Hopefully, this shall be the first of more regular posts now. I certainly don't have a lack of projects lined up.... but more on those later.
A New Project
What I would like to introduce today is a new project. The way that it came about was in a confluence of several threads coming together at once. The first was looking at Ed's (Scipio) superb Trench Raider rules and thinking that they would be superb for some sort of street-fighting skirmish game. The second was a jolly good chat in the pub with the ol' Colonel considering the implications of a German victory in 1918. The third was seeing the trailer and reading about the new BBC series, "Peaky Blinders" about a Birmingham gang of returned soldiers.
And of course there a lots of other little things. I've always loved the idea of VBCW and how it has developed - and in all fairness this is not hugely dissimilar. I'm afraid I've run out of original ideas. But depsite the similarities, there's still something about this that makes me want to go forward with it and see where it goes.
|As ever with any project, I have to get the graphics right first|
1919 - What's it all about
'In these circumstances, if you carry out your threat and strike, then you will defeat us. But if you do so, have you weighed the consequences?... For, if a force arises in the state which is stronger than the state itself, then it must be ready to take on the functions of the state itself, or withdraw and accept the authority of the state. Gentlemen, have you considered, and if you have, are you ready?'
- Prime Minister, David Lloyd George to strike leader Robert Smillie
In 1919, Britain was already close to revolution - and whilst this has been debated, it is clear that the Government of the day considered it a very real possibility. I won't waffle on about this history now, I'm saving that for a shiny document. But the quote from Lloyd George above sums it up nicely.
What if Smillie and the others had said that they were ready?
What if the Bolshevik revolution had had a little more international success and what if ties with British socialists and communists had been stronger?
What if the strikers had had a stronger central leadership pushing for revolution now and not reform?
And what if Germany had won the war, what if there had been a more successful U-boat war that left Britain close to starving? (more so than as was already the case in reality).
So that is the setting for 1919, drawing on the reality of 1919 Britain, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, the German Revolution and the Irish War of Independence / Civil War I hope to be able to present a Britain on the brink of civil war with everything to play for.
|Battle of George Square, January 31st 1919|
At the moment this is still very much work in progress, and I want to leave it a little open ended so that you can create your own faction.
The two key players are the Alliance of the Worker's Soviets (or name yet to be decided), based around the Triple Alliance of reality. The most predominant units are militias but a proper "Red Army" or Revolutionary Vanguard is being built up around the units of the armed forces that became "turncoats."
Then there's the government forces, both Military and Police (although the Police have their own share of dissenters as in reality).
I'm also working on a Freikorps style Anti-Socialist Militia and perhaps some sort of Liberal Reformists / Constitutionalists that have lost faith in the government but don't quite want a revolution and at their most radical end are probably looking to install something like the Weimar Republic.
And of course there are plenty of opportunities for criminal gangs, vagabonds and brigands.
In terms of changes to the political map, at the moment the only firm change is the Autonomous Soviet Republic of the Clyde centred around Glasgow, a Paris Commune type situation. Everywhere else is alrgely up for grabs, so if you want to battle it out over your home town or city, let me know and I'll update the map and details of your faction.
This is very much a community project. Any suggestions are very much welcome, and I'd definitely like this to be something that evolves as games are played, very much like VBCW in that sense. All feedback welcome