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  • Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa - Community Run Wargame (Old)


    Background:


    I quite enjoyed playing Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa over my winter break, due to its lack of exhausting "counter porn" (I'm looking at you, HPS) and it's interest in representing the political and personal side of a major military campaign.

    For those who haven't heard of or played this game yet - it's good, I promise, though the most hardcore of grognard's may bemoan some of the decisions made in making it more accessible - here is a flashy YouTube video which... doesn't tell you much. But it looks nice!



    What I enjoy about this game is that it has a political aspect to what is still strictly a wargame. This isn't a grand strategy game like EU4 involving nation building. No, Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa (or DC3) represents the politics within the military. Who gets access to your limited oil supplies: Heeresgruppe Nord for the push on Riga to secure their logistics train, Heeresgruppe Mitte trying to fight back a Soviet counterattack? They will remember who you favored. What happens when Himmler demands his SS be allowed to run their own campaign behind the lines? Will you spend your political capital resisting him, upsetting the Fürer? Or will you concede to his demands, earning the ire of your generals... and giving the War Crimes tribunal after the war reason to hang you?

    It is a circus act, trying to keep all the plates spinning while being pelted with peanuts from the stands. Only the fate of Europe - and the world - lies in the balance.

    Into this world of stiffing bureaucracy and monumental military endeavors - with a fair dash of incompetence, infighting, and petty bitterness as well - will be the most unpredictable element of all... YOU!

    The Players:


    For this game, I will be taking on the role of Generaloberst Franz Halder, chief of the Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH) and an architect of Unternehmen Barbarossa.

    Generaloberst and fashion icon Franz Halder


    A shrewd commander and skilled strategist, Halder is one of the big names in the early successes of the Wehrmacht's campaigns. It will be my job to help bring to life - in some small way - this Bavarian traditionalist. A product of the old school German-Prussian tradition and "bound to duty and oath", in temperament Halder is a dedicated military man. For him, the Heer is an independent entity and, despite his early successes on the international stage, Halder resents the meddling of amateurs like Hitler - though how far he is willing to go to oppose the Führer remains to be seen.

    You, on the other hand, get to choose which body you will inhabit. Everyone who wishes to be directly involved will sign up to be on the staff of one of the three Feldmarschalls. Depending on interest, numbers, and involvement, you may be alone or with a small group.

    Together or solo, you will decide the course of action for your Heeresgruppe during the campaign, from moving your divisions to shifting your depots to which units - if possible - will benefit from command cards. And most importantly, where to attack!
    *Actually, the logistics are far more important, but I'll get into that later.

    But no man - or thought-collective - is an island. After all, perhaps Heeresgruppe Mitte is making a persuasive argument for the transfer of Panzergruppe 4 south to help repel a sudden Soviet counterattack. Or perhaps your orders will be countermanded by myself (or that Bavarian corporal in Berlin) to serve the needs of the wider campaign.

    This isn't just a war game, after all, but a mixture of strategy, role playing, and old-fashioned diplomacy.

    The Game:


    Outside of the normal issues in keeping a multi-million-man invasion running, there will be other decisions to be made. Every turn I will receive a number of random events that I will have to deal with. My choices will be strongly shaped by your input.

    Do I retain some of the high-octane gasoline for my panzers but risk alienating Göring and the Luftwaffe when I need them most? It will be your words and arguments which will carry the day - the more persuasive the better (and shaped, of course, but our current working relationship).

    Even those casual onlookers or those who aren't interested in playing a set role can still speak up and impact the game here, acting as one of the (many) voices in my head.

    In the end, my goal as the host/player of this game is to give you guys as interesting and immersive campaign as I can. How this war progresses - and how much you're willing to work with one another - is up to you to decide. Each Heeresgruppe has its own objectives, its own commanders, and it's own historical accomplishments just waiting to be broken.

    This may be the largest invasion in history, but glory (and bragging rights) are not meant to be shared...

    If you are interested in being part of this campaign, head down to the post below where I lay out the three Heeresgruppe, their commanders, and give you a chance to sign up for whomever you wish!
    Last edited by Daemon of Decay; 28 Jun 16, 10:34.

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    Game Settings:


    The game settings for the campaign, for those interested, are default with two exceptions:
    • Geneva Convention is set to off. This is a dirty war, bad things will happen, and you will have to deal with that as well. How much are you willing to sacrifice to retain your honor?
    • Past history is set to off. As you will be playing as your Feldmarschalls and/or their general staff, and this is a game built around personalities and role playing, it's best to ensure everyone starts at a level playing field.





    The German Army:



    The Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa (DC3) German campaign is basically split up into the operations of three separate Heeresgruppe. You will be joining the staff of one of these three Heeresgruppe as a staff officer, in control of your portion of the Russian battlefield with your own objectives and the inability (except in extreme circumstances) to move beyond your area of operations.

    That is important to remember! Moving into another Heeresgruppe's zone comes with stiff penalties.

    The OOB you will see below may change with the addition and subtraction of certain units as the game progresses, but you can't redeploy the 16. Armee down south to help conquer the Ukraine.

    One last thing to note: in this game there are no corps represented on the map as a distinct layer. All the divisions are directly beneath their respective Armee or Panzergruppe.

    That being said, let me introduce you to your choices for this campaign:


    Heeresgruppe Nord
    (Armygroup North)


    * * * *


    Heeresgruppe Mitte
    (Armygroup Center)


    * * * *


    Heeresgruppe Süd
    (Armygroup South)


    * * * *



    Player Signups:



    Whew! That was a LOT of typing. I'll update the OOB as new units are added, removed, or destroyed in the game.

    Now, here comes the crucial part - deciding which of those Heeresgruppe you want to be a part of!

    If you are interested and wish to get involved, just reply to this post with a confirmation of your interest and clearly state Heeresgruppe you wish to help run.

    As people speak up and give their interest, I'll mark you down here to keep track of the names and positions filled.

    Heeresgruppe Nord

    FM. Snowygerry
    Gen. GMan88
    Gen. Michele

    Heeresgruppe Mitte

    FM. Ulrih
    Gen. Widow Maker
    Gen. Tsar

    Heeresgruppe Süd

    FM. Pruitt
    Gen. The Exorcist

    Last edited by Daemon of Decay; 17 Feb 16, 21:35.

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    • #3
      Looks good - reporting for duty

      Army group North let's say - although I'm willing to consider other options.

      Also I'm looking for officers, so anyone not up for a major command but willing to consider a subordinate position is welcome the PM his resume and application.
      Last edited by Snowygerry; 02 Feb 16, 04:19.
      Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Game.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
        Looks good - reporting for duty

        Army group North let's say - although I'm willing to consider other options.

        Also I'm looking for officers, so anyone not up for a major command but willing to consider a subordinate position is welcome the PM his resume and application.
        Excellent! I (and von Leeb) are happy to have you.

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        • #5
          Everyone must be busy. I can't believe you don't have more response yet.

          I had certainly planned to follow this and probably comment.

          Now I think I'll throw my hat in the ring for Herresgruppe Mitte.

          I would prefer a supporting role but will head things up if needed to help get things rolling sooner.

          Having received the warning order I am now beginning staff planning (checking out the system and maps).
          "Put guards on all the roads, and don't let the men run to the rear."
          Major General John Buford's final words on his deathbed.

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          • #6
            Count me in. I would love to get some major command (von Bock would be my choice) as otherwise if I`m subordinate sometimes I don`t feel that commander needs my input. However if there will be large number of participants then I can try and in that case I would choose Ritter fon Leeb aka Snowy
            Last edited by Ulrih; 03 Feb 16, 03:59.

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            • #7
              Welcome -

              Everyone must be busy. I can't believe you don't have more response yet.
              One thing I noticed is that posts made here for some reason do not appear in "New Posts" section, they do not appear in the "Posts Made" section of my profile either.

              I noticed that for some other games as well.

              If that's the case for everyone it may limit exposure.

              Still we have three army commanders, who can each recruit others if they feel the need to do so, and a CiC with mod powers,

              I think we're good to go

              Edit: @ DoD - I run these games from the office, so I'm on more or less reliably Mo/Fri 9-4, GMT+1, gone weekends and holidays.

              In most cases it should be possible to anticipate orders and not slow the game down - if a problem arises I'll look for an assistant commander who can make emergency decisions in my absence.
              Last edited by Snowygerry; 03 Feb 16, 04:02.
              Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Game.

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              • #8
                Please keep me in the loop. I may be able to take a subordinate command. Hopefully in the Center or South.

                Wednesday is Football Signing Day so I will be on the road and not able to post until late Wednesday Night.

                Pruitt
                Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                • #9
                  And this one DID appear in the "New Posts" section - don't know what changed but it's much easier to follow the action in this manner

                  Welcome

                  Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                  (...) Wednesday is Football Signing Day so


                  Pruitt
                  You sign footballs ? Or you'll be on the road to have them signed ?

                  Something to do with the superbowl I imagine ?
                  Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Game.

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                  • #10
                    Every year in Division I Football, member colleges can sign Athletes to a Letter of Intent to play for this school. I go to the Signing Party at McNeese State University every year. We get to eat a meal and get briefed by the Football Coaches on how lucky they were to get such wonderful (?) people to sign!

                    Other Sports have a different Signing Day. Their Signing Days are not as big a deal as Football's!

                    McNeese just hired a new head Football Coach (member of the old staff) and this will give me a chance to meet some of the new coaches as well. One of the old staff members always wanted to talk Roman Army with me and I would bring him magazines and books. Now he is at another school and he will have to find a new supplier! I have known the old staff for years, but most of them left for more money when the old Head Coach was hired across the state at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

                    I follow Football recruiting hard and this one of my favorite days of the year. I sometimes get a surprise or two!

                    Pruitt
                    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                    by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                    • #11
                      Love the interest!

                      Will be updating the roster tonight and will post the first turn this weekend - don't worry, there's no units to move for the first turn, it will just be a few decisions to make that will show y'all that mechanic, giving you a chance to help guide me towards the decisions you think are best.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ulrih View Post
                        Count me in. I would love to get some major command (von Bock would be my choice) as otherwise if I`m subordinate sometimes I don`t feel that commander needs my input. However if there will be large number of participants then I can try and in that case I would choose Ritter fon Leeb aka Snowy
                        I'm going to let the players within each group decide how they want to divide up their efforts, whether they want to split up the Armee's between them or run the whole unit together as one collective mind. I won't be placing anyone specifically beneath one another.

                        I've put you in Mitte with Widow for now, but if you want to switch let me know.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                          Please keep me in the loop. I may be able to take a subordinate command. Hopefully in the Center or South.

                          Wednesday is Football Signing Day so I will be on the road and not able to post until late Wednesday Night.

                          Pruitt
                          I put you in the south for now, since it was open - and there are lots of units to move.

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                          • #14
                            Don't know if it's just me,

                            but when I click on the spoilers where I expected the OOB to be there's nothing there ??

                            The first one has a screenshot, but the three below do nothing ..

                            Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Game.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
                              Don't know if it's just me,

                              but when I click on the spoilers where I expected the OOB to be there's nothing there ??

                              The first one has a screenshot, but the three below do nothing ..

                              It should work, as it does for me.

                              When you click spoiler it should give you a picture, then another spoiler (showing a map with the initial disposition), and beneath that will be the OOB.

                              I would just click the spoiler then scroll down to see if it shows up.

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