GASLIGHT Extravaganza at Historicon

Some kind of dinosaur and the Colossus
Some kind of dinosaur and the Colossus

To commemorate the release of The GASLIGHT Compendium we wanted to run a really large GASLIGHT game.  We ran a Northwest Frontier by GASLIGHT game which featured British attacking to seize a Pathan hill fort, rescue Wee Willie Winkie, and recapture the Colossus left behind after the previous punitive expedition.  Robert Seitz scratch built the Colossus from the cover of the  book.

Chris laying out some of the troops for the game
Chris laying out some of the troops for the game

All players had two units and one or two special things, typically a vehicle.  The British approached from both ends of an “L” with the hill fort at the bend.  The British on their left flank fell into the classic gamer trap.  They tried to pry the Pathans out of a village which had nothing to do with their victory conditions.  As a result, they never made it to the Colossus to get it started again.

British helicopters had a bad day
British helicopters had a bad day

The British helicopters pictured above were treated as unarmored conveyances.  As such, the vehicles get no Save rolls.  The pilot, a Main Character, got a Save roll, but both of them failed and went down from a hail of gunfire from Pathans ensconced in the rocky hills.

Indian steam elephants moving inexorably forward
Indian steam elephants moving inexorably forward

On the British left, they had more success.  They advanced steadily toward the hill fort, despite heavy casualties and the early loss of one of the British steam spiders.  (Note the Pathan timberclad war machine toward the right of the image above.)  They would have reached the hill fort to kill Pasha Chrismajadeen and rescue Winkie, but the Russians pushed two squads of infantry into the fort, effectively blocking the British advance.

Another view of the British advance
Another view of the British advance

The players seem to have had a good time.  The game flowed well.  I was happy with the result.