Saturday, 31 August 2013

The ongoing campaign against Marzibarian slave traders: Raids along the Tifooti River

News reached District Commissioner Blenkinsop that a large party of Marzibarian slavers had arrived in the area along the Tifooti River and were raiding local villages and enslaving any able bodied natives they could find.

Realising that his company of Dammallian Native Police would be no match for the heavily-armed slavers, Blenkinsop contacted the Governor of British Dammallia – Sir James Deville – for support. The Governor immediately summoned the acting commander of the British forces in Dammallia – Brigadier General George Lumley – to his office for a conference. As a result of these discussions the Royal Navy's gunboat Insolent was sent to patrol the coast near the estuary of the Tifooti River. In addition a small field force drawn from the various army and police units in Dammallia was brought together and sent to reinforce District Commissioner Blenkinsop's Native Police. The command of the Tifooti River Field Force was given to Colonel Colin Carstairs (Royal Engineers) and District Commissioner Blenkinsop was appointed to be his Intelligence Officer.

The area around the estuary of the Tifooti River.
Note: Raffia Island lies just off the coast of British Dammallia. An old, derelict fort occupies the northern end of the island, and the south of the island is very swampy. The island is claimed by both the British and the Marzibarians, but neither has ever permanently occupied the island.


  1. Hi Bob,

    My only question - is HMS Insolent going to be in action?

    Actually I have a second - do the the traders have any armed Dhows?

    OK, and a third - when are you planning to fight it and what rules are you using? (and yes, I realise that was a fourth questions as well....;-)

    All the best,


    PS Love the map!

  2. David Crook,

    The answers to your questions are:

    1. HMS Insolent may well appear ... if they can catch the Marzibarians as they come out of the Tifooti River.

    2. The Marzibarians will certainly be armed.

    3. I hope to fight this mini-campaign over the next week or so.

    4. I will be using the latest draft of my version of Morschauser's 'Frontier' wargames rules.

    All the best,


    PS. The map is a revised version of my second Cyberboard map.


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