Monday, January 31, 2011

Jarania-style Campaign

After reading Stephen Luscombe's Jarania Campaign rules, I've decided to put together a somewhat similar campaign using my troops . . . and, yes, that means that I intend to concentrate on Colonials this year.

By the way, Mr. Luscombe is the author of the extensive "The British Empire" website . . . which is well worth some time spent exploring it.

To the left you will see an early version of my heavily revamped campaign map. Each player will be responsible for one of the "rivers" (roughly a quarter of the map).

Each "river" command will contain nine territories . . . only one of which is truly under the control of the ruling Pasha.

The rest will, as in the Jarania rules, need a constantly roving Imperial presence. The longer a territory goes without being visited by Imperial troops the more likely it will be that they will rise in a revolt and attack.

If you look closely (click on image for a better view), you will see that each river has two settlements in a single territory . . . those are the "loyal" ones. You will also see some purple-outlined triangles . . . those are missionaries (and you KNOW that they'll get in trouble).

Each player will have some starting troops and slow replacements (sort of per Jarania) . . . and will have to try and keep the peace in their territory. Of course, when a battle does happen, the other players will get to play the Natives.

Of course there is a lot still to do. I'm painting more Pathans at the moment; then I'll have to paint Zulus, Dervishes and Egyptians . . . so it looks like I'll be spending more moola at Great Eneavors as I get a bunch more Ral Partha Colonials (via their subscriptions, which also allow one to get existing figures at a substantial savings).

I should have enough troops ready soon, so I'm hoping that a "learning battle" can be set up soon.

-- Jeff


  1. A fascinating project, Jeff, and one I'll be watching with interest. Thanks for sharing the link to Jarania, it's another positive goldmine of information and ideas.

  2. Oh, yeah, thanks for the links to the Jarania stuff and the British Empire site and the Ral Partha colonials (I always admired those back in the day). (Looks like I need to keep an eye on your links, ha ha - don't see them in Google Reader)

    Your project sounds like fun. Will you be using TSATF for the actual battles?

  3. Yes, I do plan to use TSATF 20th Anniversary Edition for rules. And there is still a lot of details to take care of with the Campaign setting.

    -- Jeff

  4. I love campaigns. Doing one right is on my list of things to do before I die (it's a long list, too). I'll be watching to see how yours goes. Jarania is a great place to start.