Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The New Home of the Chicago Wargamer

Last night was the commencement ceremony and first game in the all new Historical Library and Game room now in Palatine, Illinois. Three months of renovation and organization are finally complete.  The space currently provides a three table configuration allowing for most game setups. Naturally we decided to try the maximum map coverage provided by the 3x3 map arrangement for the Civil War Brigade Series full Seven Days campaign.  Dan K. is the first opponent to break in the new space by taking the Confederacy against my Union Corps.
The room is large enough to house both the game collection and the historically related books arranged chronologically. The large east facing window provides natural light in addition to three banks of modern LED lighting for around the clock gaming or reading.  The wall color scheme is patterned on Napoleon's Chasseur a Cheval uniform. I look forward to many years of enjoyment here.
Palatine Historical Library and Game Room

Palatine Game Room Collection

The Stacks at the Palatine Historical Library and Game Room

Dan in shock as Porter's V Corps slips the trap!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Chicago Wargamer On The Move!

After 12 years of excellent gaming in Park Ridge we are finally moved to a new location in Palatine, Illinois. Palatine is also a suburb of Chicago located roughly 10 miles NW of our previous residence in Park Ridge.  The final game played in the old HQ was on June 1, 2018 against Mike L. where we faced off at the Battle of Brandywine from the GMT American Rev Tri-Pack.  The flag was lowered for the last time as we broke camp and so began the long march to Palatine over the summer.
Napoleon points the way to Palatine!
I write this post now several months after the move as tonight is the grand unveiling of the all new Chicago Wargamer game room and historical library!  Dan K. will be the first challenger as we resume our Civil War Brigade Series adventures.  We will be attempting the full 7 Days Battles campaign - yes, all 9 maps fit in the new room!  Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Napoleon's Resurgence

L'Empereur has "resurged" to Chicago!

Guilford Courthouse

The Games Plus spring auction is upon us.  What is the best way to avoid spending money and/or wishing you had enough? Play a game you already have!  Mike L. has been AWOL for a few months but returned in parade formation for a game of GMT's updated American Revolution Tri-Pack.  We decided to ease our way into the system with a short game of the historical battle of Guilford Courthouse.  The components in the new box are very nice as you can see.  Here is the opening of the battle with Cornwallis preparing to assault the North Carolina militia line. Nathanael Greene is standing ready off in the hazy distance.

Monday, February 5, 2018

ASL Forgotten War

Honestly, I never thought I would see this published in my lifetime.  Here it is sitting on my appropriately snow covered doorstep.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

First Battle of Bull Run - Three Battles of Manassas

After much preparation, the opening shots of the Civil War with Dan K. have been fired. We plan to do a chronological play of all the battles from The Gamers/MMP Civil War Brigade Series.  Our first outing, naturally, is the historical Bull Run scenario from the "Three Battles of Manassas." Here is an after-action report of the battle.

Bull Run: June 21, 1861

Morning Action
McDowell orders Heintzelman's 3rd Division to attack Henry House Hill.  J.E. Johnston rapidly orders his Army of the Valley to march to the hill and successfully repulses the 3 Div attack. Hunter's 2nd Division is also under orders to take the Hill, but after probing the north edge of Henry House Hill, McDowell orders them to reverse march and secure the area around the Stone Bridge.

Johnston orders Cocke's Brigade to take the Stone Bridge but is turned back by heavy fire from Tyler's 1st Division.

Noon Action:
McDowell moves the 3rd Division from its rally point on Dogan's Ridge to help defend the Stone Bridge.
Beauregard begins to assemble the brigades on the Confederate right wing north of Blackburn's Ford for a planned attack on the Union 5th Division in a push on Centerville to cut the Union lines.

Afternoon Action:
McDowell orders Tyler's 1st Division to flank the Confederate defenses in a push on New Market. Johnston is able to quickly order some units from Henry House Hill to create a defense line north-east of New Market.  Tyler pushes through this line but the Confederates reform a second defensive line. The sun goes down and the day ends before Tyler is able to continue the assault and fails to take his objective.

Beauregard's assault begins on Miles' 5th Division. Noticeably absent is Gen. Ewell's Confederate Brigade who has been lead astray by the confusing local roads and fails to make it to the battle in time.  Brigades under Longstreet, Holmes, Bonham and Early charge hard into the Union defenses with heavy casualties on both sides.  Gen. Miles is severely wounded and carried from the field.  McDowell orders the 3rd Division to leave the defense of the Stone Bridge and secure Centerville in the event of a Southern breakthrough.  The Southern forces come close to breaking the Union line but eventually the toll of battle forces the Confederates to fall back in exhaustion.

Jones' Confederate Brigade attempts to flank the Union lines with a march up the Union Mills Road but is soundly repulsed by Von Steinwehr's stalwart defenders.

The First Battle of Bull Run has ended in a Draw!

Union losses: 3,400 men
Confederate Losses; 5,500 men

New Market Union Assault Final Positions  

Beauregard's Attack on Union 5th Division Final Positions

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Tonight Dan and I took another easy week while gearing up for the CWBS by playing a couple hands of Zero! I am reminded that I am not a fan of games with a lot of cards because I am shuffle impaired.