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219 12/11/2018 10:49:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #34: 3 / Small Pox
Choose a space with >4 units. Enemy eliminates steps equal to half a die roll (round up) or a full roll if >8 units present (reduce all before eliminating any). Then remove all Indians.

Message from France:
Reluctantly, I must play this card, which I have been husbanding, for Operations.

I'll activate Montcalm, who will undertake to launch a siege assault upon HCS.

Do you have the Coehorns card to play?
218 12/11/2018 10:42:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Recovering a card from the discard pile:

There is no such command on the main page of WW, although there is on the pages of many games in ACTS.

What you would do here is click on the "View Discard Pile" under the Miscellaneous" heading. Once there, you click on the card you would like to return to your hand. The text with a box will come up, and below the box is a gray box that says, "Return Card to Hand." Then you click on that.

217 12/11/2018 10:39:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Jeremy, I think my interpretation of the "Fieldworks" card text is correct. There is a general canon of interpretation in card-driven games that the express text of a card supersedes a contrary rule of general application. And my approach follows the card as written.

Your position is not without possible merit, however, so I posted a question on both Consim World and BGG.

I believe there is a command on the main game page that enables you to return a discarded card to your hand, so that would be possible if your interpretation proves to be correct.

In the meantime, though, I will proceed with attempting to take Fort Edward/HCS.


216 12/11/2018 8:59:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #53: 1 / Rangers
Place a Rangers unit at a fortification, or restore 2 Rangers units to full strength.

Message from Britain:
A ranger is placed in Albany. Why on earth did the British wait this long???
215 12/11/2018 8:56:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Message Hi Jefferson!
I have an observation to make regarding the last battle.
Journal 201 shows you moving Montcalm to attack British Forces. For journal entries 202 and 203, Rule 7.2 B stipulates that the attacker must play a card influencing combat and then defendr plays a card.
This technically means that the Fieldworks card the French played in journal 203 should be void.
Unfortunately for the British, the losses remain the same on both sides despite the Fieldworks being present and the British still lose the battle.
That means that your fieldwork card should return to your hand.
I don't know if that is possible in the ACTS system, but I imagine we can manage the affair and play of Fieldworks by the French before the season's end without it being in your hand in the ACTS system. You could just describe playing it in your Operations move.
214 11/24/2018 9:41:00 AM 1757 Early Season France Message I seem to be having a succession of Senior Moments in this game! After I sent you my Loss File last night, I realized that I should have allocated my losses to 2 regiments and 2 auxiliaries, rather than to 4 regiments. So I've sent you a corrected file this morning.

My losses will go to:

- Languedoc Regiment (3-4)
- 2/Berry Regiment (3-4)
- Periere CdB (1-6)
- Caughnawaga (1-6)

. . . thus reflecting that this victory was a team effort by all of the diverse components of the French army!

213 11/23/2018 8:26:00 AM 1757 Early Season Britain Message Good morning Jefferson,
I hope you had a merry Thanksgiving too.

Remaining in the HCS fort with Abercombry and without being reduced
* 3-4 27th Inniskilling
* 3-4 22nd Whitmore's
* 3-4 90th
* 3-4 40th

The Rest retreat to Albany Fortress indeed.

The following units will be reduced:
* 4-4 2/60th Royal Americans
* 3-4 55th Howe's
* 3-4 58th Anstruther's
* 3-4 28th Bragg's
* Massachusetts Provincial
212 11/22/2018 9:09:00 AM 1757 Early Season France Message Also, you should let me know how many units, if any, will retreat inside the Fort at HCS (Fort Edward). You may retreat up to four units inside.
211 11/21/2018 11:30:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Jeremy, please advise me of which units will take your losses, and then I will generate a move file for my impulse.

And I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family tomorrow!

210 11/21/2018 12:45:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Message Hi Jefferson, I figured you had the other Fieldworks. I Knew it was a bad sign that you brought all troops on mainland. And I had no Amphibian landing card!!!
Yes of course, lets assume Montcalm went for the kill with the troops you intend to move with the new understanding of the sudden death rule.
209 11/20/2018 1:26:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message I re-checked the rules this morning, and found that although the automatic victory conditions are described as "Sudden Death," that doesn't mean that the game ends as soon as one player reaches 11 VPs. Rather, victory points are only checked and applied as of the end of the game turn, so we would still have to play out the remainder of this turn to see what happens.

And that discovery, in turn, requires me to ask for an accommodation. I left my understrength units behind at HCN when I marched on HCS because (1) I didn't need them to be on the 28+ fire column, and (2) I thought that if I won, the game ended then..

If I had correctly understood how the "Sudden Death" Victory conditions work, I would have brought with me all those units that still had a positive combat value.

So if you are willing to grant me that accommodation, we should each determine what units we wish to reduce, and you should determine how many units you'll leave behind in the fort and where you intend to retreat the remainder to (I assume Albany), and then I will prepare a move file and it will be your turn.

208 11/20/2018 1:19:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message STOP THE PRESSES!
207 11/20/2018 12:18:00 AM 1757 Early Season France Message I just checked the game log, and we started this exactly 372 days ago, on November 13, 2017! Wow.
206 11/20/2018 12:16:00 AM 1757 Early Season France Message Thank you for the game, Jeremy. I enjoyed it, and particularly appreciate your willingness to indulge me in my efforts to translate the game into an apparently real-life historical event. I hope that you enjoyed learning the game, and will want to try it again.

Back when we began this, I think you mentioned that you might have an interest in learning "Unhappy King Charles." Let me know if you still feel that way, or if you would prefer to take a break for a while.

205 11/20/2018 12:12:00 AM 1757 Early Season France Message

The French die roll of 2 is increased to 4 = 5 LFs.

The British die roll of 2 is reduced by 1 = 4LFs. (Note that the chart in VASSAL has a typo for a die roll of 1 on the +28 fire column; that in fact should be a 4, not a 5.)

In the end, the clash of these two huge armies (shall their like ever be seen again on the North American continent?) is, as the Duke of Wellington would say 58 years later, "A damn'd, near-run thing." But it was just enough for the French to win the day, and with the +1 VP, their VP total now reaches FR-11, which is sufficient for an Automatic Victory.





204 11/19/2018 11:47:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

2
2


Message from France:
The Battle of Hudson Carry South:

French: 30 CFs (28+ Column), +2 DRM (Montcalm)
British: 42? CFs (28+ Column), -1 DRM (Terrain)



203 11/19/2018 11:37:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Abercromby's men do not have time to complete their fieldworks before the French army arrives, and arrays for battle.
202 11/19/2018 10:13:00 AM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #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:
Abercombry is caught by surprise by the news of the approach of the French columns and orders the hasty completion of the fieldworks his men begun digging a week prior. Will it suffice to prevent an onslaught defeat and end this North American conflict into a Glorious French victory?
201 11/18/2018 10:29:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #65: 3 / Royal Americans
REMOVE Place the four 4-4 Royal American units and a leader, if available, at any fortresses in the Northern or Southern Departments.

Message from France:
I will then use this card for Ops to activate Montcalm, who will move with Drucour and Villiers to attack Abercromby's force at Hudson Carry South. He will take with him the 9x3-4 f/s French regiments and the 2 1-6 CdBs and the 1-6 Caughnawaga Indians, leaving the other u/s French regulars and auxiliaries behind with Levis at HCN. The force therefore totals 30 CFs.

Please advise if you have any cards that would affect the combat.
200 11/18/2018 10:24:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message One preliminary note. Per Rule 5.43, my unfinished fort can remain in HCN, where I built the stockade. If I finish it, then I would have to remove the stockade.

199 11/18/2018 9:45:00 AM 1757 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:
Bradstreet and Murray move north one space to HDS from Albany Fortress with all regulars and one Massachusetts Provincial.
Note that the logfile you sent was missing a trio of regulars in Albany that were brought into play in Journal Play 187. Im not sure why that's happened. I am sending you a logfile in which you will see me resuming from logfile British impulse 3 and adding the french stockades into this impulse 4 file and then moving the British force.
198 11/16/2018 12:05:00 AM 1757 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 for the Ops and use it to build stockades at Winooski and HCN.
197 11/14/2018 7:51:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Jeremy, I'm afraid I'm in a very busy time at work, which will last for a little over two weeks more. But I will try to get a move out when I get home tonight.

196 11/11/2018 9:39:00 AM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Operations #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:
Webb, Bradstreet and Loundon and the newly formed army in New York City, slowly travel up the Hudson River and arrive in Albany for perhapas one of the last resting moments before what is assumed will be a bloody spring.
195 11/4/2018 12:43:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message VPs from FR8 to FR10.

194 11/4/2018 12:42:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message French: Inflict 7 losses (if there had been enough British troops present to suffer that many; Abercromby's decision to skedaddle is thus justified by events)

British: NE (no effect)

The French swarm the walls, and the remaining garrison members throw down their arms almost immediately (as reflected by the NE result).

The big relief for me is that there is no need to roll for Leader Loss checks. Presumably, the French leaders didn't risk their lives by taking a prominent part in the assault, which produced virtually no casualties for the French in any case.

The Fort counter flips to a French "Under Construction."

+2 VP for the French, with the total rising from FR8 to FR10, I believe (I'm not at home).

And after allowing for an appropriate looting of the fort, Montcalm prepares to muster his men to head south along the forest road to HCS.


193 11/4/2018 12:35:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

6
4


Message from France:
Assault on Fort William Henry, its negligible garrison, and the scarecrows left behind by Abercromby's men to make the place look better defended than actually is.

French: Total strength is around 36, but roll on the 22-27 column because it's a siege assault; +2 DRM for Montcalm

British: Roll on the 0 column (I believe)

192 11/4/2018 12:32:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Wow. Enough to raise the Siege Level to +2. Looks like the parallels have gotten to where they need to be.

191 11/4/2018 12:31:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

4


Message from France:
The Siege Roll:


190 11/4/2018 12:30:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Rolling for the Siege Table at Fort William Henry (HCN). Have the French parallels come close enough to launch an assault?

+2 DRM for Montcalm's Tactics Rating.


189 11/4/2018 9:58:00 AM 1757 Early Season Britain Message No Cohoers were left at Hudson Carry North.

The British trembled at the possible onslaught facing them after learning that a massive 35 battalions were barreling down lake champlain. Thankfully their speed was hampered by their penalizing size to arrive in time for capturing the newly named "Coward" Abercombry and his small contingent.
188 11/3/2018 11:39:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #7: 1 / Massacre!
Play when enemy stack of both Indian and Drilled Troops units captures a stockade space, fort, or fortress. Receive 1 VP. All Indians in the space eliminated.

Message from France:
Yes, the tension is certainly building. That's quite a hand of cards you have! In retrospect, it is just as well that I took the time to consolidate the largest force possible at Quebec.

I'll use this card to activate Montcalm. He will lead an assault upon Fort William Henry, with its nominal garrison. In the French camp, all are wondering what is afoot with the British, whose actions appear to make no sense.

Are there coehorns still left at the fort?
187 11/2/2018 10:57:00 AM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #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 Britain:
After a few days being briefed of the massive French army bearing down Lake Champlain, on dreary rain March morning Bradstreet and Webb are surprised in hearing the news of the undelayed timely arrival of three additional regiments led by Londoun in the New York Harbor. The night is capped of with massive celebration and heavy drinking as the rumors within the ranks spread that they will be leaving north as early as possible to find and defeat Montcalm and his men.
186 11/1/2018 10:03:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Not surprisingly, the British who spent the winter at Fort William Henry learn well in advance of the approach of Montcalm's massive French army, and they scuttle away down the forest road leading to Hudson Carry South.
185 11/1/2018 5:08:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Message I meant to mean Avoid Battle (6.8)
184 11/1/2018 5:05:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

5


Message from Britain:
Abercombry attempts to retreat from HCN to Hudson Carry South. Vive le roi d'Angelterre!
183 10/31/2018 11:46:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #29: 1 / Mohawks
Play if Johnson is within 2 spaces of Canajoharie. Place all Mohawk (RED) Indian units not on the map with Johnson and restore any reduced Mohawks to full

Message from France:
I was really, really hoping you didn't have one of those cards. Oh, well. In retrospect, I perhaps should have moved on HCN right out of the gate.

But I still have a big army, with very capable leaders. So I'll use this to activate Montcalm. who will then move with Levis, Dieskau, and Villiers and their entire force (9x3-4s, 3x2-4s, 2x1-6, 2x-06, and 1x0-4 by boat movement up the St. Lawrence, down the Richelieu and up Lake Champlain (dropping the 0-4 at Winooski) to Carillon and thence up Lake George to Hudson Carry North.

And at this point, I will pause to see what counter-measures or response you make make to Montcalm's onslaught.


182 10/28/2018 7:35:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #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 Britain:
After a disastrous first two years of the North American Conflict, The Royal American 60th completes training and is fully raised over the winter of 1756 to 1757. Commander Bradstreet and Daniel Webb arrive New York city harbor and now share command of the four foot regiments.
181 10/21/2018 12:21:00 AM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Event #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 France:
My apologies for the delay -- it's been a very busy week since I got back from the Georgia coast on Monday night.

I'll play this for the Event, as follows:

1. Activate Dieskau. He will use Boat Movement to transport his 1x3-4 Marine and the 1x1-6 Periere CdB from Naioure Bay to Catarqui and thence up the St. Lawrence to Quebec to join Montcalm's force. Before leaving they destroy the stockade, which has served its purpose of providing winter quarters.

2. Activate Drucour. He will Naval Move with 3x3-4s from Louisbourg to Quebec, leaving behind only the Acadian 1-6 CdB as a garrison for Louisbourg.
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

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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.

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