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Pig Tickler

Pig Tickling is a sport for gentlemen to uphold regimental honour in the Age of Pax Limpopo.

Each player controls a Lancer mounted on a unicycle and attempts to stick (or 'tickle') the steam powerd pig that runs around the arena.
The basic game comes with four lancers, a referee, two native pig stokers, the pig and a set of rules. There is also the P.O.R.C, the Porcine Omni-Redirectional Computator, which is a device used to work out the pig movement (that's the circular thing in the picture).
I bought a couple of extra lancers so the game could be played with six players.

Pig Tickler is written by Dave McCartney and is published by Eureka Miniatures. I got my copy from Fighting 15s since I'm in the UK.

The Board

The game recommends a playing area either square or circular and two feet (60cm) across. Since I had six players in mind I decided on a hexagonal board 60cm across. I wanted it to be transportable as I see Pig Tickler as a game I will take around with me to the pub or to get-togethers so I cut four cork tiles into quarter hexes and left it at that.
Later on I may make a mounted circular arena on a two foot square board with a grass edging and some extra scenery.

Four quater hexes.

The assembled board. It measures 60cm from point to point which is not the correct way to measure a hexagon so actually the board is 52cm wide.

The Figures

There are ten figures for the game so they only took a couple of days to paint.
Here are the six lancers.
I've added different coloured lance pennants to the them in order to tell them apart during play.

And here is the Steam Pig with the two stokers and the referee.

The Full Set

Here's everything needed for the game.
As well as the figures, the basic game contains the rules and the P.O.R.C. which you can see here. I've added some pink dice for extra piggyness and some Britains plastic pigs for scoring markers. I managed to find ten of these on E-bay and thought they were better than glass beads or whatever. Victorian pennies would be quite a good substitute though so I'll be keeping an eye out for some.