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This ruleset simulates battles in the period of 1660 to 1721, the age in which the ‘Queen of the Battlefield’, the Pike, was gradually phased out. Refight the battles of the Marlborough, Turenne, William III, Charles XII and others. Units were drawn up in line in order to maximise the effect of their weaponry. The musket, the type of gun that the troops were increasingly supplied with, was only accurate on short distances. During a volley all muskets were fired simultaneously at the same target. Off course, this required iron discipline of the men. Soldiers of that age were drilled to fight formed up into line formation and to march in columns. During the game, your troops will do likewise.
The aim is not to annihilate the enemy unit to the last man, but to inflict so much damage, indicated by chits, that morale is brought down and the unit will become shaken or will run away in panic and removed from the table top. By a clever combination of movement and shooting, dashing cavalry charges and carefully positioned artillery pieces, this can be achieved. The tactics are based on teamwork. Not only within a brigade, but also between brigades and as such, the whole army.
This is the book with the 2 BelloLudi Commander Dice