Kim - currently working on two projects: Operation Nordwind - an introductory card driven game depicting Hitler's last offensive in the west in January 1945. The action took place in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. The other project is Picket Duty - a sloitaire game in which the player is the captain of a Fletcher class destroyer while performing picket duty off the island of Okinawa March - June 1945. The goal - survive as kamikazes try to sink your ship and inflict maximum damage on the US fleet supporting the troops on the island.
I will here try to point out the mechanics in ”Ici, c’est la France!”. It starts in winter 1955 and ends sometime in 1961-62. Each game turn is one season.
1) Allocation of new operation points: Both sides use operation points to pay for things they do. The maximum number ops that you may have are 20 points. The number of ops France gets will increase each game turn. FLN will get ops from each region that is contested or FLN controlled. The number of ops FLN gets also depends on how populated the contested or controlled regions are.
2) Political chits: You will have some on your hand and you will draw a new one each game turn except winters. These chits may affect…
a) …the ability of FLN to conduct the insurgency.
b) …the patience of the French public, which eventually will force an end to the war through a referendum. A referendum will (by rolling three dice) check each region and see if the population there votes pro-FLN or pro-France. This is one way of winning.
c) …the mood of the military and Pied-noirs (local French population in Algeria) who in the end might push France into the abyss.
d) …the Moslem population, making it more pro-FLN or more pro-France.
e) …the amount of operation points you start the game turn with.
f) …the French garrison value in Algeria. The higher it is the more difficult it is for FLN to contest or control a region.
g) …the war through specific events.
3) Reinforcements: FLN recruits new fighters in regions where they are present. The number of fighters they may recruit in a region depends on how large the population is and what allegiance it has. The cost in ops depends on the ability of the FLN and how pro-FLN the population is. France pays with ops for the reinforcements which arrive during the first 2-3 years. Therefore, it won’t that many ops left to spend before 1958.
4) FLN movement, attack and supply check:
a) Movement will cost ops if they enter a region controlled by France and FLN fighters may move no further after entering a region with no FLN presence.
b) After paying ops FLN may attack the civil society. Success will depend on the FLN ability and the number of fighters. A successful attack will make the population more pro-FLN (because of the retributions from the Pied-noirs)
c) The number of fighters which can be supplied in a region depends on how pro-FLN and how large the population is.
5) French movement, attack and supply check:
a) Movement will cost ops if they enter a region controlled by FLN. French units try to find the FLN fighters.
b) French units may attack FLN fighters. After having paying ops the fighters have to be found. If they are, the French units may attack and try to kill them off. Success will depend on the French units, the terrain and the allegiance of the population. The point is to decrease the amount of FLN fighters in a region and thereby deny FLN control or even contest there.
c) Regions, not units, check for supply. FLN will gain ops if regions can’t trace to an harbour without passing a FLN-controlled region.
6) Insurgency and counter insurgency:
a) FLN may spend ops and change the allegiance in a region which is contested or FLN controlled.
b) France may spend ops and change the allegiance in a region which is French controlled. If the region has an allegiance which is totally pro-FLN, it has to be purged first (which may fail).
c) France may also resettle part of a population in a region in order to decrease the FLN supply. But a resettlement will also push the population one step towards pro-FLN. France may also infiltrate in regions which are contested (only) in order to make the population less pro-FLN.