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The Smash of Things (Prologue: Year 2)

English: Fireworks

English: Fireworks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A hot tale by Porridge Marten, the chronicler of The Song Of Lice and Liar

Palydynne the Pyromancer sent his minions throughout the SevenEleven Kingdoms and beyond to Esso and elsewhere to demonstrate his “surefire wyldfyre.” His motto on his merchant’s card was “Have Fyre Will Expire.”  Typically he’d order his men to set off his red rockets containing the liquid fire without prior notice, and then leave his calling card at the castle gate should the lord or royal leader care to pay for his weapons and services.

No doubt most sovereigns might be impressed by his display and recognize wyldfyre’s value against war galley squadrons and troop transports and the galley rowers and soldiers within these wooden vessels. “The best alternative to dragon’s breath,” as Palydynne loved to say.

Early spring the Pyromancer’s demonstrators set forth and made their appearance all over Westeroids and Esso. Hywind Landblaster was annoyed and had the man boiled alive in the concoction. Stainless Brightneon’s witch Malusundra said it was a sign from her god, but Stainless scoffed at it since her god had failed him in the last invasion. Rohbheart Brightneon, however, found it useful for charbroiling a large number of cattle for his nightly feasts all at once. When Dimheiress Tarfeatheren witnessed the red rocket in the night, she believed it was an inferior attempt to match the fire of her dragons, or “my three little buggers” as she referred to them. Dullard Starkcrazy and Moose Boltloose purchased some to heat their wintry castles. Johnny Snowed laughed when the demonstrator couldn’t get the wyldfyre lit in the windy cold and snow.

But others did find its original purpose valuable and contacted Palydynne to arm their war galley squadrons with the dangerous wyldfyre.

Image from an illuminated manuscript, the Skyl...

Image from an illuminated manuscript, the Skylitzes manuscript in Madrid, showing Greek fire in use against the fleet of the rebel Thomas the Slav (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Smash of Things: Year 2 Changes

Castle medieval siege

Castle medieval siege (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Galley at anchor, found in The Story of the Ba...

Galley at anchor, found in The Story of the Barbary Corsairs’ by Stanley Lane-Poole, published in 1890 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rules revisions will liven things up in Year 2.

There is more opportunity for establishing diplomatic relations with nations farther away.

New random events may appear this year that will bedevil or gratify out harried leaders of Westeroids.

Forts/castles have appeared throughout the land for invading armies to ignore at their peril or worse attack.

Hopefully nations will try out new strategies on land and sea – coastal raids, pillaging raids.

Using the revised National Profile Display should help a lot in keeping track of details.

The Smash of Things (Book 2…er, Year 2 of The Game of Cronies)

El Cid, fanciful engraving

El Cid, fanciful engraving (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Two knights jousting, one falling Deu...

English: Two knights jousting, one falling Deutsch: Ritterliche Turnierszene, entschieden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s a new year in the SevenEleven Kingdoms.

A Knight with his Jousting Helmet (Count Faust...

A Knight with his Jousting Helmet (Count Faustino Avogardo (?)) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hywind Landblaster is poised to invade the realm of the Starkcrazys while the Night’s Botch leave the Tall Wall to  enter the forested domain of the Wildthings to deal with them in their own lair.

The war between the Frayd and the Greyboy/Darne alliance is over with Weirdo Frayd, an unhappy yet vengeful lodger among his ally, Bedmore Sully.

The two Brightneon brothers stll face each other at Binge Landing, but national morale in House Runtly Brightneon is low. Runtly knows, however, that the constant assault has battered the walls at Binge Landing. Are they close to a breach?

Peace reigns between Darne and Dimheiress, Queen of Galleeria, and between Starkcrazy and House Boltloos, but the enforced peace between the poverty-stricken House Stainless and Landblaster has ended. The same is true with Lady Lyce Arhead and the Landblasters. Will war erupt again to spoil Hywind’s invasion of the Starkcrazy domains?

The Sullys in the Quiverlands and the Hyfells of the Peach may be ready to wage war again and reverse their fortunes on the battlefield.

Polski: Rycerze Okrągłego Stołu i święty Graal...

Polski: Rycerze Okrągłego Stołu i święty Graal. Malunek z XV w. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rules Development: Civil Wars and Revolts

English: Line drawing of Hannibal

English: Line drawing of Hannibal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pollice Verso (1872), which popularized the &q...

Pollice Verso (1872), which popularized the “thumbs down” gesture . It is owned by Phoenix Art Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: 1835 – Flag Flown over the Goliad Dec...

English: 1835 – Flag Flown over the Goliad Declaration of Independence, possibly the “Bloody arm flag” reported to have accompanied the Dodson flag at the Texas Declaration of Independence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Gladiatorial Shows at a Banquet

English: Gladiatorial Shows at a Banquet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve revised and completed rules for handling a range of internal revolts. These rules handle:

– slave revolts among gladiators, miners and other slaves.

– revolts by governors in dominions.

-revolts by former client kingdoms

-declarations of independence by trade cities.

A nation can usually fight internal wars and one war with a foreign nation in the same season.

Then there are invasions by returning exiles with aid from a foreign army to contend with.

Rules Development: The History Continuance Phase and Trade Cities

Painting entitled "Le marché aux esclaves...

Painting entitled “Le marché aux esclaves” (en: The Slave Market) Oil on canvasCategory:technique with mounted parameter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexandria

Alexandria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the proliferation of trade cities, and possibly independent ones as well, I’ve been able to add rules for dealing with their emergence in the world.

Host nations where these trade cities are arising now have a variety of reactions in dealing with these new realities inside their nations.

More wars will be sown because of the trade cities.

Hypothetical History Continuance Phase: Builds, Growth of Trade, Death (Year 31!)

Russian candle and soap trader by Brotze

Russian candle and soap trader by Brotze (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Illustration: Death Depicted as the Grim Reape...

Illustration: Death Depicted as the Grim Reaper on Top of the World from The Raven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The History Continuance Phase mechanics worked as planned without any hitches.

– Trade sites and roving traders

– The spread of trade

– Redrawing the map of the world

Gerhard Mercator

Gerhard Mercator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Redoing the map of the world

– Death and survival

– New diplomatic states

A history of the intervening years could be easily summarized based on the events that happened in this phase.

Hypothetical History Continuance Phase: Catastrophes and Blessings, Wars and Growth (Year 31!)

English: Crystaline Gold

English: Crystaline Gold (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Harvest

English: The Harvest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Betsey, surrounded by seven French co...

English: Betsey, surrounded by seven French corsairs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Game of Cronies campaign, a winter campaign was rolled for and Year 2 is about to begin next spring.

But what would have happened if the campaign had ended?

English: Spire of the abbey on Mont Saint-Mich...

English: Spire of the abbey on Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s see.

It’s the year 31, thirty years after the present campaign.

Three wars were resolved. Runtly and Robheart’s war ended in stalemate. A truce is in effect for next year. Runtly took firm control of Stinkwood province and added it to his realm.

The Landblaster/Starkcrazy and Night’s Botch/Wildthings conflicts ended similarly but with no change in territory.

House Cartell won a war against pirates and has increased its fleet size.

A pretender has appeared in Mormeen province to claim the Dimheiress Tarfeathere’s thorne. It’s civil war!

Houses Hyfell, Boltloose and Sully got bountiful resources.

House Arhead had good harvests. On the other hand, the Wildthings and Stainless Brightneon experienced shortages. House Greyboy suffered a drought.

House Landblaster discovered a gold mine within its borders.

Runtly Brightneon had a mundane period.

Eight former trade sites and one town have grown into cities. (to be continued)