The Jackson Gamers' Campaign Games
THE RED DESERT
This is our Most Recent Campaign Game
Photo by Jim Pitts
One of Abdul Aboulboul Amir's Beja infantry units helping to protect the oasis in our RED DESERT colonial campaign. The first battle was fought on January 3, 2009 and the report is ready for your inspection here:
Into the Desert
The second battle has been fought, on January 17, 2009 but the report is not yet ready:
The Imperials strike Back!
CHARLEMAGNE AGAINST THE SAXONS
Photo by Ed Sansing
Bill Hamilton commanded these Franks closing on Jim Pitts' lines. The mounted Franks are attempting to ride down the Saxon archers. This game Capturing the Conclave was the third game of a four game, mini-campaign run by Sean Pitts. This game, played on February 2nd 2008, resulted in the second of two Norman victories.
Charlemagne, advancing into Saxonia, fought the Saxon chieftains and their warbands four times. Twice he was victorious, which seemed to prove the superiority of his Christian religion over that of the druids. But twice he was defeated, and in the last battle, he was seriously wounded!
Naughty Saxons! - the first game in this mini-campaign.
The Grove of the Badger King - the second game in this mini-campaign.
Capturing the Conclave - the third game in this mini-campaign.
The Irmensul - the last game in this mini-campaign.
THE STRUGGLE FOR MITTLE-LAND
We have played the three games of our latest campaign set in Mittle-Land. During the age of reason and using the same rules that we used in our Gasthouse campaign below, this is set in an area nowadays known as western Germany. The battle reports of the three games may be seen here:
The First Battle in Mittle-Land.
The Second Battle in Mittle-Land.
The Third Battle in Mittle-Land.
And so the result was? You had to ask? The French lost - again...
Photo by Ed Sansing
The Prussian cavalry are shown crossing the stream (a small brook that was only a minor obstacle) and are met by the French 6th and 7th Cavalry brigades.
You can see the background of our campaign here Recent History of Mittle-Land.
THE GASTHOUS CAMPAIGN
Photo by Ed Sansing
Set in "The Age of Reason" and using our Quick Tricorne rules set, we played a 3-game campaign. The French army, slightly superior in numbers, moved on the important city and magazine of Gasthous, somewhere in Western Germany. The British/Hanoverian force attempted to stop them short of the city.
We did not plan to fight either the seige or the storm (it it came to that) of Gasthous. We used the 15mm armies of Jay Stribling, playing the games in January, February and March 2007.
The report of the first game: THE ROAD TO GASTHOUS.
The French attacked across a stream, and roughly handled the British/Hanoverian defenders. The defenders did not attempt to fall back to reduce casualties, so both sides lost large numbers but the French morale caused more units to be lost in the "Staying Power" tests.
The report of the second game: GASTHOUS AGAIN
The British/Hanoverian forces stopped the French advance dead in its tracks in this game.
The report of the second game: THE STRUGGLE FOR STRUDEL
Both sides freely spent their soldiers' blood in the first two battles, like a drunken sailor buying beer for his fellow crew members. Since they did not find a way to fight more moderately, the third and last battle was fought by reduced forces, especially for the French. By digging in on the defense, the French denied the Angol-Allied forces the victory in game three.
Thus it was a 2 games out of 3 campaign victory for King Louis' army. However, Gasthouse still speaks German, not French.
THE 1811 CAMPAIGN IN PRUSSIA
This is from our fourth and last Napoleonic game The Russian Defense in our campaign set of four, played on January 29, 2005 at HOBBYTOWN USA in North Jackson, Mississippi, USA. We planned four games in this "campaign" which is based on a fictional war in 1811 with a Russian attack against the French forces in Germany. The Emperor, thinking that the Czar would not attack him had gone to deal with "that sepoy general" in Spain.
The Russians won games 1 and 4, while the French won battles 2 and 3. Obviously a tie-breaker should have been played, but never was!
Photo by Ed Sansing
This is from our second Napoleonic game The Russian Pursuit in our campaign game, described above. This game was played on January 29, 2005 at HOBBYTOWN USA in North Jackson, Mississippi, USA. This is our usual locale for "public games". Anybody who wants to game can just show up and we will stuff them into the game somewhere. We have from six to fourteen gamers at each of these games.
FOR KING OR PARLIAMENT
Photo by Ed Sansing
The players in the first of our English Civil War campaign games seem to be paying rapt attention to the gamemaster (in purple shirt) as he explains the scenario of the first game (and plays with his camera). Actually the players were all wondering how soon that they could get to the King Buffet for lunch. Note the royalist-inspired name of the restaurant. It is not the "Parliament Buffet!
The First Game: The Royalist Attack
The Second Game: Parliament Strikes Back!
The Third Game: The King's Debacle
The Fourth Game: Denly Run
Photo by Ed Sansing
"Down and dirty" - almost at eye level with the 15mm troops. These are the Parliamentary right flank units, who will shortly try to cross Denly Run in game four. The horse and two guns in front of them are Scots.
This last game was fought on May 29, 2004 with our Charge Yr Pike rules set and our "club" 15 armies. The "club" forces are owned by Jay Stribling, Jim Pitts, Robert Whitfield, Mark Stevens, Mike Lowry, and David Burton. We planned four games in this series, each using only the survivors of this game. A general who throws his army away to win one game, will start the next battle with only fragments of his troops.
Since the campaign in it's present form stopped after the third battle with the King's acknowledgement of defeat, the last game was somewhat different, with a new premise - The Scots are allied to the rump of the Royalist forces, while the Parliamentary army (with the blessing of the King) strives to eject the Scots from Northern England.
ON THE NORTH CENTRAL FRONTIER
Justin Rice (on left) was a British commander. Larry Reeves (headless - center) was the British Cavalry commander who made the doomed attack against the small town. Fred Diamond (on right) turned casualty cards for all "hits" during the game, allowing the game-master the luxury of a small nap. This was during our BLAST those Pesky Tribesmen game played August 2, 2003 at HOBBYTOWN in North Jackson. this was the first of our North Central Frontier games.
Once again the machinations of the wiley Pathans have set Indo-Afgan frontier ablaze. Who are the men who can put down these uppity tribesmen? None other than Lord Sterling and his trusty right arm, Brigadier Colin Campbell, recently seconded from the Sudan. Will the evil Khan Abbis be frightened into submission, or will the drums of war sound along the Ahoogastan frontier?
BLAST those Pesky Tribesmen The first battle
The Road to Barfus The second battle
The defense of JellyBad The third battle
The Assault on Khan Abbis' Lair The fourth battle
A Hard Day in Ahoogastan The fifth and last battle
We have completed our campaign set on the "North Central Frontier" between India and Ahoogastan. There were a total of five games. The first game was played in August 2003 and the last four have been played in the first quarter of 2004. The Imperials have won two games, the Ahoogastanis also have two victories and the last game was a split decision.
The game-master has reluctantly declared a tie because of the close nature of the final game. Will the British re-enter Ahoogastan to confirm their victory with a sixth game. Possibly in 2005!
In the above photo, taken in our second North Central Frontier game, the British again attempted to cross the North Central Frontier, into Ahoogastan to put down the Pathan tribesmen. The Indian sappers cleared the road through the Augur pass, and trusty Ghurkas and Indian Sepoys advanced with the British cavalry scouting before them.
THE PENINSULA CAMPAIGN
The Jackson Gamers have played two games in our American Civil War campaign "THE PENINSULA CAMPAIGN" which was to have consisted of a series of linked battles set during George McClellan's 1862 debacle in Virginia. We used Larry Reeves' 15mm troops and the Fire and Fury rules. Jay Stribling was the game-master but Larry rant the games on the table since he is our resident expert with that rules set. At lease one more game was projected but never played - possibly because of the ennui of the game-master. Both of these games were played in 2003.
Fair Oaks The first battle
Gaines' Mill The second battle
THE EXPLORATION OF THE GREEN NILE
Our “Green Nile” campaign, which consisted of five linked games, started after the successful rescue of General Gordon. Lord Sterling (newly appointed Sirdar of Sudan and the southern lands) is directing forces up all three branches of the Nile, pursuing the beaten but not crushed forces of the Mahdi. He remains in Khartoum, giving general direction to the campaign and allocating reinforcements. We are gaming only the expedition up the little-known Green Nile, but major disasters on the other two fronts (or the game-master’s whim) could affect the forces available in our games.
From his base at Khartoum, Lord Sterling (Game-master Jay Stribling) directed his strong right arm Colonel (Brevet Major General in Egyptian Service) Sir. Colin Campbell (Played by Jim Pitts) to ascend the hitherto unknown 3rd major channel of the great river: the Green Nile.
The river steamer "Dundee" steam pouring from a damaged boiler and afire to boot is hard aground on the shore, victim of Mahdist artillery fire.
The Jackson Gamers have finished our colonial campaign "THE GREEN NILE" which consisted of five games set during 1885-86. One game was played played each quarter of 2001 at Hobbytown in Jackson MS, and the last game in August of 2002.
The river and the Desert The first battle
Wadi Zoum-zoum The second battle
"The Pass of Madness The third battle
"The Revenge of The Yazulu The fourth battle
"Down with the Kitty! The fifth battle
"Wadi Zoum-zoum" the second games of our "Green Nile" campaign. This was a hard-fought and dreadfully bloody affair which finally resulted in a British victory. The Anglo-British camp at the wadi was held (barely) while the Sudanese town across the Green Nile river was lost to the rampaging Mahdist hordes.
THE VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN
Tim Chadwick, one of the players, confident of victory.
In 1975/76 the Jackson Gamers played a Campaign game based on General Grant's 1863 march to Vicksburg after his landing in Grand Gulf. Jay Stribling played Grant. There were at least three battles and Grant won the campaign but at the cost of the annihilation of Sherman's division. Click on the link below to go to our description.
"The Vicksburg Campaign!
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