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Multi-Player Game Format with "Game Master"
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Author:  dmallory [ Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:12 pm ]
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Many years ago, one of the club members organized a wonderful multi-player game. He served as 'Game Master' and took all the moves. Players were assigned the role of one officer in the game, but no players ever knew who the other players were: All messages had to be sent addressed to the officer (not the player) and had to be sent through the Game Master. Each player was allowed a certain number of 'courier messengers' (usually one for each subordinate plus one or two additional, if I remember correctly). Messages via courier were limited (to 20 characters, I think). Officers in the same hex with other officers could communicate freely (that is, no messenger was required, and no limit to the number of characters - the only limit was the time limit between turns). The Game Master would determine how long it should take a courier on horseback to reach the intended target. Then he rolled a die to determine whether the courier made it. Usually the courier arrived (although there was no guarantee that the recipient understood the limited message as intended, just as in the real war) on time. Sometimes (base on the die roll), the courier would be delayed, or get lost/killed and never show up. There was even a possibility the courier would be intercepted by the other side - who would receive the message!

The Game Master would take the turns, using the instructions provided by players of both sides, one day a week. Replays would be sent to all players of each side. Each player had one week to send his next batch of couriers.

I was able to be a player in two such games and loved them. Of course, the Game Master was the one who did most of the work. (I think the Cabinet awarded special points to the Game Master for all of his efforts.)

Does anyone else remember this? And, if so, who was the Game Master? The name Ken Miller comes to mind, but I can't locate a club member by that name on either roster in the DoR. (I think he was a Yank.)

I would like to get involved with a game like this again. If the guy who organized it is interested in being Game Master again that would be great. If not, I'd like to procure a copy of his notes and offer my services as Game Master.

Author:  C. Hecht [ Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:02 pm ]
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If it was Ken Miller, you can find him here: ... ofile&u=32

Author:  krmiller_usa [ Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:28 pm ]
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Gen. Mallory,

Sorry but right now I do not have the time to get involved in running another MP game.
At the time I did the other two I was working shifts and unless the line went down I often had 2-3 hours a night to kill
and access to a pc which allowed me to do most of the game record keeping at work, especially on graveyard shift.
Currently retired but between helping take care of things at home as the wife is still working, the problem when you rob the cradle :wink: ,
and keeping up with grandkids and my local gaming I find myself with little gaming time, even went on the Reserve/Retired List back in 2018.

If you would like to look over the tables I used as a guide you can still find the websites at

I have also maintained the Engineering site, which contains a lot of info on the HPS/JTS ACW game system at


Author:  D. Hampel [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:44 am ]
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Gen. Mallory,

I also built a couple multiplayer scenarios were members of your current army division played against another group of members from the opposite army division in the ACWGC.

The commander only instructed his subordance the moves and he also controlled the reserve foces and supplies. The player would process their moves and the commanding officer would finish the turn and foward it on to the opposing army. We customised the forces to match the officers playing and added custom units to the game.

We played 3 separate battles and all 3 were GREAT fun. The key here was to build some comradery with our own army group and meet some of the forces from the other side. Each battle was 20 turns and took a while to complete, due too multiple players. Rule was each side had 1 week to complete their turn or the CO had to step in and finish the move. Worked pretty good but games could run a total of 40 weeks; in theory.

I can foward you the game link if your interested?

Author:  Ernie Sands [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:02 am ]
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There were a few variations toMP play.

In one, the side commander could only communicate with other players every 5th or 10th turn.
Another one had a leader had to be within x hexes of the next level commander to receive orders.
Another had the side commander issue orders at the start and THAT was it. Such as, move your corps toward Big Pike Creek and engage. How and what route were the sub-commanders views.
All were fun and required a high level on commitment.

Author:  TReneau [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:09 pm ]
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Gentlemen <salute>

Multi-Play is a wonderful way to play these simulations. This type of format fosters team comradery, lots of the unexpected, and loads of fun. Please count me in. How about others? We need some interested folks to get this thing off the ground.

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