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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000

JTS Bonaparte's Peninsular War Released


The Peninsular War was one of the longest and most drawn-out campaigns of the Napoleonic War; a piece of Imperial regime change designed to close off the last European ports open to British trade, which instead developed into the "Spanish Ulcer" that sapped the strength of Napoleon's empire and left him to fight a two-front war that would ultimately destroy him.

After 1808, Napoleon left the Peninsular conflict in the hands of his brother Joseph, and of the marshals and generals commanding the various French armies. No one man was given supreme command of all French forces in Spain, and French operations – though frequently successful on a local level, were marred by a lack of cooperation. This was made yet worse by Napoleon's own attempts to run the war by remote control from Paris, sending written orders that were out of date even before they were despatched.

Though often defeated, and similarly bereft of central control for the early years of the war, the Spanish leaders kept on putting fresh armies into the field, while the civilian populace refused to surrender and fought a bloody guerrilla war against the invaders. This tied down a large part of the French forces, limiting the numbers available to pursue further conquests. As a result, once their initial occupying army had been driven out in 1808, the French were never able to conquer Portugal, which was defended by its own reorganized forces and by a growing British contingent. The British were led by Arthur Wellesley, a man of outstanding ability who would subsequently get the better of Napoleon himself at Waterloo. Although initially the French had the upper hand, the reorganization of the Portuguese army by Beresford and the construction of the Lines of Torres Vedras secured Portugal from French conquest. Thereafter, Portugal would become the base for the Anglo-Portuguese army that would eventually join with the Spanish to evict the French from the Peninsula.

Bonaparte's Peninsular War will take you through battles and campaigns focused in and around Portugal, but also branch out into Spain for some of the early war actions of 1809. The balance of the Peninsular conflict is covered in a follow-up title currently in development. For further details you may read the Designers Notes.

•Over 170 scenarios to include the battles of Badajoz, Bailen, Oporto, Rolica, Talavera, Vimeiro, and many more.
•Tutorial scenario that helps the player learn the game system.
•Scenarios range from small to large and have versions designed for both play against the A/I as well as those focused on PBEM.

•Three campaigns are included covering 1809 & 1810 in Portugal as well as the series of battles leading up to and including Vimeiro in 1808.

•Turn scale is either 15 or 10 minute turns.
•Over 40 maps with the largest being over 84,000 hexes.
•Scenario and Campaign Editors.

•2D Zoom-In View
•A/I Enhancements

System Requirements
Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 1 GB
Memory: 1 GB
Video Memory: 512 MB

More info about Bonaparte's Peninsular War can be found over at JTS: 

The game can only be purchased from the JTS store, located here:

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:53:00 +0000

HPS France'14 V1.05 Update Released

HPS just released update V1.05 for France '14.

Changes to France '14 V1.05
- Increase in HQ restoration rate.
- Changes to some resource files.

Please note that this update is for the HPS version of France'14, not the JTS version.
The update can be downloaded here:


Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:01:00 +0000

JTS France '14 Update V1.05 Released

JTS just released the update V1.05 for the JTS version of France'14.

Changes to France '14 V1.05
- Increase in HQ restoration rate.
- Changes to some resource files.

Please note that this update is just for the JTS version, not the HPS version.

The update can be found here: http://johntillersoftware.com/Updates.html

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:30:00 +0000

Support Contact Tip

I ran across this earlier; this can come up with scenario design, and it is a very important consideration to make prior to contacting Support at John Tiller Software or HPS Simulations -namely because it is something that they will not be able to assist with.


This is one such example, where the problem was in a user made PDT table (mind you I am definitely not criticising the author -as what with all of the coding that can go into making a scenario -these things do happen).

In this instance a parameter line for a weapon was omitted -and with the resultant impact being that units with that sort of weapon were unable to fire.

Ok the point basically is, is that the companies are not able to provide support for custom created files.

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:17:00 +0000

Getting in some graphics work

A few weeks ago I had pause to consider my position 'graphically' -nothing seemed to be working.

At the same time I felt that I was maybe going to be in need in of a new carry bag for my research gear -and things being what they are - at the store, you need to add a new design at least every 90 days - and I guess my time might have been getting close... I got to a work (ok -I did not put a lot of time into these -an example being to the left), and I still have some other project material that I need to get to elsewhere.

Anyway ... that is about it for the weekend for me (I will probably have to put this aside for a bit -all graphic work is actually good practice, and yes, I think that you can accurately call this practice as well. ;)

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 13:32:00 +0000

The mistake a lot of wargaming sites make...

One of the things I have noticed is that a lot of wargaming sites, particularly miniature sites, focus on photography. And yes, I agree that the models are incredible, and an art-form in their own right. 

What seems to be lacking a lot of times, is (for me at any rate), the strategy behind the wargame itself. I don't know if I would call it a failure, per se, but I would probably suggest, instead, that it is a significant missed opportunity that links a battle (in a lot of cases a scenario), and the history behind the situation being gamed out.

What are the objectives being contested? What is the strategy being adopted? What is the historical background? When it is all said and done, how does the player (or do the players) evaluate what you have achieved? 

I guess that is what I find to be one of the most interesting parts of the hobby, if not the main purpose for playing.

Take, for example, a plan that I have had to write a debriefing of a recent match at Spotsylvania that I had with Don Vandergriff, where the scenario ended prematurely due to Don's day job.

This won't be a full on AAR, if only for the main reason that I was not really keeping a running log of what was going on (this battle was part of a linked campaign in Campaign Overland). Don had been suitably unimpressed with my play before this scenario, when he had called me: "...by far... the most cautious player (that he) had ever played."  Well in my own defence, that was the first two scenarios of the campaign ( and the second scenario was largely hindered due to his withdrawal to a map edge and digging in with a hedgehog as well as rainy weather which impeded my progress in finding him. The first battle - was one where I frankly had hoped that he would have gotten frustrated at me and come after me -forcing a crossing near Orange CH - and to which I had dug in with the aim of fighting a river defence (instead of forcing a crossing over a river -with some nasty looking fortified works behind them)... I suppose at best I would have allowed an artillery duel... but -well, this isn't at all about any of that (seeing as nothing at all happened really).

Spotsylvania wasn't like that. 

I think I will chuck out the images, and come back to the narrative later (and I might make a page out of it). Speaking of pages- I also have some screenshots for a Civil War Battles graphics mod that I was sent recently, and I will have to get those organised as well as make the mod available for download (I have gotten a bit backed up with personal life over the past month or so.).

CSA View
USA View
The Tally

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:55:00 +0000

JTS Leipzig Update V1.05 Released

JTS just released Leipzig Update V1.05

The update includes:

Changes for Campaign Leipzig V1.05
- Added Magnified 2D view (View menu, mouse wheel, or hot key '5').
- Multiple scenario updates.

The update can be found here:

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:47:00 +0000

HPS Atlanta, Corinth, Shiloh, Vicksburg Update v2.0 Released

HPS just released update v2.0 for Atlanta, Corinth, Shiloh, and Vicksburg.

All of the updates include:

- Added Mixed Organization Penalty Optional Rule for -1 morale modifier when units from different brigades are in the same hex.
- Added ability to construct Trenches in certain scenarios based on Parameter Data Trench Construction value.

The updates can be found here:

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:25:00 +0000

JTS Waterloo Update 1.07 Released

JTS just released Waterloo update v1.07.

Please note that this update is only for the JTS version of Waterloo.

The release of the HPS Waterloo version will follow.

Changes for Campaign Waterloo 1.07
- Added Magnified 2D view (View menu, mouse wheel, or hot key '5').

The JTS Waterloo version update can be found here:


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:55:00 +0000

East Prussia '14 released


I still have to add in links to the updated documentation files, however I do have a page up for it.

By the sounds of things, there is an update to be put out shortly for owners of the HPS version of France '14 as well (from what I understand, it is actually completed and just waiting on HPS to add it to their site).

Owners of the HPS version should not update to the JTS version, as that update is already posted at the JTS site (JTS having direct control over when they can update their material on their own site - it is one of the major perks of running your own site...). If you were to do this with the HPS version -then the HPS version would begin asking you for a serial number -which you wouldn't have.  If that were to happen, you should be able to apply the update when it comes out from the HPS site to overlay the erroneously applied JTS update.

..which was one of the things I found out while testing the recent Campaign Waterloo update.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:47:00 +0000

New Shop under Development...


Posting this mainly so I don't go and lose the URL. Basically I discovered that I can add custom designs to (among other things not offered directly on the Cafe Press store) - - - Hockey Jerseys.

As in ones you can wear over pads ... so -actual real bonafide ice hockey jerseys ...

-and this just has to be done. I am not really under any illusion that it will bring in much (probably any) money - but at the end of the day I can have a promotional personalized hockey jersey or two.

I don't reckon that I can beat that.

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 01:46:00 +0000

New JTS Touch App released - Civil War Battles: Atlanta

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:04:00 +0000

New JTS Touch App released - Civil War Battles: Corinth

Civil War Battles: Corinth

This one came out Friday 20 June 2014; for whatever reason I only just became aware of  Drew Wagenhoffer's blog.

The first thing I am going to do is add a link to this on the site. At the same time, I have a message for other scenario designers out there- particularly those working with John Tiller Software or even HPS Simulations. While I have some pretty good connections with the company, I am not always made aware of projects that you might have going on outside of the realm of JTS or HPS Sims -so if you have something else you are involved in - by all means, get in touch with me and the site would love to be able to support your work.

This also holds true for play testers...

Anyway - I thought that I would throw that out there.

Sat, 10 May 2014 23:51:00 +0000

New Touch Ap available now...

Touch Civil War Battles: Chancellorsville

Civil War Battles - Chancellorsville

Sat, 10 May 2014 23:46:00 +0000

Touch Ap Release: Civil War Battles - Peninsula

.... in catch up mode on the blog.

Touch Civil War Battles: Peninsula

Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:59:00 +0000

New Touch Ap available now...

This time it is Panzer Campaigns: Market-Garden '44

Panzer Campaigns - Market-Garden '44

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:10:00 +0000

Napoleon's Russian Campaign DD Available


Just released -the direct download version of Napoleon's Russian Campaign.

The game can be purchased here:


or here:


Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:52:00 +0000

NRC Update v1.08 Released

HPS just released update v1.08 for NRC

The update includes:
Changes for Napoleon's Russian Campaign 1.08
- Updates to weapons and scenario files.

NOTE: Starting with this version, no CD-check is performed by the
main program and all documentation is supported only in PDF format,
available from the Help menu in each application.

You can find the update here:  http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/updates/up_NapBats/up_NapBat.asp#NAPOLEONSRUSSIANCAMPAIGN

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:51:00 +0000

Missionary Ridge...

I promised a bit more about the Kurz and Alison lithograph, 'Missionary Ridge' - this image has been a relatively big seller for me over at Cafe Press. I know that last November was the 150th anniversary of the battle- but it is not just the amount of things moved -but rather what has been going.

I think that the vast majority of material is from Cafe Press just using my design -which is cool by me, but the designs they use are not always optimised for the product that they are being used on. Case in point -they were using my design as optimized for 11 x 17 inch posters.

Stay with me on this ... because someone bought a woven blanket using this sized image -and I have no idea at all how that would come out. It must have been ok, as the customer kept the item (and in the process I learned that I needed to bone up on Cafe Press' new commission scheme -which I did eventually). Lately though someone bought the design on a picture frame (which means that there is no central part of the image itself - then the other day a sticker and I think a magnet went...

So, yes, it does suggest that I ought to spend more time and effort creating designs for Cafe Press, as I have heaps of material to work off of. I do wish that I had a clone in order to actually get the time needed to produce all that I am capable of... but well, it will happen -I am sure of that.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:47:00 +0000

PzB Release Day


U.S. stocks welcomed a solid lift in Monday's trading session, with all three major indexes closing up. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 0.64%, or 104 points, to close at 16,207 points; the S&P 500 closed up 0.64%, or 12 points, at 1,848; and the Nasdaq closed up 0.69%, or 30 points, at 4,293 points.

As I stated in the last post - #7 was the winning number in the draw -as it was the closing figure for the Dow Jones Index on Monday.

This makes Richie61 the winner of the draw.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

(Apologies for the confusing screenshot -that was my fault.)

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:56:00 +0000

PzB contest update.

Ok- the title's name is out there, which means it is getting close ... really close to a release.

Hypothetically, if it comes out on Friday (US time), then the Dow Jones close on Monday in the US was ...107, meaning that the winning number is #7.

If this is the week, with 22 entries, then 7 is the winner.

At this point, I am not going to take any further entries in the interest of fairness.

I will post more possibly on Friday US time.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:27:00 +0000

PzB Contest Update 2

There are 22 entered in to the draw.

This sort of makes things a little more complex in terms of how I was going to have the winner chosen.

What this means is I had a look at the Dow Jones close yesterday and it was 63. Ok- what I do with that number?

Ok- I don't know -so I will change something with the draw -and that is - I will go by the closing number for the Dow Jones (NYSE) for the week prior to release. If that fails to produce a winning number (the last 2 digits) -that it will be daily until a winning number comes up.

It is a fairly interesting title- especially judging from the images that have been posted by David Freer, recently, over at the Blitz.

I believe that if you click on the above image it takes you to a full sized image that David had posted. And I suppose the news of the week is that - it is a Russian Front title.

Me? Well I am well and truly focused on a different century -so I won't be able to post much material of my own - which is not to sat that I won't post anything - but rather more - I have to rely on others to submit it.

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:37:00 +0000

Touch ap links getting out of hand :D

I have to rejig the site and find a better location for the links to the touch aps.

Right now I am thinking that the best place for these would be to replace the menu on the right hand side of the site.

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:49:00 +0000

PzB contest update

It has been awhile, and I have not been able to do these as regularly as I had thought that I might be able to.

To date there are 19 names in the draw - so if you are thinking of pulling the trigger on this, there is still time, and the odds are probably pretty good..


Note, that this is intended as a '2nd Chance' drawing, so that in the event an entrant has won David Freer's contest at the Blitz , were to win the draw here, it will be re-run on the next business day.

The idea being to maximise exposure and to give more guys a chance at winning a title.


Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:58:00 +0000

Clarification - a future AAR competition

I saw this on a thread over on the Blitz, and thought that I should explain more what I was meaning.

Last year when the site ran a contest for AI script writing, I had mentioned over on Gamesquad, that in the future the site would be holding an AAR contest. This happened because, not everyone was interested in writing AI scripts.

This idea is basically about generating some content for the Scenario Design Center site, and nothing more. There only limitation on this contest will be that it would have to be on something published by either John Tiller Software or HPS Simulations. It can be any game, this would include the demo games, as well as the Touch Ap's that have recently been released.

The aim, as I said, would be about getting a hand generating some content for the site, and at the same time offering guys a chance in a draw.

However, this will be some time later on in 2014. I don't have an exact time frame, just a rough idea.


Also I should explain that I worded the other contest poorly. I will accept entries up until publication date- whenever that is. As it stands, I have no idea when that might be -so there may end up being a fair amount of entries in the drawing.

In the interests of transparency, I will post updates on the number of entrants fortnightly (every two weeks), and do this on Sundays (my time).


GameSquad Forums - Blogs - HPS Simulations Blog by rahamy

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:01:49 GMT

SB Updates

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:49:00 GMT

New HPS / JTS Updates in the works...

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:13:25 GMT

More PzC updates...

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:06:56 GMT

PzC Updates continue

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 14:55:32 GMT

PzC Updates

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:36:31 GMT

Atlanta updated...

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:48:13 GMT

More updates...

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:09:45 GMT

Gettysburg updated

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:02:01 GMT

Ozark is up!

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 03:37:12 GMT

Corinth update...

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:17:48 GMT

New updates...

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:24:14 GMT

Ancient Warfare Poll

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:36:56 GMT

Budapest & REN

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 12:49:42 GMT

Panzer Campaigns: Kharkov '43 & going forward...

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 02:46:23 GMT

Ren 1.03

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 02:03:01 GMT

Punic & Gallic Wars updated

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:40:53 GMT

Jutland updated

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 11:09:11 GMT

France '14 scenarios & finishing notes & tips

Sun, 01 Aug 2010 21:33:59 GMT

New Ancient Warfare updates posted...

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:43:18 GMT

France '14 1.01 update

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:06:37 GMT

Designer Notes: France ‘14 - Part III

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 20:18:01 GMT

Designer Notes: France ‘14 - Part II

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 21:10:45 GMT

Designer Notes: France ‘14 - Part I

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 16:39:46 GMT

Red Victory Operations, part II

Sun, 04 Jul 2010 02:40:24 GMT

Red Victory Operations, part I

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 01:03:20 GMT

Photos from TCIII...

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:25:44 GMT

Catching up...

Sat, 22 May 2010 15:41:19 GMT

Midway 1.01

Fri, 14 May 2010 19:12:55 GMT

Another hint...

Tue, 11 May 2010 11:07:09 GMT

Greek Wars scenarios

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