ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by Kelen2 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:51 pm

Apologies but from your rules update it appeared that only (1) applied, but yes, that's what I'm proposing.

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by GDod » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:12 am

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Kelen2 wrote:Apologies but from your rules update it appeared that only (1) applied, but yes, that's what I'm proposing.
Seems well founded reason... if no one objects I'll update your proposal before moves are entered this turn.

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by GDod » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:22 am

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News just to hand Resounding success for Damatrois at the BATTLE OF Llanthony PRIORY Forces under the Earl of Ulster, Protector, Lord Lieutenant and Chief Secretary of Ireland easily repulsed a foray into Monmouthshire by a force under the command of with minmal losses. The King saw fit to award the Earl of Ulster an additional peerage; 1st Earl of Cardigan and keeper of the Royal Kennels

Final map update for Turn 4 below... orders are now due for turn 5... deadline 13.08.171: week from tomorrow. Good luck.

Please note latest amendments = new movement options for armies after a battle are:-
1) A loss; the army must remain stationary and unable to support the following turn
2) A win or draw; 25% or under losses no penalty, 26% - 49% can only move 1 county, 50% and over must remain stationary.
3) Any reduction in movement means the army is unable to reinforce others the following turn.
For a full set on campaign rules see page two
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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by GDod » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:09 am

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THE DEFINITIVE SET OF CAMPAIGN RULES :D
While I continue to welcome any conflicts or omissions [as these guidelines are constantly developing and they belong to us all] I think we now have a definitive set of workable campaign rules that cover most, if not all eventualities. I'd like to thank those of you who participated in their development, in particular Kelen and Awsum, for their unceasing patience, observations and contributions. I claim no copyright for reproduction and hope that other Wargamers can take our work and create a workable on-line multi-player campaign system for all of us to enjoy. Let my meager efforts to mediate the campaign continue!
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OBJECTIVE
1) Gather as many titles as possible
2) ensure your faction controls 33 or more counties


THE MAP
Each District and county has a number and description.
Each district has a number of counties.
Each District is worth 100 additional army points
Each within county is worth 50 points except your designated home county
The player who claims the most counties in a district receives the benefit.
A Faction owning an entire District can nominate a player to receive the additional District points
London does not have a number it is just London and as a district entitles the occupier to an extra 50 pts (plus district bonus of 100 points)
Parliament's capital is London, Royalists is now Oxford. Both are defended by a 1,000 point garrison. Lose your capital and you cannot rebuild disbanded armies until you recapture it. Garrisons cannot attack or reinforce bordering counties. They are strictly to defend only.
A player cannot cede a county to another unless splitting of a county for eliminated player.

CURRENT PLAYERS
Royalists......................Starting Home County..............Colour
Doley50.......................Lancashire (34)..................... pink
TGM ..........................Shropshire (24) .....................light green
Awesum4 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Cornwall (20).......................dark green
w_micheal....................... Gloustershire (22)..................dark red
Lascar.........................Norfolk (16)..........................middle red
Kelen2........................Nottinghamshire(31)................yellow
Youngr........................ Rutlandshire (29)....................cream
Damatrois.................... County Down (48) ..................light grey
Kingi.......................... Sussex (3).............................khaki

Parliamentarian...........County................................Colour
Tairius.......................Northumberland (39).................dark blue
Snugglebunnies..............E. Riding Yorkshire (36)..............darker middle bue
Ianiow........................Essex (14)..............................light blue
Kerry D........................Hampshire (4) ........................middle blue
LFDLM........................Buckinghamshire (8) ..................light purple (mauve)
Iandavidsmith...............Pembrokeshire (43)....................purple
Seaport...................... Ayreshire (45) .........................orange
Ulysisgrunt.................. Warwickshire (27).................... tangerine
TheGrumpayDoge.......... Kent (2)................................ peach

FORCES
The type of force for each battle may be from any of your faction's lists and you may change between different lists throughout the campaign except for the following restrictions.

Royalist 1643-44
Royalist Raiders 1643 - 45...........Can be used either as a field army or as a flying column force
Royalist Cornish 1643................Only if you own a county in Cornwall
Scots Royalists 1644-45..............Only if you own a County in Ireland, Scotland or Northern Counties)

Parliament 1643-45
Scots Covenant. 1642-47 ..........Only if you own a County in Northern Counties, Ireland or Scotland
Parliament + Scots 1644-46.........Only if you own a County in Northern Counties, Ireland or Scotland

Later lists will come into play as the campaign progresses. eg: From Summer 1644 New Model Army becomes available
Only Royalists can use a flying column which uses the Royalist Raiders army list.
A player must advise the campaign manager what army is declared when they lodge their move in the campaign. If the player fails to advise the campaign manager of the list when he moves, the choice will be at the Campaign managers discretion

TURNS (A CYCLE)
The campaign starts as Summer 1643.
Each Cycle is a Season.
Sequence
Players..............Orders................................................................... Week 1
Me...................Unopposed moves and Upcoming Battles advised by............... Last day of Week 1
Players..............Battles completed by...................................................Week 2-4
Me...................New Map Posted.........................................................Last day Week 4

While it's intended to complete a cycle over 4 weeks we may have to revisit the timeline to ensure everyone is under no pressure to complete and report.

GENERAL RULES
Each player starts with 1000 points
Additional points are generated for armies based on ownership of counties and districts
You may only have one force in play unless points exceed 2000 points
If points exceed 2000 points armies may be split into two separate forces under command of a single player.
You may play as an independent (by declaring yourself king or protector) or form alliances but only with your own side.
Players can join at any time when their are unclaimed counties
Players can opt out at any time and their provinces become “neutral” (ie: unclaimed)
If a player no longer owns any county they are eliminated from the game, unless another player in their faction cedes a county to give him a recruiting base. This is the only time a county can be ceded to another player.
From time to time random events may occur based on a historical random events generator.

CAMPAIGN MOVEMENT
General
Intended moves posted in royalist or parliamentarian thread by end of week 1 of each month
Moves limited to 1 per cycle (season)
Two forces cannot occupy the same county at the end of a cycle.
Same faction movement does not change county title
A force is a flying column for the entire move and must fight as one if contact is encountered in either county it is moving into. The force can move as a normal force during the next cycle
Movement is resolved simultaneously
Movement ceases on first contact. Please note this may still result in additional moves due to retreating into a friendly county as a result of battle.
You may move through a county that is occupied by a friendly force.
If two friendly armies attack into an enemy occupied county, or end their move in the same county, the force with the most points moves and the forces with least points remains stationary.
Movement ceases on contact with an enemy force. Contact is determined at the end of each stage of a multiple county move.
A force other than a flying column can move two counties in a cycle if the first is through a friendly county, or one county at a time
A force designated as a flying column [Royalist raiders] can move three counties in one move.
If you move as a flying column you must fight as a flying column.
If a battle has to go on beyond the end of the cycle then both forces can't move the next month (and may possibly be subject to another players attack in the new month as a result of other players monthly move.
Campaign manager will determine the results of those moves and may need to post new map interim that includes unopposed moves and upcoming clashes in the common thread by end of week 1
Campaign Manager will post the final map by end of week 4

Claiming counties
Players occupy a county by moving into an unclaimed or enemy unoccupied county or claim it by winning a battle.Possession [and it's benefit] commences at the end of the turn after battles are resolved.
A flying column may only claim the last county of it's move.
Once a faction have claimed an entire division of counties the player receive an additional 100 points.If one faction owns all counties, the player that owns the most counties in a district receives the benefit. If a district has an equal number of counties owned by two in a faction they can decide who benefits.
If more than one force from the same faction is fighting for a province the lowest causalities wins the county.
Same faction movement does not affect title to the county
Map and marked army position will be updated at the end of each month showing the counties in your chosen colour and the forthcoming battles for the month

BATTLES
General
The relative points of attacker and defender will be obvious from this map and reference to rules
Armies that are only 50 apart in strength are equal and fight at the size of the smaller army.
Players negotiate details of conflict in the common thread and complete battles by the end of the month.
Please note: If a challenge goes unanswered by the end of the month the county is automatically taken by the attacker issuing the challenge.
If a battle has to go on beyond the end of the cycle then both forces can't move the next month (and may possibly be subject to another players attack in the new month as a result of other players monthly move.

Reinforcing Battles
When a faction has more than one attack into a county, all other attacking forces count as reinforcing.
Forces can reinforce more than one adjacent battle [determined as taking place at different times in the season]
Forces that are attacked in the current turn or suffer reduced move due to battle results the previous cycle cannot reinforce.
Reinforcing forces must border both counties when forces are mutually attacking into each other's county.

Types of Battles, Points and Terrain
Player's decide points for battles by adding up the points from their claimed provinces and referring to the following table.
MOVEMENT.........................................................................................TYPE OF BATTLE...............................TERRAIN (see Terrain exceptions for non-agricultural county list)
a. Two forces moving into a county, or move into each others occupied county..............Always open battle............................Agricultural, non-agricultural (Pot luck)

b. If one force is already occupying a county.....................................................Defender decides..............................Agricultural, non-agricultural (Defender's choice)

c. If (b) applies & a defender friendly force is adjacent to the county being attacked......Reinforced battle for the defender......... Agricultural, non-agricultural (Defender's choice )
[army pts total + extra 180pts reinforcements rounded up in favour of defender]

d. If (b) applies & an attacker friendly force is adjacent to the county being attacked.....Reinforced battle for the attacker...........Agricultural, non-agricultural (Attacker choice )
[army pts total + extra 180pts reinforcements rounded up in favour of attacker]

e. If (b) applies & equal attacker & defender friendly forces adjacent to the county being attacked....Open battle.......................Agricultural, non-agricultural (Pot luck)

f. If (b) applies & both forces are reinforced & more attacker or defender friendly forces adjacent to the county being attacked....Send flank force..................Agricultural, non-agricultural (Pot luck)
[army pts total + extra 200pts reinforcements rounded down to nearest 100 pts]

Terrain Exceptions
All counties including Ireland (Down and Antrim) should restrict the terrain to Agricultural except...
Staffordshire (25),Derbyshire (32), Cheshire (33), Lancashire (34), Yorkshire (35-37) , Cumberland (40), Westmoreland (41), Northern Counties (38-41),Monmouthshire and Wales (42-44), and Scotland (45-47) can be Pot luck due to either heavily forested or mountains present.
I'm going to assume the Cotswolds, the Chilterns, and the North and South Down are rolling hills that have no end more than the mountainous slopes of Wales.
Therefore, when a player has a choice, it only applies to these 'pot luck' districts.


Results of Battles
Winner needs to post who has won in the common thread as soon as possible.
Battle results will be posted by the end of week 4 (sometimes maybe earlier if battles are conducted in a timely fashion)
When there is more than one battle, the battles as are resolved in sequential order
By winning a battle the county changes ownership
When a player loses a battle they must retreat. They can only retreat into adjacent friendly territory. If they cannot retreat the the army is disbanded.
movement options for armies after a battle are:-
1) A loss; the army must remain stationary and unable to support the following turn
2) A win or draw; 25% or under losses no penalty, 26% - 49% can only move 1 county, 50% and over must remain stationary.
3) Any reduction in movement means no reinforcement
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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by Kelen2 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:39 am

Whilst changing the rules mid-game is never ideal, and you cannot please all the people all of the time (and we've maybe lost a couple of players as a result), I think we've all come to realise that this particular campaign is really just a shake-down run for the rules in order to get a fully working set that most people can agree on.

I'd like to thank GDod for, a) putting the time and effort in in running this campiagn, and, b) for his patience with those of us (me) that keep wanting to make 'slight' changes. Whilst I'm enjyoing this campaign (despite Snuggles giving my army a resounding kicking last turn, and the looming prospect of more of the same to come) I'm looking forward to the next one (assuming there'll be one!)

Keep up the good work.

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by Ulysisgrunt » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:37 pm

Absolutely agree, and am deeply appreciative of all he has done for us.
Why would someone quit because they are not winning?
The key issue is having fun!
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What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by GDod » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:14 am

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Too kind... now to business

Moves to come [he said tentatively]... Lord Doley, Youngr Duke of Rutland, Lord Quiggly, Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Ulster, Sir William and the Earl of Southampton
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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by GDod » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:32 am

CAMPAIGN HISTORY at a Glance
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THE PLAYERS and Awarded Titles. With victories come titles and immortalisation in the annals of the campaign :D
Royalists......................Starting Home County..............Colour
Doley50.......................Lancashire (34)..................... pink...................... Sir Doley of Ripley, Decorated Dresser to the King, Castilian of Ripley castle and Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire
TGM ..........................Shropshire (24) .....................light green............... Lord Quiggly de la Mouse, signor of the hamlet of Much Wenlock of Shropshire, awarded after the BATTLE OF WARWICK Duke of Warwick, Lord High Steward of the West Midlands awarded after the BATTLE OF NASEBY - Viscount of Cranborne and 'The Hart of Hertfordshire'
Awesum4 ....................Cornwall (20)........................dark green .............. Andre Devereaux, Duke of Cornwall and Devon and Somerset, spokesman for his illustrious Highness Charles Stuart, King of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales...etc
BrentBJ (Retired) ..........Gloustershire (22)..................dark red.................. Duke of Gloucester
w-michael................... Buckinghamshire(8)................dark red.................. Sir William, 2nd Duke of Gloucester
Lascar.........................Norfolk (16)..........................middle red...............Duke of Norfolk, Captain of the Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, awarded after the BATTLE OF BUCKINGHAM HOUSE Chequers Court country house and allowed to quarter his coat of arms to include the chequer board of the Exchequer,
Kelen2........................Nottinghamshire(31)................yellow.................... Lord Kelen, awarded after the BATTLE OF IKLEY COMMON 'The Sheriff' of Nottinghamshire
Youngr........................ Rutlandshire (29)....................cream.................... Younger Duke of Rutland awarded after the BATTLE OF WHITE HORSE HILL Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire & residence in perpetuity of Mapledurham House awarded after the BATTLE OF the VALE twin titles of Guardian of the Vale and Royal Market Gardener.
Damatrois.................... County Down (48) ..................light grey................ Earl of Ulster, Protector, Lord Lieutenant and Chief Secretary of Ireland,awarded after the BATTLE OF Llanthony PRIORY 1st Earl of Cardigan and keeper of the Royal Kennels
Kingi.......................... Sussex (3).............................khaki..................... Lord Kingi, Gentleman pensioner, ex-member of Parliament for Chichester, High Court of Justice, standing member of the army committee, head of the committee for the advance of money, committee for plundered ministers and the committee for compounding

Parliamentarian...........County................................Colour
Tairius.......................Northumberland (39).................dark blue................ Lord Lieutenant of Dover Castle, member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells (and former Wobble) former ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. awarded after the BATTLE OF PRESTON, Lord High Protector of the Lancashire Hot-pot
Snugglebunnies..............E. Riding Yorkshire (36)..............darker middle blue... awarded after the BATTLE OF EAST RIDING YORKSHIRE Lord Lieutenant of Hull and the East Riding awarded after the BATTLE OF FRAGGED-BY-RAW NEAR KIRBY HILL under the Ship Money Act 1640 the right to levy the sheriffs and justices of inland as well as of maritime counties and towns the sum of £207,000 and the title of Admiral of the King's Southern, Northern and Western Fleets
Ianiow........................Essex (14)..............................light blue................ Earl of Essex, commander of the Eastern Association
Kerry D........................Hampshire (4) ........................middle blue............ Kerry 3rd Earl of Southampton, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and Keeper of the Keys at Winchester awarded after the BATTLE OF STUDLEY GREEN Commissar of Parliamentary Horse, Mines and Pasties
LFDLM........................Buckinghamshire (8) ..................light purple (mauve). Duke of Buckinghamshire, awarded after the BATTLE OF ROUNDWAY DOWN Lord Protector of the Cornish pasties
Iandavidsmith...............Pembrokeshire (43)....................purple.................. Major-General and District commander of Pembrokeshire, former Royal Spaniel breeder and future Royal corgi breeder and fancier
Seaport...................... Ayreshire (45) .........................orange.................. Seaport, the Earl of Ayreshire
Ulysisgrunt.................. Warwickshire (27).................... tangerine............... Danny the Doubly disgraced, Protector and Lord Lieutenant of London
TheGrumpayDoge.......... Kent (2)................................ peach................... Commander of the Trained Bands, member for Lewes, awarded after the BATTLE OF CHILTERN HILLS Chairman of the courts of quarter sessions.
Warlord (Retired) ............................................................................... former Bishop of Durham, awarded after the BATTLE OF RIBBLE VALLEY - Lord Protector of the Northern Counties, chairman of the Committee of both Kingdoms

Turn 1 Summer 1643
Duke of Cornwall, spokesman for his Illustrious Highness Charles Stuart, King of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other places decrees clemency if rebels reaffirm allegiance to the King
London has declared for Parliament]and for the Earl of Essex
The London trained bands called up due[/i] to the alarming advance of Royalists on London.
The Three Counties of Scotland declares for the Seaport the Earl of Ayreshire
The signing of the covenant by the Earl of Ayreshire
The Safety Committee is now hereby constituted as the Committee of Both Kingdoms.

BATTLE OF WARWICK Royalist Victory by Lord Quiggly of Shropshire over Danny Duke of Warwick
West midlands has declared for Royalists and Lord Quiggly
Lord Quiggly, received the titles of Duke of Warwick, Lord High Steward of the West Midlands
Danny former Duke of Warwick universally known as Danny the Disgraced
The Twin counties of loyalist Ireland declares for the Earl of Ulster, Lord Lieutenant and Chief Secretary of Ireland
North Western counties declares for the Duke of Lancaster of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster
The arrival of the Prince on his way north.
The Earl of Essex extends his hand of friendship to the former Danny Duke of Warwick and bequeathed him the chattels and lands of the County and District of London.
Danny the Disgraced given the title of Danny the Disgraced Protector and Lord lievetenaut of London
The guilds, townspeople and apprentices have welcome Danny the Disgraced as rightful lord and their representative at parlement and on the Committee of Both Kingdoms.
The Grumpy Doge is appointed Commander of the London Trained Bands by fair and just election
North midlands declares for the Younger Duke of Rutland
BATTLE OF EAST RIDING YORKSHIRE Parliamentarian Victory by Snugglebunny of Hull against the Royalist Lord Kelen, "The Sheriff" Duke of Nottinghamshire
Snugglebunny of Hull made Lord Lieutenant of Hull and the East Riding by Committee of Both Kingdoms

Turn 2 - Autumn 1643
Autumn rains in Northern Wales abated to allow troops to finally able to ford the flooded rivers. Duke of Ormonde wins a indecisive victory at New Ross before returning to Dublin. The Irish confederation signs a truce with the Royalists
James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose said to be causing trouble in the highlands some say he will declare for the King within a year. King Charles appointed William Laud as Archbishop of Canterbury. Laud is known to have Catholic leanings. The Earl of Stamford ejected from Devon and Cornwall ending the need for a local truce. Some say all of Devon and Cornwall will be Royalist very soon.

A major battle in Wiltshire this month as Parlement tries to regain lost ground in the Southwest
King Charles was crowned King of Scotland this month at Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh.
Licensing Order of 1643 passed by Parliament to censor newspapers.
Further gains in the eastern association. Cromwell seen heading towards Cambridge with a large force to censor and arrest the deans of the Cambridge colleges rumored to have royalist sympathies
Parliament passes "An Ordinance for Explanation of a former Ordinance for Sequestration of Delinquents Estates with some Enlargements", including an "Oath of Abjuration" of the Pope.
The Westminster Assembly of theologians ("divines") and parliamentarians is convened at Westminster Abbey with the aim of restructuring the Church of England.
Oxford declares for the King on the advice of the College Deans amidst an aggressive Royalist drive on surrounding London counties
A major battle on the border of North and East Yorkshire, and another in Cumberland, as another aggressive Royalist drive north is met by local Parliamentarian forces this month
Royalist forces and Irish Catholic sympathizers consolidate in North Wales
BATTLE OF ROUNDWAY DOWN Kerry 3rd Earl of Southampton, Lord lieutenant of Hampshire and Keeper of the Keys at Winchester head offs the rampaging Cornishmen before they reach London and achieves a stunning success at Roundway Down in Wiltshire. (Changing history!)
BATTLE OF RIBBLE VALLEY Brian the Bishop of Durham and Lord Protector of the Northern Counties met Sir Doley of Ripley, Decorated Dresser, Castilian of Ripley Castle, and Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire with his army on the Lancashire border and resoundingly beat him back into Lancashire
Meanwhile, The Sheriff of Nottingham seized the West Riding in the name of the King
BATTLE OF IKLEY COMMON as Snugglebunny of Hull, Lord Lieutenant of Hull and the East Riding (otherwise known as the Grand ole Duke of York) marched his 10000 men back to the NW Yorkshire border to unsuccessfully repel Kelen 'The Sheriff of Nottingham's further advance into Yorkshire. (strains of Ikley moor bah 'at... check the Traditional folk song!)
Lord Kingi ex-member of Parliament for Chichester, High Court of Justicee, standing member of the army committee, head of the committee for the advance of money, committee for plundered ministers, the committee for compounding has declared for the King (because he liked his name :) claiming all of Sussex in the Kings name.
Stunned by his neighbour's treachery Triarius, Lord Lieutenant of Dover Castle, member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells (and former wobble) and recently returned ambassador to the Ottoman Empire has claimed the county of Kent in the name of Parliament, and has immediately put the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England under house arrest.

Turn 3 - Winter 1643
Winter 1643; Events affecting Turn 3 The Parliamentary party showed so united a front that even Pym's death, on 8 December 1643, hardly affected its resolution to continue the struggle. The troops from Ireland proved to be untrustworthy after all. Those serving on both sides were "mutinous and shrewdly infected with the rebellious humour of England". Similarly a small band of Londoners surprised and routed a Royalist detachment from Buckinghamshire at Alton on 13 December 1643, half the prisoners took the Covenant.

Winter Weather meant only Royalists could use flying columns
While parliamentarian armies bordering London County had only a chance of moving due to commanders attendance at Pym's funeral.
Meanwhile seasoned veterans contemplating the thought of having to engage the enemy within Ireland dreaded the thought of vast numbers of unreliable Irish conscripts.
BATTLE OF NASEBY Ironically, two years too early, the parliamentarians were beaten back from the counties around north of London in Hertfordshire, which saw a major engagement with Danny the former Duke of Warwick and current Protector and Lord Lieutenant of London (now known as Danny the DOUBLY Disgraced Protector and Lord Lieutenant of London) who was soundly repulsed by Lord Quiggly (with support from the Duke of Norfolk) despite support from the Eastern association forces under the Earl of Essex. Frozen by the winter chill and wet driving rain the outnumbered small parliamentarians force hid behind the hedges lamenting their wet powder while freshly arrived the flying column with well protected powder poured lead into their ranks.Too much for many of the new recruits filling the ranks from losses previously suffered they broke leaving only a few grizzled veterans to hold the field until overwhelmed. Indeed, a sad day for the republication cause.
Meanwhile the earl of Ayrshire continues to rally support in the belligerent counties of Ireland while Tairius the new commander of Dover castle continues to pursue the renegade and former High court justice Kingi through the southern counties. At the same time, Kelen, 'The Sheriff of Nottingham's forces mustered the horse to form a flying column to penetrate deeply into the northern counties and thereby reinforcing friendly advance of Lord Doley northwards. Too much for the aging former Bishop of Durham, and handing over the command for the forthcoming battle to the younger Lord Lieutenant of Dover castle each side to await the outcome.
BATTLE OF PRESTON The parliamentarians under Lord Tairius of Dover got their nose in front early on and took to the woods Lord Doyley blithely taking his time at toilet finally co-ordinated an attack and quality of his troops started to tell but the cost was high - Royalist foot ran out of steam and several broke but by then Royalist horse got in among the uncovered poor quality parliamentarian foot - now out of the woods just as night fell. Both suffering damnably from weather and shot retired the field to nearby towns.For outstanding service, the Committee of Both kingdoms awarded Lord Tairius, Lord High Protector of the Lancashire Hot-pot.
BATTLE OF STUDLEY GREEN In Cornwall, Andre Devereaux, Duke of Cornwall and Devon and Somerset continued his advance Eastwards only to be challenged and stopped near the border between Somerset and Wiltshire at an estate just outside of Trowbridge called Studley Green by the Earl of Southampton. For outstanding service, the Committee of Both kingdoms awarded the Earl of Southampton, Lord High Commissar of Parliamentary horse ('Stud')
Unfortunately, the Duke of Gloucester leaving scant garrison to secure his home county has had the support nullified by the devious plotting and presence of the Duke of Buckinghamshire and his men who has secured enough parliamentarian sympathies to hold the county for parliament.

Turn 4 - Spring 1644

The situation in spring
The original plan of the Parliamentary "Committee of Both Kingdoms", which directed the military and civil policy of the allies after the fashion of a modern cabinet, was to defend the Royalist advance on London. The Earl of Southampton's troops were to continue to drive back The Duke of Cornwall and to reconquer the west, the Earl of Ayreshire and the Scots, to advance and invest Lord Kelen's army.
In the Midlands, the District commander of Pembrokeshire and the Lincolnshire rebels could be counted upon to neutralise the one Earl of Ulster, and the others, the Duke of Rutland's Royalists. But the District Commander, once more deserted by his trained bands, was unable to profit by his victory of Monmouthshire, and retired to Gloustershire. Danny the Doubly Disgraced, too, was delayed because the Eastern Association was still suffering from the effects of the Duke of Norfolk's and Lord Quiggly's exploit in securing the Eastern Association counties. Anglia abandoned by the rebels not to be easily reoccupied. Moreover, the duke of Buckinghamshire and essex found themselves compelled to defend their conduct and motives to the "Committee of Both Kingdoms", and as usual, was straitened for men and money.

But though there were grave elements of weakness on the other side, the Royalists considered their own position to be hopeless. Lord Kelen was engaged in the fruitless siege of Durham. The North was again a centre of activity and counterbalanced the loss of the Eastern Association counties, and the situation in the north was practically desperate. Rupert himself came to Oxford on 25 April 1644 to urge that Sir Doley's army should be kept free to march to aid Durham. This was because Lord Kelen's army was now threatened, owing to the abandonment of the enemy's original plan and the return of the Earl of Ayreshire. Yet, there was further talk and hope of the concentric advance of three armies on London. The fiery Lord Quiggly and the methodical Duke of Norfolk (now honoured with Chequers Court) were at one, at least, in recommending that the London area, with its own garrison and a mobile forces under the District commander of Pembrokeshire, duke of Buckinghamshire, and Danny the Doubly Disgraced should be the prizes of their field armies' operations. The King, needing above all, adequate time for the stabilization of the northern offensive, was not in favour of abandoning any of the barriers to Essex's advance. The Duke of Gloucester, on the other hand, thought it advisable to contract the lines of defence, and Charles, as usual undecided, agreed to Lord Quiggly's scheme. Buckinghamshire, therefore, was defended early in March, and Oxford attacked shortly afterwards.
Yet a new thhreat loomed large in the summer to come. On 2 July 1644, despairing of the existing military system, Cromwell made to the "Committee of Both Kingdoms", the first suggestion of the New Model Army. "My lords," he wrote, "till you have an army merely your own, that you may command, it is . . . impossible to do anything of importance." The Royalist camp appeared about to collect themselves and redouble efforts and to take London with a feeling of urgency in the following summer campaign season!
Battles
BATTLE OF BUCKINGHAM HOUSE The Duke of Norfolk commanding the Royalists army in Buckinghamshire defeated the attacking rebel army of the Duke of Gloucester. They deployed in a defensive stance awaiting reinforcements, which turned the tide of battle in their favor. For outstanding service, King has awarded the Duke of Norfolk Chequers Court country house and allowed to quarter his coat of arms to include the chequer board of the Exchequer,
BATTLE OF CHILTERN HILLS The Grumpy Doge, Commander of the Trained Bands, member for Lewes led the defence of the county of Sussex against an invasion from the marauding Royalists under Gentleman pensioner Kingi the ex-member of Parliament for Chichester, High Court of Justice, standing member of the army committee, head of the committee for the advance of money, committee for plundered ministers and the committee for compounding. After and initial exchange of handkerchiefs and a lot of prancing around both sides lined up with the royalists having the upper hand in the enclosed fields. Luckily the parliamentarian cavalry finally moved into position and the foot slogged into charge range turning a dire situation into a republican victory when flanks hit and cohesion dropped across the line, breaking the Royalist's resolve.For outstanding service, the Committee of Both kingdoms awarded the Grumpy Doge the Chairman of the courts of quarter sessions.
BATTLE OF FRAGGED-BY-RAW NEAR KIRBY HILL Sir Snugglebunnies, The Lord Lieutenant of Hull and the East Riding hastily assembled raw northern sympathizers into Pike and Shot units and with his experienced artillery, commanded shot and dragoons held the flanks, slowing down the great mass of Cavaliers. In the center, Parliament's superior foot, supported by small parties of cavalry, broke through to victory, as the battle continued to swirl on the flanks.Lord Kelen in a fit of rage leading the lifeguard cavaliers whipped up his men only to fall foul of the tenacious determination of the Lord Lieutenant's raw recruits. For outstanding service, the Committee of Both kingdoms awarded the Sir Snugglebunnies under the Ship Money Act 1640 the right to levy the sheriffs and justices of inland as well as of maritime counties and towns the sum of £207,000 and the title of Admiral of the King's Southern, Northern and Western Fleets
BATTLE OF WHITE HORSE HILL Duke of Rutland led his Royalists to a victory against the Duke of Buckinghamshire's forces near Oxford. The Parliamentarian force was caught unawares, being outnumbered and outmatched while the Cavaliers did great damage to the Parliamentarian wings. The King awarded the Duke Rutland the title of Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire & residence in perpetuity of Mapledurham House.
i]BATTLE OF Llanthony PRIORY [/i] Forces under the Earl of Ulster, Protector, Lord Lieutenant and Chief Secretary of Ireland easily repulsed a foray into Monmouthshire by a force under the command of with minmal losses. The King saw fit to award the Earl of Ulster an additional peerage; 1st Earl of Cardigan and keeper of the Royal Kennels

Turn - Summer 1644

The situation in Summer
As the campaigning season of 1644 got underway, in the south the royalists were on the offensive but in the north the Royalists had been forced onto the defensive.
In the North
While the King’s capital, Oxford, was still threatened by weakened southern parliamentary forces in his northern stronghold of York was besieged. Parliament had recently received reinforcements from Scotland, which was sending a vast, fresh army south. Snugglebunnies, Lord Lieutenant of Hull and East Riding struck out on the infamous “Yorkshire March” on 16 May 1644, the aim being to head through Lancashire, gathering reinforcements and supporting the attack into Westmoreland by Parliamentarian troops returning from the recent fighting on the border with Lancershire, before marching to York.
The Parliamentarian commander in the area, Lord Lieutenant of Dover Castle, had been recovering at Lathom House, the Earl of Derby’s family seat, but on hearing of the advance of Sir Doley of Ripley his forces abandoned the respite and advanced to Bolton – a fiercely Puritan town known as the “Geneva of the North”. Not knowing the town was so well defended, Sir Doley of Ripley ordered four regiments to attack in heavy rain. The Royalists were enraged because the Lord Lieutenant's men had hanged one of the soldiers taken prisoner during the first attack, apparently believing that he was an Irish Catholic. Sir Thomas Tyldesley’s regiment had been recruited mainly from Lancashire Catholics and regarded the hanging as an affront to their religion. Fueled by sectarian anger against the Puritans of Bolton, the Royalists successfully stormed the walls and carried the fight into the streets of the town.” The storming was prolonged, brutal, and bloody.
It was alleged that up to 1,600 of Bolton’s defenders and inhabitants were slaughtered during and after the fighting. The Royalist soldiers were allowed to plunder the town, unchecked and unrestrained by Sir Doley of Ripley, resulting in murder, rapine, theft, and destruction. This merely added to Parliamentarian hatred. After Bolton, Sir Doley headed north. On a moor, they took on the combined might of Parliament’s Northern armies, while further north Lord Kelen, ensconced in Durham, afced the combined might of the Parliamentarian and Scottish force under the Earl of Ayreshire. the scene was set for the great northern war where the King could lose control of the North, as well as the veteran infantry of Sir doley and Lord Kelen’s armies.
In the South
Meanwhile the situation around the Eastern Association counties, Wales and and London was grim for the republican cause. The Lord Lieutenant of London within the walls of ancient London was virtually an island in a sea of Royalist blood lust trying desperately to reinforce beleaguered friends. Buoyed by their recent victories, the Dukes of Norfolk, Glouster and Rutland lashed out at the weakened parliamentary forces of the Duke of Buckinghamshire, and the Earl of Essex . Meanwhile, the Earl of Uster threatened to deal a lethal blow to the District commander of Pembrokeshire and the Corgi Breeding Program guaranteeing the continuing dominance of Spaniels. At the same time, The Duke of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and the Earl of Southampton continued their private equally balanced blood feud against each other.
i]BATTLE OF THE VALE [/i]In the Vale of Evesham, Worcesestershire, the Royalist forces of the Duke of Rutland followed up their defeat of the Parliamentarian force in the south Midlands under the Duke of Buckinghamshire. Well equipped due to their stout and reliable supply train they were able to arm the hastily assembled militia with pikes, muskets and hot stew. The enemy were entrenched in the valley with hedged fields behind them. Although the Roundhead regiments had more muskets, they were outnumbered. The Kings' trained regiments on the right, combined with mad charging cavalry, swept around the defenses and overwhelmed the enemy. With losses mounting the Parliamentarians surrendered.As a result the King awarded the Duke of Rutland after the battle the twin titles of Guardian of the Vale and the Royal Market Gardener.
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Battles this season in the South West
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Damatrois Earl of Ulster, Protector, Lord Lieutenant and chief Secretary of Ireland, 1st Earl of Cardigan and Keeper of the Royal Kennels vs Iandavidsmith Major general and district commander of Pembrokeshire, former Royal spaniel breeder and future Royal corgi breeder and fancier

Andre Devereaux (ironic choice Awsum) , Duke of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, spokesman for his Illustrious Highness Charles Stuart, King of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, etc... vs Kerry 3rd Earl of Southhampton, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and Keeper of the Keys at Winchester, commissar of Parliamentary Horse, Mines and Pasties

Youngr Duke of Rutland Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and Custodian of Mapledurham house vs LFDM Duke of Buckinghamshire, Lord Protector of Cornish Pasties

William 2nd Duke of Gloucester vs Ianiow, Earl of Essex, commander of the Eastern association
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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by w_michael » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:34 pm

Actually, I think that I should be fighting Ianiow, Earl of Essex, in 6-Berkshire and not TGM, Lord Quiggly de la Mouse.

TGM, Lord Quiggly de la Mouse, is able to reinforce my battle in 6-Berkshire and the battle in 2-Kent. Does he reinforce both battles, or just one (and which one)?

It looks like it is battle type (b) in 6-Berkshire if TGM does not reinforce, and battle type (d) if there are reinforcements. Is that right?
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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by Kelen2 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:55 pm

GDod, if all moves are in can you put up a list of who's fighting who and what armies they are please.

It's gotten a bit confusing around London, and for the more obvious ones (Seaport v me for example) although we we may know who we are fighting we don't know what army list the other side chose when they submitted their moves.

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Kelen2 wrote:GDod, if all moves are in can you put up a list of who's fighting who and what armies they are please.
Damatrois (Royalist Raiders 1643 - 45) vs Iandavidsmith (Parliament 1643-45) [no reinforcement = LFDM engaged by Youngr]

Awsum4 (Royalist Cornish 1643) vs Kerry D (Parliament 1643-45)

Youngr (Scots Royalists 1644-45) vs LFDM (Parliament 1643-45) [no reinforcement = IDS engaged by D, reduced move]

Kelen (Scots Royalists 1644-45) vs Seaport (Parliament + Scots 1644-46)[no reinforcement = Tairius engaged by Doley, reduced move]

Doley50 (Scots Royalists 1644-45) vs Tairius (Parliament 1643-45)[Snuggles reinforcing]

Lascar (Scots Royalists 1644-45) vs TheGrumpyDoge (Parliament 1643-45) [ Ulsisgrunt reinforcing]

William (Royalist 1643-1644 army) [reinforced by TGM] vs Ianiow (Parliament 1643-45) [reinforced by Ulysisgrunt]
TGM [cannot be reinforced by William, reduced move] vs Ianiow (Parliament 1643-45) [reinforced by Ulysisgrunt]

Ianiow must win both battles to avoid elimination


Two points are raised this season
1) Can mutually attacking armies into one enemy occupied county count as reinforcing each other [Ruling Yes,assumed the battles take place at different times in the season]
2) Can a reinforcing army reinforce more than one battle [Ruling Yes, assumed the battles take place at different times in the season]
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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

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w_michael wrote:Actually, I think that I should be fighting Ianiow, Earl of Essex, in 6-Berkshire and not TGM, Lord Quiggly de la Mouse.

TGM, Lord Quiggly de la Mouse, is able to reinforce may battle in 6-Berkshire and the battle in 2-Kent. Does he reinforce both battles, or just one (and which one)?

It looks like it is battle type (b) in 6-Berkshire if TGM does not reinforce, and battle type (d) if there are reinforcements. Is that right?
Yes, William you're fighting Ianiow but so is TGM. TGM reinforces your battle, he needs to share a border with both 2 and 3 to reinforce Lascar.

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by Kelen2 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:23 am

Battle up for Seaport,

my 1100pts of Scots Royalists v his 1400pts of Parliament & Scots, pot luck terrain as we're up t'north. At least I'm defending.

It about time that the hairy kilted brigand is made to fight for a county rather than just walking in unopposed against some frightened peasents, only I fear that it may not be much of a fight against the mighty unwashed juggernaut! Oh well, stiff upper lip and all that.

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by youngr » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:26 pm

Battle for LFDLM

I hope I get this right....forthcoming Battle of Evesham, Worcestershire

No reinforcement for either side. LFDLM gets to Defend (presumably) in Agricultural Terrain.

LFDLM gets 1000 points (base army size) (only has home county of Bucks) = 1000
I get 1000 + 100 (for district) + 200 (for 4 counties, not including home county of Rutland) = 1300....(all nicely supplied thank you!! :D )

[I'll post the game but if in error I'll re-post the corrected version]

Duke of Rutland

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by w_michael » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:12 pm

Thanks for the clarifications. I overlooked that the Parliamentary army "U" in 1-Surrey could reinforce Parliamentary army "I" in the two battles in 6-Berkshire. I also wrongly assumed that there could only be one battle per county, but given that each turn is months long your ruling make sense.

For my battle in 6-Berkshire, clause (e) applies because there are equal reinforcements for both sides: Open Battle, Agricultural terrain, 1,000 pt. armies for each side. Clause (e) says Pot Luck for terrain, but that only applies to the counties that are terrain exceptions. Sir William is attacking and Ianiow is defending.
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w_michael wrote:Thanks for the clarifications. I overlooked that the Parliamentary army "U" in 1-Surrey could reinforce Parliamentary army "I" in the two battles in 6-Berkshire. I also wrongly assumed that there could only be one battle per county, but given that each turn is months long your ruling make sense.

For my battle in 6-Berkshire, clause (e) applies because there are equal reinforcements for both sides: Open Battle, Agricultural terrain, 1,000 pt. armies for each side. Clause (e) says Pot Luck for terrain, but that only applies to the counties that are terrain exceptions. Sir William is attacking and Ianiow is defending.
Well reasoned...good luck for both of you!

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youngr wrote:Battle for LFDLM

I hope I get this right....forthcoming Battle of Evesham, Worcestershire

No reinforcement for either side. LFDLM gets to Defend (presumably) in Agricultural Terrain.

LFDLM gets 1000 points (base army size) (only has home county of Bucks) = 1000
I get 1000 + 100 (for district) + 200 (for 4 counties, not including home county of Rutland) = 1300....(all nicely supplied thank you!! :D )

[I'll post the game but if in error I'll re-post the corrected version]

Duke of Rutland
Again, I'm glad the clarifications and table is working... good luck to both

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Re: ECW Campaign 2017 Common Thread

Post by awesum4 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:31 am

I have set up my battle against Kerry. Hopefully my brave Cornishmen will finally triumph over the rebels.

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