As a result of which we've taken a turn toward Darkest Africa.
Firstly I ran Steve and General B through a DA game of Triumph and Tragedy, then after a hiatus, during which he vanquished Dan the Second in unarmed combat, General Ballroom laid on a game of the new fashionable thing all the cool kidz are doing - Congo!
General B. despite having a stroke just over a year ago has managed to paint and assemble both forces and all the terrain. And it all looked nicer than mine. I'm thinking I might have a stroke to see if it improves my painting and makes me better at wrestling strange men called Dan.
So we turned up to this.
And, naturally this - the only thing to drink while playing Congo!
Apart from beer. I had some beer.
Steve took the part of the rapacious explorers, ravishing valuable stuff from the beleaguered natives. I took the role of the native population turning up to politely request the return of our valuables.
Here's the pictures
After early success of my troops in ransacking the camp the elite Sikh's and their leader were able to hot-foot it toward the board edge. Poor card choices by me (and a reliance on shooting instead of cold steel) meant my men were unable to catch them and the precious heirlooms were spirited away to form pride of place in a European collection
So what did I think of the game?
It's easy to pick up and moves along at a reasonable clip. Even buffoons like the three of us seemed to get most of it right most of the time.
And it delivered a good result - the scenario was quite finely balanced with the victor in doubt up to the final turn.
My reservation is probably around the picking the card part of the game. It felt to me like the game is won or lost in the decisions you make around the cards you choose and the order you play them, rather than the actions of the little lead men. So it felt a bit like a card game with toy soldiers, rather than a toy soldier game with cards.
But it's a minor quibble - it looked awesome and we had a fun and convivial time. I expect we'll be playing again.
Steve's version of the events can be read over on his blog