Records of the Low Company
March 30th, AS XXX
- Fourth meeting, held at Melville Keep.
- Attendance was rather small: Alex Listkeeper, Alessandro, and Justin.
- Justin brought the Baronial Boards, and we played a couple of games
- Justin also brought a prepublication copy of Francis Willoughby's
"Volume of Plaies", which Alessandro spent much of the evening
- Alessandro re-reconstructed
based on Willoughby this time.
Willoughby turns out to be much clearer than Cotton, and the
game proved to be a fast, fun gambling game. Afterwards, he compared
the results with Cotton, and concluded that Cotton was talking about
the same game, just very badly.
- Things degenerated into chit-chat around 10pm.
February 30th, AS XXX
No meeting, on account of the fact that the date doesn't exist. (Also,
it would have been right before Investiture, and everyone had more
important things to be doing.)
January 30th, AS XXX
- Third meeting, held at the Buttery.
- No attendance taken, but fairly well-attended.
- Focus was on Games at the Tables; everyone was encouraged to bring
Backgammon sets to play with.
- Most people played from Sallamallah's book. The basic game of Tables
from there was a particular favorite; it's easy to remember and play,
although it does take a bit longer than Backgammon.
- Alessandro tried to reconstruct Tick-Tack from Cotton, with modest
success; we wound up with a game that apparently took forever to
play, and was mildly dull. (This would later be revisited in March.)
December 30th, AS XXX
Cancelled on account of snow.
November 30th, AS XXX
- Second meeting, held at Tyndall's house. Didn't take attendance (Rose
and Marian weren't present, so I lost the Cooks' Guild Collective
Memory of how to do these things). Partial list of attendees, from
- John de Caversham
- Stefan Skywatcher (had to leave early)
- Guillaume Barberouge
- Colin McCenna
- Alexander Listkeeper
- Mandisa Washington
- Probably several more people I'm forgetting...
- Didn't talk nearly so much. People drifted in slowly; once we had
critical mass, I did a quick intro, and got people going.
- Colin and Richard taught themselves Rythmomachy, from Sallamallah's
- Justin and John reconstructed Picket
with help and kibitzing from several other people. They played one
set together; then several other people joined in, resulting in
three separate games of Picket running. Conclusion: it takes a little
learning, but it isn't horribly complex (basically a trick-taking game
with a lot of cruft at the front), and is rather fun.
- Things broke up around 11pm.
October 30th, AS XXX
- First meeting, held at the Buttery. Attended by:
- Steffan ap Cennydd
- John de Caversham
- Rose Alessandro
- Stefan Skywatcher
- Marian of Edwinstowe
- Jehan du Lac
- Aleksander Yevsha (aka Alexander de la Main Gauche)
- Alessandro (nee Alexander the Storyteller)
- Talked for far too long. Discussed what the Company might want
to do, besides reconstruct and play games. Ideas included:
Overall conclusion was that most of these projects probably won't
be projects of the Company itself, but the overlap will be heavy and
we have a vested interest in seeing them happen.
- Manufacture cards (printing the black lines, and using stencils
to fill in the rest).
- Make dice. (Main Gauche has a friend who pretty much owns the dice
market in the US, and could probably make us a passel of wooden
dice. Also, we talked about talking to Lucan about molding
pseudo-ivory dice out of plastic.)
- Make coinage. The Poulet Gauche needs coins in order to operate;
we want them in order to gamble. Some inconclusive discussion
about how cheaply we want to make and sell them, and what the
denominations should be.
- Decided to stick with the name Low Company (suggested by Marian, I
believe), and meet on the 30th. November meeting location TBA;
December to happen at the Buttery, as a prelude to Buttery New Year.
- Played Show and Tell with sources.
- Divided into three groups, and played card games. Alessandro, Main
Gauche, and Jehan taught themselves Primero (as a sort of test run
of the Poulet Gauche instructions). Rose, Stefan, and Marian played
La Bete. Steffan, Pryder, Richard,
John, and Justin played
Bryncir, a Welsh card game
reconstructed by Master Brusten de Bearsul.