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bogdanwaz07 May 2020 1:50 p.m. PST

I've been working on a game I was planning on running at Historicon (Although it hasn't been officially cancelled yet, I'll be very surprised if the convention happens.)

The game is called Leonardo da Vinci and the Prince of Foxes. The plot line for the game is loosely based on the historical novel The Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger and the movie of the same name starring Tyrone Power, Everett Sloane, and Orson Welles. I then combined it with the speculative war machine designs of Leonardo da Vinci.

I'll be using primarily Dragon Rampant but lifting thing from the rest of the Lion Rampant rules family for this, including Pikeman's Lament.

Pictures and more detail on my blog here:


khanscom07 May 2020 7:38 p.m. PST

Awesome- looking game! Am I correct in assuming that the daVinci machines are scratchbuilt?

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2020 1:09 a.m. PST

bogdanwaz… I've been a huge fan of all your convention games, sadly always from afar, and this one is no different! It looks absolutely fantastic! I guess the only thing that might make it better is if there was a hit Broadway musical about Da Vinci or the Borgias, so you could incorporate the songs into your game. I'm happy to see that if COVID-19 forces cancellation of the 2020 Historicon, you plan to take it to a later convention. If I'm lucky some day I'll make it in person to one of your games, maybe with my daughter who is a cadet at West Point and a HUGE Broadway Musical fan.

bogdanwaz08 May 2020 4:51 a.m. PST

Khanscom, thanks! Most of the da vinci machines are kits. Academy models makes a whole line of fairly reasonably priced models. There is also a company called Elenco that makes a line of da Vinci machines.

Mad Guru, thanks as well! I'm surprised there's never been a musical made about the Borgias, it seems ripe for a melodramatic treatment. Back in the late 70s I saw Joel Grey and Ann Reinking on Broadway in a musical comedy called Good Time Charley, it was about the Dauphin and Joan of Arc! Sort of bizarre but entertaining and the staging and costumes were pretty amazing for the time.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2020 2:27 p.m. PST

Okay, I would so watch your version of the movie… laugh

Fun-looking game, too.

I have the DaVinci's Catapult and Trebuchet wood kits, but none of the others. The ones I have are functional devices, not actually to-scale models. But they're fun.

Martyn K08 May 2020 4:39 p.m. PST

Looks like a really fun game with great models. I would have loved to take part in it at Historicon.

I was also planning a couple of Italian Wars games at Historicon, both based on the Battle of Bicocca. However, I doubt I will be attending with the current situation even if they decide to go ahead (which I expect they won't).

However, once things get back to normal, I hope to see you and your game at the next HGMS convention where we can discuss all things renaissance.

clifblkskull08 May 2020 8:46 p.m. PST

Very cool
Loved the book and the movie
The game looks great

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