Dateline 1889. British Colonial Mining operations on Venus.
An account of the action at Riverbend summarized from excerpts taken from Lieutenant Morris's official report.
Lieutenant Morris was part of Captain Cather's expedition sent into the swamp lands near British mining interests with orders to investigate a series of attacks on local miners. A recent attack had taken place at Garvin's Hole, and Cather's column attempted to traverse the main road to the mine. It was, however, bogged down by mud and recent flooding. The good Captain sent Lieutenant Morris on ahead with a small detachment in order to begin the investigation and protect the miners. About halfway to the mine, Morris and his men detected Lizard warbands trailing them through the swamp. As the Lizardmen got bolder and approached closer, the Lieutenant decided to set up a defensive position at a small bend in the river. Sergeant Shank set up his massive, multi-barrel gatling gun on a rocky mound, whilst other soldiers took positions behind the roots of the giant foliage native to Venus. Once Morris had his men in position the Lizard charged, as if on cue, rushing at the detachment from all sides. The fighting was fierce, with the soldiers using their superior fire to do as much damage from range as possible. Still, the Lizard bowmen managed to wound Sergeant Shank and sent others to take cover. The gatling gun shot bursts at the charging Lizards, yet it's mechanism might have been fouled by the mud and humid conditions as it's fire was largely ineffectual. Sergeant Shank and his assistant gunner quickly fell when the Lizards were among the defenses. Private Tom was also slain by the Lizardmen, indeed all of the Lieutenant's detachment would surely have been slain if not for the timely arrival of Captain Cather's column, which drove the remaining Lizards off. It is estimated that Morris and his men killed at least 8 of the Lizardmen, including the leader of one warband.
Skreelan, or Lizardmen warbands approach through the trees.
Notes- First off, this scenario, The Natives are Restless, comes from a free collection of scenarios for the Galactic Heroes version of Fistful of Lead. I inserted British Colonials for Marines and Lizardmen for Natives without making any other changes, and I thought the game went very well played as Victorian sci fi. I had heard a lot of good things about the Fistful of Lead rules, mainly the Western version. I finally got a chance to play a few games this summer and really liked the simplicity of the rules and the ease with which they capture the Western flavor. When the friend who introduced me to the rules told me about rules for other genres, I rushed out and picked up these versions of the rules as well. It seems to me that the rules have enough flavor to avoid being generic feeling and still maintain a great sense of the genre being portrayed. This game was my first foray into testing the rules out in a different genre. For my next game we want to see how the rules work for a WWII skirmish.