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Started by GJK, March 17, 2015, 09:38:55 PM
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Location: North of the ATX area
March 17, 2015, 09:38:55 PM
In 1982, just before I left for the Marines, my family visited the Alamo in San Antonio. At the gift shop were several copies of a game called "Texas Revolution" by Dan Mings. I had been playing wargames since 12 and having just toured the Alamo, purchasing a copy of the indy game was a no brainer.
In playing the game, the rules were a bit of a mess and the production quality was barely adequate, but it was a cool game. It covers the campaign in 1836 having Mexicans riding in the Texas to eventually surround and besiege the forts at Alamo and Goliad. The game goes from operational to tactical when you actually conduct the sieges so that was pretty cool.
The original map graphics:
10 years ago this month, for the anniversary of the falling of the Alamo, I created a vassal module for the old Mings game. I scanned the map in sections and then faithfully redrew it. I recreated the counters and spruced them up just a tad but otherwise, reproduced them faithfully. I played a number of games via pbem using this module and it worked nicely.
Last week, one of the guys that I played using the module (10 years ago) contacted me about this game and asked if I'd be up for a rematch (his Mexicans devestated my Texans that game). I said sure.
So I opened up this old vassal module and immediately thought about making a better presentation of it. Bob and I had worked on clarifying the rules some years ago, with the blessing of Mr. Ming, and so I took the opportunity to double check those and add some additional cross-referencing and examples of play. I then tackled the map last night. Fortunately, I had kept my original photoshop file that I used to redraw the map, so I had each of the elements in layers already. I then opted to go for a "Charlie Kibler (GCACW)" look:
For those that haven't played the game, it's not pretty but it's rather enjoyable if you have interest in the conflict. Otherwise, the game pbem's nicely using the vassal module. I'd be happy to email out the rules that we worked on for those interested.
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