I was lucky enough to entice my mate Benoic (Ben for short) into visiting me for a game of something or other and as I had "Jimland" all ready to go he chose to chance his luck in the depths of adventure.
Ben had read a couple of my own adventures, so had a general understanding of the rules and plumped initially for a three man party, led by a prospector, "Edward Winsor" (he chose to name his characters, as mine, from the streets where he had lived in the south).
So with $317 in hand he led an expedition of three explorers, the leader (Prospector), a Scout (John Coalway) and a Hunter (Mark Phillips), a soldier, five Askari and nine bearers (all laden down with food), he set of along the south-east coast from Jim's Landing into "Terra Incognito"
So rather than give a blow-by-blow account of his adventure , as I have done, here is a picture account of his first expedition.
Through, heat, an animal attack, a mysterious disappearance and a poisoned plant, the column is swiftly depleted after a mere three days."
|The depleted column, after a mere four days!|
|The first encounter in the swamps! (three pygmies bottom centre left)|
|and more unfriendly pygmies to their rear (bottom right)|
|The column prepares to fend off the upcoming attack.|
|The natives close in on the column|
|...from both directions|
|The swamp may be their saviour|
|The familiar sight of bearers seeking safety. |
|The rear firing line, as the pygmies keep coming.|
|One pygmy bites the dust (erm, swamp?) and a wandering croc is wounded, whilst hand to hand fighting breaks out (top centre)|
|Slaughter everywhere, but the pygmies are reduced to 50%|
Only the Hunter a an Askari survived the debacle in the swamp, but could things get worse ?
Well, yes they did, the Askari was found to have fled the next day having heard drums in the night!
After being lost in the swamp, on his way home the now leader of the expedition and sole survivor, John Coalway successfully made his way home.
|John Coalway's route|
So with his return to Jim's landing, his less-than-successful adventure was over, but Ben had seemingly thoroughly enjoyed it., so much so that he wanted to undertake another adventure immediately. (which, of course, I was happy enough to do
So that's it then for this week, needless to say I had fun playing against a real-life opponent as the natives and I'll report of Ben's second adventure in Jimland next week.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your thoughts, questions and comments and greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Good to see you finding someone to play out a game with Joe & no surprise that he wanted more as even when been badly beaten Jimland is still great fun :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Frank, I think it may be coincidence, but I haven't seen him since playing (about four weeks ago) and I've heard he's moved house (I don't know where either!), but I'm still hopeful of another game.Delete
The first game was a steep learning curve for both him as a new explorer and me as the native player against a real opponent!
Great to hear that you are spreading the word of Jimland, always a favourite of mine.ReplyDelete
Thanks Michael, it is a great game and a damn sight cheaper than Congo, though I wouldn't mind playing that either.Delete
Back in glory and great adventure again!ReplyDelete
Thanks Michal, the sole survivour will probably be able to have free drinks for some time on his story.Delete
Sounds and looks a great game. I do like the large tree bases as well.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ray, it is a good game and filla pleasant hour or two. I'm in two minds about my jungle bases, they look good but using them inplay is a nightmare as the figures have to fit in somewhere.Delete
Sounds like you guys had a blast Joe, look forward to more tales of JimlandReplyDelete
Thankd dGG, I had a great time and yep their will have to be more Jimland posts, as I've got nothing else!Delete
I always enjoy your Jimland write-ups Joe, whether your usual narrative style or more photo heavy like this one, they never fail to deliver :-)ReplyDelete
It was great that you got to have fun as the "native" player for a change :-)
Thanks WA, I ofund that I was thinking more about the native tactics than I thought possible.Delete
And yes, it was great fun.
Thanks Frank, I think it may be coincidence, but I haven't seen him since playing (about four weeks ago) and I've heard he's moved house (I don't know where either!), but I'm still hopeful of another game.ReplyDelete
He's probably been eaten by cannibals or crocodiles on his own Jimland expedition.
Pleased you got to play with a live opponent even though the poor guy was lucky to survive with one survivor, it sounds like a typical nail bitter ending.
Hehe, No-one said it was going to be easy, but it does get easier after a successfulexpedition.Delete
Do you think maybe you need to make it a little easier,if only to start with? Most of the expeditions have taken a bit of a hammering,does sound fun and good that you had a real life opponentReplyDelete
Thanks Iain, I think I 've found one of the reasons why many of the expeditions have had such bad luck with the event cards and will be posting my thought in a future post. I also want to make a few more Event crds that reward the players too and to fit in with some of my rule changes-additions. The problem is keeping the game balanced , whilst making it fair and challenging, such as coming across a cache of food, loot etc.Delete