May 14, 2021

Fjord: vmod

Fjord is one of four in Paddy Griffith's Book of Sandhurst Wargames. It consists of two hidden-movement game designs that portray the broad strategic situations in the North Atlantic during WWII.

Eleven seasonal turns make up a complete game of Fjord, alternating between German anti-convoy operations in the open ocean, and British fjord raids against the Tirpitz in Norwegian coastal waters. There are three seasons per year - Winter, Spring, Summer - starting with Winter 41 and ending on Spring 45.

Convoy Operation

German kriegsmarine and luftwaffe hunting Allied convoys on the Strategic Map.

Game-pieces have a magenta border.

Hidden movement is implemented by off-board stacks represented on the board by numbered stack markers (always visible). However, the vassal module does not use off-board force displays. Instead it uses the Invisible trait for hidden units. 

A stack marker without any units under it constitutes a dummy.

German surface forces are variable as determined by a card drawn from the Hitler's Orders deck.

Fjord Raid

British raiders hunt for the Tirpitz on the Tactical Map.

Game pieces have a black border.

Hidden movement is implemented by inverted units using the Mask trait. Each side has a number of dummy markers ("fish") that are also inverted, and removed from the game when revealed.

Each fjord raid employs just one of the following unit types:

  • Human torpedoes
  • Midget submarines
  • Destroyers
  • Motor topedo boats (MTB)
  • Commandos
  • Carrier-based air
  • Land-based air

The vassal module has two Player Sides defined: British and German. Each player side has access to its own game-pieces only, and may not interact with the other side's units at all. There is also an Umpire player defined that has complete access within the module for moderated games and solo testing.

Maps and game-pieces are scanned from the original game.

Like most naval wargames with hidden-movement (going back at least to Avalon Hill MIDWAY), player honesty is assumed. These could be categorized as cooperative-competitive games.

If you need a PDF of the rules, contact the author through Geekmail.

May 10, 2021

Aquitaine: vmod

Edward, the Black Prince (EBP), was the only king of England who was never king of England. As the eldest son of Edward III he was destined for the throne, but he died (at age 45) before his father, so the crown went to EBP's 10-year-old son, as Richard II.

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May 8, 2021

Craonne 1814: vmod

Napoleonic set-piece battle game from The Book of Sandhurst Wargames (1982) by Paddy Griffith. The Battle of Craonne was part of the 1814 campaign in France. Napoleon is on the attack against a portion of the coalition army of Bl├╝cher.

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April 4, 2021

March Madness (solo) vmod

Here's a vassal module that supports solitaire play of March Madness (Avalon Hill 1990). It consists only of the strategy card deck and dice rollers.

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March 25, 2021

Operation Jubilee

Precursor to the "D-Day at..." series of solitaire games by John Butterfield. This game depicts the disastrous 1942 raid on Dieppe by Canadian forces and Royal Marine commandos. A grim situation but a good first-step into the game system. The problem is, the game is out of print and hard to find, with no hint of a reprint.

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