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On the Bounce – CLWG Game Report

a post-operation Press briefing from Democracy and Freedom Today! (Game played at CLWG on Sunday 2nd February 1997). This was run by Jim Wallman and was set in the not too distant future. Needless to say Democracy and Freedom Today! (aka DAFT) were somebody's freedom fighters and the PEC's Troops Terrorise TeenagersIn the early hours of this morning a heavily armed PEC force flagrantly violated Libyan territory in contravention to UN resolution 1385. The unprovoked raid by PEC forces quickly turned into an orgy of destruction, kidnap and PEC killing spree started when a bus carrying school-children from the local academy for gifted children was ambushed on its return from a field trip. The children, aged between 12 and 16, had been out looking at the night sky as part of the Astronomy 101 course. The field trip was a…
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Serenity Station Post-Hunt Report

Serenity Station Post-Hunt Report As one of the two members of the Climbing Lodge With Gallantry (CLWG) hunting party in the Serenity Station Hunt I was impressed by the excellent hunt set-up. The combination of prey was most challenging and allowed for an excellent day out. After entering Serenity station and having a good look around I watched the initial human entry. I fired a few rounds from extreme range at them as they disembarked. This caused them to disappear (I suspect that they have developed some sort of cloaking technology, although they did not use it when I encountered them later, so it cannot be much good.) This fire was ineffective because the humans were wearing reasonable, if crude, personal armour. The armour was breachable at close range, as my first kill testified. I stalked a group of 10…
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Design Session for “The Lion Comes Home” – Onside report

English: President Harry S. Truman (foreground, left) greeting British Prime Minister Clement Attlee (foreground, right) at Washington National Airport, upon Attlee's arrival for talks on the Korean crisis. Also present is Sir Oliver Franks, British Ambassador to the United States (right), and Field Marshal Sir William Slim (left), the Chief of the Imperial General Staff (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This CLWG session yesterday was a very loose and rambling affair with myself and three (or perhaps four) others. I ran a design session for a game tentatively titled "The Lion Comes Home" about the post-war decolonisation period. Despite the great number of digressions I managed to get quite a few useful pointers about structure, level of detail, team composition and, importantly, how much more research I had to do. With luck the game will appear some time during 1996 for a…
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A Young Officer’s Guide to Fighting in Built Up Areas (FIBUA)

I promised that I would do a bit on Fighting In Built-Up Areas (FIBUA) because I thought that I would be able to add one or two bits of my experience to the pool. Because of laziness I thought that I would just provide the following extract from an Aide Memoire I acquired whilst an Officer Cadet. There is much more from where this comes. Also possible is the section on Counter-Revolutionary Warfare (CRW), the chapter on use of artillery and the ever-useful Close Quarters Battle ("Fix Bayonets!") chapter useful for those awkward occasions when you wake up to find that you've accidentally dug-in in the middle of an enemy position. Chapter 11 - Fighting in Built Up Areas (FIBUA) Following lessons learnt in the latter part of WWII where many young officers were killed, maimed, or lost the confidence…
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CLWG Games Weekend 1995 – Sunday

Sunday Military Spin Sunday dawned a new day and I had done my homework on the Charge of the Light Brigade. The reason for my homework was Jon Casey's game at lunchtime which involved each one of the participants being given a piece of paper with a great military disaster. As originally set this had to be glossed over and presented in a positive light, the only prohibition being outright lies. A late rule change, which I missed, was that it was to be unidentifiable so others could guess which defeat you had been dealt. It was very entertaining, whether or not the defeat was disguised, and it shows the possibilities for deception without lying. I like the idea of this game, perhaps it has other outings ahead of it? Although I wrote several versions of what I needed the…
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