|Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Cowan, G.O.C. 103rd Brigade|
We recently started our sixth Supercampaign - Storm of Steel. This is an hour-by-hour refight of part of Operation Georgette, which was itself part of the wider German Spring Offensive of 1918. The game focuses on the operational level of command - players take on the roles of brigade and battalion commanders, rather than company and platoon commanders you might find in larger-scale wargames.
We recently finished Supercampaign V, set during the 1904 Siege of Port Arthur. This was a fantastic game with Paul of the Man Cave blog, where we tried out some new rules and roles for incorporating absent players. These players are cast as senior commanders; strategic decision makers who don't actually take part in the fighting. The player simply sends in weekly orders to an umpire, and the redoubtable tactical commanders have to enact the orders. Players have to work together and trust each other, and it makes for a very immersive and realistic experience. We definitely want to open a supercampaign like this up to the blogosphere, but this is one last playtest and proof of concept before we take the plunge.