My son Nick and I had another great Historicon. This marked the fifth year in a row that we ran our dreaded Musical wargame. These are games loosely based around one or more Broadway Musicals and usually involve large numbers of people singing, usually off-key.
Forum, which is based on several actual Roman comedies by Plautius, is about the slave Pseudolus who is seeking his freedom which has been promised him by his young master, Hero, if the slave can help him get his beloved, Philia, a virgin slave in the next door house of Lycus, a procurer, who had been promised to the magnificently psychotic general Miles Gloriosus.
The game took up at the climax of the story. Hero, believing that Philia had died of the plague had gone to have himself killed in the Arena. Philia was not actually dead but replaced by the head slave Hysterium disguised in drag and feigning death. On hearing that Hero planned to have himself killed, decided she could no longer live and would volunteer for Human Sacrifice Day at the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. General Gloriosus was planning a dramatic funeral for his deceased bride. Meanwhile, Hero's shrewish mother, Domina, had returned unexpected from a visit to her mother while Hero's father, Senex, was scheming to get some quality time in at the House of Lycus. Lycus was trying to get back into his own house, his identity having been stolen by Pseudolus as part of the plan to free Philia. Finally, old man Erroneous was charged by a soothsayer to run seven times around the Seven Hills of Rome which will somehow reunite him with his lost children who had been stolen infancy by pirates. Got all that?
Keeping their priorities straight, the trio promptly forgot about Hysterium and went to rescue Philia. Fortunately, a nearby chariot rental place provide means for a quick crossing of the city. They were soon assisted by the assorted courtesans of the House of Lycus and a group of soldiers under an over amorous centurion.
Pseudolus, Hero, Philia, and Gymnasis ultimately escaped the House of the Vestals by means of a fortuitously placed crane. As they fled to a nearby chariot, they were spotted by Gloriosus. The general however was spotted by Domina, who couldn't resist a man in uniform. Senex took this as an opportunity to lead a parade of citizen into the House of Lycus, all singing about the wonders of female domestic help.
Here's a cast photo, all of the players did an exceptional job and played their characters to the hilt. The Wazzi went to John Kerstetter who, as the Head Eunuch, had everyone in stitches with his running falsetto commentary.