However when you haven't played a game for a while it's surprising how the learning curve needs to be overcome again to grasp the familiar mechanisms yet again and so after making a mess of our first game, by playing our combats through to completion instead of stopping after the prerequisite number of rounds allowed by the supply points spent, thus seeing our units get eaten up in a month instead of the three month scenario being played, we reset the board and started again.
That's one of the many advantages of cyber play that setting up a game in Vassal is often just a case of a couple of clicks on the mouse and you're good to go.
In addition to getting used to the play of the game we also had to familiarise ourselves with how the Vassal module facilitated it and with this most recent incarnation, I have to say very well, with the board shots of our game displayed here in the post showing our game of the Crusader Campaign in the winter months of 1941 set up, with me playing the British Empire forces and Steve's Axis line hidden from view as his blocks are turned face down.
|Czech infantry of the 11th Battalion man the defences around Tobruk in October 1941 with a captured Italian field gun set up in their positions|
|Empire reconnaissance on patrol during Operation Crusader|
|The end of November 1941 and with both of us desperate to consolidate our supply, with me just sitting on one supply and four dummies at the close of play, both our lines along the border have been drawn in to the coast with groups brought together ready for the big and hopefully final push in December|
|A British Crusader Tank passes a burning Panzer IV during Operation Crusader, a sight that would have been seen in our game |
|The units left standing in the final battle at Sidi Omar with German antitank units and Italian infantry holding the rear-guard against the Empire assault.|
As with the historical battle our Crusader was a close run thing and with both of us getting back into relearning this game, mistakes were made by both sides which we chatted through in our wash-up afterwards.