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%|
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 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.