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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bretwalda - WAB Age of Arthur Gaming Day, Peterborough 25.11.12

On Sunday, Peterborough Wargames Club hosted the Age of Arthur gaming day 'Bretwalda'. We had players from as far afield as Nottingham, Halifax and Folkestone, as well as a few from Yaxley and some from the club. There were 14 players in all and I MC'd the day (we had one chap pull out at the last, so I was unable to play, which was actually something of a blessing as I was knackered from playing gig with my band the night before and it allowed me to organise, score and support with queries.)

Our premise was simple:

1. Factions: This lends an element of team play to proceedings. With 14 players, it was 2 factions of 7. One faction represented the Britons under Vortigern, ably supported by Frank and Saxon allies. The other was the Saxon faction under Hengest who were trying to steal the British land.
2. Cardboard silver and gold crowns: Each faction leader wore a crown to denote their sovereignty. This added to the general fun and, as neither leader was 'usurped' during the day, they wore them all day...even to the pub at lunchtime...ahem....
3. A Map of Britannia. This was purely to aid the scoring system - there was no complex map movement. Each player owned a kingdom within their faction area. Each kingdom had 3 coloured pins representing provinces. If they lost a battle 'mightily', they surrendered a province to the enemy faction.
4. Chocolate Coins and cardboard treasure boxes: Representing faction wealth. If a player lost a battle in a close run defeat, he surrendered one gold coin from his faction's purse to the opposing faction
5. Doubles Games Pitched Battles in Round 1: Helps players who don't know each other to get involved and start talking - a great ice-breaker (learned from Scrivs' and Tom's game days...thanks chaps!) Obviously with 14 players, we needed a singles game too, so we set the kings against each other!
6. Scenarios: Games that actually meant something! We used some from the supplement, plus two written by Mike Whitaker and myself and one written by James Morris for an event I went to when Age of Arthur was first released. We allowed the kings to allocate their forces to the games in round 2 and 3.

Though I say so myself, it all worked rather well!!

Pics from Round 1 below...

The Map before we started
A view down the tables: Vortigern's crew on the left and Hengest on the right as you  look at it
Hengest (Phil M) in 'Warlord' mode
Dan's Romano Brits (well...actually my models) and Tony's Saxons line up against Andy's and Tom's Saxons
Grahame and Dave with the Franks (right) against Carl and Andy Mac with Saxons
Rival Kings face off...Vortigern (Scrivs, left) and Hengest (Phil, right)
Andy Mac dicing off in combat against Dave's Franks
Mike and Stephen survey the Romano-British/Welsh alliance facing them 
Battle is joined!!
The Crunch!!!
Pics from Round 2 below....

Dan and Tom in the Scouting clash - "we wants the hill and the pretty little hovel..."
Hengest (Phil) takes on Tony at the battle of Badon
Vortigern (Scrivs) takes on Mike in the woods of Cat Coit Celidon
Dave's Franks take on Stephen's Saxons in the cattle Raid (note Stephen's 'ghost' Duguth...)
Grahame's Franks take on Andy's Saxons trying to loot a wagon train with pilgrims near Wansford
Reuben tries to winkle Carl's Saxons out of the watchtower
Andrew's Romano-Brits defend Chester against Andy Mac's Saxons with the aid of some praying monks who add 2D6 'oracles' to his combat resolutions..if Andy Mac kills the Monks before the oracles are used up, they go to the Saxons

The map at the end of Round 2. Vortigern is gaining the upper hand...
Pics From Round 3 Below...

Andy Mac takes on Scrivs in the scouting clash
Grahame's Franks prepare to take Mt Badon from Mike
Dave's Franks take on Carl's Saxons in Cat Coit Celidon
Reuben's Welsh take on Andy's Saxons in the cattle raid
Andrew's Romano-Brits successfully defend the watchtower from Tom's Saxons
Stephen defends Chester against Tony in Saxon-on-Saxon action
Dan's Romano British take on Hengest's Saxons at Wansford
The map at the end: Victory to Vortigern!

So, the Vortigern faction won by virtue of taking more Saxon land, despite a heroic last ditch attempt from Hengest to rally his men to deeds of herosim...

The overall title of 'Bretwalda' couldn't have been harder-fought, as Scrivs (Vortigern), Phil (Hengest and Andrew Beer were all in first place with 9 scoring points (an ingeniously simple system) Overall victory went to Andrew because he won 3 mighty victories, whereas both Scrivs and Phil won two, but managed to kill an enemy general or two on the way...

Overall, most people seemed to have a lot of fun, which is the only way I measure success in these things! I would like to thank Tom and Scrivs whose own events at Eye of The Storm in the past year provided inspiration for us to have a go, to all at the club, but especially Mike, Grahame and Reuben for sterling organisational help and to all of the players who travelled from near and far to play toy soldiers with us. Here's to next year (I'm already plotting some ideas...)


Anibal Invictus said...

Splendid idea this game's day, congratulations
Something to think about in my local club but translated into WWII

Matt said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Thanks for posting.


PS - Also thanks for the kind words in your recent blog post about other blogs :o)

Dalauppror said...

looks like a splendid event !

Best regards Michael

Mervyn Douglas said...

Looks like a great day...Mike has mentioned there could be another maybe in April this year - has a date been decided on?



Mervyn Douglas said...

Looks like a great day and inspirational stuff. Mike mentioned on the TFL yahoo group that there might be another day in April this year...if so has a date been settled upon?



GuitarheroAndy said...

Glad you liked the look of it Mervyn - we abandoned April due to Salute, but we are looking to do a similar event at some point. There is some discussion over whether it will be Arthurian or an alternative period (Normans in Siciliy was mentioned...) keep an eye out on the blog as I'll post details as soon as we have any.