[Warning! This post is about pen and paper wargames, so might not be of interest to everybody.]
Agema Publications produce a massive rpg-type 'diplomacy-cum-civilisation-cum-wargames campaign' game called The Glory of Kings (formerly known as La Gloire du Roi) which is set in the period beginning 1700AD.
Well, I've now joined up again to play in the latest game (Game 10) and have taken on the ruler-ship of the Kingdom of Rozwi.
Who? You ask. Well, the following picture should give you a better idea.
The Rozwi Empire [1660 - 1866] was establish on the Zimbabwean Plateau by Changamire Dombo. They were cattle farmers, skilled in gold working and ivory carving, traded with the neighbouring Portuguese colony at Mozambique and also with the Omani traders who were based at Zanzibar. They were also the Zulu warriors of their day!
I've just completed my first 'start-up' turn and posted it back to the Games Master this morning.
Suffice to say, this is a long-term type of game. Played out one game turn every three weeks, each game turn representing a calendar month in the C18th. Players have been known to be involved in games for a decade or more!
Seventeen game turns might be managed in any one real-life year, £170 therefore, and for that I will get the benefit of playing a wargame against other opponents and the games master without leaving my home. Considering that Agema provides either .pdf emailed turns or mailed out paper-copy turns, with an in-game colour newspaper, armed forces and financial lists for your game position, letters sent from other players, and also they cover the postage cost of the turn sent back to you, that £170 a year is good value for money. I can spend £170 in an hour on toy soldiers, and probably never get around to painting or playing with them!
The game does not have to be played as a wargame, the army or the navies commanded could simply be left as a defensive device and the player could instead decide to play a diplomatic, religious, financial or trading type of game - or a combination of all or any of the component aspects of running a country. Or, if a game position such as that of a pirate was chosen (Barbary, Japanese, European in the West Indies) then it's all basically about creating chaos!
Agema Publications forum, then readers can check that out as well.
For those of you who know my past history in regard health matters, you'll obviously see that playing such a game as this is ideally suited to those of us who are unable to get out of the house, or are unable to socialise, for one reason or another.
Off note: Agema produces other PBM / PBEM games. True wargames, played out like a game of postal chess, or other campaign games set in other time periods. Well worth checking out.