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18 8/12/2018 10:15:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Message Placed one militia in the Southern Militia holding box.
17 8/12/2018 10:14:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #52: 1 / Call Out Militias
Place 1 Militia unit into a Militia Box or restore 2 to full strength.

Message from Britain:
16 8/6/2018 11:39:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message John, I should note that because the 1757 Scenario begins with the French at their historical high point, Fort William Henry and HCN do usually fall to the French in the initial going, just as they did historically in 1757.

The rhythm of this Scenario is that the French start out by trying to run up the VP total as much as possible in 1757, knowing that it will begin to erode again as more and more British troops arrive and the British steamroller starts to roll forward. By the start of 1759, the French player is usually under a great deal of pressure, and trying to hang on by his fingertips. In my experience, most WW games are ultimately decided by 3 VPs or less.

15 8/6/2018 11:28:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Also, per the Victory Point Table, +2 VP to the French for taking an enemy fort. This takes the VP count from FR-4 to FR-6.
14 8/6/2018 11:23:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message Although vastly outnumbered, the two British Provincial regiments give a good account of themselves.

French: adjusted die roll of 5 = 4 step losses for the British;

British: die roll of 5 = 2 step losses for the French.

The French inflicted the higher loss total, so they win the Assault (Rule 9.2 Introduction and 9.22). While 4 step losses is sufficient to destroy the garrison in any event, even if I had rolled a 1 and an adjusted DRM of 3, inflicting 3 step losses, that would still enable me to win the assault (per Rule 9.22), and your remaining under-strength Provincial unit would likewise be eliminated.

I have to reduce one French Regular (La Sarre) and one auxiliary; I'll pick the Missisauga Indian unit.

The fort counter is switched to a French fort under construction.

I'll send a move file.

13 8/6/2018 11:14:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2


Message from France:
We move to the Assault phase. This works largely like a field battle does; the die rolls take place on the Combat Results Table to determine each side's losses.

French: 20 CFs; there is a 1 Column shift left to 13-16 column because this is a Siege Assault; +2 DRM for Montcalm's tactical rating

British: 4 CFs, so they roll on the 4-5 column

12 8/6/2018 11:05:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1


Message from France:
Siege Die Roll:

French get +2 DRM for Montcalm's tactical rating. There are no other applicable modifiers.

Since a roll of 3 or higher increases the Siege Level by the necessary +1, and there are no downward modifiers (which can only happen based upon playing "Coehorns" or having a leader with a +1 or higher Tactical Rating), the Siege Roll will automatically be a success.

11 8/6/2018 11:02:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message I'm sorry I missed your message before now, John -- it was a very busy weekend for me.

I'll proceed to resolve the siege assault.

10 8/4/2018 11:30:00 AM 1757 Early Season Britain Message Should I select "Submit dice roll request" since I will not be playing a card to influence the battle?
9 8/1/2018 10:23:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Play Strategy card as Operations #17: 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 will activate Montcalm to make a siege assault upon HCN/Fort William Henry. I will not play a Combat Card.

You may play a Combat Card if you wish (the only one that's applicable is "Coehorns").

8 8/1/2018 10:14:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Discard random Strategy card Operations - 1 / Amphibious Landing

Message from France:
Discarding one card due to corruption in the French provincial administration.
7 7/31/2018 11:24:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Play Strategy card as Event #36: 2 / Fran‡ois Bigot
French player randomly discards one card. (Discarded "Surrender!" card causes Reshuffle.)

Message from Britain:
6 7/29/2018 10:38:00 PM 1757 Early Season France Message The two American Provincial regiments having chosen to batten down the hatches and hope for relief from points south, we move along to the second part of the French Campaign move.

2. Levis and his force of 3x3-4 French Regulars use Boat Movement to advance down the St. Lawrence, up the Richelieu to Lake Champlain, and then along the Lake Champlain & Lake George systems to HCN, where they join Montcalm's force in the siege lines outside Fort William Henry.

And so we add a siege marker at HCN, and a move file will be coming your way. I can explain how to open it and click through it if you don't know how, or you can find the explanation in the VASSAL Manual.

5 7/29/2018 7:04:00 PM 1757 Early Season Britain Message I think both should man the fort and pray for help. Both are placed under the fort chit.
4 7/28/2018 11:24:00 PM 1757 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 play this card to activate Montcalm and the remainder of his force at Montreal, and then Levis and his force at Quebec.

1. Montcalm, Vaudreuil, and all of their troops will move by way of Ile aux Noix-Winooski-Crown Point-Ticonderoga to Hudson Carry North. If you have a response card like "Foul Weather," you can play it; otherwise, you will have some choices to make:

a. Will one or both of your Provincial units stand outside the fort and fight, or will both retreat inside the fort and await the coming of a relief force?

b. Will Webb attempt to intercept with his force from HCS? If so, and you are successful, then the battle will be resolved between Montcalm's force and any troops that stayed outside the fort. However:

c. Before the battle is resolved, first the attacker is given the chance to play any combat cards, and then the defender announces whether he will play any combat cards.

I will not be sending you a move file at this time because so much remains to be done before the French player's turn will be finished.

3 7/28/2018 4:33:00 PM Start France End Turn
2 7/28/2018 4:31:00 PM Start France Change game turn Game turn changed to Start
1 7/28/2018 4:29:00 PM Start France Message John, we're ready to start. Good luck!

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