Preparing for Texicon – Part 2

Texicon is now 83 days away. I’m well into painting the figures needed for the game and have all of the necessary material for the terrain. The plan is to complete the figures & all of the terrain by May 16th. I’ll start play testing around April 24th.

I’m afraid that I won’t be able to include meerkats in this year’s game. But there should be plenty of surprises for the players.

Firs up in this update are the “swift ones”, the “Onduno” Regiment. This regiment seldom fights as a unit. These young maidens are chosen for their speed and are used as messengers and scouts. They are the triggers in the game that turn the game from a safari into a battle. When a PEF is resolved with one of these maidens attached, she will immediately run to the village and raise the alarm bringing Isawannayu’s army down upon the expedition.

Unit of Onduno, "swift ones"
Unit of Onduno, “swift ones”
figures by Obelisk Minatures
figures by Obelisk Minatures

Each player will have an explorer accompanied by a friend and a couple of bearers. The player will also have a unit of troops at his or her disposal. Each player will also have a liability and an asset.

The good Reverend Maplethorpe and his wife are an example of a liability. The liability is something the player has to protect. If the liability is a group of porters, then the player is rewarded if the porters don’t flee the battle. In the case of the good Reverend, the player just needs to keep him from being captured or killed (whether by natives of fellow safari members!).

The good Reverend Maplethorpe and wife. Figures by Old Glory
The good Reverend Maplethorpe and wife. Figures by Old Glory

As an example of available explorers, we have Professor Stanwyck with his new camera, his friend Professor Simmons, a professor of antiquities, and the ever brusque Sir Reginald whose goal is to kill 10 animals a day.

Explorers - figures by Old Glory
Explorers – figures by Old Glory

When it comes to units, the player will be able to choose either a unit of Female British Sailors or a unit of French Colonial Marines.

Sailors commanded by Lt. Jane Powell - figures by Hinterland Miniatures
Sailors commanded by Lt. Jane Powell – figures by Hinterland Miniatures

Well, that wraps up this update. The total number of figures in the game depends on the number of players from 75 to a little over 300. All in 28mm.

Brave 13-yr-old Jill St. James.
Brave 13-yr-old Jill St. James.