As we return to the action swords are still clashing in the chapel...
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Sunday, 28 March 2021
Saturday, 27 March 2021
Friday, 26 March 2021
This week's game featured some good old-fashioned brutality with a thin veneer of chivalry. I used the A Fistful Of Lead rules with each of the players having their own deck of cards and dice. I modified the scenario from one in the rulebook - adapted to the personalities involved. And so, without further ado I give you (and you can keep it):
A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER
“The greatest story ever embroidered” – Cross Stich World Magazine*
An ageing lord has been left without an heir. He has decided to offer to the knight he deems most worthy all his lands and the hand of his daughter. And the key to her chastity belt.
The lady – a blushing virgin (with, if the rumours are to be believed, much to blush about) has placed her favour (an embroidered scarf) in the ruins of a local chapel – notable as the home of a shrine to Our Lady Of Perpetual Bewilderment. Whichever knight can retrieve the favour and present it to her is the winner. (But see also the Code of chivalry).
The lord and his daughter are waiting at his tent. They will take no part in the battle except to judge any conduct they consider “unbecoming to a knight.”
The knights at least 12 inches from each other and from the centre of the ruins.
The Favour. The lady’s favour is a scarf tied to a pole in the centre of the ruins. A knight must spend an action to grab it. Only a knight can do so.
The favour can only be taken away by putting the bearer out of action. Only a knight may present it to the lady by moving to contact her.
Ye Code of Chivalrie. The lord will look unfavourably upon knights who break the code of chivalry.
Only a knight may take the favour to present it to the lady. No knight would send a lowly peasant to fetch the favour.
A knight may not engage a non-knight in combat if another knight is closer.
A knight will not engage another knight who is currently in combat with another. He won’t ‘gang up.’
Knights. Knights have trained their entire lives for combat. A knight cannot be put out of action until he receives three Wounds. Treat any Out Of Action result on the Wound chart as a Wound instead. Once he has sustained three Wounds, he’s Out Of Action.
If a knight is put out of action, his retainers will leave the field and take no further part in the action.
It’s the Middle Ages and you want a map? Get real.
Ye Cast Liste
Lord John of Westbourne a God-fearing gentleman, lord of Broomhall, Endcliffe and all ye lands as far East as ye inner ring road.
The Lady Ermentrude a tidy piece.
Friar Paul of Wigan a devout monk. Lord John’s confessor, so a busy man.
Peter of Almondbury the county executioner.
Mark of Great Ayton sword, heavy armour, shield
Retainer 1 spear, light armour
Archer 2 bow, dagger
Simon of Youlgrave sword, two-handed axe, heavy armour
Retainer 3 sword, light armour
Archer 4 bow, dagger
Martin of Nether Edge sword, heavy armour, shield
Retainer 5 two-handed axe, light armour
Archer 6 bow, dagger
Thomas of Crookes sword, heavy armour, shield
Retainer 7 spear, light armour
Archer 8 bow, dagger
Jeremy of Burngreave spear, heavy armour, shield
Retainer 9 sword, light armour, shield
Archer 10 bow, dagger
Yonder peasant, also Ye Umpire and Ye Narrator
Sundry scurvy knaves
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Thursday, 18 March 2021
According to the UK Government's COVID 'road map', we can get back to outdoor wargaming from the end of this month. With this hope in mind I'm planning a Spanish Civil War game and after a review of the available forces I decided to recruit a small unit of Assault Guards - the paramilitary police force which largely sided with the Republican government.
Saturday, 13 March 2021
COW2021 2nd to 4th July 2021
In anticipation that Stage 3 of the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions will come into operation on 17th May, we have begun the process of planning for COW2021.
At present, the situation regarding what restrictions might be in place when Knuston Hall reopens is unclear, but rather than wait until 17th May to begin preparations for the conference, we are starting now. With this in mind, we would like to make the parameters we are working to as clear as possible.
· All those who paid in full for COW2020 have had their bookings carried forward to COW2021. If you fall into this category, you do not need to book a place at COW2021 but it would be helpful if you could confirm that you still wish to attend by emailing Bob Cordery (using the email address on the back page of Nugget). If you wish to cancel your booking, please do so as soon as possible, again by emailing Bob and any money you have paid will be refunded to you.
· It is not possible at present to take any further bookings for COW2021.
· If you wish to offer a session for inclusion in the COW2021 programme, please could you contact Tim Gow (again, contact details are in Nugget) as soon as possible? He can then begin to plan the conference programme in anticipation that COW2021 will take place.
· Any arrangements that we make will need to be flexible and may be subject to change at short notice. We have no control over the restrictions that Knuston Hall may need to operate under when they reopen, but rest assured that we will do our utmost to regularly update attendees.
Bob Cordery and Tim Gow