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The Ubonga Chronicles: a description of play of the solo campaign

By Chris Ferree

This article, and those that follow, will describe the events that happen and how they came about during my play of the Ubonga campaign. In this way, I hope to demonstrate how the rules work. So, without further fanfare, lets venture into the wilds of Ubonga.

Week 1 - January 2nd to 8th 1898
Sunday - We arrived at the outpost on the morning of the 2nd. Our supplies were unloaded into the building and temporary shelters were constructed. The heat is most unbearable. I organized the men into work details. Four details will be set to building more permanent structures, one will perform sentry duty, and one will hunt to augment our food supply. Work will begin on Monday.

The following Work Details were formed:
Sentry Duty Building #1 Building #2 Building #3 Building #4 Hunting Party
2. Sgt. William Allen
7. Pvt. Lal Singh
17. Pvt. Jawala Singh
27. Pvt. Jawahir Singh
37. Pvt. Rattan Singh
3. Sgt. Ajit Singh
8. Pvt. Tej Singh
9. Pvt. Suchet Singh
10. Pvt. Dhian Singh
11. Pvt. Jai Singh
12. Maytab Singh
13. Pvt. Ranjit Singh
14. Pvt. Karruk Singh
15. Pvt. Nihal Singh
16. Vijay Singh
4. Sgt. Gulab Singh
18. Pvt. Kahn Singh
19.Pvt. Bishan Singh
20. Pvt. Gurdit Singh
21. Pvt. Kesari Singh
22. Pvt. Kishan Singh
23. Pvt. Hira Singh
24. Jagat Singh
25. Pvt. Jodha Singh
26. Pvt. Pertab Singh
5. Sgt. Lena Singh
28. Pvt. Ishwar Singh
29. Pvt. Sikandar Singh
30. Pvt. Fatah Singh
31. Pvt. Mubarak Khan
32. Pvt. Lahora Singh
33. Pvt. Illahi Singh
34. Pvt. Meva Singh
35. Pvt. Bhagat Singh
36. Pvt. Rup Singh
6. Sgt. Mal Singh
38. Pvt. Thankar Singh
39. Pvt. Sham Singh
40. Pvt. Hukam Singh
41. Pvt. Ganda Singh
42. Pvt. Bela Singh
43. Pvt. Bohkan Singh
44. Pvt. Attar Singh
1. Lt. Melville Coghill
45. Pvt. Shamsher Singh
46. Pvt. Chattar Singh
The Event die roll came up a "4" so no event occurred in week 1.

Next, the weather was determined for each day of the week. The results were:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
4 - Hazardous 3 - Hazardous 9 - Dangerous 7 - Hazardous 2 - Hazardous 4 - Hazardous 0 - Dangerous
The die rolls for rain were: 6,18,12,9,15,17,8 - which resulted in a dry week.

Tuesday - The effects of the weather struck down privates Ranjit Singh and Bela Singh. They collapsed early in the afternoon and despite our best efforts by morning they had expired. They will be sorely missed.

Each rolled a "1" on their D6 roll for heat exhaustion. Both were given a unit of medicine, but their severity rolls of "9" and "0" respectively, along with the "+2" modifier for the "Dangerous" Heat Index sealed their fate.

Wednesday - I have decided to limit work to day on very hot days and suspend work completely on extremely hot days. It is hoped that this will reduce the chances of heat exhaustion.

On those days that only of the day is worked, it takes 2 men working to equal 1 man/day of work. I rounded down to the nearest man/day of work, but man/days can be kept track of if it is preferred.

Saturday - The reduction of work during the hot days has lessened but not eliminated the effects of the heat. We still have daily cases of heat exhaustion, though they are not as severe.

Though we are not as far along as I had hoped, still we have started 4 barracks buildings.

Listed below is the amount of work done on each barracks:

Barracks #1 - 37 man/days
Barracks #2 - 41 man/days
Barracks #3 - 39 man/days
Barracks #4 - 27 man/days

The differences in man/days completed for the first three was caused by men dropping out due to the heat.

During the week the following supplies were used:

224 units of food were collected by hunting. This resulted in 23 D6 rolls for ammo usage (224/10=22.4 rounded up to 23). The total of the 23 rolls was 72.

The loss of 10 units of food was the result of a sentry becoming sick. This left the sentry work detail short one man for one day. The result was a "+2" modifier on the theft roll (one man short for 1 day). A "5" was rolled and with the +2 the effect was 1D6 + 10 units of food stolen. A "1" was rolled for the amount stolen resulting in 10 units of food lost.

Week 2 - January 9th to 15th 1898

The work parties were continued as before. The heat was not as bad as last week, but the men still suffered. Is seems that one or two men are reporting sick daily, even though we are only working half days. I don't know if we will get enough shelter built before the rainy season. It rained Saturday, but this only made the climate more uncomfortable.
Sentry Duty Building #1 Building #2 Building #3 Building #4 Hunting Party
2. Sgt. William Allen
7. Pvt. Lal Singh
17. Pvt. Jawala Singh
27. Pvt. Jawahir Singh
37. Pvt. Rattan Singh
3. Sgt. Ajit Singh
8. Pvt. Tej Singh
9. Pvt. Suchet Singh
10. Pvt. Dhian Singh
11. Pvt. Jai Singh
12. Maytab Singh
14. Pvt. Karruk Singh
15. Pvt. Nihal Singh
16. Vijay Singh
4. Sgt. Gulab Singh
18. Pvt. Kahn Singh
19.Pvt. Bishan Singh
20. Pvt. Gurdit Singh
21. Pvt. Kesari Singh
22. Pvt. Kishan Singh
23. Pvt. Hira Singh
24. Jagat Singh
25. Pvt. Jodha Singh
26. Pvt. Pertab Singh
5. Sgt. Lena Singh
28. Pvt. Ishwar Singh
29. Pvt. Sikandar Singh
30. Pvt. Fatah Singh
31. Pvt. Mubarak Khan
32. Pvt. Lahora Singh
33. Pvt. Illahi Singh
34. Pvt. Meva Singh
35. Pvt. Bhagat Singh
36. Pvt. Rup Singh
6. Sgt. Mal Singh
38. Pvt. Thankar Singh
39. Pvt. Sham Singh
40. Pvt. Hukam Singh
41. Pvt. Ganda Singh
43. Pvt. Bohkan Singh
44. Pvt. Attar Singh
1. Lt. Melville Coghill
45. Pvt. Shamsher Singh
46. Pvt. Chattar Singh
The Event die roll came up a "5" so no event occurred in week 2.

Next, the weather was determined for each day of the week. The results were:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2 - Hazardous 5 - Hazardous 1 - Hazardous 4 - Hazardous 4 - Hazardous 7 - Hazardous 3 - Hazardous
A "2" was rolled for Saturday's rain check which resulted in the shower on that day.
A "3" was rolled for the event check, so no event occurred.

Even with the heat, we made good progress with our construction. Three of our buildings are two-thirds complete and the fourth is half done. The hunting this week was not as good. We only saved a little over two days of food.

The following amount of work was done on each barracks:

Work For Week 2 Total Work
Barracks #1 41 man/days 78 man/days
Barracks #2 41 man/days 82 man/days
Barracks #3 46 man/days 85 man/days
Barracks #4 32 man/days 59 man/days

132 units of food were acquired by hunting, using 47 rounds of ammunition.

The Following supplies were used this week:

Week 3 - January 16th through 22nd

I ordered the work details to continue as they had last week. On Monday a extraordinary event occurred. A half starved native staggered into camp claiming to be a porter for an expedition that was lost somewhere north of our outpost. Some of the locals vouched for the fellow, so I felt compelled to investigate.
Sentry Duty Building #1 Building #2 Building #3 Building #4 Hunting Party
2. Sgt. William Allen
7. Pvt. Lal Singh
17. Pvt. Jawala Singh
27. Pvt. Jawahir Singh
37. Pvt. Rattan Singh
3. Sgt. Ajit Singh
8. Pvt. Tej Singh
9. Pvt. Suchet Singh
10. Pvt. Dhian Singh
11. Pvt. Jai Singh
12. Maytab Singh
14. Pvt. Karruk Singh
15. Pvt. Nihal Singh
16. Vijay Singh
4. Sgt. Gulab Singh
18. Pvt. Kahn Singh
19.Pvt. Bishan Singh
20. Pvt. Gurdit Singh
21. Pvt. Kesari Singh
22. Pvt. Kishan Singh
23. Pvt. Hira Singh
24. Jagat Singh
25. Pvt. Jodha Singh
26. Pvt. Pertab Singh
5. Sgt. Lena Singh
28. Pvt. Ishwar Singh
29. Pvt. Sikandar Singh
30. Pvt. Fatah Singh
31. Pvt. Mubarak Khan
32. Pvt. Lahora Singh
33. Pvt. Illahi Singh
34. Pvt. Meva Singh
35. Pvt. Bhagat Singh
36. Pvt. Rup Singh
6. Sgt. Mal Singh
38. Pvt. Thankar Singh
39. Pvt. Sham Singh
40. Pvt. Hukam Singh
41. Pvt. Ganda Singh
43. Pvt. Bohkan Singh
44. Pvt. Attar Singh
1. Lt. Melville Coghill
45. Pvt. Shamsher Singh
46. Pvt. Chattar Singh

The Event die roll came up a "1" so an event occurred in week 3. Rolling 1D6 to determine the day of the event, a "1" was rolled which put the event on Monday. Next, 2D6 were rolled to determine which event occurred. A "2" was scored on each die so Event #22 was used.

After determining the event, a target square had to be located. First the horizontal axis was located. 1D6 was rolled for the tens. A "4" was rolled giving a result of 10. A D10 was then rolled for the ones. A "6" was scored which was added to the 10 indicating column 16 on the map. For the vertical axis, 1D20 was rolled. A "2" was scored, indicating row B. The target square is, therefore, B16.


Next, the weather was determined for each day of the week. The results were:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
6 - Hazardous 5 - Hazardous 3 - Hazardous 2 - Hazardous 5 - Hazardous 4 - Hazardous 1 - Hazardous
No rain was rolled for the week.

I assigned the following men to search for the lost expedition:

20 porters were also hired from the nearby village. The mission party was allotted the following supplies:

Sgt. Allen was taken off sentry duty to lead the mission party and the four privates were taken from the work detail constructing barracks #1.

We wished our friends good luck as they disappeared up the trail to the north. I do not know when we will see them again. They have about a months provision, I hope they are back by then.

The weather was about the same as last week, and had the same effect on the men. I myself succumbed to the heat on two different days. Work was continued on the construction projects. One of the barracks was finished and is ready to be inhabited.

The following amount of work was done on each barracks:

Work For Week 2 Total Work
Barracks #1 23 man/days 101 man/days
Barracks #2 30 man/days 112 man/days
Barracks #3 35 man/days 120 man/days
Barracks #4 33 man/days 92 man/days

223 units of food were acquired by hunting, using 66 rounds of ammunition.

The Following supplies were used this week:

Week 4 - January 23rd through 29nd

I rearranged work groups this week so that we could finish up the other three barracks. It rained on Sunday. The heat was extreme all week, except wednesday. The conditions are taking a terrible toll on the men. 8 men were sick this week from the heat. On Monday a tragic event occured. Private Chatter Singh was attacked and killed by a rhinoceros while hunting. He was an excellent shot and will be sorely missed.
Sentry Duty Building #1 Building #2 Building #4 Hunting Party Drill
5. Sgt. Lena Singh
33. Pvt. Illahi Singh
34. Pvt. Meva Singh
35. Pvt. Bhagat Singh
36. Pvt. Rup Singh
3. Sgt. Ajit Singh

7. Pvt. Lal Singh

12. Maytab Singh
14. Pvt. Karruk Singh
15. Pvt. Nihal Singh
16. Vijay Singh17. Pvt. Jawala Singh
27. Pvt. Jawahir Singh
37. Pvt. Rattan Singh
4. Sgt. Gulab Singh
18. Pvt. Kahn Singh
19.Pvt. Bishan Singh
20. Pvt. Gurdit Singh
21. Pvt. Kesari Singh
22. Pvt. Kishan Singh
23. Pvt. Hira Singh
24. Jagat Singh
25. Pvt. Jodha Singh
26. Pvt. Pertab Singh
6. Sgt. Mal Singh
38. Pvt. Thankar Singh
39. Pvt. Sham Singh
40. Pvt. Hukam Singh
41. Pvt. Ganda Singh
43. Pvt. Bohkan Singh
44. Pvt. Attar Singh
1. Lt. Melville Coghill
45. Pvt. Shamsher Singh
46. Pvt. Chattar Singh
28. Pvt. Ishwar Singh
29. Pvt. Sikandar Singh
30. Pvt. Fatah Singh
31. Pvt. Mubarak Khan
32. Pvt. Lahora Singh

No event occured this week.

Next, the weather was determined for each day of the week. The results were:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2 - Oppressive (reduced by rain)
3 - Rain
5 - Hazardous 3 - Hazardous 2 - Hazardous 9 - Dangerous 0 - Dangerous 9 - Dangerous

When hunting on Monday, Chatter Singh rolled a "6" then a "1" which triggered a hunting event. Event "3" was rolled up, a charging rhinoceros 2D6 inches away. For the distance "snake eyes" were rolled, starting the beast only 2 inches from the hunter. He got off one shot that missed (die roll of 14)and was able to dodge the initial charge. The bearers that were with Pvt. Chatter bolted. In the second round of combat Chatter fired wide again. the Rhino was able to charge home and the private was crushed beneath its feet.

The following amount of work was done on each barracks:

Work For Week 2 Total Work
Barracks #1 19 man/days 120 man/days
Barracks #2 8 man/days 120 man/days
Barracks #4 28 man/days 120 man/days

155 units of food were acquired by hunting, using 53 rounds of ammunition.

The Following supplies were used this week:

Next Month- See how the mission fared.

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