The rules are really coming together now. I oughtta formalize everything and put them up on Lulu or something. The world needs a good Plains War game to go with all the cool minis out there, don't you think?
I've actually looked high and low for a good set of rules. No matter where I looked, the name "Yellow Ribbon" kept coming up. One guy even said they were "the best [Indian War] rules ever written," like it's a work of literature, or something. Oh, my goodness! Internet guys, huh? Best....Game....EVER!
It never ceases to amaze me how useless internet chat forums are, though. Yellow Ribbon's a perfect example. I found a copy at Noble Knight for $7. Pretty cheap for the best rule set ever written. So I jumped on it -- only to find that after all the hype about how great YR is, what everyone failed to mention was that a US Cavalry Company (about 40-60 guys) is represented by 16 figures! My Rosebud scenario would require about 150 figures for the US side, and about the same or more for the Sioux and a table about the size of a football field. As they say on ESPN: C'mon, man! I realize that most rule sets are just flimsy excuses to sell lots and lots of figures, but this is ridiculous.
Anyway, what I was looking for were rules that would allow me to play full battles, like Rosebud and Powder River, with a reasonable number of figures and a reasonable amount of table-space. My rules allow for either 1"=20 yds or 1"=40 yds battles to be played. Powder River requires somewhere around 18 bases per side. So far, it's working out pretty well.
Anyway, here's what has happened so far.
|A view of the action from the Indian perspective.|
|While Egan is preoccupied, two groups of Indians head for the hills. Chief Two Moon urges them on through the broken, boulder-strewn terrain.|
|AH! This is what Egan was waiting for: Lt Col Mills leads E & M Cos/4th Cavalry onto the field. He might be just in time to save Egan, but maybe too late to stop the Indians from escaping into the hills.|