This year Fiasco is on 26th October at New Dock Hall, The Royal Armouries, Leeds.
This is a regular fixture for The Ilkley Lads and we will attend this year with a Crusades demo game. It has been a busy year so we are going to do something that requires little extra work. We will do a scenario based on the Battle of Harran 1104 AD.
I've just set it up to check table sizes. It fits very nicely on an easily manageable 12 x 6.
There are five distinct 'battle groups' in this battle. In the centre Baldwin of Edessa faces Soqman of Mardin. Soqman will try and draw Baldwin across the river. Baldwin will try and draw in Soqman.
Soqman has already sent his Turcomans across the river and sent more horse archers off to his left flank (in front of the 'yurt' camp) to scout a large hill to Baldwin's right. If Soqman can entice Baldwin to attack across the river he will hold them with his heavy cavalry until.......
........his ally Jekermish of Mosul, hidden in gently rolling scrub land, launches a flank attack into the hapless Edessan army. The Battle will be over in short order and Baldwin will be captured for ransom - cue evil laugh.
It's just a pity that there are so few Christians for the slave markets, the Edessans have come alone; or have they........
....... because Saracens are not the only ones capable of dirty tricks. Crusaders have a few up their sleeves too. Bohemond of Antioch, smelling a chance to expand his own domain has joined with Baldwin to take the rich city of Harran. The crusaders will draw the Saracens across the river, then when they are fully engaged with Baldwin, Bohemond will launch a flank attack from behind a hill on Baldwin's right flank. Before nightfall the Saracen leaders will be in chains and his army destined for the slave markets - cue evil laugh.
Fact is stranger than any fiction. If I'd made this scenario up you would think it too contrived to be realistic - but it is true, at the Battle of Harran this was the basic set up.
We will use Ager Sanguinis rules for the battle with a few extra scenario rules to govern the hidden deployments and battle plans.
Just for the eye candy, here are a few close ups. If you see this game at the show, remember to say hi.