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Friday, July 1, 2022

June/July Hollywood Break: The Conclusion of Thugees and Tigers and Sikhs! Oh My!

 Originally published on 1/19/2020.

Where is Mowgli when you need him?

Here is where we are after 3 turns: 

The Sergeant's Three and Gunga Din have located the Mad Guru's hidden Thuggee Temple where they have found some "treasure" but are trapped in the tower. Subedar Bikram Singh, IOM and the 14th Sikh Special Action Company (SSAC) have been sent to rescue them. Needless to say, the Mad Guru is a bit put out that his secret temple and plans were discovered and is now attempting to destroy the Sergeant's Three, Gunga Din and the 14th SSAC. Oh . . . did I mention that the Chinese Si-Fan Tong under the leadership of Fu Manchu's daughter Fah Lo Suee also want the treasure and brought a tiger too? All sides have taken serious losses as we mourn SGT Cutter (whose heart is no longer in it), the mighty warrior Sardi who was beaten to a pulp by a Sikh Sapper and other supporting cast members.  And why is Fah Lo Suee hanging back (other than her lousy die rolls)? Let's conclude this 4 player game:

The 14th Sikhs continue to advance toward the Thugee Temple with hand to hand combat.

Subedar Bikram Singh, IOM, rushes to the aid of his arc gunner.

With the heart breaking death of Sergeant Cutter, the Sergeants Two rush the Mad Guru and completely ignore the treasure token.

Grab the treasure my loyal followers.

Snake? What snake?

Continuing to inspire the troops!

Another Thugee taken out by rifle fire.

Fah Lo Suee, with her Meticulous Planning talent moves SGT Mac out of the way.

And another one bites the dust.

Subedar Bikram Singh, IOM kills the endangered species.

Losses at the end of turn 4.

The Tong member grabs the treasure as SGT Ballantine engages the Mad Guru.

Mac is still kept at bay by Fah Lo Suee Meticulous planning and Unearthly Beauty.

These odds don't look good.

Polishing off the followers of the Mad Guru.

Where did everyone go?

The Mad Guru reaches for SGT Ballantine's heart . . .

Inspiring! Toot, toot a toot. SGT Ballentine hears the dirge played by Gunga Din for SGT Cutter.

Kapow! That's for Seargent Cutter. (Note the Tong member with the treasure token)

Another Sikh falls.

But revenge is swift as Havildar Japji Sahib takes out the thugee.

Only one left . . .

The 14th SSAC take care of business. The last of the Mad Guru's followers bite the dust!

Another agent of evil falls to the Khanda Sword of Justice.

Fah Lo Suee has the treasure and escapes.

Not a good turn 5 for two of our players; especially losing the Mad Guru.

Only one loss, but Fah Lo Suee and one Tong member got away with the treasure!

The surviving members of the Imperial Forces.

Now that was a great game of In Her Majesty's Name with four Adventuring companies and different objectives. Points were normal IHMN totals; 5 points for leaders, 2 points for other figures and 20 points for the treasure token. Here is the tally:

1. 14 SSAC: 30 points
2. The Sergeant's Three: 9 points
3. The Mad Guru: 17 points
4. Fah Lo Suee: 20 points

In other words: Good Guys 39, Bad Guys 37. What a close game!

 AFTER CREDITS SCENE: But who was the real winner?

"Well done daughter. Lo Pan has confirmed that the map hidden in the gold is the map that leads to the Sword of Genghis Khan. BWAH HAH HAH!"


  1. Outstanding Pulp adventure Neil...and, like you, I think Ms Manchu was the REAL winner on the day!

    1. Thanks. Having four players really kept the excitement going!

  2. Replies
    1. That is was and a close one between the forces of good and evil! Fu Manchu will be coming back!

    2. That is was and a close one between the forces of good and evil - plus Fu Manchu will be coming back!

    3. As the old saying goes,

      "Many man smoke, but few man chew..."

    4. "How strangely does the adventurous intrude upon the humdrum; for, when it intrudes at all, more often than not its intrusion is sudden and unlooked for. Today, we may seek for romance and fail to find it: unsought, it lies in wait for us at most prosaic corners of life's highway."