I announced yesterday my latest project “From Migration to Kingdom” and one of the objectives is the enhancement of the Quick Play Campaign to accommodate political and economic situations. Completing that goal will enable me to move on to the Witcher Campaign with all its complex features, including sorcery.
Using the migration of 406 AD as a theme will require a few amendments to the current campaign rule set. For one, the time frame to reach a completion will need to be expanded from 406 to 409 AD. Secondly, the struggle for power as represented by a number of revolts and the war between East and West will need to influence the migration and its course and lastly, the cooperation between the tribes will require some sort of table reflecting choices and consequences.
Because the time frame is extended, the game will require more than an evening to play out, perhaps two or three may be needed. This will become apparent in the play test stage and as the game will focus on the migration and Rome’s response the revolts and the war between East and West should be handled as a separate campaign game.
Secondly, I did mention a previous blog post; the migrating nations might not have cooperated with each other while in Roman Gaul. The Asding and Siling Vandals were susceptible to inter-tribal feuds and the Suevi were a collection of Germanic tribes who, like the Burgundi took a different route. Adding to the complexity of barbarian movement the Alans dispersed into smaller groups settling in different areas of Gaul and Spain.
As a method of testing some features for the Migration to Kingdom campaign, I am writing a number of short scenarios featuring the barbarians in earlier incursions and some inter-tribal warfare. These are based on recorded events but details are very sketchy. Only the name of the leaders and the consequence of the engagements are known, therefore, determining troop strengths and battlefield will be rather speculative.
Testing these particular scenarios will produce a better image of what might have transpired during the migration period; visa vie, tribal cooperation during the migration, provincial civil and military response, and the impact of events outside the Gallic provinces.
One scenario is complete and a second should be ready by the weekend.