A medieval campaign using my proposed RRtK supplement

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.

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 (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.

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.

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)

A trebuchet uses the gravitational potential e...

A trebuchet uses the gravitational potential energy of the counterweight to throw projectiles over long distances. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Crossbowmen at the Martyrdom of St Sebastian. ...

Crossbowmen at the Martyrdom of St Sebastian. Detail of a painting from Upper Bavaria (Munich?), around 1475. Current location: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A winter horrorland story by Porridge Marten, the chronicler of the Game of Cronies

This image was first published in the 1 st (18...

This image was first published in the 1 st (1876–1899), 2 nd (1904–1926) or 3 rd (1923–1937) edition of Nordisk familjebok. The copyrights for that book have expired and this image is in the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winter is supposed to be relaxing –wine, women, and song – or so thought King Robheart Brightneon snug in his bed that early morning when the first trebuchets of the Wormlanders fired upon and rattled the walls of Binge Landing. To his surprise and everyone else in the besieged city, an assault in the dead of winter was the last thing that was expected. Runtly Brightneon and Brie the Tart led the attack; siege engines fired, and twenty army units attacked Robheart’s four foot units and one unit of dismounted crossbowmen. The Kingsmen were outnumbered four to one. Both sides were evenly matched in magic users at four each.

 “Now what!” yelled out the discomforted King. “I hope Slimey doesn’t have a hangover from last night’s feast, the drunken fool. Signal his fleet to draw near shore and bombard Runtly’s attackers.”

 Ser Embarristan Slimey, unsteady though he be, brought his three war galley squadrons close to shore and showered Runtly’s beleagured troops with arrows.

 “Let’s hope Binge Landing’s walls won’t crumble today,” he roared to his page. The page struggled to get armor strapped over his lord’s expanding stomach.

 It was a tough battle for both sides, yet once again, the besieged repulsed the host from the Wormlands. Robheart lost a unit, but his brother, Runtly, had twice as many losses. Runtly continued his failures on land as his forces had at sea thoughout the year.

 Robheart laughed heartedly, “Bring me some wine. I have a great thirst to quench”

Here’s the trade map that I’m using to track trade routes on land and sea and to place different kinds of trading sites in the various provinces.

Asterisks* indicate the existence of a permanent trade route. The boxes indicate trading sites; the small letter refers to the type (c=camp, for example) and the large initials show the owner (TG is Talon Greyboy).

Sergey Vasilievich Ivanov (1864-1910). Slave T...

Sergey Vasilievich Ivanov (1864-1910). Slave Trade in Early Medieval Eastern Europe. Source: http://www.sgu.ru/rus_hist/?wid=719 (Photo credit: Wikipediareyboy).

Trade Map 1

Heavy Winter snow in the Village

Heavy Winter snow in the Village (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I added new rules for ending endless wars and for conducting winter campaigns. I want to avoid wars that drag on and on with one or more provinces being taken and retaken. This rule is applied at the end of the Mob Mood Phase.

Though rare in the medieval period, winter campaigns did happen. However, a full winter campaign phase was avoided; instead, only a siege or land battle can take place during the winter either by the invader or defender in an ongoing war. If it happens, it is resolved in the History Continuance Phase.

English: Capture of Jerusalem during the First...

English: Capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099, from a medieval manuscript Deutsch: Mittelalterliches Gemälde der Belagerung Jerusalems durch die Kreuzfahrer 1099 Suomi: Jerusalemin valtaus 1099. Keskiaikaisen käsikirjoituksen kuvitusta. Polski: Zdobycie Jerozolimy podczas I krucjaty (1099 r.) – rysunek ze średniowiecznego rękopisu Italiano: Conquista di Gerusalemme durante la Prima Crociata, nel 1099, da un manoscritto medievale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)