Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Sword and The Flame 20th Edition Test Games


Opening Remarks
Chuck L. has been interested to try the 20th edition of The Sword and The Flame. A May 19, 2016 test was fun and lively on the Northwest Frontier. On May 25, 2016 our second test moves to Prinz Wilhelmsland in the mythical continent of Mafrica.

Why Prinz Wilhelmsland? So the collection of Der Alte Fritz can get onto the table.

It includes colonial troops from German Southwest Africa like these and Gunboat Luchs. Not only that, but Chuck reminded me about Mafrica the other day. These are good enough reasons for a game backdrop. Don't you agree?

Mafrica was imagineered by the late Jack Scruby. He envisioned world powers acting in concert or in opposition colonizing a small island continent. Alliances were composed of any national or indigenous peoples depending on imagination or simply by what miniatures were at hand. Take a look at captions below to see what he had in mind.

A question? Yes?

"Does this involve General Pettygree?"

No. The General and Mary Pettygree are at this moment aboard a train from Bombay to Delhi. See the story previous to this one for the latest news.

And now to Prinz Wilhelmsland....

TSATF Test #2

Two troops of the 9th Bengal Lancers are returning to Wilhelmshaven barely visible in the upper right. Settlers apparently plan to meet them.

The Lancers will cross The Zambezi River at a bridge guarded by nearby Askaris from the collection of Todd B.

Another question? Yes, go ahead.

"Bill, the Zambezi was not in German Southwest Africa. Was it?"
And, a comment. Indian Lancers were never there either!"

This does not matter in Mafrica.

The Zambezi is off image to the left guarded by a watch tower.

Between the watch tower and the dock several platoons of diverse soldiers are assembling.

Reason? Warbands are approaching in the far distance. Can you hear the drums?

A naval officer aboard Gunboat Luchs and a settler atop a building are observing them. Sailors are apparently clearing for action.

Another question?

"Why are sandbag defenses we've seen undefended?"

That's because we are in pre-game set-up needing a few players to come over to play the game on May 25th between 7-9:30pm. If we don't finish, we'll reconvene on another weeknight.

How about you?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chapter 76: Departure


Date: September 7, 1904 (2015)
Location: St. Georges Hospital, Bombay India
Situation: Released From Hospital and Departure
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Chronology
Sept. 25, 1900: Thugee armistice, recall from India and retirement.
April 30, 1903: Learns armistice broken by resurgent Thugee Army.
May 9, 1903: Recalled to duty in India to break the Thugees.
June 1903: Assumes command in Egypt as a ruse.
September 1903: Secretly departs Egypt for India.
Next four months: Assembles the Army.
Feb. 22, 1904 Gen. Pettygree Arrives at Tapi River Camp near Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Battle of Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Skull fracture caused by sniper
Mar. 4, 1904: Arrived at St. George Hospital, Bombay, India
Sept. 7, 1904: Train Back To The Field Force
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See Previous Chapter 75 here:
http://generalpettygree.blogspot.com/2015/12/chapter-75-general-pettygree-in-hospital.html
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PREVIOUSLY

General Pettygree rallied at St. Georges Hospital, Bombay, India from the skull fracture caused by sniper fire six months earlier. On September 6th Commander In Chief, Lord Basingstoke, consulted with his doctor and the General afterwards. 


Basingstoke: "Well Doctor? Is General Pettygree fit to return to duty as he claims?"

Dr. Watson: "I believe so Sir." 

Basingstoke: "You believe so? What about the concussion, initial delirium and residual effects?

Dr. Watson: "He has had no relapses, spasms or episodes of incoherence. Mrs. Pettygree arrived here from England a month ago. She has been a tonic for him; better than our medicines. I've no medical reason to hold him here Lord Basingstoke."

Basingstoke: "Then he must return to duty."

Pettygree: "I'll leave for the Field Force in the morning. 8:42 train if I'm not mistaken."

Basingstoke: "I trust without Mary?"


Mary Pettygree: "Did someone mention my name?"

Pettygree: "Mary, my darling. There you are."

Basingstoke: "I'll take my leave now William and see you off in the morning. Good afternoon Mary."


September 7, 1904


Engine 1300 backed into Hospital Station at 7:01am.


Within the hour, baggage coach attendants offloaded and loaded boxes, crates, suitcases, trunks, food; and other diverse containers.


Whilst passengers waited for boarding instructions.

Basingstoke: "I don't suppose you will change your mind then?"

Pettygree: "No Alec. I'm sorry if it troubles you but...."


Pettygree: "Oh here is Mary."

Mary: "Good morning gentlemen. Alec, how good it is to see you again. William?"


Mary: "Dear is everything taken care of? Are you well?"

Pettygree: "Quite so. I was just explaining our decision to Alec."


Basingstoke: "Please excuse my intolerable liberty but this is ill advised. Mary, surely you must reconsider. Danger is exceptionally high right now. Later when things have...."

Mary: "During most of our marriage my husband has been away on campaign while I remained at Channelside House. There is a long history of wives following the Army. This time I will follow too."

Basingstoke: "But...."

Mary: "I almost lost him six months ago. It was quite a shock. There may be no tomorrows Alec. God alone knows how much time we have left together. We've decided to share every day possible. I will be a help - not a hindrance I assure you. "

Basingstoke: "I wish you both godspeed." 


Work continued at the baggage carriage for a short time longer. Then....


At 8:42am, # 1300 departed Bombay for Delhi.

Soon passing into the countryside....

The General and Mary rode in comfort in a first class carriage. Several locals as was traditional in those days rode on top at their peril. Hours later....

 
When the train slowed to take on water, others waited nearby before boarding.

CLOSING REMARKS

1. Dear readers, thank you for your interest. I appreciate it very much.

2. Locomotive, coal car and carriages are O Scale from Lionel Trains. 

3. Could this be an opportunity for a tabletop game at the watering stop?

4. Let me know, will you, at Comments below. All polite remarks are welcome.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Chapter 75: General Pettygree In Hospital


Date: September 5, 1904 (2015)
Location: St. Georges Hospital, Bombay India
Situation: In Hospital
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Chronology
Sept. 25, 1900: Thugee armistice, recall from India and retirement.
April 30, 1903: Learns armistice broken by resurgent Thugee Army.
May 9, 1903: Recalled to duty in India to break the Thugees.
June 1903: Assumes command in Egypt as a ruse.
September 1903: Secretly departs Egypt for India.
Next four months: Assembles the Army.
Feb. 22, 1904 Gen. Pettygree Arrives at Tapi River Camp near Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Battle of Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Skull fracture caused by sniper
Mar. 4, 1904: Arrived at St. George Hospital, Bombay, India
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See Previous Chapter 74 here:
http://generalpettygree.blogspot.com/2015/06/chapter-74-am-i-dead.html
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PREVIOUSLY


After General Pettygree was hit by sniper fire, fell off Express and lost consciousness, he awakened seeing....

A very beautiful young woman offering him two opportunities. 

 The first was to cross a bridge to be with gathering friends and family
who had died and forever reside in a place of total peace, joy and love. 

The second was to remain on this side of the bridge to finish a mission he had begun.

Versus an as yet unknown nemesis who would soon take command of the Thugee Host. He would adversely affect millions of people bringing unspeakable horrors and new suffering to India.

"The choice is freely yours to make William."


SIX MONTHS LATER

September 5, 1904: St. Georges Hospital, Fort District, Bombay, India. 

St. Georges was also known as The European General Hospital.

 These patients appear almost or fully recovered.

Whilst others remain under close medical care. 
Everyone had prodigious time on their hands to wait and to talk.

Major Catherwood: "The Berkshires have seen the last of me, General."

Pettygree: "My dear fellow. That's all stuff and nonsense. This time next year...."

Catherwood: "Was your experience real?"

Pettygree: "As authentic as you and I sitting here Donald." 

Catherwood: "Did she...I mean...was there a touch of the hand or?"

Pettygree: "No physical contact though the air was wondrous. Feelings and thinking were striking. Colors were vibrant and I felt more alive and loved than ever before."

Catherwood: "How can you be sure?"

Pettygree: "I suppose if I see her again and...."

Catherwood: "If her prophesy about a new infernal Thuggee leader comes true?"

Orderly: "Begging your pardon General, your visitor has arrived; Lord Basingstoke, Sir."

Pettygree: "Excuse me will you, Donald? We'll talk again tomorrow."

Basingstoke: "Well Doctor? Is General Pettygree fit to return to duty as he claims?"

Dr. Watson: "I believe so Sir." 

Basingstoke: "You believe so? What about the concussion, initial delirium and residual effects?

Dr. Watson: "He has had no relapses, spasms or episodes of incoherence. Mrs. Pettygree arrived here from England a month ago. She has been a tonic for him; better than our medicines. I've no medical reason to hold him here Lord Basingstoke."

Basingstoke: "Hello William. Good to see you well."

Pettygree: "I'm glad to see you, Alec. I hope you will look favorably on my return to duty."

Basingstoke: "After consultation with your doctor and seeing your appearance, I think it is time for you to smash the Thugees forever. Let's get it done this time, shall we? Here are the latest reports."

Pettygree: "Surely this is exaggerated Alec!"

Basingstoke: "I'm afraid not. The situation is more serious than ever. Immediate action is needed. Your orders are enclosed."

Pettygree: "I'll leave for the Field Force in the morning. 8:42 train if I'm not mistaken."

Basingstoke: "I trust without Mary?"

Mary Pettygree: "Did someone mention my name?"

Pettygree: "Mary, my darling. There you are."

Basingstoke: "I'll take my leave now William and see you off in the morning. Good afternoon Mary."

Mary: "Am I to lose you again dear? Steady on and all that?"

Pettygree: "Yes. For the final time I hope. Let's have that cup of tea you promised me. I could --- use --- ah ---"

Mary: "William is something wrong?"

Pettygree: "You again!"

Very Beautiful Young Woman: "Your time has come William. Listen and see what I reveal."

"The anointed dark one has arrived." 

"He assembles his forces with thunderous fanfare."

"They cover the plain. Yet these are not all."

"As the multitude pays him homage."

"He calls many.    Many come.    From divers tribes and nations."

"Even unto the dusty ridge still more come to follow him."

Pettygree: "Who are those men beyond the ridge?"

Mary: "Men? Ridge? What are you talking about William? You act as if you are talking to someone else."

Pettygree:  --- "Oh --- just thinking out loud my dear. Let's have that cup of Darjeeling now, shall we?"

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CLOSING REMARKS
1. The St. George was an actual hospital catering to Europeans in Bombay.

2. Buildings are from Miniature Building Authority.

3. Thank you for looking in.

4. Your remarks are sought and are very welcome below at the word Comments.
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