I was just reading Al Nofi’s CIC at Strategypage, and he showed some information on animal movement rates from Sir Garnet Wolseley’s The Soldier’s Pocket-book for Field Service. Sir Garnet was apparently the inspiration for Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Modern Major General”. I thought these figures might be useful for RPG’ers, at least as a comparison to the overland rates given in our favorite RPG’s. All of the following is drawn from Nofi’s post …
|Animal||Speed||Pack Load||Draught Load||Work Day|
|Dog *||6.5||na||160||60 by sleigh|
|Reindeer||18||na||300||50-100 by sleigh|
Note: Since Sir Garnet didn’t campaign in places where some types of beasts of burden were in common use, we’ve added a few of these, as indicated by an asterisk. Pack Load includes weight of the pack; Draught Load includes that of the vehicle; na, not applicable for military usage.
Thought I add to this – the work days, in NOD hexes, would work out to …
Ass: 2 to 3
Dog: 10 (by sleigh – impressive)
Horse: 2 or 3
Llama: 2 or 3
Mule: 2 or 3
Reindeer: 8 to 16 (again, by sleigh wow!)
The sleigh pulling animals are quick – could be a good magic item – a sleigh that makes its own snow. We usually went by the rule of thumb of 1 hex on foot, 2 by mount, which isn’t too far off, though maybe 1 hex on foot, 3 by mount is better.