And now, without further ado, let us join the trek into Darkest Africa where British led askaris battle rogue bull elephants; white hunters are out for just about any kind of trophy; and Zanzabari slavers try to raid a peaceful village that is protected by the Great Mamubaba, a "witchy" woman.
There is an old African proverb, so I'm told: "When the lion wakes up in the morning, he knows that he must be the fastest runner in order to chase down his prey to eat and survive. When the gazelle wakes up in the morning, he knows that he must be faster than the lion in order to survive. So no matter which you are, lion or gazelle, when the sun comes up you had better be running - fast!"
|Meanwhile, a part of Allan Haggard's safari encounters an angry hippopotamus as they try to cross the stream. Can the hunters successfully dispatch the "river horse?"|
|About the same time, Captain Smedley Bryce-Hopkins, the leader of the askari column protecting the district tax collector, very coolly dispatches a rampaging rogue bull elephant before it can trample some of his askari and himself as well!|
|A second rogue bull elephant attacks the British column, this time squashing a couple of askari before thundering off into the bush.|
|Advancing toward the village after learning of the approaching slave raid, Alan Haggard's safari encounters and quickly dispatches two hyenas.|
|Outside the village, the Zanzabari slave raiders, assisted by their Ruga-Ruga mercenaries, face off against the warriors of the Great Mamubaba. the "witchy woman."|
The game quickly drew to a close, with the native warriors repulsing the Zanzabari slave raiders, the British tax collector entering a virtually abandoned village, and the great white hunters scoring some impressive kills and winning the game.
Before the game began, Lori Brom informed me that my game was one of the ones chosen to award a "BC" (Brom Colonial) medal to the player who exemplified the true Victorian gentleman. All of the players enjoyed themselves during the game and all were courteous and very gentlemanly in both adversity and plenty. In true wargamer fashion, we decided that a roll of the die would award the medal. Jay Stribling, a previous winner, graciously withdrew from consideration. I rolled a D6 and the recipient was:
|Eric Teuber, shown here with Lori Brom, herself. Eric is an old-time Jackson Gamer and a long time player of The Sword and the Flame.|
EDIT: For additional pictures, please see this posting on the Nomadic Old School Gamer's blog. (edit posted on 12/18/2011)
And that was how I viewed Colonial Barracks. I hope that you kind readers have enjoyed the brief peeks at the games and will seriously consider joining us next year on the first weekend of November as the Second Annual Colonial Barracks takes place.