There was an opportunity to have a game of Wilderness War. This time we opted for the early war situation and dice gave me the British. Early war scenario starts actually before the war, and therefore it provides two extra turns to get in a good position. That said, it is imperative to use the VP for reinforcement card because if not used, French will have tough time. We did not use it – a bad move.
Historically we have had a bit serious spite of bad luck combined with inept command for British (which incidentally is the side I am on). Until now that is. Besides of cards being favorable, there was an strategy that actually bore fruit.
Considering that the victory conditions remain same as in the short Annus Mirabellis, I had solid plan to take Ohio Forks, and while doing so, eliminate the Indian alliances and presence there. Secondly, I wanted to reinforce – and keep if possible, the fort in Oswego to provide Indian allies, and foothold on the shores of Lake Ontario, but this I failed.
Niagara can be really tough nut to crack, and I did not honestly wish to continue on this road after so many failed attempts. Instead, third, and most importantly, I wanted to push straight into Lake Champlain Corridor North, take Quebec, effectively splitting French holdings in two, and then move on to take Montreal. This actually worked out.
I won but not because of dramatic tactical or strategic insight – I made a lot of blunders, but because my opponent had pretty bad card luck, and eventually he lost personal morale check – which I cannot blame (Things such as skimming the royal accounts and messenger intercepted in a single hand would affect anyone’s morale). Additionally, the Early Reinforcement VP balance tipped favor off to British very heavily and I should have insisted we have the rule in play.
That said, I like Wilderness War tactical dilemma. Yet we discovered another very interesting thing this time. Massive stacks (over 12SP) suffer proportionally greater losses, even if winning than their smaller counterparts. Which means that one really has to fight in small scale, tactically flexible formations to stay alive in the wild.