort in Will's creek is demolished, another VP for France who now have 6.
147 9/9/2018 1:32:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #27: 2 / Western Indian
Play if you have fort at Ohio Forks. Place ORANGE or--if you have a fort at Niagara-- BLUE/ORANGE Indian units totalling half a die roll (rounded up), or a full roll if French VP >4. Place units at their settlements. For every 1 you could place, you may instead restore 2 to full.

Message from Britain:
Well done! I admit I did not foresee the surprise sneak attack! :-) I suppose I am a little out of proactice,
Activating Braddock in Raystown and his left over Provincial Unit and moving south to Carlisle.
146 9/6/2018 11:26:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #54: 2 / Light Infantry
Place 2 Light Infantry units and a leader, if available, at any fortresses.

Message from France:
I'll use this for Operations, as follows:

1. The two Shawnee Indian units at Logstown will move to Laurel Ridge North (perhaps this was the rumored movement that triggered panic among the retreating British and Colonial troops?).

2. The Langlade CdB at Venango will also move to Laurel Ridge North, perhaps making camp at the future site of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater as it does so.
145 9/6/2018 1:05:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message The draconian result here was produced by Rule 7.92, fifth bullet point, which provides that "Drilled troops must retreat to a cultivated space or a friendly fortification," or they are eliminated.

Several things broke against you here -- that my interception attempt succeeded; that I had the Ambush! card; and of course, the battle die rolls (although your troops did conduct themselves well in the initial combat, under the circumstances).

As Forbes's slow, painstaking advance across Pennsylvania in his 1758 campaign against Fort Duquesne shows, there are limits to how quickly you can push an advance through the wilderness, especially with a column lacking any Light Troops or auxiliaries.

I will make my next move tomorrow night, then get you a combined move file.

144 9/6/2018 12:58:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message Both survive.

The French caused the higher number of step losses (3 vs. 2), so they win the Battle of Laurel Ridge North.

Because the British included Regular troops, the French earn 1 VP, which increases their VP total from FR4 to FR5.

The surviving British and their Provincial allies must retreat back to Raystown. But now things go badly awry. The retreat turns into a chaotic, disorganized rout as false rumors spread that savage Indians are converging upon the defeated column from all sides! As panic infects the remaining British and Colonial troops, they abandon the rough, narrow trail back to Raystown and attempt to flee through the woods.

Many become hopelessly lost and discouraged and wind up surrendering, Sergeant York style, to far smaller bodies of pursuing French Marines and Coureurs.
The triumphant French march them back to what soon becomes a very large British/Colonial P.O.W. camp by the banks of the Monongahela.

Others from the defeated column manage to reach isolated Pennsylvania farmsteads along the furthest limit of the frontier. Their enthusiasm for the war now totally gone, they frequently choose to dispose of their uniforms, desert, and fade back into the civilian population. The surviving Marylanders, in particular, just keep going through the first Pennsylvania communities they encounter and move on as directly as possible towards their homes.

Only a crestfallen Braddock and his staff turn up outside the camp of the Virginia provincials at Raystown some days later.


143 9/6/2018 12:36:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

5
4


Message from France:
Leader Loss rolls:

Beaujeu
Dumas



142 9/6/2018 12:36:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message But the British and Provincial Regulars, despite their surprise and the difficult terrain, give a good account of themselves!

That's reduced to a 5 by the -1 DRM, which results in 2 step losses for the French. But the natural roll of 6 requires both French leaders to roll for possible leader loss.


141 9/6/2018 12:32:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

6


Message from France:
The French ambush is successful, resulting in three step losses for the British.

Because all units must be reduced before any unit is eliminated, and all of your units are Drilled Troops, each of them must be reduced 1 step. This reduces your strength to 5, so the British will roll on the 4-5 column.


140 9/6/2018 12:27:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from France:
The French are doubled to 6, and fire first. They have a +1 DRM for Dumas's Tactical Rating. The British suffer a -1 DRM because I have auxiliaries and you don't.

French:

139 9/6/2018 12:14:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Event #12: 1 / Ambush!
Play before Battle in Wilderness or Mountain if you have Auxiliaries. May not be played if enemy has Fort, Light Infantry, or more Auxiliary units than you. Fire first, double strength (before any column shifts), unless enemy also ambushes.

Message from France:
I'll play this as a combat card. The only card with which you could respond is the other Ambush! card, which is in the discard pile.

138 9/6/2018 12:13:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Message I should have indicated the commander -- let's say Dumas -- but since both of them have a tactical rating of 1, it wouldn't have mattered.

A 3 with a 1 Tactical Rating is sufficient for the interception to succeed.

We proceed to battle, with me as the defender.

137 9/6/2018 12:10:00 AM 1756 Late Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

3


Message from France:
I will attempt to intercept your move into Laurel Ridge North with Beaujeu, Dumas, and the two 1-4s and the 1-6 CdB at Ohio Forks.

136 9/3/2018 11:10:00 AM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #39: 2 / Stingy Provincial
May not be played if British Assemblies Enthusiastic. Choose either the Northern or Southern Department and the British player must eliminate 1 of its Provincial units.

Message from Britain:
Hi Jefferson,
I was away on a camping trip for most of August and just realized I did not inform you of it. :-(
I am back and feeling better and will be resuming work and everything else I am involved with and in.

I am activating Braddock in Will's Creek and him and his troops are moving North East to Raystown and then to Laurel Ridge North. A southern Provincial is dropped in Raystown.
135 8/6/2018 10:48:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message I'm afraid my brain is still mush after the end of my trial last week. That should have been, "The fort counter is flipped to its completed side."

134 8/6/2018 10:34:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #19: 1 / Amphibious Landing
Play after naval move along Amphib arrow. May not be played same year after Louisbourg Squadrons. The unit or force may land in a French-occupied or -controlled space (place Amphib marker).

Message from France:
I'll play this for Ops and use it for Fort Construction. The French engineers finish their work on Fort Carillon, known by the British (for reasons that pass understanding) by the ungainly and inelegant name of Ticonderoga. The unfinished fort counter is flipped to its reduced side.
133 8/5/2018 1:49:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #50: 1 / Call Out Militias
Place 1 Militia unit into a Militia Box or restore 2 to full strength.

Message from Britain:
New England towns muster up new local militias.
132 7/27/2018 5:53:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message I am very happy to see you're back, and I hope everything is OK with you. If so, I look forward to resuming our game, with its vivid narrative of events.

131 7/26/2018 4:25:00 PM 1756 Late Season Britain Message I am back!
130 6/6/2018 11:36:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Play Strategy card as Event #2: 3 / Campaign
Activate any two leaders and their forces. Select them, then complete all actions by one before the other. No one may move more than once. Both may naval move.

Message from France:
Subject to making sure that our maps are in agreement as to the placement of your forces, I will move as follows.

I'll play this for the event, using it to activate Montcalm and Villiers.

A. Montcalm moves with Levis and his entire force (except Vaudreuil, who remains behind at Crown Point) to Carillon/Ticonderoga.

B. Villers moves from Oswegatchie to Quebec to take command of the two newly arrived regiments there.

129 6/6/2018 10:27:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message Jeremy, my map has Murray and Abercromby at Hudson Carry North/Ft. William Henry with 4x2-4's and 5x3-4's; Johnson with 1x3-4 at Schnectady; and the Rhode Island 2-4 at Canajoharie. Is that correct?

128 6/5/2018 11:40:00 PM 1756 Late Season France Message It appears that many of the male Acadians expelled from their homeland have gone into the French service at Louisbourg!

127 6/5/2018 10:47:00 PM 1756 Early Season France End Turn
126 6/5/2018 10:47:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Message Jeremy, thanks for your patience through all these delays.

I've managed to get VASSAL reloaded again, and with a bit of trial and error, have managed to call up the map and place the Acadian CdB unit at Louisbourg. Hopefully I can replicate this again in the days to come!

I will send you a copy of the map and draw the cards for the 1756 Late turn.

125 5/15/2018 10:03:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #66: 2 / Acadians Expelled
REMOVE Place two 3-4 Regular units at Halifax. French player places a Coureurs unit at Quebec or Louisbourg and restores all reduced Coureurs and Canadian Militia to full.

Message from Britain:
The 43rd Kennedy's and 1st Royal arrive at Halifax after the expulsion of the Acadiens. I will let you place and restore your Coureurs.
124 5/15/2018 9:59:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #42: 3 / British Politics
Slide Provincial Assemblies marker one box in a favorable direction. (If French play, British player removes Provincials as needed.)

Message from Britain:
Instead of rushing back to the Northern Provincial Assemblies and lobbying for more local men, Abercomby and Murray decide to stay in Hudson Carry north to ensure the rushed completion of fort Henry.
123 5/15/2018 9:55:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #51: 1 / Call Out Militias
Place 1 Militia unit into a Militia Box or restore 2 to full strength.

Message from Britain:
Additional southern militias complete their training under Braddock. The Southern Department militias are more prepared than ever now against native raids.
122 5/11/2018 9:16:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Event #41: 3 / British Politics
Slide Provincial Assemblies marker one box in a favorable direction. (If French play, British player removes Provincials as needed.)

Message from France:
I'll play this for the event.

Dismayed by the carnage suffered by the Provincial regiments thus far, the Provincial assemblies have deeply soured on the war, and the marker on the Provincial Assemblies Track moves to "Reluctant".
121 5/5/2018 12:42:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message I'm back from my trip to Italy and will try to get my next move out soon. One clarification: do you still have that Rhode Island provincial unit (2-4) at Canajoharie?

120 4/5/2018 4:05:00 PM 1756 Early Season Britain Message RECTIFICATION, I just noticed your Drilled Troop in Oswego, (I thought they were a 1-4 Marine Detachment). Thus, Johnson is left behind staying in Schenectadywith a Single drilled troop to guard that flank.
119 4/5/2018 3:59:00 PM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #63: 1 / Highlanders
Play after 1758 or William Pitt. REMOVE Place one 4-4 Highland unit and a leader, if available, at any ports.

Message from Britain:
Activating Murray from Schenectaday.
General Murray orders Johnson and all troops under his command to march back to Albany and head north to Hudson Carry North where they Join Abercombry and the Colonial recruits. (3 MP)
118 4/5/2018 12:01:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message Jeremy, I just noticed that in the passage of Montcalm's army through Ile aux Noix, the 1-4 Marine unit posted as the garrison there accidentally became attached to his column, so it should be returned back there from Crown Point. It's the one just above or below the Lery CdB in the stack.

117 4/4/2018 11:48:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #62: 3 / Quiberon Bay
Play if Louisbourg Squadrons REMOVED, if you control Louisbourg, or after 1759. REMOVE French may not play Diplomatic Revolution, Victories in Germany, Troop Transports, or Regulars. Starting next season, French get 7 cards and British go first.

Message from France:
I'll use this to activate Montcalm who will first destroy what remains of Fort Oswego, and then move with his entire force by boat movement to Crown Point on Lake Champlain (by way of Ile aux Noix).
116 4/1/2018 8:52:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #31: 3 / Cherokee Uprising
Play if Cherokees event has occurred. REMOVE British player must eliminate (as available, unbesieged) two Regular, one Southern Provincial, and all Cherokee (GREEN) Indian units (flip marker), and may not play Cherokees event.

Message from Britain:
Abercombry orders the building of Fort Henry off of lake George in Hudson Carry North. The Fort is still a few weeks away from being fully completed.
115 3/19/2018 11:29:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Message French = inflict 4 step losses against the Provincials
Provincials = inflict 1 step loss against the French Regulars

Fort Oswego falls. The New York Provincials regiment is overwhelmed in the assault, becoming the 4th Provincials unit eliminated along the Lake Ontario front so far -- an event that might be expected to have political repercussions in colonial capitals!

+2 VPs for the French; VP marker moves to FR4. The French place a Fort Under Construction marker in the Oswego space.


114 3/19/2018 11:14:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
5


Message from France:
A foregone conclusion: +1. As the French energetically press their parallels closer to the earthen walls of the British position, this is sufficient to authorize an assault upon the fort.

French: 19 CFs, +2 DRM for Montcalm, 1 Column Left for Assault = 13-16 fire column

Provincials: 2 CFs, no DRMs, 2 fire column



113 3/19/2018 11:08:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

2


Message from France:
Montcalm rolls on the Siege Table (+2 DRM).


112 3/19/2018 8:56:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Message No card played on my part.
111 3/18/2018 11:45:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #57: 3 / British Regulars
May not be played if British Regulars already played this season. REMOVE Place three 3-4 Regular units and a leader, if available, at any ports.

Message from France:
I'll play this to activate Montcalm, who in turn activates his forces in the siege lines outside Fort Oswego and prepares for a siege roll.

I will not play a card; do you have a card to play?
110 3/11/2018 10:15:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #46: 2 / Colonial Recruits
Roll a die and restore that number of reduced Coureurs, Rangers, Light Infantry, or Provincials to full strength.

Message from Britain:
Murray's column has rested and had to wait close to a full week for it's provisions of whisky, tobacco and gunpowder to be refilled. Boats are damaged by the hail storm and the men will need march up the Hudson river western bank passing Kingston with the Catskills mountains in their view. Arriving Albany they turn West and finish their freakish long journey in Schenectady where they join Johnson's men. They also had witnessed a strong storm however it hadn't been as intense nor damaging to the area and troop's morale.
109 3/6/2018 8:45:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Message Good morning Jefferson!

Leaderless, left on their own without any communication from Abercombry nor Johnson, the unfortunate regiment of the lower Hudson New York region are shocked to learn the advancing army under Montcalm is coming from the East South-East. Unwilling to flee West nor North, the ranked officer chooses to stay in the hopes that the siege can last long enough until the Main British Army arrives. Discontent and fearing the worst, some of the soldiers desert and flea into the wilderness West hoping they can make their way back to their farms via the Catskills mountain trails further South.
108 3/6/2018 12:08:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #22: 3 / Governor Vaudreuil
Choose any 2 unbesieged French leaders on the map and reverse their locations. (You may not choose Louisbourg if "Louisbourg Squadrons" removal has disallowed French naval movement.)

Message from France:
Montcalm orders the fort at Oneida Carry East to be burned, and then marches with his entire force up the Mohawk Valley to Oswego, approaching it from the land side (rather like the Japanese against Singapore).

The New York Provincial regiment there has the option to fight or retreat within the walls. If they withdraw inside, the fort will be placed under siege, and I will send a move file.
107 3/6/2018 12:03:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Event #14: 2 / Foul Weather
Play when enemy is about to move. For that one activated force, unit, or leader, land or boat move limited to 2 spaces and no naval move allowed

Message from France:
This is played as a response card/event. As Murray's column is passing below Storm King Mountain on the west side of the Hudson, a savage rain-wind-and-hailstorm suddenly emerges from west of the mountain and slashes at the unprotected column below. The men eventually stagger on north through the sucking mud along the river road to Poughkeepsie, but there they are forced to encamp, dry their equipment and powder, and regroup. Needless to say, in the course of these events, the column's whiskey ration is greatly depleted.

106 3/3/2018 4:59:00 PM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #1: 3 / Campaign
Activate any two leaders and their forces. Select them, then complete all actions by one before the other. No one may move more than once. Both may naval move.

Message from Britain:
Abercombry moves first with all sub-troops and Johnson up the Mohawk river one space to Schenectady. Johnson and Regulars are dropped off. Abercombry and the remaining 4 provincials under his command continue movement back to Albany, Hudson Carry South and end their 4th movement point in Hudson Carry North.

Murray is also set is motion. He and his troops move by boat to Peekskill up the Hudson to end their 5th movement at Schenectady and join Johnson and the newly arrived troops.

Yes, we got alot of snow. Which I love! We went out Cross country skiing today and it felt great! This winter has been strange, as snow has come down but warm spells have melted it relatively quickly on multiple occasions. Seeing it melt makes me very sad as I am always looking to get out and ski.
105 3/2/2018 7:08:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Message The Rhode Island Provincials fare better than their colonial counterparts from New Hampshire a few weeks earlier at Fort Roussel, and successfully make their escape to Canajoharie.

The French under Montcalm occupy the abandoned fort at Oneida Carry East, and raise the Fleur de Lis flag of the French monarchy from its flagpole. +1 VP; VPs to FR2.

Move file will follow. How are you faring with the Nor'easter? We certainly have some very heavy winds here, but not much other than that. All schools and most workplaces were closed today here, and we'll be staying buttoned up tonight, I think.

104 3/2/2018 10:28:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Britain:
Hi Jefferson, Rhode Island's Provincial in (I presume you meant) Oneida East attempts to avoid battle.
103 3/1/2018 11:31:00 PM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #60: 3 / Highlanders
If 1755 scenario, play only after 1758 or William Pitt. REMOVE Place four 4-4 Highland units and two leaders, if available, at any ports.

Message from France:
I'll use this to activate Montcalm, who will move with Vaudreuil and his entire force from Cataraqui through Oswegatchie, Black River, and West Canada Creek, to attack the stockade and garrison at Oneida Carry West. Please advise if your Provincial unit there will attempt to Avoid Battle, or will stand its ground.
102 2/28/2018 8:31:00 PM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #59: 3 / British Regulars
May not be played if British Regulars already played this season. REMOVE Place three 3-4 Regular units and a leader, if available, at any ports.

Message from Britain:
Fresh troops arrive. Under the command of Murray, Inniskilling's 27th , Whitmore'22nd the 90th are sent to New Haven where they are greeted by the local authorities and population with cheers of hope given the recent Cataraqi disaster which saw the slaughter of provincial troops and the death of Shirley.
101 2/27/2018 12:35:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message That was pretty confusing -- a legacy of not realizing I still had some text out there. That should have read simply:

I'll play this to activate Dieskau, who will move using Boat Movement with Bougainville and his troops as follows:

MP 1: To Niagara; drop off Bougainville.

MP 2-7: To Mississauga, and then continue on around the north shore of Lake Ontario to Cataraqui, where he drops off the Bearn and Languedoc regiments.

MP 8-9: Dieskau continues with the Marines and Periere's CdB to Naioure, where he stops.

100 2/27/2018 12:33:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #43: 2 / Raise Regiments
May not be played if Assemblies Reluctant. Within Assemblies track limits, place 4 Northern or 2 Southern Provincial units at any fortifications in their Department, or restore all Provincials of one Department to full.

Message from France:
I'll play this to activate Dieskau, who will move using Boat Movement with Bougainville and his troops as follows:

MP 1: To Niagara; drop off Bougainville.

MP 2-7: To Mississauga, and then continue on around the north shore of Lake Ontario to Cataraqui. Drop off the Bearn and Languedoc regiments.

MP 8-9: Dieskau continues with the Marines I'll play this to activate Dieskau, who will move using Boat Movement with Bougainville and his troops as follows:

MP 1: To Niagara; drop off Bougainville.

MP 2-7: To Mississauga, and then continue on around the north shore of Lake Ontario to Cataraqui, where he drops off the Bearn and Languedoc regiments.

MP 8-9: Dieskau continues with the Marines and Periere's CdB to Naioure, where he stops.
99 2/25/2018 8:25:00 PM 1756 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #56: 3 / French Regulars
May not be played if French Regulars already played this season or after Quiberon. REMOVE Place two 3-4 Regular units, and, if not yet in play, Montcalm, Levis, & Bougainville at either Quebec or Louisbourg.

Message from Britain:
Hi Jefferson,

Activating Abercromby in Oneida Carry West and moving him by boat along the Mohawk River 4 spaces back to Albany.
Leaving behind the stockade at Oneida West without garrisons he orders it to be destroyed.
98 2/24/2018 7:46:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message French: inflict two step losses
Provincials: with the DRM, inflict no losses

And the Battle of Missisauga, like that of Cataraqui before it, is a dispiriting rout for the British/Colonials side. The New Hampshire Provincial unit is destroyed in a dispiriting end to Shirley's ill-fated campaign!



97 2/24/2018 7:38:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from France:
But they are caught, at the extreme end of Lake Ontario.

French: 10 CFs
Provincials: 2 CFs; -1 DRM per Rule 7.52 (other side has auxiliaries)


96 2/24/2018 7:36:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from France:
The New Hampshire Provincials increase their pace and attempt to escape from Missasauga.


95 2/24/2018 7:34:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message The New Hampshire Provincials, now a long way from home, scamper westwards along the lakeshore, without even taking the time to torch Fort Roussel before leaving.

+1 VP for the French.

The French pursue.
94 2/23/2018 9:11:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Britain:
Provincials will attempt a retreat away from Toronto Ft roussel heading West.
93 2/22/2018 12:37:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message 2. I'll move Dieskau, Bougainville, and the Marine, Bearn, and Languedoc French Regulars regiments and the Periere CdB from Montreal to Toronto/Fort Roussel. Please advise whether your Provincials there will stand and fight.

92 2/22/2018 12:22:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message Not surprisingly, given the poor condition of the hungry and sickness-ridden provincials left shivering among the ruins of Fort Frontenac, the battle is a rout. Both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Provincial units are destroyed, while the French suffer no losses.

However, I am in for a disappointment. I had thought I could pick up 1 VP for defeating Drilled Troops, but now I see that only applies to Regulars. Given that the British counter mix is probably about 1/3 Provincials, that's certainly something that seems to favor them in the game dynamics.

91 2/22/2018 12:15:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from France:
The Battle of Cataraqui.

French: 13 CFs; +2 DRM (Montcalm)
Provincials: 2 CFs; -1 DRM (Rule 7.52)


90 2/21/2018 8:55:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Message The Provincials in Cataraqui were ordered to remain together and not split up, thus a battle takes place.
89 2/21/2018 12:54:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Event #3: 3 / Campaign
Activate any two leaders and their forces. Select them, then complete all actions by one before the other. No one may move more than once. Both may naval move.

Message from France:
I'll activate Montcalm and Dieskau at Montreal.

1. Montcalm and Vaudrueil will move with the La Sarre, Royal Rousillon, Guyenne, and La Reine French Regulars and the Repentigny CdB and Caughnawaga unit to Cataraqui. Please advise whether one of your units there will attempt to escape.
88 2/19/2018 10:48:00 AM 1756 Early Season Britain Message Yes you are correct. For a second I doubted it, as it seems unfair that the british would have an unfair advantage until the Quiberon Bay card was played. I went thru the BGG forum pages to find more information on that question. However no one has raised it, therefore French do start. :-)
87 2/18/2018 11:36:00 AM 1756 Early Season France Message Jeremy, I'm not aware thatb there's anything about playing the "William Pitt" card that changes the order of player sequence. There's nothing in the card text that says that. The "Quiberon Bay" card (# 62) changes the player sequence, but as far as I am aware, it is the only one that does.

Let me know if I am missing something.

86 2/16/2018 9:12:00 PM 1756 Early Season Britain Message That sounds right! Well, I won't win by playing cheap VP like I did. Lets see how this new year plays out!
Do the French still start even though Pitt has been played already?
85 2/16/2018 12:10:00 AM 1755 Late Season France End Turn
84 2/15/2018 11:58:00 PM 1755 Late Season France Message Well, I have to say that was very well-played. It was deeply frustrating for me, of course. I've never before been in a situation in the half-dozen or so WW games I've played where I lost two cards in a single turn and had to face two unanswered enemy plays.

I also now understand why veteran players like James Pei dispose of many of their French stockades almost as soon as the game begins. I'm now beginning to see them just as British VP bait, and it's far easier and less costly for the British to earn VPs from attacking those than it is for the French to earn them from raiding settlements.

Villiers will retreat to Oswegatchie (La Presentation). I believe that's really the only thing he can do?

As far as VPs, things had been at FR1. You gained 3, which would shift it to BR2. But then I gain 2 for my Raids, which brings it back to 0. Let me know if I've missed anything.

I will remove my Raid markers when I do my next Move file.

83 2/12/2018 9:03:00 PM 1755 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #18: 1 / Amphibious Landing
Play after naval move along Amphib arrow. May not be played same year after Louisbourg Squadrons. The unit or force may land in a French-occupied or -controlled space (place Amphib marker).

NOTE: This card was held from the Start turn.

Message from Britain:
Activating a single Provincial in Cataraqui and moving by boat to Toronto and capturing the Stockade there.
All cards have been played and attrition has struck the British provincials. I have done all necessary end of year phases in the vassal file I am sending you now. A new season may begin and I hope it can be a little more exciting than the foul card holding play I executed this late season.
82 2/12/2018 9:00:00 PM 1755 Late Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #70: 2 / Intrigues Shirley
Play if French have at least 1 VP and Shirley is unbesieged. REMOVE Eliminate Shirley.

Message from Britain:
How ironic this card is being played as Shirley has just died...
Activating Johnson and the 3 drilled troops, leaving the provincials by themselves in Cataraqui to freeze over winter...
Moving by Boat 7 spaces all the way back to winter in Albany.
81 2/11/2018 7:57:00 PM 1755 Late Season Britain Message oh boy... my nasty move has bit me in the butt! I need to take care of some things here at home and will finish the rest of the moves in the morning.

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