The dust had yet to settle over the plains of Ilipa when I received an email from the Society of Ancients. This email contained an announcement for the upcoming annual convention in October. Since I am unlikely to attend this year's convention at Madingley Hall near Cambridge, I was only generally curious of the content. What really caught my eye was the inclusion of Ian Russell-Lowell in the program. I have gamed with Ian for nearly three years now often seeing him in a weekly remote game. Ah, the fun of shooting down Snoopy and his long line of succession in aerial dogfights over the fields of Flanders. Phil Steele will be presenting at the convention as well. Another of my weekly remote gaming buddies out and on tour. Joining them this year sure would be fun.
Back to the email. My gaze was especially focused onto the content on offer. First, Ian would be discussing the Late Bronze Age. One of his specialties. Second, Ian would be running a workshop on the latest incarnation of his Work-in-Progress Late Bronze Age rules, Rein-Bow Warriors (RBW).
Now, RBW is a ruleset that Ian and I have discussed much in the past and even got in a handful of playtests. I have not seen rules' development since our last work more than a year ago. Remembering that the rules still had some conundrums left to solve and streamlining to consider from the last playings, I wondered what had changed in the passing year and a half.
A quick email to Ian answered my question.
Given that presenting a workshop for developmental rules having not seeing action in more than a year might be a challenge, I offered my services to help in refreshing both of our collective memories. Ian cheerfully accepted!
In what will be the first of (I hope) several playtests, Ian and I will meet this week to discuss the current state of the rules, consult notes made during previous sessions, and push a few troops around my remote table. Well, remote for Ian. I will be broadcasting live from my game room. Ian will be Zooming in from Cornwall.
|Hittites ready for action.|
While Biblical armies may be roaming around the table for a while, I figured why not get these armies in a game or two outside of these playtest sessions with Ian. Why not indeed? To that end, the plan is to pull Egyptian and Hittite armies from storage boxes and set out a pitched battle or two using Basic Impetvs. One game is formulating for Monday.
Reject Big Lee recently recounted an occasion where serendipity struck, guiding him gently into a new project (see When Serendipity Strikes).
While I have no pull from a new project, the stars may have aligned to give me a nudge toward fielding my Biblical armies and trumping my move toward a War of Austrian Succession battle.
- Five-inch arid hex system used for 28mm Basic Impetvs is already laid out onto the gaming table from Ilipa.
- I started creating more five-inch hexes including hills last week.
- I undercoated a handful of 28mm Babylonian archers even though most of my painting activity has been focused on 15/18mm figures.
- Receipt of Society of Ancients convention email.
- Correspondence and acceptance with Ian for more playtesting.
Tomorrow I begin setting out the armies. He will be watching...