Sunday, May 26, 2019

Afternoon 23 May 1899: El Harper's Bazaar

Date: Afternoon 23 May 1899/2019
Location: El Harper's Bazaar, Mafrica
Situation: The Business of War At The Bazaar
Orders: Join the American Volunteer Force en-route to El Harper's Bridge

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Mafrica 3 Tabletop Game
by Col. Sir William Prozbee, Officer Commanding
as related to General Pettygree

"My intuition to change our route of march to approach El Harper's Bazaar from the west was faulty. Within a quarter mile of the establishment, native forces began appearing to our right. Veering  half-left off the road was the only choice to buy time to ascertain their intention and to hopefully link up with American allies at El Harper's bridge."

"The 10th hussars led the way followed by a Screw Gun and Berkshire infantry."

"The foe ran toward us at an astonishing pace barely troubling to pause...."

"Before unleashing ineffectual long range fire with their jezzails." 

"Lieutenant Griffiths get those mules moving faster.
The Berkshires will cover you."

"Out ahead the Hussars from their covering position behind the Bazaar
would warn us of new foes there. I prayed there would be none."

"But when the Hussars pulled back from the buildings, dismounted and
formed an open order firing line, I knew more trouble was a foot."

"There was no time to get away. Griffiths knew it too. He immediately deployed the cannon and Berkshires to challenge the oncoming wave."

"In next moments our combined fire was devastating. Indeed I thought we just might have a decent chance to persevere because...."

"One body of the enemy disturbed by our fire suddenly turned about.
A different native body had fired into and enraged them."

"This fortune allowed us to evade to the east.
But the same enemy soon came on again with renewed vigor."

"We fell back closer to the railroad track."

"Whereupon I looked over my left shoulder seeing...." 

"Not only the American Volunteer Force we were to meet but also
the Rajah of Bebara whom I had met earlier today rushing to our rescue." 

"The foe now aware of their arrival set upon my last battle line with amazing ferocity. I am very sorry to say we suffered cruel losses in a final play of jezzail fire. Were it not for the timely arrival of friends, we would have all perished in seconds." 

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(1) Scenario design: Bill K. It was clever in a good way, engaging and fun.

(2) Participants: Dave G. (my skilled and ferocious opponent), Chuck The Lucky who discombobulated Dave saving me for a time, John The Formidable whose timely arrival of the AVF prevented a catastrophe and yours truly, Bill P. in command of soldiers of The Queen.

(3) The Rules:
It is my understanding the 40th edition should be available in late 2019. Bravo!

(4) Turn 1: 7:00 pm. Finish: 9:00 pm on Thursday 23 May, 1899/2019.

(5) And now a word from General Pettygree.

"Hello Chaps, I hope you enjoyed this story from the Mafrican Continent as related to me years later by Colonel Sir William Prozbee. Its importance is revealed in the concept of time and circumstance. Warriors on both sides came within an ace of survival, destruction, defeat and victory. Everyone on both sides soldiered on until the outcome was clearly discerned. No one knew the final result until the last card was played."

"I shall see you again soon with new engaging adventures for your enjoyment and approbation."

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Greg Rigler said...

Great fun. Thank you. Just what I needed to make the Bank Holiday here in the UK even better.
I look forward to the next report.

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

Huzzah ! what a great game !

CelticCurmudgeon said...

Splendid report and photo coverage. The General would be proud!

Vickers of the 27th Lancers said...

Deuced Locust Eaters! But they were bricky, give 'em that.
At least you took the egg. Well done.
Keep up the dispatches.

Sgt. Guinness said...

Bravo, well done! Another exciting tale of daring do. Yes, the 40th edition of TSATF with the addendum added, corrections, scenarios, and some surprises as well. I will have a post up on my blog regarding it shortly.
Sgt G