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StantonCT Inactive Member03 Aug 2018 8:06 p.m. PST

Friends, I had the opportunity to play what was, in my opinion, the best game at this year's Historicon – Isandlwana – GM'ed by David Burton. Check out my AAR and pictures here:

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stoutsmurf.blogspot.com

Dynaman878904 Aug 2018 3:08 a.m. PST

That is a Lovely game, thanks for sharing

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

You didn't say if your young relatives enjoyed the game or were seriously bored.

Very nice write-up and excellent photos !

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2018 2:43 p.m. PST

One of the most enjoyable after action reports I've ever read. Terrific photos of a terrific game. Thanks for posting!

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2018 8:00 p.m. PST

Thanks
Clif

mindenbrush05 Aug 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

I thought it was excellent looking game, great terrain and painted figures. worth more than just a PELA.

takeda33305 Aug 2018 4:46 p.m. PST

Great looking game, great experience to have enjoyed.

CSherrange Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2018 4:13 a.m. PST

Played it myself, one of my all time convention highlights!

In fact, I feature prominently in your AAR.


I'm the chubby guy in the Maverick shirt :)

StantonCT Inactive Member07 Aug 2018 7:17 p.m. PST

chicklewis

My nephew loved the game (my sister sat it out).He really enjoyed how everyone was somewhat dependent on each other and how we were a team for those few hours. It set up the rest of his convention nicely.

CSherrange

You guys were great players and fun to play with. I really appreciated how quickly you seemed to pick up the rules and helped us along on our side.

mindenbrush

the game did deserve more.

CSherrange Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2018 4:07 a.m. PST

Yes, it was a really fun game. Quick to pick up, and easy to play. A great convention game!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 3:13 a.m. PST

I walked by this several times and was really impressed. Glad it was fun and well-run. The only complaint I had was with the multitude of large white unit ID cards stuck to the back of each and every stand. They really detracted from the looks of the otherwise beautiful table.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

I agree, great looking game except for the labels. Do the rules require them?

Little Wars TV Steve09 Aug 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

I also had the chance to play in this game (though at a different time from OP) and it was certainly the highlight of Historicon for me. Since I was (and still am) in the middle of making terrain for my own planned 6mm scale Isandlwana, having the chance to talk with the gentleman who actually constructed the board was also extremely helpful and appreciated.

Little Wars TV Steve
littlewarstv.com

Harrier223 Aug 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

I put the labels on because it was a convention game and it helped in the process of resetting troops after the game. Also through experience I have learned that players often mix units, so just a way to keep them straight. The rules don't call for labeling in any particular manner. When I looked at them I realized a different color label may have helped. I am doing Khartoum (the movie version)for Cold Wars, so will use sand colored instead.
I am glad you guys had so much fun. It was great to run it.

David

historygamer28 Aug 2018 3:06 a.m. PST

Nice to see you won an award. Congrats on that. Well earned.

Robert Burke08 Sep 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of Bayonets and Spear Points?

Harrier210 Sep 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

Hey Robert,
I planned to release the rules following Historicon, but got delayed.
The good news is that I have added some additional troop types. These will be the lite version so not alot of text. I will try to get them on a website in the next two to three weeks. I will put the link here once they are available.
Thanks

David

Robert Burke10 Sep 2018 10:48 a.m. PST

David, great news. I have some friends who read about your game at Historicon and would love to try the rules.

You can contact me directly at Burker1 (at) aol (dot) com once the rules are on the website. Which website will they be on?

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

The rulebook Bayonets and Spearpoints shown at the bottom of the great AR reads 'skirmish rules'

The table hardly looked like a 'skirmish.'* grin* So, how did the rules work with the large number of units/figures?

Harrier211 Sep 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

McLaddie you are correct. They are fast play not skirmish and I have since changed the title page…First thing I did after getting back from Historicon. The plan is to release a set of modules that will have different troop ratios dependent upon the battle. For Isandlwana we did 1 to 5, but for Khartoum next year we will do 1 to 10. If you wanted to do 1 to 1 skirmish they would still work….I hope
Thanks

David

Harrier211 Sep 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

Robert, I think I am putting them on the MSG games web site. I don't have have the exact link for you but will get that once I have it clarified.

David

Tom D114 Sep 2018 11:34 a.m. PST

Khartoum next year? I'm down!

Harrier225 Sep 2018 7:01 a.m. PST

Morning everyone,
I have already sent out a few copies, but if you would like a copy please email me, and I can send one. Again these are lite so no specific scenario information is included. Also once you have them you may need help clarifying a rule, just drop me a line. I have the Isandlwana Order of Battle if you need that for unit make up.
Thanks

David
my email is dburton06@snet.net

Harrier214 Oct 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

Afternoon guys. I have a newer version available for the rules if you are interested. Added a couple of new sections as I work through them.
Send me an email if you would like a copy
Thanks
David

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