So, I was tasked by my Santa to make a list of games that were best played accompanied by banjos and bagpipes.
Now if you’re a normal person, you would say that list of games would be zero. And I can’t fault you for that. BUT, in the event that you prefer your drone attacks to be loud and in mixolydian mode, this list is for you!
FREEEEDOMMMMMM!!! Ironically, I just won this game in an auction but haven’t yet gotten to play it. I can’t think of a more appropriate themed game for bagpipes than this. Then again, you ARE playing the English. Perhaps having bagpipes in the background will help you to woo and quell the Scottish press for independence. Then again, it might make it worse, especially if they’re untuned.
Rouse your confederate army with songs of old Dixie. There is so much music from this period of history that would go well with any (U.S.) civil war themed game. There’s also a bit of a tie-in with bagpipes here as well, as many of these songs and tunes were brought over by Scottish immigrants (look no further than Scotland county, NC).
This game is set in Scotland during the Jacobite rebellion of the 1700s. What is notable here is that during this time period, the bagpipes were actually outlawed as an instrument of war. As far as I know, they’re the only musical instrument to have that distinction. The Battle of Culloden in the mid 1700s determined the bagpipes’ fate, and it was this ruling that caused the first bagpiper to be put to death for carrying his “instrument” into battle.
This is another game set in Scotland during the war for independence. However, in this game you can play the English OR the Scots. If nothing else, you can use bagpipes to try and woo Scottish nobles to your cause (if you’re the Scots, natch).
Also notable here is that this game title is the second most requested tune bagpipers get asked to play (after Amazing Grace). Well, maybe the third, given how many times people yell “FREEBIRD!!!” at me.
Ok, you might be wondering how a game centered on ancient Egypt made it into this list. The earliest incarnation of the chanter (the part of the bagpipe that makes the actual notes) is the arghul, a traditional instrument that is still played today. Later models of the arghul even have a single drone attached to it. The Scots actually modeled the bagpipe off of this instrument, so at its core bagpipes are traditionally more Egyptian than Scottish.
Of course, tell a Scot that and he’ll likely toss a sheep at you.
We return yet again to the American Civil War, and more specifically the 3 day battle of Gettysburg. Something is needed to try and inspire the greys while Lee plans his strategies. In reality, his battle-ready banjo brigade didn’t work so well for him. To be fair, it’s hard to appear deadly and formidable while plucking Flop Eared Mule into battle.
Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your nests, 3-5 years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR CHEESE!