Dux ReDux

So last Wednesday we tried Dux Brittaniarum for the second time previous to beginning our new campaign.  For those unaware, this is the Age of Arthur wargame and campaign system published by Too Fat Lardies.

The game begins by laying out terrain and the choosing the nature of the fight.  In this case it was a village raid.  The Saxons played by Dave had to make their way all the way across the table.  Plunder the Romano Brit village and make off with the goodies.  Dave had two turns to act before the British, commanded by Chris finally arrived.

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The nature of the terrain also ended up aiding the Saxons.  A river ran the length of the table separating the British from both the Saxon invaders and their endangered village.  Due to the river and a mistake regarding the effect of that river upon movement, the Brits decided to ignore their town and instead work at stopping the Saxon retreat.

The Saxon lord, seeing the threat, returned most of his men back to defend the river’s force, while two of his groups search the village.  These pillagers waste a great deal of time, being unable to find anything of any value.

Saxons plundering

Saxons plundering

In the mean time the main bodies of both commands begin a “dance” to try to control the others position and trying to goad the opponent into action.  The British Lord finally has enough of this and takes his companions north towards the village where the Saxons finally manage to find some plunder and begin their retreat.

Romano Noble racing towards the village

Romano Noble racing towards the village

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At this point the Saxon Lord ordered his forces to withdraw, but is was contested by the Romano-Brits and the plunderers were trapped in The British Lords zone of influence.  Most of the Saxons got away, but not the the poor souls who had captured the stolen wealth.

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This whole game was played to the musical accompaniment of the MakerBot Relicator , The Phalanx Consortium’s new toy, as it printed out a new building.

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Williamsburg Muster SAGA Tournament 2013

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For the second time we had the opportunity to run a SAGA Dark Ages Tournament at our local convention.  We would like to to thank all of those who participated this time around and we look forward to seeing you again in August. We would also like to thank Barb and Ernie at Architects of War www.architectsofwar.com for their continued and invaluable support of our efforts with these tournaments.  Once again we had great prize support for our participants to compete for during the tournament.

Tournament Participants From left to right Chris Bennett (host), Malcolm Bailey, Joe Brecher, Ron Bingham, Will Pedro, Chris Long, Todd Wiatt, Jeff Wiltrout and Mike Kelly (not pictured)

Tournament Participants
From left to right Chris Bennett (host), Malcolm Bailey, Joe Brecher, Ron Bingham, Will Pedro, Chris Long, Todd Wiatt, Jeff Wiltrout and Mike Kelly (not pictured)

All our competitors embodied the best in sportsmanship during play and I want to thank them all for making the running of the tournament a joy with their positive attitudes.  While we saw a lot of the usual suspects (i.e. armies) at this tournament it was nice to see the new Byzantine faction represented among the regular favorites such as the Welsh, Vikings, Skraeling and Normans.  Below are some pictures taken during play:

Todd and Will clash with a civil war of Normans v Normans!

Todd and Will clash with a civil war of Normans v Normans!

Mike and Jeff battle it out with Normans v Skraeling!

Mike and Jeff battle it out with Normans v Skraeling!

Joe moves is Welsh in for an attack with their pointy sticks!

Joe moves his Welsh in for an attack with their pointy sticks!

Joe and Todd along with Ron and Will mix it up in the second round!

Joe and Todd along with Ron and Will mix it up in the second round!

Chris had the rules, but had never played so he jumped in with both feet, with Vikings!

Chris (on the right) had the rules, but had never played. So he jumped in with both feet, commanding the mighty Vikings!

Malcolm prepares his Vikings for battle, and the glory of Valhalla!

Malcolm prepares his Vikings for battle, and the glory of Valhalla!

Once the dust settled and the carnage was counted in the lives of our little soldiers we had three players who had surfaced as being the day’s best:

  1. Jeff Wiltrout (Skraeling)
  2. Joe Brecher (Welsh)
  3. Malcolm Bailey (Vikings)

Congratulations to you’ll for your efforts during the tournament, and we look forward to seeing you and everyone else in August.

Jeff receives his award for coming in first place with his scrappy Skraeling!

Jeff receives his prize for coming in first place with his scrappy Skraeling!

Joe gives us a big grin of joy with his result with those feisty Welsh!

Joe gives us a big grin of joy with his result with those feisty Welsh!

Malcolm sent some Vikings to Valhalla and earned his 3rd place prize.

Malcolm sent some Vikings to Valhalla and earned his 3rd place prize.

If you couldn’t join we would be happy to have you here in Williamsburg this coming August for our next tournament.  Let’s see how your SAGA will be sung!

Happy gaming,

Chris Bennett

Williamsburg Legati at Guns of August

Williamsburg Legati will once again being making it’s usual public appearance at Guns Of August  August 10-12 here in Williamsburg. There is already a post on this page describing the Saga Tournament which we are all participating in.  Besides that we will also be hosting my VBCW game and a Wild West game.  Andrew will be demoing Muskets and Tomahawks, and Peter willl be running a Brother against Brother game as a fund raiser.  Hope to see everyone there!

For more info regarding Guns of August see http://www.odms-club.com/convention/