The warlord and pirates needed to capture all or any of the officials to hold them for ransom.
In addition to these adversaries there was a fort on the river occupied by Imperial troops who could be swayed to join the warlord if they could be bribed. This would be rolled for each turn with a 1 getting the troops and their gun to join the warlord and pirates.
And here we have the pictures that are worth a thousand words.
Bill and Wendell were the British while Tom and I were the warlord and pirates.
The game ended with mixed results as the British were able to rescue the civilians but did lose the large gun boat in the process.
It was a fun game with a lot of action.
Take care and good gaming,