Greetings Gentleman! Just a heads up that the Annual SYWA Convention is March 31 April 1-2. I plan on trying out the rules starting Thursday afternoon and evening and probably one time Friday and Saturday. I will not have a chance to try them out so it will be a play and learn try out. I am actually hoping someone who has played the rules before turns up to lend us a hand. I hope some of you fine fellows can make it to the convention it is a great time. Christopher Duffy will be there once again.
Hi Paul: Bernie and I have played a couple of games using Keith's rules. Easy to learn and enjoyable to play! A good alternative to Black Powder, and perfect for a convention game with participants. If I attend the SYW convention, at least on Saturday, I can help you with using the rules. Take a look at the Photos section on the forum for images of a game we just played using Bernie's teddy bear armies.
I've done a summary of the rules which I'll share with you since you have a copy of the rules. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love a copy of the QRS you have done Bernie was bragging about them today. I have seen a few pictures of the Teddy Bear SYW battles Bernie sent them. Ill send you an email to get those charts many thanks. I hope you can make it down Saturday for the convention.
Keith I will give you a run down of the games, I think we will do the Kutzdorf scenario from the rules. Simple and small. I'll let you know what Dr. Duffy thinks of them!
Hi Paul: Thanks for the comments! Bernie is gong to email the PDF of my summary to you if he hasn't already. If you have any questions about the summary drop me a line. Also, read the Questions and Answers here on Keith's forum if you haven't already. I think that you'll like his rules. Yes, I hope that I can attend the convention! It's my favorite one of those that I attend.
Thank Ivor I got the files from Bernie. They look very helpful.
Keith I have been very fortunate to have met Dr. Duffy around 1991 at a convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin and he has been a guest at my house nearly every year since then. It has been a real treat to get to know him over such a long period of time. When I became obsessed with the SYW back in the mid 80's I never thought I would ever get to meet Dr. Duffy let alone having him stay at my house. Sort of a dream come true!
That's just awesome and wonderful Paul - I own and have read some many of his great written and partnered written works and have been a fan for what seems like ever in the area of Military History - and did get to meet him once at an event so many moons ago. It's sounds as if you have had many a great moments and opportunities with Dr. Christopher Duffy, that one could easily be quite envious of you good sir.
Here is a list of Games for the up comming SYWA Con in South Bend. Have a look!! Paul
The 2016 Seven Years War Association Spring Convention SCHEDULED GAMES THURSDAY EVENING Many attendees arrive at the convention on Thursday afternoon. In general, Thursday is a preliminary “meet and greet” occasion. A party atmosphere dominates the proceedings as old friends and new come together in the game hall or alternative on-site venues. A considerable number of game-masters come in on Thursday in order to set-up their Friday game, so that their battle is ready to begin promptly on Friday morning. Gamers can also register for the convention on Thursday evening. FRIDAY EVENTS MORNING SESSION: Approximately 9-10 AM TO 2-4 Pm (Ticonderoga game will start about 10 to 11 am. The Basmatipur and Reichenberg games will start around 11 am. The other games will begin between 9 to 10 am.
TABLE 1 – Rear Guard action at Kutzdorf (SYW): Frederick is attempting to retire from Bohemia after the heavy defeat at Kolin. The Prussian rearguard is attempting to delay the Austrian advance by holding a line of hills near Kutzdorf, but the Whitecoats are pressing hard upon it. Paul Petri hosts this introductory game using Honours of War, the new SYW rules published by Osprey. 28 mm figures and room for 4 players
TABLE 2 – Attack on Ft. Ticonderoga, July 8, 1759 (French and Indian War): As weary British forces emerge from the forest surrounding the fort, (known as Ft. Carillon by the French), the redcoats are horrified to find that the heights before them have been fortified by the French. If the British are to break into enemy territory, these heights must be taken by storm. Bob Moon hosts this beautiful game, using rules modified from Brother Against Brother and Regimental Fire & Fury and 40 mm figures. Bob’s game won “Best of Show” at Historicon in 2015. Up to 9 players.
TABLE 3 – The Battle of Basmatipur, Part 2- Revenge of the Bungerites (India, 1758): Captured by East India Company forces in earlier fighting, General Bunger must be rescued by his crack Legion, strongly supported by French troops. Jurgen Olk hosts his popular and always exciting India game using the Currycorne variant of Tricorne and 25 mm figures. 8 to 10 players. This game will be played on Friday, and again on Saturday.
TABLE 4 – The Battle of Fraustadt, 1706 (Great Northern War): Swedish general Rehnskiold, at the head of about 10,000 men, attacks the Saxon general Shullenbergs’s stronger Russo-Saxon army. The Russo-Saxons are drawn up in two lines in a strong position between two villages. A bitter fight ensues. This game is hosted by Dannie Fogleman (assisted by Ken Bunger), using Beneath the Lily Banner rules and 28 mm figures. 8 players
TABLE 5 – Bloodbath at Fuchsenplatz (SYW) - In this theoretical scenario, large Austrian and Prussian cavalry forces, supported by infantry and guns, struggle to secure the important open ground around Fuchsenplatz. This game is hosted by Jude Becker using modified Age of Reason rules and 28 mm figures. 8 to ten players. This battle will last most of the day & be played again on Saturday.
TABLE 6 – A Greater Than Nelson?: The great Dutch admiral de Ruyter leads his fleet against the English in the 1670’s. This game is hosted by Tod Kershner (assisted by Dale Wood) using Warfare at Sea in the Age of Reason rules and 1/1200 Langdon ships. Up to 8 players
TABLE 7 – The Battle of Prague, 1757 (SYW): Frederick and his Prussians invade Bohemia with a large army and forces Marshal Daun’s Austrians to give battle at the gates of Prague. Tony Flores and Scott Stensland host using Enhanced Age of Reason rules and 15 mm figures. Up to 8 players
Table 8 – Frigate Duel in the Channel (SYW Naval): By 1757, the British frigate Tartar had made such a name for herself by capturing eight French privateers that the port of Bayonne fitted-out a more heavily armed French frigate, Melampe, to hunt down and destroy Tartar. On November 1, 1757, the frigates met in single combat for a duel to the death. This game is hosted by Jeff Knudsen, using Captains Bold rules and 1:900 miniature ships. This scenario is short, and can be run multiple times on Friday. 2 players per encounter
Table 9 – The Battle of Reichenberg, 1757 (SYW): The momentous campaigns of 1757 began with the invasion of Bohemia by a Prussian army numbering 116,000 men. The Duke of Bevern led one column of about 20,000 men into Bohemia from Lusatia. The Austrian general Count Konigsegg stood in Bevern’s way at Reichenberg, and the Prussians promptly attacked him there. This game is hosted by Jim Purky using Fife & Drum rules and 28 mm figures. 6 players
Table 10 – Quebec - the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (F&IW): On September 13, 1759, the fate of New France was sealed when a French force emerged from the city of Quebec to contest the British besiegers on the Plains of Abraham. This game is hosted by Michael Wedding using The Final Argument of Kings rules and 15 mm figures. 4 players. If this there is sufficient interest, Michael might be persuaded to host the game a second time on Friday.
Table 11 - OPEN
FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING SESSION: Approximately 3-4 PM to Midnight
Table 1 – After Kolin – Attempt to cut Prussian Line of Communications: As the Prussian Royal Army retires in haste from Bohemia after its heavy defeat at Kolin, a strong Austrian “flying corps” attempts to sever the Prussian Line of Communications from Bohemia. Paul Petri and Brian Vizek host this introductory game using Honours of War, the new SYW rules published by Osprey. 28 mm figures and room for 4 players
Table 2 – Attack at Ticonderoga: will continue from the morning session until battle is decided.
Table 3 - The Battle of Basmatipur, Part 2- Revenge of the Bungerites (India, 1758): This large game continues on from morning session and there could be room for new players in this afternoon session.
Table 4 – These are Not Your Grandfather’s Swedes (SYW): With Frederick licking his wounds further south, the Swedes of 1761 make an attempt on Berlin, accompanied by some Russians. Prussian militia and Frei Korps, stiffened by a corps from the field army, attempt to turn back the Swedish incursion. This game is hosted by Ken Bunger using his Tricorne rules and hundreds of 28 mm figures. If there is sufficient interest and time, there will be another session of this game, the scenario will depend upon the outcome of this Friday encounter. Huzzah! 8 players
TABLE 5 – Battle of Fuchsenplatz: Continuing from morning session, this large battle continues unabated through the afternoon until decided on the field of battle. There should be room for alternative players.
TABLE 6 – OPEN
TABLE 7 – The Battle of Prague: Continuing from the morning session, this large battle rages on.
Table 8 – OPEN
Table 9 – The Battle of Reichenburg, 1757: This morning game will continue on into the afternoon until resolved. There may be room for new or alternate players in the afternoon
Table 10 – Quebec, 2nd session - the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (F&IW): On September 13, 1759, the fate of New France was sealed when a French force emerged from the city of Quebec to contest the British besiegers on the Plains of Abraham. This game is hosted by Michael Wedding using The Final Argument of Kings rules and 15 mm figures. 4 players
Table 11 – (7 pm start time) Battle of Kolin, 1757: A crucial battle of the Seven Years War. A Prussian victory could mean the war was over. An Austrian victory and the Empire would even the score and the war would continue. This game is hosted by Steve Verdoliva using For King and Empress rules and 10 mm figures. 7 players
Main Stage (2 pm start time) – Punish the Privateers: During the American War of Independence, Privateers and the fledgling U. S, Navy clash with the Royal Navy on the high seas. Lynn Langer hosts this game, which is played on a 20’ x 20’ mat using 15 mm ships and Age of fighting Sail rules. Lynn will run as many 1-2 hour scenarios as interest demands. Two players command one ship each per scenario.. NOTE: If there is interest, Lynn will host these small scenarios on Thursday evening as well.
SATURDAY MORNING SESSION - 9 AM TO 1-2 PM
TABLE 1 – The Revenge of Fontenoy (War of the Austrian Succession): An elite British army led by the Duke of Cumberland takes on a larger French army commanded by the brilliant Marshal Maurice de Saxe. Can Cumberland’s fine army overcome the fierce and well commanded French, or by trying will he ruin the best army he has ever commanded? This game is hosted by John Read and Todd Fisher using Revolution and Empire rules and 15 mm figures. Up to 10 players
TABLE 2 – Attack on Ft. Ticonderoga, July 8, 1759 (French and Indian War): As weary British forces emerge from the forest surrounding the fort, (known as Ft. Carillon by the French), the redcoats are horrified to find that the heights before them have been fortified by the French. If the British are to break into enemy territory, these heights must be taken by storm. Bob Moon hosts this beautiful game, using rules modified from Brother Against Brother and Regimental Fire & Fury and 40 mm figures. Bob’s game won “Best of Show” at Historicon in 2015. Up to 9 players
TABLE 3 – The Battle of Basmatipur, Part 2- Revenge of the Bungerites (India, 1758): Captured by East India Company forces in earlier fighting, General Bunger must be rescued by his crack Legion, strongly supported by French troops. Jurgen Olk hosts his popular and always exciting India game using the Currycorne variant of Tricorne and 25 mm figures. 8 to 10 players This game will be played on Friday, and again on Saturday.
Table 4 - The Crossing of the Dvina, 1701 (Great Northern War): In order to invade the domains of the Saxon Elector, Augustus II, the Swedish army under King Charles XII must cross the Dvina in the presence of a Saxon Army waiting on the other side. Can the Swedes pull-off this dangerous movement, or will the course of Northern European history be altered for all time. This game is hosted by Dannie Fogleman (assisted by Ken Bunger), using Beneath the Lily Banner rules and 28 mm figures. 8-10 players
Table 5 - Bloodbath at Fuchsenplatz (SYW) - In this theoretical scenario, large Austrian and Prussian cavalry forces, supported by infantry and guns, struggle to secure the important open ground around Fuchsenplatz. This game is hosted by Jude Becker using modified Age of Reason rules and 28 mm figures. 8 to ten players This battle will last most of the day & be played again on Saturday.
Table 6 - First Blood: The Battle of Lobositz: It is the 260th Anniversary of this horrific battle that opened the Seven Years War (AKA 3rd Silesian War). In effect, Austrian Marshal von Browne laid an army-size ambush and Frederick took the bait. The Prussians eventually prevailed, though they suffered more casualties than the Austrians: as we say, the battle was a near run thing.” This exciting scenario is hosted by Tod Kershner (assisted by Dale Wood) using his Warfare in the Age of Reason rules (3rd Edition) and 25 mm figures. 8 players
Table 7 – The Battle of Kolin Battlefield Diorama: In support of Professor Christopher Duffy’s presentation on this famous battle beginning at 3 pm, Alex Burns, Pat Lebeau and Dean West (and anyone else who wishes to help us) will set-up a war game/diorama of the battle for Chris to use as a visual as he describe the ebb and flow of the fighting. As we set-up the battle space, Professor Duffy will join us to make sure we’re doing it right. This is a good opportunity for attendees to rub elbows with Chris and ask him questions about this battle and the Seven Years War.
Table 8 - Naval Scenarios – Action off Havana, 1748: The final action of The War of Jenkins’ Ear. A squadron under Spanish Admiral Reggio mistakes the British Jamaica squadron under Admiral Knowles for a merchant convoy and ends up fighting for survival. The game hosted by Jeff Knudsen using 1:900 scale miniature ships and Admiral rules. 2 to 4 players
When the Action off Havana scenario ends, the following scenario will be fought: Battle of Minorca, 1756 (SYW): The Marquis de Gallissoniere’s fleet is blockading the last British stronghold on the island of Minorca, and Admiral Bing must break through to resupply the besieged fortress. Again, Jeff hosts using Admiral rules and 1:000 scale ship miniatures. 2 to 4 players
Table 9 –Hulsen’s Attack on Krechor: This game is a tactical scenario based on the opening fighting of the Battle of Kolin. The Prussian Advance Guard and Hulsen’s Prussian corps marches down the Kaiser Strasse and then turns off the highway to attack the weak Right Flank of the Austrian army to the south. The Austrians are posted on Krechor Hill and hold the town. AS the fighting erupts on the hill, Austrians from the reserve and left flank rush to the support the Croats in the village and Weid’s supporting corps. Jim Purky hosts this game using Fife & Drum rules and 28 mm figures. 10 players
Table 10 – Quebec – The Battle of the Plains of Abraham: Quebec (F&IW): On September 13, 1759, the fate of New France was sealed when a French force emerged from the city of Quebec to contest the British besiegers on the Plains of Abraham. In this variant of his scenario, host Michael Wedding uses an alternative rule system, Guns of Liberty, with the same 15 mm figures. 4 players
Table 11 - Battle of Kolin, 1757: A crucial battle of the Seven Years War. A Prussian victory could mean the war was over. An Austrian victory and the Empire would even the score and the war would continue. This game is hosted by Steve Verdoliva using For King and Empress rules and 10 mm figures. 7 players
PROFESSOR DUFFY’S PRESENTATION – 3 PM WE ARE TRYING SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR. INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL 6 PM TO CONVENE FOR PROFESSOR DUFFY’S PRESENTATION (WHEN EVERYONE IS TIRED AND HUNGRY), THIS YEAR HIS PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM IN THE MAIN HALL. MANY OF THE LARGE MORNING GAMES WILL STILL BE UNRESOLVED BY THIS TIME, AND A COUPLE AFTERNOON GAMES WILL JUST BE GETTING STARTED, BUT WE HOPE MOST GAME MASTERS WILL DECLARE A RECESS SO THOSE WHO WISH TO LISTEN TO THE PRESENTATION CAN DO SO. WE EXPECT THE PRESENTATION TO LAST NO LONGER THAN 2 HOURS, IF THAT, AND THEN RECESSED GAMES CAN CONTINUE, FOR MANY HOURS IF REQUIRED. IF SOME GAME MASTERS WISH TO CONTINUE THEIR GAMES DURING THE PRESENTATION THEY MAY CERTAINLY DO SO (DEAN & KEN ARE BOTH LIBERALS), BUT IN CONSIDERATION OF OUR PRESENTER, NOISE LEVEL OF CONTINUING GAMES SHOULD BE SUBDUED.
BY NO LATER THAN 5 PM, ALL GAMING CAN BE RESUMED UNTIL CLOSING AT MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING SESSION - 2 pm to Midnight
A number of the larger morning games will be ongoing after Duffy’s talk.
The following additional games will be set-up:
Table 2 – Raid on St. Francis, Oct. 4, 1759 and pursuit (F&IW): Robert Rogers and his Rangers attack an Abenaki Indian village, with results that are still debated. Rogers and his men were then pursued with some success by the French and Indians. Bob Moon hosts this game using Brother Against Brother/Regimental Fire & Fury rules and 40 mm figures. Number of players unspecified, probably around 6
Table 4 or 10 – Battle of Weigelstien (SYW): The Austrians and their Allies squeaked out a close victory over the Hanoverians at Weigelstein at last year’s SYWA Convention. This year’s scenario finds the Austrians holding their dearly won bridges and the suburb of Weigelstein. But, the Hanoverians have regrouped and a counterattack is in the making. Can the weakened Austrians hold on to their gains or will the Hanoverians send them packing? This game is hosted by Phil Petti and Alex Csukor using Charge rules and 42 mm figures.
Table 6 – The Attack at Leutmannsdorff, 1762 (SYW): The Prussians must attack up a long open mountainside to capture Austrian redoubts on the heights. This historical battle was part of the Burkersdorf operations in 1762. This game hosted by Pat Lebeau using Across a Deadly Field rules and 28 mm figures. 6 players
Now I'm really jealous - sadly, no chance of me ever attending this meeting. I hope HoW may meet with some approbation - at the very least, any feedback would be very warmly welcomed, good or bad.
That 'Hulsen''s Attack on Krechor' game would be particularly interesting to me. I was working on a scenario for a very similar game a little while back. If there's any chance of getting some details, I would be most grateful.
Thanks for taking the trouble to make such a comprehensive post.
Keith I will give a detail account of the 2 HOW games I will putting on. Dr. Duffy flys in to OHare airport out of Chicago I live not far away. I pick him up and he stays with me. I am a policeman outside of Chicago and he likes to ride along on Wednesday before the con. Phil Mackie from England has also come over and stayed with me. If any brave fellows want to make the trip I would gladly pick them up at OHare and house them until we head to the convention early on Thursday. If my wife sees this last bit I am a dead man but hey I can work that out! Paul