Last month’s installment finished the second turn, dated February 16, 2001. We begin the next turn with reports of inventions—for the human players (which I think most of these are), their strategies had included diagrams or other drawing of the relevant advances.
|Player Name||Date||Unit||Attempted Action||Result of Action|
|Theodore Roosevelt||2/17/01||None||None||Invents gunpowder and flint-gun. Flint-cannons installed on HQ but cannot be moved or more built.|
If I didn’t have a campaign running right now, I’d explain what flint-guns (and the other non-obvious advances players invented) are. Giving him flint-cannons on his HQ was bending the rules slightly, but reasonable—cannons in a fixed position are, to the best of my knowledge, little more than ordinary guns scaled up, while cannons as a unit are more complicated. And, as I’ve mentioned before, at the time the rule was that inventing something provided a free prototype.
|Xenophon||2/17/01||None||None||Xenophon invents the Scout, the Aerial Scout, and cavalry.|
|Napoleon Bonaparte||2/17/01||None||None||Napoleon invents gunpowder and the flint-cannon|
|Arthur Pendragon||2/17/01||None||None||Arthur Pendragon invents the rail cannon and the paratrooper.|
I should mention that “rail cannon” here isn’t quite what modern tech-savvy readers might expect. But again, since I have a campaign running right now (albeit slowly), and my players (I hope) read this blog, I’m not going to explain further.
|Pywll pen Annwn||2/17/01||None||None||Pywll invents the hand catapult and the time fuse, neither of which are equipped.|
|Robert E. Lee.||2/17/01||None||None.||Robert invents the gas mask, the process of distillation of oxygen, and the oxygen tank.|
|George Washington||2/17/01||None||None.||George invents the rail cannon, the hand catapult, the time fuse, gunpowder, the flint-gun, the flint-cannon, the (non-atomic) hydrogen bomb, the chlorine gas canister, and the preventive thin zinc coating over sodium to keep it from oxidizing when shot.|
|Arthur Wellesley||2/17/01||None||None||Arthur invents gunpowder and the flint-cannon.|
That’s the end of the inventions and such; we’ll start on the meat of the strategies next time.