After coming up with the rules, I was too lazy to set up the board. Instead, I created a virtual board and ran a game on my computer.
The map is shown below. First, I rolled to see if there were any defenders in the village; a band of levy had taken up arms. Then raiders (in red naturally) entered from the bottom edge and were able to move 2 turns (a randomly determined head start). Finally, a band of Imperial troops entered at a randomly determined location (in this case a band of horse came in at the top edge).
Each turn, both raiders and defenders must roll to determine if and how far they can move. I designed this to give a sense of suspense. Will the defenders be able to arrive in time or can the raiders escape? At this point in the game, the raiders dithered outside the village while the defending horsemen raced into the village.
|The Imperial Horse make it to the village in time|
|The bloody battle for the village.|
I used a yellow star burst as a casualty marker.
|The levy rushes the flank.|
Dead and wounded horsemen and raiders littered the grounds of the village while the levy stood triumphant (even though they spent most of the fight hiding behind the Imperial horse). Word spread throughout the region of the valiant defense by Count Deleas's troops. The victory also bought a season of peace in the province.
Only the levy remain
Inspired by Dux Brit and Kaptain Kobold's Dux Bellorum (located on this page - not to be confused with the published rules of the same name), I also jotted down some simple campaign rules. Each campaign turn represents a season; raids can occur randomly in the Spring through Autumn seasons. After 3 successful raids there will be a full-scale Redgravian invasion. The campaign shall last 5 years. Will the province last that long?
So far, Deleas's troops have defeated a raid in spring. Summer was quiet (note that a defeated raid makes a new raid less likely in the following turn while a successful raid makes another more likely) but in the autumn word has gone out that more Redgravians have been spotted.