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    Operation: Market Garden Campaign

    July 19, 2010

    Firestorm is here again!

    Throughout the end of July and into early fall, Gamescape North is again presenting a very special summer Flames of War campaign, and it’s open to all Late-War players of all army sizes. Raging battles will be fought over precious rail resources, important bridgeheads, and quaint Dutch townships. Army commanders will conspire under low light with their generals to devise the best and most efficient battle plans. And the spoils shall go to the victor – of which there can be only one. And did we mention the loot?

    We’re taking a magnetic version of the Firestorm: Market Garden map board and hanging it on the wall to track progression in the campaign for all to see. Every player will choose an army and spend time with other commanders on their side, as well as their commanding general, plotting their turn’s movement and strategy. And we’ll be throwing down across the network of bridges and rivers of the Netherlands throughout four weekends in July and August. The more games that are played, the better your team will do, and all commanders really need to know are the basic Flames of War rules and some introductory campaign elements that will be explained on the first day. Specifics are below.

    When: We’ll be playing the Bridge Too Far Campaign, which will have five turns over five weekends. It’s very low-commitment because we know everyone’s very busy with lots of things, and we want as many people to join as possible. To this end, we’ll be meeting on Saturdays: July 24th, August 7th, August 21st, September 4th, and September 18th. Game times will be between 12 noon and 6pm. Players need not attend every Campaign Turn, but the more you play, the better chance your side has of winning.

    Organization: All Late-War armies are permitted, of almost any size. Because commanders (you) will be challenging other players, you get to mutually decide on a points value with the enemy. Some battles might be 1000-points and some could even be 3000-points, if time permits. This means you’ll want to bring a force with lots of pre-designed modularity so you can adapt to the agreed-upon points value. All army lists from FoW 2nd Edition Late-War books will allowed, as well as any Official .pdf lists from the Battlefront website. We’ll be checking all lists before the battles, so please check your composition carefully! There are provisions within the campaign rules for all nationalities, which means that everyone can play – even Eastern Front armies.

    Hierarchy: Darren and Nick will be taking the coveted jobs of Army Generals – one for the Allies and one for the Axis. You’ll file in behind them and work as a council of war to determine the best course of action before every turn. They’ll be doing all the administrative work, but you can bet you’ll see them on the battlefield, as well. Your job, of course, is to destroy the enemy at any cost, and there a variety of ways in which you’ll be able to help your respective war effort.

    Again, the first meeting will be Saturday, July 24th 12-6pm. We’ll gather in the back of the store and give a brief explanation of the campaign rules, which include the following themes: map movement, capturing territory and calculating victory points, formulating battle plans, lines of supply, Divisional Support (Firestorm troops), aircraft missions, and a few other relevant rules. Then we’re off to battle! We’ll have boards set up with easy modularity for different terrain types, and we’ll have a table to roll on of available scenarios. But don’t get mired in the organization – that’s what we’re here for. You just come and play.

    Entry for five weeks of play will be a flat fee of $10. We will, indeed, have prizes for certain categories of commanders, including Best General, Best Sportsman, Best Painted, and some surprise categories at the end of the campaign. We think this is going to be an absolute blast, and we hope you’ll come join the fray! Please direct any questions to us below, and let us know ASAP if you plan on signing up. The recruitment sheet is on the counter in the store, and we can easily add your name if you intend to join. Hope to see you on July 24th!