Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jovian Chronicles Campaign Overview

I have resolved to run a Jovian Chronicles Campaign.  The overall campaign will use VBAM for running the economic, financial and military elements at the strategic and operational levels.

Space:  Operational level syncs with Strategic in space and I will use the VBAM JC maneuver map for the solar system.  For larger naval battles, defined as involving two opposing capital ships, or more, I will use a combination of JC and Aerotech ships for fleets, with JC stats and then use elements for THW Star Navy for resolution since this will be all solo.  For smaller level engagements I will use JC skirmish rules and some Star Army I think.  For boarding actions, I will definitely use Star Army with Warzone/Starship Trooper/VOR/etc.  minis.

Ground:  Operational element as I will use WH40K Planetscape tiles for moving Bn+ elements and then when companies (-) engage I will play out using Heavy Gear gears and rules with PEZ concept from Star Army. This will really only be used for Mars, as it is the only divided planet at war right now in the JC story line.

I plan on starting out in around 2214, six months after peace negotiations began on Mars after the Battle of Kurtzenheim.  Federation troops with CEGA support are once again aggressively probing Free Republic areas.  Jovian support has been requested, but fallout from the losses sustained during the Kurtzenheim Fiasco still prevent full commitment of the armed forces.  A small contingent of Gear and Exo pilots and equipment, under the name of the JVG (Jovian Volunteer Group) are preparing to be infilled to provided limited, but much needed military support to the beleaguered  Free Martian Republic forces.  Elsewhere skirmishes with CEGA patrols seems to be on the rise and the Jovian military desperately operates with its hands tied to stop the CEGA advances before its too late.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Im back...what next

Ok, so once again I have proved that school and gaming just do not mix.  I have however, not been idle with my time.  I have quite a few opportunities coming up in the next two months so I intend on making the most of it.

First, I have, for better or worse, started into a new game, ..or rather an old game:  Warzone.

Although similar to WH40K, it seems to have more in common with VOR than 40K.  The setting is cool, he minis hard to find, but I got my hands on some, specifically Capitol, Bauhaus and Mishima.  These three armies can be easily used in some other settings and games as well, so I didn't see to much to worry about.
So now I ave a wide variety of Scifi troops with which to duke it out.  (AT43, Battletech Battletroops, Peter Pig Troopers, Starship Troopers, VOR, 40K Marines, Random assortment of Ral Parha Scifi figs not to mention a slew of various alien warbands).  So in trying to put these forces together and utilize them I have developing a plot to support a plan.
       I started on the idea of using the background from the book Jannisaries which describes how a 1960s era mercenary platoon is transported to a remote planet to join tribes of other humans from various cultures and histories.  So they fight Romans, Samurai, etc. with their weapons until the ammo runs out...   This could be interesting or too easy.

      So I think I will use a more SciFi -ish storyline.  The idea of mega corporations in Warzone is attractive as it could be melded with Jovian Chronicles very easily because it has a similar concept where each planet in the Sol System is occupied by a specific force.  So, I think that combining JC and Warzone might be the best haul.  Maybe an earlier war in the JC timeline so I can leave out the mecha (more complicated to deal with in skirmish battles), but then I could do boarding actions quite easily I think.  Hhhmmm....anyways, still debating.  Any recommendations, I would love to here then...that is if anyone reads this....

Next, With Jovian Chronicles I have resolved to get the fleet up and running.  I have a pretty large collection of ships and hey are going to go out to a painter...soon...I hope.  Thes along with my Aerotech ships and Firestorm Armada ships should be a large pool from which to pull ships and fighters.  Plan on using Star Navy rule set from THW.  Haven't tried them yet, but they look very adaptable.  But at the same time, I think a VBAM game to cover the campaign at the strat level using the JC VBAM system would be good.  Then for Tactical engagements I choose to play out I use Star Navy for fleet actions and Star Army for ground and boarding actions. Boy....this is looking confusing....  Well thats life in my SciFi world! 
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