Friday, March 23, 2007

Command Odds & Ends --

I just thought that I'd list a few odd details for "Tricorne Wars" Command and Control.

The "command stand" (i.e., the one with the officer on it -- not the "colour stand" which has the flag) should always be in the center of the line when the unit is in "line" formation. This means as the center stand if there are an odd number; or one of the two center stands if there are an even number.

The "Command Distance" is measured from the General's or Brigadier's head to the command stand. If it is at or within the General's/Brigadier's "command radius", then the unit is "in command" and will abide by any order changes (as interpreted by the General/Brigadier).

If outside that distance, they will need to continue to obey their previous orders until the General/Brigadier either moves within range or sends a messenger (i.e., an Aide-de-Camp).

Units act in accordance with their original (starting) orders until they either reach their destination (as indicated by the arrow) OR they make contact with the Enemy. Contact is coming to or within 12" of a mounted unit; or 6" of a formed foot unit. (note that, in both cases, the unit needs to be aware of the enemy unit -- if it has been and remains hidden from them, they ignore it).

Now, when they either reach the end of their arrow OR they come within range of the Enemy, the Brigadier or General will assess his orders in light of what he now sees and decide upon the proper course of action . . . . In other words, at the appropriate time he will roll a die and see how he interprets his orders.

While about two-thirds of the time the order will be "correctly interpreted", about a third of the time it will be interpreted differently. This is intentional . . . it adds to the "fog of war" as well as providing a certain amount of aggrivation on the part of the C-in-C.

-- Jeff

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