After a brief diversion into something that looked like the end of the Great War, we were back to the open steppe for our latest game of "It Rolls for Ivan".
Before I get on with the game, a quick update on the progress of Ivan from table to print. I said earlier I reckoned it would be January, but that turns out to be wildly optimistic. Following Mike Ingram's death and Phil's illness I've taken on more with the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society. My priority at the moment is to revise the way NBS works so it can continue to do what it does effectively and professionally with reduced reliance on single individuals. I can't be the next Mike Ingram and I can't do what he did. What I need to do is revise the way we manage what we do so that we have a solid base for the future, and not just following in the wake of a man who in respect of Northamptonshire's history was a force of nature. My own publishing efforts need to go on the back burner for the meantime. My long stop date for publication is the end of June, so I can run a game at COW, but my preferred latest publication date is the start of May, so I can take copies ordered directly from me to Partizan on the 22nd. Fingers crossed.
Right. The game. We were down on numbers - although we did welcome a new member of the MNG - so I went for a smaller game, with a Regiment/Brigade a side plus supporting units.
The Nyet/Da! rules are closer to what I want now, but still aren't perfect, and there is an issue with close assaults against armour. Theoretically I like the odds, but the million to one shots are coming up nine times out of ten, which is not ideal.
Still, it passed an evening. And the new mat looks nice.