The Ride to York - Donnybrook Hits the Streets; February 2nd, 2014

Why my wife wants a divorce
Barry Hilton - It was stupid planning.. I admit it. I had arrived back from working in the Middle East at 1930 hours on 31st and by 1500 on the 1st I was heading on a 200 mile journey south to run an all day Donnybrook demo at Vapnartak in York. Bob has a word for that. Luckily, Bob and Gerry were in the car to keep me awake with their low quality humour. We got to our hotel about 7pm and spent a quiet evening examining the bottoms of glasses (frequently) for cracks.

The Jungles of Vapnartak
We were unloading at the Knavesmire for 0830 on the 2nd. This is wargaming rock n'roll. Not quiet Lynyrd Skynyrd's One more from the road but good enough for us. Vapnartak was Donnybrook's public D-Day. The first couple of hundred trade orders were being delivered and the book was available for the first time at a convention.

Bob's Bane.. Gerry can resist a smirk as Max rolls yet another 6
To promo the launch we decided to run an expanded version of Diel'ry in the Gloamin' which is the example scenario from the book set in Darien in 1699. The terrain is dense and jungly and the scenery dramatic. Bob was to be the Scots Colonists and Gerry the natives and Spanish. They were trying to rescue/murder the comely Moira respectively.

God's own country: Yorkshire sunlight illuminates Panama
They managed to run the game twice during the day whilst I scuttled about delivering books, talking with our casters, setting up new trade deals and catching up with commitments to WI and divers other hobby contacts.

Donnybrook and the game seemed to make a splash for all the right reasons. Young Max Dudley forsook his father's Musket & Tomahawk's game next door to destroy Toggy Bob (who was unable to bring himself to shout at a 7 year old despite looking as if he wanted too on several occasions) whilst Gerry stood about laughing.. frequently.
Jesuit stronghold unsullied by the Presbyterian settlers
The day went very fast, we talked to the wargaming public a lot, we met many of our friends and by 1945 I was standing in my living room once more very ready for a cuppa and a sit down.

Donnybrook has arrived and sales proved to be brisk!

Clarence Harrison - We want to thank everyone so far for supporting Donnybrook. If you come up with questions, please don't hesitate to drop by the Fighting Talk forum. We'd also love to hear about your games, characters, and scenarios!