Attended Cold Wars 2017 with a unexpected pleasant surprise. My son Nick's spring break plans fell through so he came to the convention with me and helped my run my game, "Caesar vs. Pluck: De Bello Ruritanico ad Mare." This was something of a sequel to a similar game I ran a few conventions back. It was based on Howard Whitehouse's Science vs. Pluck rules. Science vs. Pluck is essentially a Victorian role-playing game where the players portray British army commanders in 19th century Sudan. I modified the rules for ancient warfare with most of the players being Romans.
The scenario was this: The Sarmatian Ruritanii have again crossed the Ister River and invaded the Roman province of Sylvania, capturing the Adriatic port of Colonia Turgidium. Local Celto-Dacian tribesmen, the Shueti have risen in rebellion and rallied to the Ruritanii. Illyrian pirates together with some far-ranging Syrian corsairs have joined them as well.
Things went more difficultly for the Romans on the landward side. The auxiliaries stormed with some loss the captured watch tower that guarded the approaches to the port. They then didn't move from the hill. The Roman cavalry pushed rashly forward and were hit by both the naked fanatics of the Shueti and the heavy cataphracts of the Ruritanii, who had emerged from a forest to strike the Romans in the flank. After a very hard fought battle the Roman cavalry was completely destroyed, having been left to their fate by the Roman legionaries whose commanders were not enthusiastic about risking their necks in such brawl. Only a couple of cohorts of the Legion tried to help, under the leadership of young tribune (played with aristocratic cluelessness by Howard W. himself). Despite the loss of the cavalry, the Roman line held, the Shueti completely destroyed, and the Ruritanii badly bloodied, causing them to retreat. The Princess Bororolla was rescued at the romantically last minute by King Rheomitalces Rufus of the Ruritanii. The two rode off vowing vengeance against the Romans...
Everyone seemed to have a great time and the game was awarded a PELA for its time slot.