Tournoi de « The US Civil War » sur Vassal

Bienvenue sur mon log dédié à ce wargame de GMT sur la guerre de sécession pour lequel j’organise un tournoi permettant aux passionnés de tester leur stratégie.

English version https://tuscw.home.blog/2019/12/23/welcome-to-my-blog/

Remerciements:
A Mark Simonitch pour la qualité et la beauté de cet excellent jeu. Pratiquant le wargame depuis une quarantaine d’années, j’ai rarement eu autant de plaisir à me plonger dans des campagnes stratégiques complètes et à ressentir autant de suspens jusqu’au dernier tour de jeu.
A tous mes collègues wargamers qui ont eu la patience d’être mes adversaires à The US Civil War . Et sans lesquels l’enrichissement mutuel par la compréhension des règles et la découverte de beaucoup de subtilités du jeu m’auraient échappé. Merci pour leur humour et leur fair-play à Germain, Jérôme, Jean-Louis, Laurent, Romain, Paul, Roger, Alain, Steve, Mark, Henry, Chris, Charles, Stephane… Longue vie à tous!


Inscription:


L’inscription est gratuite. Pour joindre ce tournoi il suffit de:
1- envoyer un email à tournoi.tuscw.1861@gmail.com avant le 31 mars 2020
2- créer un compte (c’est gratuit) sur http://acts.warhorsesim.com/index.asp
pour les jets de dés et tirages de cartes.
Il est préférable de bien connaître les règles du jeu, en particulier les règles navales avancées. Les règles optionnelles ne sont jouées qu’après accord mutuel entre les adversaires. Il existe une version française des règles téléchargeable sur
http://www.ludistratege.fr/the-us-civil-war/

Déroulement des parties


C’est un tournoi à élimination directe. A chaque nouvelle inscription est attribuée un ordre d’arrivée. Un tirage en direct sur Vassal le 31/3/20 déterminera les paires d’adversaires s’affrontant ainsi que leur camp. Les gagnants du premier tour s’affrontent ensuite en changeant de camp dans la mesure du possible après un deuxième tirage aléatoire réalisé en direct sur Vassal. Les perdants d’un tour sont encouragés à s’affronter les tours suivants. Le 1er tour doit être conclu au plus tard le 15 septembre 2020 et le 2eme au plus tard le 28 février 2021. Pour une campagne 1861 qui dure 20 tours, le délai imparti est de 5 mois et demi, avec généralement un peu plus de 300 logs échangés, ce qui signifie qu’il faut un rythme en moyenne de 2 logs/jour échangés pour respecter le timing. Si un joueur n’envoie aucun log ni signe de vie à son adversaire durant plus de 2 semaines, il est disqualifié.

Il est vivement conseillé de stocker les logs sur Dropbox.
Pour toute question de règles ou de fonctionnement, tournoi.tuscw.1861@gmail.com répondra.

Je ne procèderai pas à une vérification formelle des logs, la détection d’erreurs éventuelles est sous le contrôle des participants.
Pour l’écriture des logs, leur répertorisation et des exemples consulter les exemples d’actions copiées dans http://acts.warhorsesim.com/dynamic/journal.asp?id=75075
Le tournoi précédent était en direct sur Vassal, le gagnant est Laurent Staner. Quelques logs des parties précédentes sont téléchargeables sur Dropbox.

2018-2020 Vassal live tournament

The precedent tournament was in live.

The winner is Laurent Staner with the Confederates.
Some logs of precedent rounds are downloadable on Dropbox:

Quarter-final
R vs L
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ewwgrklo82edm4/RomainLaurent_T1.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mvy3bre03sio01h/RomainLaurent_T2.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jo38xtokeacjggp/RomainLaurent_T3.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bsau75w6y1sgja8/RomainLaurent_T4.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9h2s0k5zg5vhvsh/RomainLaurent_T5.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ha40mg8ofowdluf/RomainLaurent_T5_Suite.vlog?dl=0

Semi-final
L vs J
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7rtt26iswpow56h/JesseVsLaurent_Session1.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/snafe5lh8nc3q70/JesseVsLaurent_Session2_turn4.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fipaitl2c0fca34/JesseVsLaurent_Session2_turn5_Part1.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ar8srskbijmalz/JesseVsLaurent_Session3_turn5_Part2.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rlpfhqhvgtj9cfo/JesseVsLaurent_Session4_turn6.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/03ose4dbw03eh3u/JesseVsLaurent_Session4_turn7.vlog?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/j0i1vrrr8c9wruv/JesseVsLaurent_Session5_turn8.vlog?dl=0

Final

L vs S

1st session https://www.dropbox.com/s/rar1m1dbjki9epi/session1.vlog?dl=0

2nd session https://www.dropbox.com/s/tm1k26xy2e8x6km/session2.vlog?dl=0

3rd session https://www.dropbox.com/s/05025q11vj3rezs/session3%283%29.vlog?dl=0

4th session https://www.dropbox.com/s/m9besuaotdyye3w/session4.vlog?dl=0

5th session https://www.dropbox.com/s/5c0of0bldgpynvp/SteveVsLaurent_Session1_2turns.vsav?dl=0

Welcome to the home page of The US Civil War Tournament

This blog is dedicated to the historical simulation game The US Civil War (GMT) which explores the strategic level of this conflict. I organize a pbem tournament to allow the meeting between passionate wargamers like me for this game.

Official website of the game (GMT):
https://www.gmtgames.com/p-729-the-us-civil-war-2nd-printing.aspx

Presentation and discussions on the game and its rules
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/162009/us-civil-war

Version Française: https://tuscw.home.blog/

Vassal Module:
http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:The_U.S._Civil_War

Thanks:
To Mark Simonitch for the quality and beauty of this excellent game. Playing wargame for forty years, I have rarely had as much fun immersing myself in complete strategic campaigns and feeling so much suspense until the last game turn.
To all my fellow wargamers who had the patience to be my opponents. And without which mutual enrichment by understanding the rules and discovering a lot of subtleties of the game would have escaped me. Thank you for their humor and fair play to Germain, Jérôme, Jean-Louis, Laurent, Romain, Paul, Roger, Alain, Steve, Mark, Henry, Chris, Charles, Stephane… Long live everyone!

Sign-up

To join this tournament, you must just :

  • send an e-mail at tournoi.tuscw.1861@gmail.com prior to March 31, 2020. Late players past April 1, 2020 will not be admitted. Registration is free.
  • establish an account at http://acts.warhorsesim.com/index.asp for dice rolls and special card draws (Custom Modules)

(During the game, if too many dice rolled count the first one(s) – disregard the later one(s).)

Each player must:
– know the advanced rules of the 1861 campaign. The optional rules are only played after mutual agreement between the opponents. The choice to play one or more optional rules is determined before each campaign.
– master the use of Vassal (version 3.2.17) with the game module (version 1.06)
– complete each game set (a campaign lasts a maximum of 20 turns) within a maximum of five and a half months.

Tournament Structure

It’s a knockout tournament. For the first round a draw will determine which pairs of opponents will compete and for each pair a draw will determine the sides (US or CSA player). The winners of each pair will then, if possible, face an opponent by playing the opposite side. A new draw is therefore made with a pool for US winners against a pool of CSA winners by reversing the sides.
All draws are made online on Vassal at a date and time announced at least 1 week in advance.
Losers of a round are encouraged to compete with each other to determine a ranking, at least in the semi-finals to determine the 3rd.

1st round must end before September 15, 2020
2nd round before February 28, 2021
If a player fails to put in a more for 2 weeks without prior communication the game is automatically forfeit.

tournoi.tuscw.1861@gmail.com will handle all rules questions.

Using dropbox or any other cloud drive is a great way to keep your game in sync with your opponent by creating a shared directory that both you and your opponent can save files to and both have access to. The logs will not be checked; if there are errors, their detection is the responsibility of the participants.





How will sides and rounds be determined?

Each new player registered in the tournament is assigned an order of arrival.
At the end of registration, 5 dice for each participant are launched on the Vassal server . These dice rolls will determine a decreasing order between the places allocated to the players and allow to designate the opponents meeting in the first round. Odd rows denote the US side, even rows denote the Confederate side.
Example: 8 players A to H
A 3, 4,1, 6, 6
B 4, 6, 5, 2, 5
C 6,1, 5, 6, 2
D 2, 5, 4, 3, 3
E 3, 5, 4, 5, 1
F 6, 4, 1, 2, 1
G 5, 6, 6, 4, 2
H 2, 1, 3, 5, 3
->
F US vs C CS
G US vs B CS
E US vs A CS
D US vs H CS

The winners of the 1st round then compete by changing sides as much as possible. The same draw process is then applied for the second round.

How to record your logs?

If a campaign lasts 20 turns, it is generally necessary to exchange nearly 300 logs.
So you see that you have to exchange at least 2 logs per day (or 14 / week) to run such a campaign in a maximum of five and a half months.
Enter the initials of the two opponents in the order US player-CS player and the log number in the order of creation.
ex: dsat001 for Union set up if Dick S. plays against Andrew T.
For this 1st log, the US player thinks of choosing whether to put 1 SP in Alexandria or not and adjust the VP (2) and BP (98) markers on the status track.
Remember: only 3 cycles for turn 1 to 3 and only 1 special card.

Action writing convention:
3 letters are sufficient to name the leaders
McC = Mac Clellan

MCr = Mac Clernand
McD = Mac Dowell
McP = Mac Pherson
Bre = Breckinridge
Bea = Beauregard
etc.
2 letters for action or status
AA amphibious assault
AT attack
AV avoid
CO control
EN entrench
IN intercept
NT naval transport (by river or ocean)
SN strategic naval transport
SR strategic move by road
RR strategic move by rail (strategic phase) or rail bonus (1 or 2 SP during action cycle)
DM demoralized
RA rally
IS isolated or out of supply
FS in full supply (directly connected by rail or water to a primary supply source)
LS in limited supply (there is a LOC to a primary supply source)

Dice roll for initiative and combat:
1st dice for Union, last(s) for CSA
Examples:
Initiative die roll = 3,6 : CSA move first, 3 action points.
1st action: Lee with 13 SP, Beauregard and Stuart attacks Mac Clellan and Mac Dowell with 9 SP. Five dice will be rolled.
The CSA player writes on his log:
Lee + Bea + Stu + 13 sp AT McC. Does McC AV?
and send his log or an email to the CSA player to ask if
Mac Clellan tries to avoid or not.
Suppose the response of CSA player is: McC doesn’t AV because defends in fort F2 in Washington.
The CSA player can play a special card ‘East’ and writes on the dice roll log:
McC 9 d1+d2 + 7 vs Lee 13 d3+d4+d5 + 6
then rolls 5 dice on ACTS die roller:

Result of this combat: Lee loses 3 SP and his stack is DM; McC loses only 1 SP because his stack is in a fortress. If the US dice rolls had been 3+2 and CSA dice rolls 3+5+2 Lee would have won and caused panic when entering Washington!

Other examples of actions with downloadable log are available after registering on acts.warhorsesim.com on http://acts.warhorsesim.com/dynamic/journal.asp?id=75075

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