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Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 10 November 2008 04:45
I noticed this week that the two new Overlords have been added to the database of scenarios. To celebrate, let's play one of them!

CADETS OF SAUMUR
Saturday, November 29.
....3PM New York time
....8PM London time.
....9PM on the Continent
....Noon on the US West Coast

For those of us in the US, yes, that's Thanksgiving weekend, and some of you may have to spend the day with family. However, others of you might find that even greater reason to participate in the game. Smile

You can find the scenario at http://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44/en/editor/view/?id=4554

Overlord rules can be downloaded at http://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44/en/content/rules/

Post a message here, or PM me, to reserve a seat at the table or to ask any questions.

ACTUAL PARTICIPANTS
Dakmor
Gene
Hawkmoon von Koln
Jesker
Longbearder
Sam
Scre
TommieSL

[Updated on: Mon, 01 December 2008 05:52]

      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 10 November 2008 17:09
Pencil me in Sam.
Thanks.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 10 November 2008 20:24
Pencil me in. Not sure what holiday plans there might be right now but I want to get in on this one.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Tue, 11 November 2008 01:10
I'm assuming you will be setting it up, as it is not currently on vassal Smile

Put me in as a possible, I don't make the thanksgiving plans for my family Very Happy I'll know if I can make it closer to the day of the battle.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Tue, 11 November 2008 01:22
Hi, Zasdert --

Yes, I'll set it up.

If I build it, they will come.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 16 November 2008 22:52
Hi Sam!
Pencil me in Longbearder.
I hope I have enough streight to fight to the end of battle. Rolling Eyes
My local time is MSK +0300.
Thanks.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 17 November 2008 00:47
Sam.

I'm a definite - least until something unexpected comes along.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 17 November 2008 04:28
Hi, Longbearder. Welcome to the game! Since you said, "Pencil me in," I listed you as a "possible." If you meant that you definitely plan to be there, let me know.

Tommie, thank you for the update.

Everyone else ... Since experience has shown that some of the "possibles" wind up not being able to make it, we still may have some vacancies. Please don't hesitate to sign up.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 17 November 2008 20:16
Sam,

I'm definite. Razz
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sat, 22 November 2008 03:08
Okay, Cadets (and Officers), it's about a week until Overlord. We have a couple of people who haven't been in the previous games.

It's important to have the software loaded and tested before game time, so everybody else isn't kept waiting. If you have questions, post them here. Also, I'll be online 30-60 minutes in advance, for any last-minute help.

We're using Vassal Engine version 3.0.17

Latest versions of the module and extensions are:

- Memoir '44 version 7.0
- Extension AirPack.mdx v1.1
- Extension Brummbar.mdx v0.6
- Extension EasternFront v1.2
- Extension Memoir44v7_ext v0.0
- Extension Overlord v1.0
- Extension PacificTheater.mdx v1.2a
- Extension TerrainPack.mdx v1.3a

(I believe the Eastern extension in the Air Pack download is 1.0, but since I don't think this scenario uses anything from Eastern, it may not matter.)

As was done last time, we'll try to have CinCs who haven't had that role in our previous games. Teams will be chosen by the CinCs at game time, in a Private Message window.

"If you build it, they will come." I've built the scenario. I look forward to seeing you.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 23 November 2008 21:52
I think that I'm gonna play if there's still a little place for me...
I have to download the latest versions of the Vassal modules...
See you at 9 PM (Paris time) on next Saturday... Cool
PS : If it's possible, I wanna play in the french camp because I'd already played in the german camp in September...
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Fri, 28 November 2008 15:13
I look forward to "seeing" you all tomorrow, at 3PM New York time (or whatever time that is wherever you are).

If you expect to be late, please post a message here or send me a private message, so we don't delay the start unnecessarily.

First-timers:

1. Remember to join the game as Observer.

2. If you haven't played Memoir on Vassal before, please make sure you have the module and extensions (including the Overlord extension). Let me know if you have any questions or problems, and we'll do our best to solve them.

3. I'll be online before game time to help with any last-minute questions. On Vassal, my name is "Sam E."

The Commanders will be chosen at game time. Preference will be given to people who haven't been CinC in previous Vassal OLs, especially if they have participated before. Next priority will go to people who have been a CinC before, but haven't won yet.

Teams will be chosen by the CinCs, in a Private Message window.

Game on!
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Fri, 28 November 2008 16:02
Sam.

I don't have IM access.
I've tried sending you a note via the Ladder group - check your inbox on yahoo.

Thanks
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sat, 29 November 2008 15:58
My Skype :
hawkmoonvonkoln72
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sat, 29 November 2008 16:18
We haven't attempted to communicate via voice.

We just type in Vassal's text area and private message windows.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sat, 29 November 2008 16:49
OK
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 30 November 2008 08:08
An epic battle, which lasted 3 3/4 hours from the first move to the last.

The Allies truly were an international team, commanded by Hawkmoon (France), with Scre/Jesper Eriksson (Sweden), Longbearder/Sergey (Russia), and Dakmor (USA). Jesper and Dakmor had to drop out early, leaving Hawkmoon and Longbearder to take over their sections.

The Axis was commanded by Jesker, with Gene, TommieSL/Barry, and sam1812/Sam E. as FGs.

After 3 turns, Axis was leading 4-2. The entire island on the left was cleaned out (including the German tank that had invaded it), and half of the island on the right was cleared, as well.

On turn 4, I made a mistake. Given a Move Out, I made a mistake, advancing two infantries in front of Montsoreau, where they were severely outgunned, rather than focusing on the isolated units on the island and forest hexes. One of these units was eliminated immediately by an Allied Firefight, while the other was destroyed at the Allies' leisure.

On turn 5-6, two consecutive Infantry Assaults by the Axis Right brought 4 units onto or over the far side of the Loire -- but the two most advanced units were quickly wiped out (aided greatly by three units on a Close Assault card). Fierce battling would remain in that area for the rest of the game.

On turn 8, the French finally took the lead (8-6), thanks to a BEL on their right wiping out one of my second unit in front of Montsoreau and one of the Axis Right infantries that had dared to reach the far shore of the Loire.

On turns 8-9, a couple of German units penetrated the French Center at Chenehutte. One of these eventually made it to the 8th row -- eventually wiping out a back-rank French infantry on turn 11. But the other was immediately reduced to 1 figure by a French BEL.

On turn 11, down 11-7, the Axis played a TFH, killing infantries in their center and left. This brought the score to 11-9. (When one unit's sandbag was deleted, the unit disappeared from the medal rack, causing the total to appear as 8, instead of the correct 9.)

But the French had a TFH of their own, and used it to quickly knock the last figure off the last German tank, for a final score of 12-9, Allies. (THIS IS THE CORRECT SCORE.) Their victory is all the more heroic when it is noted that they scored the win at 1:30AM French time, 3:30AM Moscow time.

It was long, but all 6 surviving players had a great time! Thank you, again, to everybody who played. Thanks, also, to the several people who came by to watch parts of the game.

Yes, we'll do it again. Maybe next time with air rules.

[Updated on: Sun, 30 November 2008 15:25]

      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 30 November 2008 10:28
Was a great game a lot of nationalities. was a bit scarred in the beginning on allies left flank felt completely overpowered. But thanks to being heavily fortified position and some good cards. i managed to kill some of the attacking forces.

to bad i had to leave due to IRL stuff would have happily completed the game.
//Jesper Eriksson (going to change my name on vassal most likely)
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 30 November 2008 12:35
Thanx for all the players and observers !
A special thank for Sam1812 who has organized the game.
A big hurrah for my international FGs who fought well (Sorry Dakmor, you left when it began to be interesting on the Right Flank)...
Greetings from Le Mans Cool
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 30 November 2008 15:24
Yes, Scre (Jesper), your side of the board had the most intense fighting throughout the game. 7 German Right and 5 French Left units were destroyed there.

The Germans led in the center section, 2-1.

4 German Left and 2 French Right units were destroyed, though all of the Germans fell after Dakmor had to leave.

I didn't tally it, but Longbearder (Sergey) scored 1 kill early in the game in the Center, and then after he switched to the two flanks, must have scored about 5 on the Left and 4 on the Right.
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Sun, 30 November 2008 21:32
Hi all!
Thank you for wondeful game!
Thanks to Sam for arrangement!
Thanks the Lord for good card choice through this huge battle and strong Allies CiC! CISCO provide me big support when my eyes and wisdom trend to sleep. Cool

I'd really wanted to defend the Allies side of river.
As so it should be not so easy as attack by Axis, I supposed.
But History was changed by Cadets/students Wink fighting and good battle dices throwing.
On the right side of Allies real Snipers digged in . They wipe out whole tank unit in distance shotting and 1 arty fig by a mortair shot.

VIVE LA FRANCE! Cisco Wink I fill your shoulder through all battle. We done it!

I'll be with you in the next OL, guys!
      
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Re:Next Vassal Overlord - Cadets of Saumur Mon, 01 December 2008 04:47
To those who have expressed appreciation to me for organizing this -- it's my pleasure. I'm delighted to be able to bring together so many people, from so many places, to do something that would be difficult for most of us to do otherwise.

Through Memoir and Vassal, I have shared games with people from numerous countries (most of which I'll probably never visit) on five continents.

And I believe that all of this is good for the world.
      
    
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