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 52: Highwayman

This game was played solo on Dec 31 using 40mm Elastolin figures and Medieval Mayhem.

I do have a stagecoach but don't have any really suitable highwaymen and anyway, I didn't have a good back story so I time shifted back to the early medieval period and got out my Elastolin figures. Needing two good guys disguised as innocent passengers, I went with the bare-headed Prince Valiant & Sir Gawain.


Word reached Count Hubert's court that the Red Knight and a band of  ruffians were stopping travelers on the road to Belmont.  When ever a patrol of the Count's men  came down the road, the robbers melted away into the forest. Val approached Gawain  with a proposal. The next day, as an envoy from Rome and the Lady Alison climb into the carriage, two strangers muffled in cloaks climb in behind them. 

Shortly after the carriage left the way station at Mount Uniake and entered the woods,  a fallen log blocked the road. As the driver slowed, a cry rang out, "STAND and DELIVER!",  and an archer with draw bow stepped from the shadows.  In accordance with his instructions, the guard put his bow aside and stepped down. The passengers stepped out as the Red Knight and a ruffian swiftly moved out on the other side and began pilfering the envoy and the lady Allison. Seizing the moment, Gawaine threw off his cloak, drew his sword and lunged at the ruffian. Val started forward but his cloak caught, taking a moment to clear but he was on the Red Kight before he could escape.

The guard now drew his sword and rushed on the archer who, startled, shot wide then drew his own sword. A clash of blades rang through the forest and the issue stood in doubt but at last the guard felled his man while Prince Valiant pulled the Red Knight from his horse and put an ended to his thieving ways. The last ruffian turned and fled for the woods. Gawain started in pursuit but Val  grabbed his arm saying "Let him go, tomorrow is New Year's Eve and we have fought enough battles for one year."

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