Monday, 14 December 2015
Tonight in true pantomime form we had a game involving pirates.Actually a pirate raid on a sleepy English town loosely based on the Salle Rover raids on England and Ireland in the early 1630's.It involved hordes of Barbary pirates accompanied by some 'standard' pirates attacking and attempting to gather some slaves for the North African markets.
Donald Adamson and Hugh Wilson took the part of the local militia and randomly controlled the local civilians.
The rules were written by Hugh Wilson with some addenda added by myself.The idea of the game was for the pirates to capture the most slaves by attacking the individual houses in the village where a randomly amount of locals would be in residence with the possibility of one being armed with a pistol.Once the alarm was raised by villagers spotting the pirates the militia could be summoned also by a randomly rolled dice.
Hugh moved his men from his starting point to engage the pirates with great haste whereas Donald couldn't even manage a total of six with three dice rolls.We eventually had to reduce the activation dice number to give Dave's forces some worthwhile opposition.
Bart had to leave early as Lady Bart demanded to be picked up.No sooner had he left than Mr Ray Neal appeared to take over from Bart.This after being fortified with some of Lady Suzanne's exquisite Mac Cheese.The thing is that mister Ray is a bit more cautious than Bart but still ended up losing most of his pirates and reinforcements by the end of the game.
The duel between Hugh against Colin and Ray continued on with each side giving as much as they got and after being given the chance to activate his forces on anything bar a one,Donald finally activated his militia and proceeded to move his forces down the hill to engage Dave's pirates.He also successfuly rolled for a cannon with which he proceeded to take long range pot shots at the pirate ship.
As some of the skirmishes proved to be rather bloody we had to bring on some reinforcements to keep the game going.Colin ,Ray and Hugh gained extra forces but Dave was content to continue with what he had as he was successfully getting all his captives back to the main arab boat.What a man will do for chocolate.
The night drew to a close with Dave winning on the Arab side whilst Hugh was the clear winner on the English side.
A good time was had by one and all and this was a game that I had wanted to put on for a long time getting away from the usual Tri corne pirate games and introducing the gang to a not usually played period of history as it came before the English Civil war and English regular forces were few and far between.
Colin Jack-Barbary pirates
Dave o'Brien-Barbary pirates
Bart Zynda & Ray Neal-pirate crew.
Scenario devisor-Tim Watson
Scenery & rule devisor-Hugh Wilson
Figures-Dave o'Brien,Colin Jack,Donald Adamson &Hugh Wilson
and the evening began with a festive meal of Mac cheese followed by mincemeat pies lovingly prepared by Lady Suzanne.
Another report can be found on Bart's Blog-both in English and Polish.http://asienieboje.blogspot.co.uk/
This will probably be my last blog of the year so a very merry christmas, a prosperous new year and a great big thank you to you all especially the ones from the far reaches of the globe who have perused my blog.I'll be back in the new year concentrating on my V.B.C.W and spy fi.Until then Hail to the Redskins.