Jon has been so impressed by the professionalism shown by me and Richard in our game presentations* that he has been nervous about putting on anything himself. However, with a bit of gentle persuasion he finally cracked, and tentatively offered to put on an English Civil War game, and wondered if that would be okay.
Of course it would! We're always up for a bit of King v Parliament (or as it is known in our group "baddies v goodies"). Jon put a matched pair of armies on the table in a fictional setting he dubbed "Edgecote Moor", which apparently is very funny.
The rules were Jon's own home-grown set "A Reign Cut Short", and played really well. I think there's a lot more depth in them than we managed to drag out on the evening. My only critical comment is that there can be a little too much dice rolling (says the man who has written some BOD games). You roll to hit, then roll for reaction, then (if the reaction is unfavourable), you roll for the distance you retreat. I would drop one of those sets of rolls - almost certainly the random movement roll - but then I'm not exactly sure what Jon wants to see on his table, and if it works for him, who am I to argue?
Jon has offered us more ECW, which would be lovely. Some whispers of some refights too. Excellent.
* Which does make me wonder about where he used to work.....
** "That Man of Blood"