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winterbadger
02-06-2011, 03:39 PM
The Dulles [Virginia] Area Historical Gaming Society (DAHGS, or what we're going to... :) ) is giving Roy Naismith's campaign for Great Britain in 1002 a go.

There's a blog here (http://england1002.blogspot.com/) that will carry announcements, battle reports, and stats. Some of the convo will be going on on our local mailing list or by email, but players may end up posting on this thread too.

I've made a few small changes to Mr Naismith's map, and while we are using his campaign rules, we're also testing out the Viking Age house rules suggested by DK.

More news as it happens, as they used to say.

winterbadger
02-08-2011, 11:54 PM
It seems that we are short one player; the person we thought was taking the role of the Welsh is not in fact doing so.

Anyone interested in leading the men of Gwynedd?

ETA: Our number is now complete with the addition of Mark Davies to play the Welsh!

ETA #2: We're off! And the first player for 1002 is... (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/02/ready-steady-go.html)

kontos
02-09-2011, 04:00 PM
Welcome aboard Mark!

Frank, err, Duke Richard II of Normandy. :D

JoshC
02-09-2011, 05:19 PM
The Vikings move to York

winterbadger
02-09-2011, 05:48 PM
The Vikings move to York

Very good!

Being Vikings, they don't need to check for losses crossing the North Sea in the spring gales.

The English may quickly decide if they want

To puff and look important and to say: – (http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_danegeld.htm)
"Though we know we should defeat you,
we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

and expend one of their danegeld (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danegeld).

If not, the Vikings may call for allies, then the English, and then the English must decide if they want to stand and fight, hold York with their army, or rely on the garrison of York to hold off the Norsemen.

So, Aethelred, opening up the purse already? or not?

winterbadger
02-11-2011, 01:30 PM
A brief battle report (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/02/ravens-wheel-over-moors.html) (maybe the participants can enlarge on it), as the Danes gain a victory and the Normans gain a big pile of argent.

JoshC
02-11-2011, 02:48 PM
You got the main bit of it. My line extended farther than my opponents, thanks to all his doubled spear, and when our lines met I had the advantage everywhere except his general's element. However, in two or three rounds of combat I don't think he rolled higher than a 2 (seriously) so he lost everywhere.
It was quick game and the Vikings now have an enemy for life it seems :)

winterbadger
02-18-2011, 12:48 AM
A summary of tonight's battle events. (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/02/more-death-in-north.html)

Mark Davies
02-18-2011, 03:07 AM
The Welsh, tempted though they are to take part in the killing up north, choose to spend the spring peaceably, with just the odd spot of localized sheep-stealing for sport.

winterbadger
02-18-2011, 09:51 AM
The Welsh, tempted though they are to take part in the killing up north, choose to spend the spring peaceably, with just the odd spot of localized sheep-stealing for sport.

It's that grand then?

King Brian? What are the dear Irish going to be doing with themselves the day?

Chris Bloch
02-18-2011, 04:20 PM
After a brief island holiday on Man, the re-invigorated Irish sail eastward to taunt and shake their pointy sticks at the Cumbrians.

winterbadger
02-18-2011, 04:48 PM
After a brief island holiday on Man, the re-invigorated Irish sail eastward to taunt and shake their pointy sticks at the Cumbrians.

Are they actually going to step ashore, or just taunt and sail away? :)

Chris Bloch
02-18-2011, 05:21 PM
The Irish go ashore to be sure they did not miss taunting anyone.

winterbadger
02-18-2011, 05:23 PM
The Irish go ashore to be sure they did not miss taunting anyone.

All right! Scots? Will you defend Cumbria with your army or leave it to the garrisons?

kontos
03-04-2011, 10:45 AM
A battle report can be found on our blog. Duke Richard II of Normandy clashed with Svein Forkbeard, King of Denmark. :eek

winterbadger
03-04-2011, 12:43 PM
While the Danes are involved in funeral obsequies, what are the English getting up to?

winterbadger
03-08-2011, 09:42 AM
The English are passing (like ships in the night).

Wales? Your move.

ETA: I finally got around to putting up a new map (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/03/midsummer-1002.html).

Mark Davies
03-08-2011, 01:23 PM
We'll attack Dublin.

winterbadger
03-08-2011, 01:27 PM
We'll attack Dublin.

Exciting! Are you calling for allies? The Scots are nearby (and can send a contingent while the rest of their army continues their subjugation of Mann); everyone else is out of range...

Mark Davies
03-08-2011, 03:25 PM
Exciting! Are you calling for allies? The Scots are nearby (and can send a contingent while the rest of their army continues their subjugation of Mann); everyone else is out of range...
There's a thought. We'd welcome assistance from anyone with a piratical bent and an interest in plunder.

winterbadger
03-18-2011, 05:27 PM
A full report will come over the weekend, but the Welsh, with several losses, crushed the Norse Irish, killing their general and seizing Dublin from them. The Irish retreat to the wilds of Armagh, all two elements of them... The pass in their turn, so the last move of summer goes to the Scots. Will they continue their siege on Mann?

ETA : Updated map (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/03/late-summer-1002.html).

winterbadger
04-29-2011, 01:07 PM
The bare details of the Battle of Mann (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/04/end-of-autumn-1002.html)

and a colourful account from an eyewitness (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/04/special-report-from-our-scottish.html)

winterbadger
05-16-2011, 01:17 PM
the latest on developments in Britain (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/05/crashing-and-bashing.html)

Two kingdoms are now suppressed and ruled by foreign (to them) overlords. Who will be next?

winterbadger
05-20-2011, 08:42 AM
I've posted a new map. (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/05/updating-map.html) I expect we will have a battle result shortly...

winterbadger
06-03-2011, 11:16 AM
After some delay, a new battle has taken place (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/06/ill-post-fuller-battle-report-with-few.html), but the status quo remains.

ETA: The Scots, acting first on the next turn, pursue the Welsh into Dublin.

1. Welsh, please designate your extra losses from the battle.

2. Welsh, do you wish to fight again or stand siege?

Mark Davies
06-03-2011, 10:11 PM
Oh dear; we'll lose two more Wb and retreat, leaving Dublin to stand siege.

winterbadger
06-04-2011, 10:17 AM
Very well. Dublin is besieged by the Scots, who gain entry by a clever ruse (a poisoned barrel of beer left outside the main gate at night) and rampage wildly.

The Danes are next. Josh?

ETA: map update (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/06/scots-on-rampage.html)

JoshC
06-06-2011, 07:40 AM
The Danes will Pass

winterbadger
06-06-2011, 11:03 AM
The Danes will Pass

Normans? Your go.

kontos
06-06-2011, 12:26 PM
The Normans will check out some real estate in Denmark. :D

winterbadger
06-06-2011, 12:30 PM
The Normans will check out some real estate in Denmark. :D

And the Danes? Will the Danes fight, stand siege, or retire to Jutland?

kontos
06-06-2011, 01:09 PM
And the Danes? Will the Danes fight, stand siege, or retire to Jutland?

Hopefully the Danes will become willing vassals of Duke Richard and avoid further bloodshed. Free passage through Norman held territories will be allowed so the Danes could venture forth and continue their seafaring "merchant" ways.

winterbadger
06-06-2011, 03:30 PM
Hopefully the Danes will become willing vassals of Duke Richard and avoid further bloodshed. Free passage through Norman held territories will be allowed so the Danes could venture forth and continue their seafaring "merchant" ways.

The Danes apparently are not so concerned about shedding Norman blood. The first assault on Aalborg results in a lot of Normans dead in a ditch. It would seem that walls are the one enemy their armoured horsemen are not good at defeating...

winterbadger
06-06-2011, 05:22 PM
The Angles meanwhile continue biding their time, dreaming of past glory and looking forward to future vindication (like Athelstan in Ivanhoe).

But who knows what the Welsh may be cooking up in their sosban fach?

Mark Davies
06-06-2011, 10:40 PM
The Angles meanwhile continue biding their time, dreaming of past glory and looking forward to future vindication (like Athelstan in Ivanhoe).

But who knows what the Welsh may be cooking up in their sosban fach?
They squat in the hills, getting stronger (hopefully); it seems all their luck is being consumed by the Gauls!

winterbadger
06-30-2011, 02:42 PM
At long last, movement in the campaign (http://england1002.blogspot.com/). Bad news for Wales, good news for Scotland. For Denmark, it's still wait and see...

ETA: The Normans' siege remains unsuccessful.

timurilank
07-07-2011, 03:00 PM
From your blog:

"The Danes pass in their turn. Safe behind their ramparts (or so they think), they roast turnips, drink beer, and argue about the offside call in the latest Midtjylland v. Silkeborg match."

It is high time the Normans conquer the island, if only to introduce the art of Continental cuisine to that waistland. = O

ROAST TURNIPS?

A bas le barbare!

winterbadger
07-07-2011, 03:28 PM
From your blog:

"The Danes pass in their turn. Safe behind their ramparts (or so they think), they roast turnips, drink beer, and argue about the offside call in the latest Midtjylland v. Silkeborg match."

It is high time the Normans conquer the island, if only to introduce the art of Continental cuisine to that waistland. = O

ROAST TURNIPS?

A bas le barbare!

Roasted turnips are very tasty (maybe with carrots, onions, garlic, and a little butter), and they are good for you, too. :D

And the Normans are besieging Aalborg, which is (a) not an island and (b) already part of the Continent (of Europe). It is a bustling port in the midst of good farming country, hardly a waist- (or waste-) land!

winterbadger
07-08-2011, 02:21 PM
An ignominious defeat for England (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/07/not-so-mighty-melees.html) (and it's not even football...)

winterbadger
07-12-2011, 01:13 PM
Winter's icy blast reaches Britain. (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/07/wales-stays-home.html)

winterbadger
07-16-2011, 05:43 PM
After winter, will it be Celtic Spring? (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/07/busyness-over-winter.html)

winterbadger
08-13-2011, 01:32 PM
The Normans finally attack Scotland! (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/08/recent-events-in-cumbria.html)

kontos
08-13-2011, 01:45 PM
The Normans finally attack Scotland! (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/08/recent-events-in-cumbria.html)

Next up....:D

winterbadger
08-27-2011, 09:01 PM
The Normans defend their conquest of Norway from greedy Danes. (http://england1002.blogspot.com/2011/08/war-in-north.html)

winterbadger
09-29-2011, 11:40 AM
This campaign has now ended, by mutual consent of the players, with a Norman victory.