The Africa Day was fantastic fun
today. Thanks to everyone who took
part, I hope you all enjoyed it too.
Praise to James Morris for organising
it, and thanks to Battlefront UK for
the use of their gaming room.
A Death in the Dark Continent
Sponsored by North star &
Despite having mostly organised this event, I have to say I had
a great time and actually got to play in a couple of the games
myself! Certainly the relaxed atmosphere had a great deal to do
with the players we had taking part, who were:
1. James Woodward (Explorers)
2. Frode Rage Olson (Pygmies)
3. Matt Moran (Italian Colonial)
4. Andy Mactaggart (British East Africa Co)
5. Wayne Ellington (Ethiopian)
6. James Morris (Azande)/ Nick Eyre (Matabele)
7. Steve Saleh (Luo)
8. Dave King (Ruga Ruga)
9. Chris Peers (Ila)
10. Wayne Bollands (The Shangani Patrol)
11. John Grant (Mahdist)
12. Laurence Baldwin (Force Publique)
Interestingly, we had no Zulu or British redcoat armies. I think
the scope of Death in the Dark Continent (80 army lists!) has
really encouraged players to look at native options as well as
the classic colonial armies. Rather than take a tournament
approach, I did some tweaking to make sure that armies were
used against more-or-less plausible opponents and in likely
situations (so the pygmy army found itself defending a forest of
tall grass against European explorers, rather than the other way
around, or fighting a pitched battle in a rocky valley.)
Death in the Dark Continent very much lived up to its reputation as a fast-playing set of rules; many games fairly whizzed along
(quite a few notably finishing before the 2 hour time limit), with only a couple of complex combat situations requiring a second
opinion on the rules from myself and Chris.
Cheers to Dan/WI/Battlefront for sorting the venue & snacks, Nick for doing the admin, Chris P for his little talk at lunchtime,
Darren Leigh-Smith for painting the prize vignette models AND being honorary butler for the day, and Katrina Singhatey for
sending along superb African food for lunch.
A full report with pictures is in Wargames Illustrated Issue 315.