Dust of Papyria 1: the assassination of Falco

Hopefully this is the beginning of a new solo campaign making use of Song of Shadows and Dust, a skirmish set of rules published by Ganesha Games and based on the popular Song of Blades and Heroes. After experimenting with 2.5D isometric maps, I am back to 2D, with watercolors and collage of prints from drawings of ancient buildings. As I have always been doing lately, I use card-based activation (which frees me both of the need to choose who to activate and of book-keeping who has activated and who hasn’t). I also wrote a simple table that assigns activation points on the basis of the figure’s Quality and the activation order: so, no need to roll for activation. Just pick the next card and go!



150 AD, Antoninus Pius is the Roman Emperor. The city of Papyria in Northern Egypt is ruled by the Imperial Procurator Caius Lucilius Balbus. A chronicle written by Balbus’ scribe Proklos Tamun has survived to the present day. Some excerpts will be published here.

“The decanus Falco was patrolling the city with four legionaries at night, when he took sight of several armed Egyptians. Falco approached the Egyptians ordering them to drop their weapons, but he was immediately attacked, without a reply. The decanus put down the leader of the aggressors, but the others surrounded him with his back to the arch of Claudius and slew him. The Roman soldiers killed many of the assassins, but some of them managed to escape. The legionaries reported that the Egyptians were armed like gladiators and fought in the style that can be seen in the arena”.


Egyptian Gladiators: Assassination Objective – 11 Victory Points (10VP for killing the leader + 1VP per 100 pts of enemy killed). After killing Falco, the gladiators should have fled, conceding only 6VPs (one per figure) to the Romans: a thing to remember for the next games.

Roman Soldiers: standard “Looking for Trouble” objective – complete defeat of the adversary faction – 11 Victory Points (1 VP per 25 pts of enemy defeated)

VPs are a tie, but I will count the fight as an Egyptian victory, since Falco was killed.


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