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Monday, 5 August 2019

Return to Jimland - The First Expedition

In the last week, I've played two games in Jimland, over several days
I've wanted to find out if my additional rules and amendments work without having any great impact on the way my Adventures in Jimland play out.
Carrying on from the first dozen or so adventures, my current party of three invited Maximillian Sackville to lead the expedition.
I gave Max the Scout skill, the maximum allowed save  value of "18", which left him with average shooting and melee of '5' each.
Day one movement

I decided to take the expedition Southeast towards the coast, looking for any rivers that could be followed, avoiding the swamps !
As part of my experimentation I' included ammunition rules, some thirty of my own Event cards and many minor rule variants were included (eg. Lakes).
With the largest starting fund I've ever had ($470), I employed 6 soldiers, 20 porters and two pack animals. There was food galore, 2 loads of ammunition, a load of medicines and four loads of trade - what could  possibly go wrong ?

Departing from my usual styles (There's a style ? - Ed.), what follows is a brief illustrated commentary of the expedition.
Day 1's results are shown in the top photograph of the Expedition, having lost three bearers and the two pack animals after a freak attack by Hailstones !   All the trade and ammunition loads were lost too!
Day two and the expedition is finally on track !
 Day two came and went without loss, despite encountering a spider nest and Tribals, unlike day three...
Day3  Ambush by Tribals - same as encountered yesterday ?
Charge! (they're only feasible tactic)
Run away. form firing lines (my normal expedition reaction)
Charge the explorer types !

"Don't bother waiting to see the whites of their eyes, they're wearing masks!"
It's about an evens match, except the expedition all have saving rolls !
The melee continues, but the tribals are one down!
Doc's shooting produces an unexpected guest
The gorilla ploughs into the nearest combatants
Doc, Ned and Horatio do the honourable thing and bugger off
The melee rages on - thank goodness for saving rolls !
The Tribals have had enough and the ape turns on Max...
...but to no avail, as Max and a soldier quickly dispatch the beast
Moving south the expedition encounter a lake and return to their camp
Day 4, moving NE into grasslands and encounter hostile Natives.
The expedition is ready for the attack, after Max's good scouting roll
Good shooting bags three of the attackers...
Whilst a single soldier is ordered to charge !
Two natives, still manage to get through the hail of fire...
... to no avail as they are quickly dealt with  (as is th elone soldier)

The fight was always going to be a bit one-sided, but they were prepared. I'm now handling Native dispositions solely on dice rolls, taking into account, where their is attack is coming from ( 1 or to sides), if they will split ther attack, whether they will be in one group, two groups or spread out, taking into account their armament too, to a limited extent.

The rest of the expedition saw no engagements, but did see a couple of my new event cards turn up, here's a brief day-by-day account:
Hidden cache of food found
Day 6 and another lake impedes progress
Day 7 showing total progress
Day eight and bad food means supplies of food are pretty low
Day nine and a windstorm destroys more food, food is now critical.
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Day 10 and returning home with one day's food left !

Day 12, 1 day's march to safety and no food - notice newly formed trail behind
With an Event of "Quiet", day thirteen sees the expedition's return to Jimland. The return journey was thankfully devoid of hostiles, but had a few tense moments as the food situation deteriorated rapidly.

Some conclusions I reached after the game :
My event cards didn't deter form the overall game although the two or three I drew were beneficial, there are an equal number of 'neutral' or 'bad' cards also in the deck.
Ammunition rules need a slight re-adjustment as the way I'd played it didn't have any great effect of the game overall, despite losing  two complete loads of the stuff.

I confused myself with the rivers and lakes rules and need to have them in front of me in the future!

My general playsheet, which is currently undergoing an overhaul is urgently needed as the current one I'm using is woefully inadequate to cope with all my new rule ideas.

The Expedition planning sheet also needs a re-think -  which is ongoing, but not finalised.

So there is quite a lot still to think through, though none of the above stopped me from playing through another expedition, the day following the end of this one!

In other news:

I managed to force myself into a few hours painting ! Yep, it was a struggle (almost as much as getting prepared for the Jimland adventure), but I managed to put paint on my pack animals  and even if they're not completely finished they're well on the way !

Next week's post will probably be Max's second adventure into the wilds of Jimland.

That's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you've found something of interest and of course, your comments, as always, are both welcomed and appreciated.


  1. Great stuff Joe, nice to see more of Jimland. Especially nice to see the gorilla in action!

    1. Thanks MJT, as I've only about a dozen different animals, the gorilla does make fairly regular appearances.

  2. Good fun trip, what a lot of lakes! Good to hear your painting too!
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks Iain, the lakes' appearance have been a bit of a problem, but will be soon rectified. I haven't painted that much and the five animals I've started on still need a lot more work to finish.

  3. What rotten luck Joe losing so much so early but good to see the lads carry on bravely, you never said in the post but did the expedition make or lost money ?.

    Also great to see you had the paintbrushes out, well done :)

    1. Thanks Frank, It was pretty bad early on and became quite desperate towards the end as one or two bad event cards could have meant fewer getting home !
      Overall the expedition made a loss, ending up with $304 with another $4 'in hand'; the intial start cash was $470 less the cost of Max ($53)meant a loss of $113 ! Though we did get a free pack animal on the return trip ! (Worth $30 !).

  4. Hailstones - dust storm, blimey if the natives don't eat you the weather will. Excellent story Joe, made me smile as I was reading it and a touch and go game, what more can you ask for. Glad they all got out alive, well almost all and looking forward to the next game.

    1. Thanks Vagabnd, rowards the end of the expedition, every roll of the dice an turn of the Event card was important to success or failure. Everyone rolled for survival on the very last turn, 1 hex away from Jim's Landing, but thankfully they all survived (I didn't roll for the bearers). It was a very enjoyable though tense game throughout.

  5. Good to see that again! Thank You :)

    1. Thanks Michal, I'm quite surprised how many followers seem to enjou these jaints into the wilds pf Jimland.

  6. Oh wow, we are off to a cracking start! I thought that gorilla was going to do for the party before it got started though.

    1. Thanks Michael, the chance for a rampnt goeilla was very apparent, though he had been weakened by the nativesm he was still a tough opponent. Nothing is easy in JImland !

  7. Great safari action, Zab. Too bad about the gorilla. He might have known where the secret temple of treasure is. Oh, well.

    1. Thanks Jay, the expedition were glad of a bit of fresh meat - tasted like chicken, I'm told.
      Shush!!! The lost temple of gold is a secret !

  8. Brilliant, Doc, Ned and Horatio do the honourable thing and bugger off......excellent!

    1. Thanks AL, of course they do, they're important !

  9. This was a great fun. I enjoyed looking and reading the report but in reality in must have been a great laugh and lots of suspense!

    1. Thanks Ptr, there are a multitude of tense moments in these games, saving rolls for explorers, ambushes, lots of enemies as opposition nd surprise animal appeaances all make for some nail-biting moments.

  10. I don't know how I missed the start of your "Jimland" adventures, Joe, especially as this was a corking read, and your afterthoughts were very interesting. Looking forward to your next instalment and thoughts :-)