A New TinkerFox Campaign Begins!

TinkerFox is a free campaign game about garrison warfare in the early days of the English Civil war. Players command the Royalist or parliamentary forces jockeying for control of a small county. Morale, logistics, orders, friction and tabletop encounters are central to the game. The game’s genius is how it monitors all these factors in a painless and enjoyable fashion, instead of burying you under soulless paperwork.

It uses the also free Very Civile Actions wargame rules to resolve tabletop encounters. Both are produced by the fine fellows at The Perfect Captain, who have to be my favourite wargame designers of all time.

I’ve chosen a rather generic “secure control of the county” scenario, where both sides are attempting to control the region through planting garrisons across the map- leading of course to skirmishes, battles and sieges as they fight over villages, river crossings and so forth.

One of the best things about Tinkerfox is that it uses a randomly generated map, so each game is unique. So I present to you, Kenborough county:

Trewes Castle Campaign Map

This is the Royalist set up. They have a lovely central position, with their right flank secured at a river while their centre (Trewes Castle) is a fortified position manned by an extremely audacious officer (Colonel Starkey) with an elite cavalry command. Starkey should be able to raid and pillage quite cheerfully from the safety of his walls.

Trewes Castle Campaign Map

This is the parliamentary set up. I think the Royalists have a slightly better position, but the Parliamentarians have easier access to the most provender (supplies, represented by P on the map card) and can easily outflank the Royalists in the West, while their centre looks a bit weak as well. Their own centre is garrisoned by 3 companies of foot at Hathlom House, which you might not be able to read, because I flipped it so the stream would line up with the rest of the map.

The Parliamentary Set Up

The Parliamentary Set Up

Now to issue orders to both sides, and let the game commence!


About Joshua Letchford

I'm a 23-year old Christian from far north Western Australia. I'm interested in philosophy, logic, politics, history, military history, strategy, board games, wargaming and reading. I recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in politics and ancient history through Macquarie University, which I studied externally so I could stay connected with my family and my small town community.
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One Response to A New TinkerFox Campaign Begins!

  1. Hey Joshua, if you have any questions with the TF rules, drop me a line.

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