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neldoreth
12-31-2008, 06:00 PM
Hey all,

Inspired by my love of the viking age, Phil's interesting campaign rules, and the success of Macbeth's recent campaign, I decided to organize one myself with the great local DBA group that I play with!

I threw together a quick website outlining the campaign, how it will start, who is involved, and how it will progress when it gets going! Check it out at the link below!

We all go a'Viking! - Circa 800CE (http://www.blackbirdmedia.org/miniatures/?view=campaigns&which=circa800)

Also, I would like to reiterate that I am looking forward ot playing with the guys in my local group; honestly the people involved in DBA in Calgary are some of the best gamers to play against than any that I have played against in my 14 long years of playing various mini games!

Thanks everyone for the feedback!
n.

Paul A. Hannah
12-31-2008, 11:04 PM
Awesome looking map, Joe. Tres cool. Have a great campaign. Look forward to your updates.

And, yes, you're certainly right about the fine & jovial group of gamers there in Calgary, but that seems to be pretty universal among the greater DBA community.

Filippo S.
01-02-2009, 05:53 AM
Ciao,
for our 2009 event we got near the same idea, title:" NØRDMÅNS: OPERASJON SJØLØVE (http://www.dba-italia.org/tornei/2009/tornei-dba-2009.php)" or details "here (http://www.dba-italia.org/tornei/2009/tornei-dba-2009.php#4)".
Ciao

Spanikopites
01-02-2009, 11:58 AM
Joe just floors me how quickly he throws these things together. Nice work mate.

I'm still trying to figure the scoring out...I think I'll just concentrate on wailing on vikings and let the clerical staff do the math.

I'll be playing my Welsh who have an unreasonably good record against all comers. (Except the damn Irish, but we don't talk about that). Heck, my son Liam (9) played them against me (I had Anglo-Danes) and won when he charged the CvG into the woods to flatten the 4th element. The other three Sp elements were taken out by the same unit of Wb in the open. Sheesh.

But I digress... I need to build a cool BUA for these lads who keep getting my generic ones. Playing w/ Mike, Joe, Paddy and the rest of the CCF really set the bar for good looking tables. I'm a lazy weener with ADD who go off and paint Ethiopian Bw rather than make a proper stock for my Saxonites.

Forgive my rambles.

-Sean ap Cadwalldr ap Maelcon*

*my own Cymric heritage being from the much less romantic name and lineage of 'Roberts'. Perhaps there's a dread pirate in the family tree.

neldoreth
01-19-2009, 05:22 PM
I'll be playing my Welsh who have an unreasonably good record against all comers. (Except the damn Irish, but we don't talk about that).

Alas, the Welsh repulsed those pesky Irish! Spanikopites (aka Sean ap Cadwalladr ap Maelcon) has reason to rejoice!

http://www.blackbirdmedia.org/miniatures/images/campaign/circa800/spring846/00_endOfSpringPositions_small.jpg
Above is the map as of the end of Spring 846

The first campaign turn - Spring 846 - has finished in success! Well, success from the organizational standpoint! The campaign turn was started and finished on Saturday, and so next time we meet we will play the summer turn! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped bring the beginning of the campaign off without a hitch!

Of course, sorry to all players who ended the first campaign turn with many fewer elements in their armies! What a brutal and bloody first campaign turn it was! Everyone was out of the gates with blood on their minds and longing for conquest in their hearts, but alas for the most part the invasions were not as successful as would have been hoped! Only one city fell, and only one army still has their full 12 elements! I imagine the remainder of 846 will be blessed with lots of sieges with every Lord/King/General hoping that their shores won't play host to invaders!

Anyway, check out the action at the We All Go A'Viking campaign site (http://www.blackbirdmedia.org/miniatures/?view=campaigns&which=circa800). Specifically, check out the Campaign Turns - Details of events with maps and prestige totals (http://www.blackbirdmedia.org/miniatures/?view=campaigns&which=circa800&page=turns) section for a more detailed look at what happened in the spring of 846, as well as the current campaign standings. For a more brief overview, check out the Campaign Timeline - Summary of Events section (http://www.blackbirdmedia.org/miniatures/?view=campaigns&which=circa800&page=timeline)!

Any and all feedback appreciated! Also, feel free to let the players know exactly what you think they should do next and maybe offer suggestions for them to keep their lands free from invaders :)

Thanks guys!
n.

Tim in Saskatoon
01-19-2009, 06:57 PM
Uh oh... looks like Ireland's ripe for the plundering! go get 'm Sean!

Tim in Saskatoon
01-19-2009, 06:59 PM
That's a fantastic site you have set up for the campaign, Neldoreth, and what a great write up! I can't wait for turn two!!!

How about some pics of the games?!

neldoreth
01-19-2009, 07:55 PM
That's a fantastic site you have set up for the campaign, Neldoreth, and what a great write up! I can't wait for turn two!!!

How about some pics of the games?!

Thanks for the positive feedback! Greatly appreciated :) As for pics of the games, later this week :)

Thanks
n.

Spanikopites
01-20-2009, 12:59 PM
Well it was an eventful first day even if I only snagged 1 game.

Mega-kudos to Joe for putting together this campaign. He even made a smokin cool mini board to track the dispositions of the field armies.

Patrick decided to invade and I met him. Facing the Norse-Irish was my least favourite option. My mojo with tearing apart Bd and Sp with my Welsh is quite good. Ax and Ps, much less so.

I formed my Wb double ranked around my CvG making to drive a wedge into Irish. Patrick saw it coming and delayed that with BG deployment. So I pulled my CvG from the center and swung him around to my left flank where a bunch of Ax and Ps were dancing about waiting to be ran down. Patrick attacked my center and left trying to disorder me. And he almost did, even flanking my Gen once.

It was very tense. As we all know, timing is everything when playing Wb. In the end, 4-1.

As these were not heathen Danes (whom I would have left on the beach, buried up to their neck awaiting the tide) I decided to spare them and take hostages instead. Allies, even Irish ones are good to have.

-S

Mike Johnson
01-20-2009, 04:04 PM
News from Daneland!

It is rumored that there are whisperings in the dark corners of Jarnskeggi's meade hall. Perhaps his Jarls, who have heard of the battles on the island of the Spear Danes and the plunder to be had, conspire to make truck with the Norwegians?

Kontos
01-21-2009, 08:24 AM
What can I say? Truly outstanding stuff! :2up
I wish I could move there temporarily to partake in the festivities! :D
I will go to the town square early every Sunday and await news from the crier.

neldoreth
01-21-2009, 03:29 PM
Another update! I added a gallery section to the Campaign website, currently there is a gallery of pictures from the spring turn! The gallery page can be found here:

http://www.hourofwolves.org/?view=campaigns&which=circa800&page=gallery

Also added a hobby section with pictures of the campaign terrain board as well as the army figures. Check that out here:

http://www.hourofwolves.org/?view=campaigns&which=circa800&page=hobby

Finally, I put together a battle report for the first battle of the campaign: Danes vs. Norway. Check out the battle report here:

http://www.hourofwolves.org/?view=battles&which=norwayDefended

Hope you enjoy!

As for the truce between the Norwegians and the Danes, Skuld would like nothing more! It's long past due to bring the axes of the Norse to the happy lands of the isles!

:V

n.

Tim in Saskatoon
01-21-2009, 03:38 PM
WOW! Brilliant stuff!

I LOVE the map! I may have to steal the idea for my weekend HOTT Campaign this summer!

Spanikopites
01-22-2009, 11:37 AM
News from Daneland!

It is rumored that there are whisperings in the dark corners of Jarnskeggi's meade hall. Perhaps his Jarls, who have heard of the battles on the island of the Spear Danes and the plunder to be had, conspire to make truck with the Norwegians?

Oh no! Not the Norwegians!!

(dances about in mock horror)

And as for the Danes, I'd be proud to offer you my hospitality. I've got sheep for each of you at night and long knife in back for breakfast.

That's assuming you even know what end of the boat to point to the Isle of the Mighty.

Shakin' in my boots (if I wore any that is)

Sean ap Cadwalldr ap Maelcon

Macbeth
02-03-2009, 05:59 PM
Joe,

this is fabulous - I love the map table and markers.

My 1066 campaign has a map printed and laminated which approaches but doesn't acheive your visual brilliance, and I had planned to make up counters with figures representing the armies but haven't set aside the figures or the time yet.

Well done

cheers

neldoreth
03-24-2009, 05:02 PM
Hey all!

The campaign site has been updated! The reports/timelines/galleries of summer, autumn, and start of 847 (the next campaign turn) are all ready for viewing at We all go a'Viking! - Circa 800CE campaign site (http://www.hourofwolves.org/?view=campaigns&which=circa800). Check it out!

Thanks
n.

Spanikopites
03-25-2009, 01:43 PM
The Welsh vs Saxons is a classic grudge match. Second only to Miley Cyrus vs. Radiohead perhaps.

Rog and I threw down for the first time in a couple years (shame how time can slip away between friends) as his Saxons dared to invade Cambria in the campaign.

This stalled my plans of putting Ireland to the torch, but I met him none the less. We both deployed conventionally (screaming mob vs shieldwall) on a reasonably clear table. It was my attempt to turn his flank that produced some amazing results.

http://www.hourofwolves.org/images/campaign/circa800/spring846/846_2_superPsiloi.jpg

Aaagh! Impudent Saxon bow-twangers thrash my flanking force!


http://www.hourofwolves.org/images/campaign/circa800/spring846/846_2_superPsiloi1.jpg

and vengence denied!

At least my centre punched a great bloody hole in his shieldwall.

A great game and had to share the pics.

Kontos
03-25-2009, 02:21 PM
Hey all!

The campaign site has been updated! The reports/timelines/galleries of summer, autumn, and start of 847 (the next campaign turn) are all ready for viewing at We all go a'Viking! - Circa 800CE campaign site (http://www.hourofwolves.org/?view=campaigns&which=circa800). Check it out!

Thanks
n.

I again marvel at this campaign and the effort being put into it. Maps, figures, everything screams - I WANNA PLAY TOO! :2up

I wish we could get something going like this around here. :sick

Frank

neldoreth
03-26-2009, 09:10 AM
I again marvel at this campaign and the effort being put into it. Maps, figures, everything screams - I WANNA PLAY TOO! :2up

I wish we could get something going like this around here. :sick

Frank

I'm glad you are digging the action! It's that sort of appreciation by you and the players that drives my involvement of the campaign to be honest! That being said, I have been in the hobby for about 15 years now (I know, a relatively short time compared to many!) and have had many false starts until now! This is the first campaign that I have been involved in that has been successful!

So, my unsolicited advice to you is that if you really want it, you should give it a try and put one together yourself! That way the campaign can be exactly how you want it, and perhaps it will inspire others to run some campaign action as well!

Thanks,
n.

Obadiah
03-27-2009, 05:38 AM
Just a big congrats to everyone involved in the campaign. It makes great reading and some really nice visuals. Although it always does make me feel rather lacking in painting skill...but enough of my self pity, great job...keep it up!
:2up :2up :2up

neldoreth
04-21-2009, 03:06 PM
Another campaign update! This past Saturday we managed to get through two seasons! The Campaign is officially supposed to end at the end of 847, which translates into only one turn left! Of course, it is possible that we may play another year or two as well, so we'll se :) It has been fun to run and play in so far.

In any case, check out the website and navigate the Times, Turns, and Galleries pages for all the events of the Spring and Summer of 847!

http://www.hourofwolves.org/?view=campaigns&which=circa800

A lot of craziness happened in 847 so far, including the second battle won by the smaller forces! Mondo prestige points there!

Thanks guys,
n.

Humorous Maximus
04-23-2009, 01:14 AM
I am simply stunned by this wonderful campaign, fantastic job!!

Tomo
Indianapolis

Kontos
04-23-2009, 07:22 AM
I am simply stunned by this wonderful campaign, fantastic job!!

Tomo
Indianapolis

I want to gather my spearmen and march down the old Roman roads and join in. This is just stunning! Well done, n.

Frank

Spanikopites
04-25-2009, 02:58 PM
Now the crazed rantings have passed, I'm ready to hit the campaign trail.

My dilemmas;

My arch enemy Olafson sits poised to attack me with my weakened force. I vowed to return, I was repulsed at Cork once, and I swear I shall not be again.

But, the self styled Pendragon is weakened, even after defeating my hot headed cousin Marco (who is now enjoying a new career cleaning out hermit huts on Iona) and Salisbury is ripe for my plucking.

And, my long sworn rival and drinking buddy Ceowulf the Anglo-Caledonian warlord is now the Hound of the Norsemen. How shall I triumph over him without honking off my sword brother Skuld?

Sigh. Autumn will be busy...

-Sean

neldoreth
04-25-2009, 04:53 PM
Now the crazed rantings have passed, I'm ready to hit the campaign trail.

My dilemmas;

My arch enemy Olafson sits poised to attack me with my weakened force. I vowed to reurrn, I was repulsed at Cork once, and I swear I shall not be again.

But, the self styled Pendragon is weakened, even after defeating my hot headed cousin Marco (who is now enjoying a new career cleaning out hermit huts on Iona) and Salisbury is ripe for my plucking.

And, my long sworn rival and drinking buddy Ceowulf the Anglo-Caledonian warlord is now the Hound of the Norsemen. How shall I triumph over him without honking off my sword brother Skuld?

Sigh. Autumn will be busy...

-Sean

Sounds like you have lots of options... Certainly Olafson is looking at Wales with wanting eyes. Pendragon is in peril, and will have a hard time holding back both the Danes and your Welsh. Ceowulf is insulated from Wales by two Norwegian cities...

Skuld seems to have been enticed by the Irish Island; apparently his great uncle Byrnjolf once ruled over Dublin and Skuld wants it back for Norlaw! However, Skuld is in Jarrow, so he could divert his armies to Cork just as easily as Dublin and keep the Irish out of Wales while you handle the British.

Decisions, decisions!

n.