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 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
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.’
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
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
Friar Paul of Wigan a
devout monk. Lord John’s confessor, so a busy man.
Peter of Almondbury the
Mark of Great Ayton sword,
heavy armour, shield
1 spear, light armour
2 bow, dagger
Simon of Youlgrave sword,
two-handed axe, heavy armour
3 sword, light armour
4 bow, dagger
Martin of Nether Edge sword,
heavy armour, shield
5 two-handed axe, light armour
6 bow, dagger
Thomas of Crookes sword,
heavy armour, shield
7 spear, light armour
8 bow, dagger
Burngreave spear, heavy
9 sword, light armour, shield
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
to 4th July 2021
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
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
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.
is not possible at present to take any further bookings for COW2021.
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.
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.
Cordery and Tim Gow