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Re: [GZG] [FT] Strategic Campaigns?

From: Nyrath the nearly wise <nyrath@p...>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 08:37:56 -0400
Subject: Re: [GZG] [FT] Strategic Campaigns?

David Billinghurst wrote:
> I'm currently running a campaign using Stellar Conquest for the
> side of things.  It seems to be working very well (we're up to turn
> having started in late December/January - I project that it will take
> a year to run to turn 44 and THE END).
> Yes, the tech and economics are simple (we still haven't quite worked
> the time span of the strategic moves, though somewhere between three
> and a year seems to fit) but as the objective of the campaign is to
> table top battles, this fits in fine.
 > {snip}
> As player/umpire, I have taken a leaf from the 5th Frontier War book
> preplot my moves about three turns out.  I borrowed Sean Schoonmaker's
> system of Captain/Admiral ratings (posted to this list some years
back) and
> so have forced the other players to preplot a bit as well (which means
I can
> also move the game forward a couple of turns at a time if things are
> For example, having created levels of expertise for my captains and
> admirals, I also gave them names (and have encouraged the other
players to
> do likewise), and so suddenly my battle reports become a lot more
> interesting when the famous Vitse-admiral Zhou, victor of the Battles
of 1st
> and 2nd Dubhe, and his mighty 3rd Fleet are mentioned.

	For easily generating scenarios, this arrangement seems ideal.
	I was also thinking about incorporating the Fifth Frontier War
	pre-plotting mechanic, it's too good not to use.
	And you are absolutely correct, color like naming the admirals
	really makes the after-action reports come alive, well worth
	the trivial effort in naming them.

	Did you use Stellar Conquest's economic system to allow the
	purchase of new warships?  Did you use the research system
	for anything but ship speed?
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