In late 2008, in an effort to get myself playing more games, I decided to play all 52 scenarios from Scenarios For All Ages by
Charles S Grant and Stuart Asquith. More than that, I decided to play them in order, 1 a week, starting on Nov 5. I knew I wouldn't
manage to play every week so I set a deadline of Dec 31st 2009. With a little help from my friends, I made it with a day to spare.

In the end, I played 52 games in 60 weeks. 34 solo games, 15 face to face games, 3 Play-by-Email mini-campaigns
17 other gamers from 4 countries participated, (Canada 11, US 4, Ireland 1, Argentina 1)

11 'periods' were played - 20/25mm Ancients (3), Prince Valiant 40mm skirmish (9), 40mm 16thC (10),
40mm semi-flat War of Polish Sucession (1), 40mm AWI (2), 40mm Pirate
Skirmish (5), 40mm early 19thC fictional (17), 15mm ACW (1), 25mm Zulu War (1),
20mm WWII (1), 20mm 1960's fictional (2)

I posted a brief report on each game on my webpage. I am shutting down my website so I am re-posting
the reports here, starting at Game #52 so that they will eventually appear in order. The reports were written in a variety of voices and tenses (sometimes all mixed together!) and it was tempting to rewrite them but I have left them as they were originally written with only very minor corrections, particularly to things like links.

To avoid copyright issues and save myself work, I have not given the details of the scenarios. Having a copy of the book will help make sense of the reports. The book may currently be purchased from John Curry at as well as from booksellers like On Military Matters and Caliver.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Game 51: Gunfight

This game was played solo on 28 Dec 2009 using homecast 40mm figures of my own design and a musket era adaptation of Medieval Mayhem. Not having any cowboys, I decided to keep to the Law & Order vs Bad Guys theme, in this case a patrol of the Queen's soldiers, sent to apprehend a nest of smugglers.

I randomly assigned the 6 smugglers around town and marched the patrol straight down the road. The patrol, showing extreme discipline, managed to roll a total of 4" on its 2 dice, 3 turns in a row!, giving the smugglers lots of time to scatter, take cover and open up.

The patrol got the first hit in though, shooting down a smuggler in the field. They then charged to the right and cleared the closest house with the bayonet, losing 1 man to musket fire on the way in. Regrouping, they rushed across the street under a hot fire and beat in the door. Leading the way, Lieutenant Pointer shot down the Smuggler Chief and the remaining smuggler threw down his musket and surrendered.

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