|The Scene Of The Action - the seaside resort at the mouth of the Psgheti River;|
Lady Tsahul's barge is moored at the dock, providing accomodations
|Lord Chirine and Lady Si N'te discuss the forthcoming safari to see the fabled|
Lost Pyramid of Phil-ho-tep the Magnificent, a local tourist attraction
|Aliya, Lady Kiya's maid, and Nyssa, Lady Tsahul's maid and Chirine's junior wife,|
in hot pursuit of a would-be ambusher who is fleeing from the wrath of the outraged maids
|The melee becomes general, with spells flying left and right from the howdahs|
and the Sro throwing their weight around.
Well, I thought that it went all right; people came, they had fun, and we all enjoyed ourselves. The general idea was that the tourists from Tsolyanu would visit the local tourist attractions via the Sro-back rides; several parties of treasure-hunters had other ideas, and thought that the tourists' money-pouches might prove full of negotiable specie - i. e., loot. Things got very chaotic after that, and much fun and laughter resulted. Lady Kiya's long-suffering coast guards / river police took the brunt of the combat, with the palace porters' department in support. Interestingly, the ladies' handmaidens proved to be the best melee troops; make of that what you will...
This was a 'long table' game, with our standard 30" x 60" tables arrayed on the long axis of the game room - see the top photo, if you please. Ground cover is three of our stock 103" x 66" canvas drop cloths, and scenery is largely from PetCo and PetSmart. (Look in the aquarium, terrarium, and hermit crab departments.) Next time I run something like this, I will provide the players with pre-printed cards showing them a picture of each figure (for individuals) or group of figures (for multiples) to make things easier and speed up play - I had to explain things a lot, which didn't surprise me.
The new storage system for our gaming supplies worked very, very well. It only took a few minutes to pull the bins from the storage shelves, and I'm very happy with how everything worked.
I have updated the Photobucket page with the photos we took during yesterday's game; there is a link at the bottom of the left-hand column of this page for you. Have a look, if you would; I think you'll be amused.
I have no idea who the nice girl on the flying carpet is. I gathered that she's a friend of Si N'te, and she provided the services of a flying scout for most of the game. She got along with everyone, and spent a lot of time at the beach with all of the ladies-in-waiting as they improved their sun tans.
I had the first of what I hope will be many wonderful Skype calls with a Tekumel fan on Friday; he was calling from Europe, so I made an adjustment in my schedule, and we talked for almost six hours. I'll be happy to take calls, but you may want to e-mail me to reserve a particular time. Thanks!